Dr. Petitfils completed his doctorate from UCLA in 2013, writing a dissertation exploring ancient Roman, Jewish, and Christian discourse on exemplary leadership. His research interests include storytelling and moral formation in the Roman Mediterranean, early Christian martyrdom, and leadership in the New Testament and early Christianity. He has previously taught at UCLA, Talbot, and Biola University in the areas of world history as well as New Testament history, literature, and leadership. Along with his research and teaching, he has been a pastor in Redondo Beach for over 15 years. Dr. Petitfils is happily married and has two young kids. He enjoys surfing, family beach days, and burritos. 1. One error that we, as humans, can make is to think that our time is exceptional. Whether, like Lewis’ phrase ‘chronological snobbery’ we think we’re so much more sophisticated and reasonable than those who’ve gone before us, or like chicken little we convince ourselves the sky is definitely going to fall in this generation, we can tend to view the present without the benefit of the past. You specialize in the early church, how can studying history benefit Christians? 2. A couple years ago you did a seminar for our church called lessons that the Post-Christian West can learn from Pre-Christian Rome. What are those lessons? 3. From a historical perspective, are there other time periods or settings that are most similar to the current situation in America? What was that like? What can we learn? 4. If no theology is done in a vacuum, then historical circumstances probably produced certain flawed/heretical theological works and other robust and orthodox works. Can you think of any examples of that happening? How do you see our current moment playing itself out in good and bad theology?