Talking about Hot-Button Issues and Loving Jesus
October 24 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM CDTRegister
If you ever feel like you’re walking on eggshells when it comes to conversing about hot-button topics (politics? sexuality? racial justice?), you’re not alone. Then bring the holy name of Jesus into a conversation. How are you likely to feel then? Maybe a little like running away, rather than walking?
We can all too easily avoid the difficult and potentially volatile conversation. We can just as easily exclude any mention of faith or Jesus. But these options are deeply unappealing to campus ministers or church leaders seeking to be salt and light in the university and the church at large.
Joining us to discuss how we might honor the truth of Jesus and the way of Jesus in our public conversations is Ron Sanders, Affiliate Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary. His field of research is the intersection of religion and public policy—especially the relationship between the Christian tradition and the Democratic tradition in America. Ron will bring to us an understanding of a Christian Ethic that accords with the times we live in and the critical conversations they prompt.
Questions we will consider include:
- How do we talk about difficult and sometimes volatile topics in ways that draw people into conversation rather than push them away?
- Does Christianity have anything meaningful to say about today’s most challenging questions?
- What can we learn from Jesus’ approach to conversing with people of all types?
- What is the Evangelical Church saying and how does it resonate with the teachings of Jesus?
If you are a campus minister or church leader, you are invited to attend this seminar and consider with Ron the expectations, virtues of Scriptural interpretation, confession, and ways we might shape a Christian Ethic that honors the truth and way of Jesus in our public conversations.
Ron Sanders is an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary. His field of research is the intersection of religion and public policy—especially the relationship between the Christian tradition and the Democratic tradition in America. He is the author of After the Election: Prophetic Politics in a Post-Secular Age and a chapter in Justice and the Way of Jesus. He has also served on the staff of Cru for 32 years. He is currently a religious advisor to the football team at Stanford University and the Coordinator for Moral and Spiritual Formation for Cru.
Ron is married to Bonnie and has two adult children, Zac and Sarah. He graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. in Mathematics, Talbot School of Theology with an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, and Fuller Theological Seminary with a Ph.D. in Theology with an emphasis in Christian Ethics. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Ron and his family began to play hacky-sack during quarantine, and when his family is all together in one place, they can be found trying to recruit people for their “circle.” He wants to be an amateur chef and plays competitive pickleball in his free time.