Shelly Milligan is the Managing Director of the Carver Institute, an organization geared towards empowering Christian faculty and students (particularly at secular universities) to serve and connect university, church, and society. She previously served as Associate Provost at Washington University in St. Louis and as the Assistant Head of School at Westminster Christian Academy. Shelley shares her own career journey, where at times she was stepping outside her realm of qualification, and at other times she seemed to move backward in the “success” hierarchy. Shelley helps us explore how ambition, qualification, and competence function in God’s upside-down kingdom where it is often the foolish, weak, and powerless who are called to positions of authority and responsibility.
Some reflection questions: Have you had the experience of God calling you outside your comfort or qualification zone? What was that like? What do you think of Shelley’s point that with privilege comes both opportunities and responsibilities?
On this episode our guest is Ray Cortese, the self-professed “unspiritual” pastor who has spent over 40 years at the same small town church in Florida. Ray shares his own story of his life and call to ministry, and through it offers a candid testimony to all of us about the power of God to transform human ambition for His own purposes.
Julius Kim is the man chosen to lead The Gospel Coalition after Tim Keller and Don Carson. Dr. Kim directs one of the largest Christian media platforms. Under his leadership, TGC has expanded to every inhabited continent and is available on almost any device. Julius’s textbook on preaching offers a fount of information for new preachers and a tune-up for experienced speakers.
Meet Dr. Robert Yarbrough: author, educator, scholar, and tree feller. Bob has written many books and articles including Clash of Visions: Populism and Elitism in New Testament Theology and the Letters to Timothy and Titus.