What do Christians believe about the body? And how does the body relate to the soul, and ultimately, our identity as people? Surely there’s more to us than our physical bodies, but our bodies are also part of who we are as wonderfully made creations! In this episode, our guest Dr. John Kleinig calls us back to fundamentals, opening our eyes to see our bodies and our embodiment as God does. Many, if not all, approaches to life issues hinge on this very thing. You won’t want to miss out on this episode!
Bio: Dr John Kleinig is a pastor of the Lutheran Church of Australia. After serving as a high school chaplain and parish pastor, he has been involved in the preparation of students for ordination as pastors for 25 years at Luther Seminary in Adelaide and is now retired from active service. He is the author of numerous books and articles. The most recently published of these is Wonderfully Made. He has been a frequent visitor to the USA where he has been closely associated with Doxology. The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel as a regular speaker at its conferences.
He is, by training, an Old Testament theologian but has also taught courses on other parts of the Bible and on pastoral theology. As a teacher of theology he is interested in integrating all the classical theological disciplines pastorally and practically. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and honorary doctorates from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne and Concordia University in Irvine.
Aged 79, he is married to Claire, a church musician and retired music teacher. He is the father of four children, and proud grandfather of ten grandchildren. His hobbies are fishing, gardening, reading novels, viewing films, and doing nothing.
Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.
We believe that God is the author and sustainer of all life. We also know it can be hard to speak about the intrinsic value of that life when it feels like the world is trying to drown us out.
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