Essay / Theology

9 Papers on Locating Atonement for L.A. Theology Conference 2015

Locating Atonement, the 2015 Los Angeles Theology Conference, will be held January 15-16 on the campus of Biola University. Convinced that "theories and models" is a tired way of talking about the theology of the atonement, a trope with some…
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Essay / The Common Room

The Common Room: The Faerie Queene

Dr. Matt Jenson moderates a discussion with Dr. Melissa Schubert and Dr. Joe Henderson on Edmund Spenser's epic poem, The Faerie Queene.


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Essay / Theology

Well To Start With, Your Last Theologian Was A Idiot

I've spent a little time this summer with contractors and plumbers and concrete guys and appliance repairmen, and by "I've spent time with" I mean "I've been paying." Like most things that aren't theology, it has reminded me of theology.…

Essay / Theology

The Common Room: What did John Wesley Make of 1 John?

The Common Room: Dr. Matt Jenson and Dr. Fred Sanders discuss the topic, "What did John Wesley Make of 1 John?" Watch the video here:

Essay / Theology

The Suffering of the Christ in the Psalms

As soon as Jesus had confirmed to his disciples that he was “the Christ, the son of the living God,” he went on to tell them that it was necessary that he would suffer and die at the hands of…

Essay / Education

The Abundant Style of Erasmus

I had heard that Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536) wrote a book showing hundreds of ways to say "thanks for your letter," so I went and looked it up, just to see what one of the Renaissance's prime movers was thinking…

Essay / Blog

Remembering Chris Mitchell

On Thursday night, my dear friend Chris died of a heart attack. We in the Torrey Honors Institute were—are—in complete shock. There were no warning signs, nothing indicating that his health was in decline. (An undetected heart disease proved to…

Essay / Misc.

In Memoriam: Chris Mitchell (1950-2014)

“We cannot understand. The best is perhaps what we understand least.” ― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord.Whoever has faith in me shall have life,even though he die.And everyone who has life,and has…

Essay / Literature

Leaf By Niggle: A Recommendation

“Beauty, Eucatastrophe, and the Doctrine of Grace in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Leaf By Niggle” In September 1944, J. R. R. Tolkien received a request from The Dublin Review for a story that would be “an effective expression of Catholic humani­ty.” In…

Essay / Culture

I Believe in the Communion of (Global) Saints: Writing World Christianity

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out…

Essay / Philosophy

Loving Life Under the Sun

“Vanity, all is vanity” is the theme of the Teacher in Ecclesiastes, the fruit of wide experience and deep reflection. Pleasure, folly, great projects, householding, riches, opulence, art, sex, honor, public works, all fall under the same verdict: there is…