Dallas Theological Seminary wants its students and the public at
large to be able to address social issues - and that's why the
school's Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership has added a
division for "cultural engagement."
The Center has been expanded and renamed the Howard G. Hendricks
Center for Christian Leadership & Cultural Engagement. Dr.
Darrell Bock, who will be the new division's executive director,
says the purpose is to show how theology is very relevant to life
and to show how God and culture intersect in a variety of
"We've taken on topics about culture engagement in general," he
explains to OneNewsNow. "We'll talk about world religions, we'll
talk about certain key theological issues, we'll talk about family
issues, we'll talk about how to think about work, issues of
sexuality. I mean it really does run a wide gamut of topics that
we'll be pursuing."
And DTS is not reserving it for just its students, he adds.
"It is part of what we're wrapping around the curriculum to help
our students, but really it's designed to be [a source of]
resources that churches and Sunday school classes can use, that
laymen can listen to or watch on their computer," he says. "You can
subscribe through iTunes."
According to Bock, individuals interested in those resources can
subscribe through iTunes or visit the seminary's website. The first
resource, available in podcast form, addresses the hot-button issue
of homosexuality and is now available on the site.
Seminary is hopeful the end result will be people who are
better equipped to engage the culture to reflect their faith in a
culture that in some ways is becoming more difficult to engage.