Emanuel “Ricky” Padilla

We were always meant to make and live in cities, but we’ve never made the right one.”

Biography

Emanuel “Ricky” Padilla (M.A. Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is a professor of theology and cultural engagement at Moody Bible Institute. His thesis, Seeking Zion: The Gospel and the City We Make, is an exploration of the theology that informed the built environment in Chicago. He oversees and teaches courses in both English and Spanish at the Spiritual Leadership Academy (SLA), a professional development and training initiative for church leaders. Emanuel has long been interested in the study and creation of culture in communities of varying sizes and purposes. His research interests include sociology, organizational culture, theology and culture, history, philosophy (particularly of language), and new urbanism. A conference speaker and consultant, Emanuel’s desire is to support the Church in Her mission to bear witness to God’s Kingdom in the different world’s She creates and inhabits.

In addition to teaching at MBI, Emanuel serves as part of Good News Bible Church, a congregation in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. He loves basketball (the most beautiful sport ever made) and wishes he had about 15 more inches on him. Beyond basketball, Emanuel loves all things Chicago (food, music, spoken word, architecture, you name it!), and odds are high you’d find him exploring a paper store on his off time in the city. Prior to teaching, Emanuel was an artist of One Spirit Ministries, a Hispanic Christian Hip Hop record-label. If you’d like to hear some of his music, check out this playlist.

Published Works

If you’re interested in learning more about works written by Emanuel, here are some samples:

  • Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies Book Review – International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching (IJC&ELT), June 2018
  • Seeking Zion: The Gospel and the City We Make Thesis – Trinity International University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2017

Courses Designed and/or Taught:

  • Spring 2015 | TH 6601 Church and Culture: A graduate level online course on a theology of culture for the Master of Arts in Biblical Preaching program offered through Moody Distance Learning.
  • Spring 2015 | BE 6603 Preaching and Culture: A graduate level online course on preaching for the Master of Arts in Biblical Preaching program offered through Moody Distance Learning.
  • Spring 2017 | PS 4463 Cultural Dynamics of Congregational Ministry: An undergraduate level online course on the human and religious dynamics that affect congregational ministry. This course is required for the Bachelors of Arts in Ministry Leadership program offered through Moody Distance Learning.
  • Spring 2017 | PS 4410 The Church and Community: An undergraduate level online course meant to prepare students to study local cultures and make proposals for community engagement. This course is required for the Bachelors of Arts in Ministry Leadership program offered through Moody Distance Learning.
  • Spring 2018 | TH 2210 Theology and Culture: An undergraduate level online course on a theology of culture. This course is required for the Bachelors of Arts in Theology and Cultural Engagement program offered through Moody Distance Learning.
  • Spring 2018 | TH 3302 Method for Biblical Theology: An undergraduate level online course on the development and application of biblical theology. This course is required for the Bachelors of Arts in Theology and Cultural Engagement program offered through Moody Distance Learning.
  • Spring 2018 | TH 4407 Thinking Theologically about World Systems: An undergraduate level online course on the interrelation between world systems and institutions with an emphasis on the theological evaluation of these systems. This course is required for the Bachelors of Arts in Theology and Cultural Engagement program offered through Moody Distance Learning.
  • Spring 2018 | TH 4402 God and Politics: Kingdom Sovereignty, and Freedom: An undergraduate level online course focused on a theological investigation of God as King. This course is required for the Bachelors of Arts in Theology and Cultural Engagement program offered through Moody Distance Learning.

Sermons and Presentations

Presentations:

  • May 2015 | NACCAP National Conference • Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach, FL
    (Organizational Culture & Leadership) Student Workers: Are they worth the price you pay?
  • May 2017 | Moody’s Pastor’s Conference • Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
    (Theology and Hermeneutics) Watch the Preacher Sing and Dance: How poetic preaching moves us
  • May 2018 | Moody’s Pastor’s Conference • Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
    (Theology and Cultural Engagement) Creando Cultura: Manejando la herramienta más poderosa del ministro