Does Sociology Matter for the Church?

In this episode, Darrell Bock and Sam Perry discuss how sociology when done right can benefit the Church and society as a whole.

About the Contributors

Darrell L. Bock

Dr. Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus, and work in cultural engagement as host of the seminary’s Table Podcasts. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) from 2000–2001, served as a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College and Chosen People Ministries. His articles appear in leading publications. He is often an expert for the media on NT issues. Dr. Bock has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction and is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas. When traveling overseas, he will tune into the current game involving his favorite teams from Houston—live—even in the wee hours of the morning. Married for over 40 years to Sally, he is a proud father of two daughters and a son and is also a grandfather.

Samuel L. Perry

Samuel L. Perry is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma. He received his Th.M. from DTS in 2008 and was awarded the W. H. Griffith Thomas award for graduating at the top of his class. He then went on to earn a Masters and PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago, where he was also a fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. An award-winning scholar and teacher, Dr. Perry is among the nation’s leading experts in Christianity and American Politics. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Perry is also the author of four books including the award-winning Taking America Back for God (with Andrew Whitehead) and The Flag and the Cross (with Philip Gorski).