What does it really mean to be a “good” person?
How does God help us in the process of becoming “good”?
Dr. Mac Sandlin has some great thoughts to share on these and other important questions. In this conversation, we will discuss the value of Virtue Ethics in establishing a pro-active way of being, as well as the role of the Holy Spirit in molding us into the image of Christ.
I’m delighted to feature Dr. Mac Sandlin in this episode of Research Spotlight. Mac holds degrees from Harding University and the Harding School of Theology, and he recently defended his dissertation at the University of Dayton. His topic:
Help Us To Be Good: A Pneumatological Virtue Ethic for Churches of Christ
It is his work here that is the basis for our conversation today.
- Asking better questions about what ethics ought to be
- Developing better language for speaking about the Holy Spirit
- Appreciating the way that Divine mysteries help us to cultivate more childlike faith
- How the Spirit helps us to become more like God
- Allowing God’s story to influence your own story
About Mac Sandlin
Dr. Mac Sandlin has been teaching at Harding University since 2010, having previously served ten years as youth minister at the Beebe Church of Christ. He’s been a member at Beebe his whole life and is currently a deacon and supervises adult education.
At Harding, Mac is a professor in the College of Bible and Ministry where he teaches courses on ethics, theology, philosophy, and the Old and New Testaments. He also works with the Honors College there.
Mac and his wife Jenni have three children and live in Searcy, Arkansas.
Dr. Sandlin suggests these resources for further study in the areas we discuss in our conversation.
- The Holy Spirit: Classic and Contemporary Readings by Eugene F. Rogers, Jr.
- We Believe in the Holy Spirit edited by Joel C. Elowsky
- I Believe in the Holy Spirit by Yves Congar
- The Christian Case for Virtue Ethics by Joseph J. Kotva, Jr.