Essay / Theology

Event: Future of the Church, Sept. 9

Mark your calendar for an event Torrey Honors Institute is hosting at Biola University on Wednesday September 9 at 7pm (PST): The Future of the Church. It's a follow-up to last year's very popular Future of Protestantism discussion, and an attempt…

Essay / Theology

Christ and the Prophetic Mountain Range

This month I got to preach on Mark 13:1-27 at my church home, Grace Evangelical Free Church (La Mirada and Fullerton). We're preaching through the gospel of Mark, and behold, the time had come for the Olivet Discourse. Though most…

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Essay / Education

"Homer is Like Sirens... His Myths are Not There for Fun"

Bishop Eustathius of Thessalonica (1115-1195) wrote a long, Greek commentary on the Iliad, which he introduced with this commendation of Homer. He thinks everybody should read Homer, but his strategy seems to be making the poet seem deep, dark, and…

Essay / Education

Head Held High: A Glimpse into the Heart of Education

A student gave me a beautiful reminder of the heart of a liberal arts education last semester. And it wasn’t because she got good grades. In fact, her grades were pretty poor. Having done the vast majority of the work…

Essay / Theology

Pastoring with Gregory of Nazianzus

I recently read The Pastor as Public Theologian by Kevin Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan in which they rightly recognize that the role of the pastor-theologian has gone by the wayside, replaced, for example, by the pastor-CEO, pastor-therapist and/or pastor-social activist.…

Essay / Theology

A Theology of Ice Cream

Americans eat more ice cream than any other country – a whopping four to five gallons a year per person! A good chunk of that is eaten by a much smaller portion of the population, present company included. I love…

Essay / Theology

"Learn Again How to Discern" (Kavin Rowe)

In the Torrey Honors Institute, our students study the Bible (along with classic theology texts) and the great books (including literary, philosophical, and political texts). The two sides of this education are constantly informing each other. I was recently reminded…

Essay / Literature

Basement of the Museum

On the second page of a long book about the plays of Aeschylus, critic Thomas Rosenmeyer explains how he intends to proceed. He wants to help modern non-specialists, readers who are getting their Aeschylus in English, by showing them how…

Essay / Theology

Work(s) of the Spirit

Here is a great sentence from Basil of Caesarea's fourth-century treatise On the Holy Spirit: Through the Holy Spirit comes our restoration to Paradise, our ascension to the Kingdom of heaven, our adoption as God's sons, our freedom to call…

Essay / Blog

Wedding Homily for Brett and Lydia

For Brett Stroud and Lydia Plett, July 18, 2015. Brett and Lydia, this is it. Today, you will be married. After long years of dating, more miles logged in LA traffic than anyone would care to count, dueling grad school…

Essay / Theology

The Story of Monasticism; or, What Monastics Can Teach Us

Why wouldn’t everyone want to be a monk or nun? These days you will get your own room, never have to overthink the daily “What will I wear?” debate, be allotted plenty of time with God and, if you choose…