Podcast: REPENTING and Renewing with Esau McCaulley

November 16, 2022

On this episode of the podcast, our guest is Dr. Esau McCaulley. Our conversation revolves around two books, his critically acclaimed book Reading While Black and his brand-new book Lent: The Season of Repentance and Renewal.

This thirtieth episode was special because we recorded it in-person in front of a live audience, who you may sometimes hear in the background. In any case, the conversation was an absolute joy, and you won’t want to miss Dr. McCaulley reading from his book near the end of the podcast, a moment that brought tears to my eyes. Among the topics we discuss:

  • – The connections between Dr. McCaulley’s two books, one which introduces us to a vital interpretive tradition (Black biblical interpretation) and one which introduces us to a vital liturgical tradition (the church calendar). 
  • – On how we can honor, inhabit, and integrate multiple traditions simultaneously with integrity
  • – On how to read Scripture so that it can surprise us and can tell us what we don’t already know
  • – On what difference observing the liturgical season of Lent might mean for the disinherited

Get Dr. McCaulley’s new book: https://www.ivpress.com/lent-fts 

More about Dr. McCaulley: https://esaumccaulley.com/ 

Read my review of Reading While Black: https://inallthings.org/exercising-hope-a-review-of-reading-while-black/


About the Author
  • Justin Ariel Bailey works at the intersection of Christian theology, culture, and ministry. Having served as a pastor in a number of diverse settings, his research seeks to bridge gaps between church and academy, and the formational spaces where they overlap. He is the author of the book Reimagining Apologetics (IVP Academic, 2020) and the forthcoming volume Interpreting Your World (Baker Academic, 2022). He serves as associate professor of Theology at Dordt University and is the host of the In All Things podcast. 

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