Jason Lief PhD

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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

May 16, 2019

Paganism, Sex, and St. Francis: Reading G.K. Chesterton on the Way to Assisi

For the next two and a half weeks I'm taking six students on a Franciscan pilgrimage. We'll be immersed in all things St. Francis, spending multiple days in Assisi, followed by a long walk to Rome where Francis petitioned the pope to legitimize his little…
Science and FaithTheology
May 9, 2019

Jesus Loves You and Evolution is True, is a new book written by myself, Jason Lief, and my colleague, Sara Tolsma. The purpose of the book is to bring theology and biology into conversation over the topic of evolutionary theory. As young people increasingly have…
Science and FaithTheology
May 6, 2019

St. Francis and King Krule: Pilgrimage and Music

Once again I'm joined by my son Christian for this episode of Lumberjack Theology. We discuss St. Francis of Assisi, my new book Jesus Loves you and Evolution is True, and the music of King Cruel.