November 14, 2022 at 7:30 PM EST
Chesterton Perspectives brings you:
A Conversation with Michael Rhodes PhD, Lecturer in Old Testament; Carey Baptist Seminary
Dr. Michael Rhodes will be Zooming in to a live gathered audience at The Knoll. At the conclusion of the event, in person attendees will partake in post conversation lead by Executive Director Vivek Mathew
The Hebrew Scriptures are some of the earliest texts in history to set forth a moral stance toward distributional justice which orders economic goods for the flourishing of a whole community. But how did (or would) it deal with crippling debt, poverty, taxation, redistribution, and other contemporary questions of economic justice? Joins us in conversation with Old Testament scholar and pastor Michael Rhodes of Carey Baptist Seminary as he takes us through the Hebrew Bible’s counterintuitive approach to economic justice. From debt forgiveness to a practice of communal feasting of meals, Dr. Rhodes helps us understand the contextual complexities and how they might help inform the challenging policy and lifestyle questions we face today.
Michael started at Carey in 2021. He teaches Carey’s undergraduate Old Testament courses and also co-teaches courses in the postgraduate program and supervises MA theses.
Michael holds a PhD in Divinity from the University of Aberdeen/Trinity College Bristol. His dissertation explored how the Deuteronomic tithe meal and Corinthian Lord’s Supper served as morally transformative feasts that shaped the community for holiness, justice, mercy, and solidarity. Prior to coming to Carey, Michael spent 7 years working for Christian community development programs, first in Kenya, and then in the economically impoverished South Memphis community where his family lives. In addition to this extensive community development experience, he has also been involved in racially and economically diverse church plants since 2009, and is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Michael’s passion is to help the church hear and respond to God’s call in Scripture to become a community that embodies Jesus’s good news for the poor. As a result he has studied and published works on economic discipleship, racial justice, and poverty in Scripture, at both the academic and popular level.