Jason Lief PhD

Professor / Theologian / Immigration Organizer

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What does it mean to love God and love my neighbor? What does faith have to do with politics, and economics?

Speaking Topics

Faith and Immigration

A Christian Approach

What does Social Justice have to do with Loving Jesus?

Creating Conversation

A Christian Approach to Political Discussions

What is the relationship between science and faith? How might Christians read the bible as God’s infallible word and still take the insights of scientific exploration seriously?

Speaking Topics

Biblical Interpretation in an Age of Science

A Theological Conversation Between Science and Faith

A Dialogue Between Science and Faith

With Biology Colleague Dr. Sara Tolsma

The purpose of these presentations is not to convince young people to hold a particular view of creation, the bible, or science; instead, the focus is to help young people better understand what the bible and science have to say (and not say) with regard to the cosmos.

Looking for a speaker for Spiritual Renewal Week or Retreat?

Here’s What I have to offer

  • Presentations that are biblically based, engaging, and relevant to the lives of young people.
  • Presentations that will help young people come to a deeper understanding of spirituality faith as part of their embodied life within God’s good creation.
  • Presentations that weave together biblical truth with personal stories all grounded in the rich traditions of the Christian faith.
  • Presentations that take the anxieties and fears young people struggle with care and compassion.
  • Presentations that help young people discover the rich, practical, insights of ancient Christian practices of prayer and scripture reading.
  • No tricks, gimmicks, or emotional manipulation—Just heart felt conversation about what it means to live as the new humanity of Jesus Christ in the world
  • An invitation for young people to take up God’s call for their lives, loving God and loving their neighbor.

My Experience

  • High School Bible Teacher for Ten years
  • College Professor Teaching Bible, Theology, and Youth Ministry for over Twelve Years
  • Co Planner, Co Leader, and Speaker: Prairie Serve Mission Project in Partnership with Youth Unlimited
  • My Background allows me to connect with Young People across denominations and traditions
  • Interim Pastor and Preacher for the past two years

Speaking Topics

Love God – Love the World

Five session walk through the gospel of Luke focusing on what it means for our lives to be signs of God’s love for this world

Earthy Spirituality

A multi session presentation on the spiritually of St. Francis of Assisi and what he has to say to young people today.

Practices for a Deeper Faith

A multi session presentation on the meaning and power of prayer and scripture reading that helps young people cultivate a non-anxious faith.

The Gospel According to WALL-E

A Multi session presentation using the Pixar Film WALL-E in conversation with the Good News of the saving work of Jesus Christ.

The purpose of these presentations is not to convince young people to hold a particular view of creation, the bible, or science; instead, the focus is to help young people better understand what the bible and science have to say (and not say) with regard to the cosmos.

Speaker Info

Dr Jason Lief PhD

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”.

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