If you had asked Chloe Sun as a girl in Hong Kong what she expected her life would be like when she grew up, she probably would not have imagined that she would end up in the US for college, become a Christian, and then serve as the catalyst for her whole family embracing the gospel. She also could not have imagined that she would fall in love with Hebrew and the Old Testament, leading to her becoming a biblical scholar and a seminary dean, with a call to train the next generation of Chinese church leaders in North America. But despite her academic credentials with a PhD from Fuller Seminary and her status as one of the few Asian female scholars in her discipline, Chloe still considers herself as someone who operates in the margins of a dominant culture in which she often feels invisible and and hidden.
Chloe's life mirrors that of the topic she tackles in her unique and compelling book Conspicuous in His Absence: Studies in the Song of Songs and Esther. In this book, Chloe examines a combination of biblical texts that are rarely studied together but which share a common characteristic: God is absent in both. As she illuminates what we can learn about God through his absence, Chloe also makes it clear through her work and her words that those on the margins have much to say and offer even though they are often absent from the center of the church and the academy. Take this opportunity to listen and get to know a thoughtful, brilliant scholar and writer with much to offer through her life and her writing.
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Helen Lee, Producer and Creator
Helen Lee is the associate director of strategic partnerships and initiatives; she has a B.A. from Williams College in bioethics, and M.A. from Wheaton College Graduate School in interdisciplinary studies; and an MBA from Babson College in entrepreneurship. She enjoys reading novels by authors of color, finding spots of natural beauty wherever she can, and listening to podcasts such as Serial, The Rewatchables, Filmspotting, and The Disrupters. You can find Helen on Twitter and Instagram @HelenLeeBooks.
Ed Gilbreath, Co-Host
Formerly an editor at IVP, Ed is currently an executive leader at Christianity Today; he earned his bachelor’s in communication arts from Judson University and a master’s in philosophy of history from Olivet Nazarene University. He is also the author of two IVP books: Reconciliation Blues and Birmingham Revolution. Ed loves listening to an eclectic mix of music, reading narrative nonfiction books on American history and pop culture, and taking long walks while listening to podcasts such as NPR’s How I Built This, The Daily, Pass the Mic, and CT’s Quick to Listen. Follow Ed on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.