Jason Lief PhD

Professor / Theologian / Immigration Organizer

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Associate Professor Of Biblical And Theological Studies

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Jason Lief is Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA.. Jason served as the chaplain for Pella (Iowa) Christian High School while earning a master’s degree in theology from Wheaton College Graduate School. He also completed a doctorate in practical theology from Luther Seminary. He previously taught theology and youth ministry at Dordt College for 10 years. Jason is the author of “Poetic Youth Ministry: Loving Young People by Learning to Let Them Go” and "Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred Within the Secular West: Transgressing the Sacred”.

We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


God’s program does not contradict the earth’s programs. It does contradict the sins of the earth’s programs. That is why the church has to proclaim God’s reign—to remove sin from the earth’s programs and to encourage the formation of programs in accord with God’s reign. That is the great work of Christians in history.

Oscar Romero

March 15, 2019

Ornamental Cross: Racism and Cheap Grace

Those who think the gospel is being co-opted by a leftist ideology like to throw around the term "social gospel". Bringing the gospel into conversation with social problems like racism or poverty, in their mind, misrepresents the gospel. Jesus came to die for our personal…
March 13, 2019

Immigration and Racism in the Heart of Trump Country

I live in the reddest county in the state of Iowa. When they show one of those blue and red maps on TV, there isn't a red that's red enough to represent where I live. To be fair, this is only Trump country by default.…
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March 9, 2019

Believing the Bible: Kuyper and Bavinck

A Reformed approach to the bible has never focused on a hyper-literal reading of the text. For John Calvin, the truth of scripture comes through God's accommodation to our human condition. This is the beauty of a Reformed hermeneutic that takes the human aspects of…