Faith, Hope and Love as ‘ways of knowing’

Here is the second conversation with Mark Strom on Faith, Hope and Love as ‘ways of knowing’. Mark is on fire in this conversation.  He takes on a roller coaster ride beginning with the famous Pauline talk to the Romans on Mars Hill right through to the ‘mount Everest’ of Christ centred thinking in the hymn of Philippians 2.  Throughout this journey Mark develops a grand theme; that every human made in God’s image is grasping towards higher meaning or ‘hope’ and this includes the idol worshipping Greeks and Romans on Mars Hill but we need the story to make sense of this ‘knowledge instinct’.  The story needs an ending – because endings make sense of stories – and the incarnation of Jesus, which climaxes in his resurrection, is the ending which makes sense for everybody. True wisdom, in fact ‘all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge’ are hidden in that story. Never has that verse in Colossians been more real for me than as I listened to Mark talking here.

Mark Strom

Mark is one of our most popular speakers and for a good reason; he is a revolutionary thinker who combines deep theological insight with down to earth language. Thus he makes profound truths accessible for ordinary people like us.

Mark’s career exemplifies the ‘whole of life’ identity that characterises Gospel Conversations. He was a truck driver in early life, studied at Westminster Theological College, started a community church which was the fellowship highlight for many lives, then plunged into consulting to leaders and organisations with Tony Golsby-Smith for many years. Their conversations and experiences of finding God in the public space provided lots of the ideas and passions behind GC. Mark led a large liberal arts college in New Zealand before writing a great book on leadership, “The Arts of the Wise Leader” and returning to consulting.

Mark wrote an influential book on the thinking of Paul which developed the core idea of his doctoral thesis—that Paul reframed the modern world not just Christianity.

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