Mark Galli, author of Karl Barth: An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals, and editor-in-chief for Christianity Today, is on the podcast to talk about Karl Barth, Evangelicalism in America, and homebrewing.

You’ll hear him discuss how he became editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, the role of Christianity Today in American religion, and the cultural, political, and religious levels of meaning for the term “Evangelical.”

Mark tells a story about his encounter with Barth in a coffee shop in Santa Cruz, and the origins of the book. Plus the themes and ideas in Barth’s work that are controversial for Evangelicals, and what Barth most has to offer Evangelicals.

This conversation goes way beyond the topics of the book and include:

  • Barth’s respect and friendship with theologians with whom he deeply disagreed
  • the polarization of American politics and religion
  • Barth’s reinterpretation of the reformed tradition and his view on the doctrine of election
  • Rob Bell and the task of preaching
  • the increased Evangelical support of Trump
  • the superiority of democratic socialism for bible believing Christians
  • whether we can (and should) separate the theology from the theologian, that is, their personal behavior and what they peach,
  • and boundary markers for Evangelicals

And don’t miss some nerdy homebrewing conversation at the end. You can learn more about Mark’s work by visiting:

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If you are in North Carolina, you better get ready for a two back-to-back live podcasts in December. On December 7th Tripp will be in Winston-Salem talking with Bill Leonard (author of the Homebrewed Guide to Church History) and on December 8th he will be in Cary, NC.

If you really want to #MAGA, join Tripp with the folks from the Crackers and Grape Juice podcast in Washington DC on December 16th. You can get tickets and learn more here.