Latest Episode

  • Ethics II: The History of Bioethics

    Join Michael for a (brief) review of some key ethics principles and a (brief) look at the history of bioethics. Here’s a definition of bioethics from the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto: “Ethics gives us a system of moral principles to guide the way we behave and treat others. Bioethics is the […]

  • Ethics II: Made in God’s Image

    Episode one of our look at ethics and the body, or bioethics. We look at the body in the Bible, beginning (of course!) in the Garden of Eden.

  • Systematics II: Atonement in John

    In the final episode of our look at John’s Jesus, we explore various atonement theories as described in John. In preparing this episode, I rely on the work of Linwood Urban, and his remarkable book A Short History of Christian Thought. Here is a non-affiliate link to Thrift Books, since this classic seems to out […]

Master of Divinity Podcast

Join me for a look at the basic degree in Christian theology.

The overall purpose of this podcast is to give you a broad outline of the kinds of things ministers learn as they prepare to serve the church. Five areas—Bible, history, ethics, theology, and practical theology—make up the

outline of the degree. Each topic forms a course of three or four episodes, with the first 20 or so episodes dedicated to introductory material. We will then begin a series of advanced courses, continuing to examine our five main areas.


Thoughtful, well researched podcasts. Very informative. Looking forward to more episodes.
—Dr. Abigail Johnson, author of “Reflecting with God: Connecting Faith and Daily Life in Small Groups”

Future Episodes

Future courses include Jesus on Trial, An Introduction to Pastoral Care, and Biomedical Ethics.

About Michael

Michael Kooiman is a retired minister of the United Church of Canada. Most of his 31 years in ministry was spent in Toronto, serving congregations with a heart for community outreach. Michael’s passion is preaching: he completed a Doctor of Ministry in homiletics in 2009.