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The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant (Book Review)

Michael Gorman’s new book, “The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement,” is a big-picture account of the work of Christ as a covenantal reality. The movement begins with the biblical interweaving of

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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 be the cause.) Chris and

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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 committed himself to me in


Essay / Education

20 things I wish I knew as a college student

I don’t know if you are like me, but as I look back on my college years I wish someone would have pulled me aside and given me some tips on how best to pursue an education at the university. So I decided to put


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20 Things I Have Learned as a College Professor

As the start of the fall semester is almost upon me I have been diligently trying to complete my summer projects and prepare for my classes. As I was working it dawned on me that I am looking forward to the beginning of the year.

Scriptorium Daily Classics

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Scriptorium Daily Classics: Celebrating our Ten Year Anniversary

Scriptorium Daily is officially ten years old….and we want to throw a party. A decade ago, “blogs” were a new medium that (we were told) was going to revolutionize the news industry by enabling anyone with expertise to broadcast their opinion.  The effects of the


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The Future of Protestantism: A Public Conversation

Should the shape of Protestant theology and the Protestant consciousness still be determined by the Reformation’s reaction to Roman Catholicism? In late 2013, Dr. Peter Leithart ignited an  dialogue on the meaning, role, and future of Protestantism with a widely-read article at First Things. On April

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Welcome to the New Scriptorium Daily

Welcome to the new Scriptorium Daily, which if you have been around for a while might remind you of the old Scriptorium Daily. We are very grateful to our friends at Patheos for hosting us the past few years.  Joining forces was an experiment, one

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Ashes and Life

This summer a neighbor of mine died. I had gotten to know Jim and his wife, Teresa, during the last ten years I’ve lived on their street. I had the privilege of offering a tribute at his memorial service. The service was unlike any I’d

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How Do I Learn From Experience If I Don't Have Any?

Earlier this summer, I got an email from John Buchanan, a current student in the Torrey Honors Institute: Hello, Dr. Jenson. As you may be told from time to time, you are the mentor that seemed sensible to talk to regarding the subject of this

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On Being the Local Church: A Musing

Last December I helped plant a new church in La Mirada – Anglican Church of the Epiphany (ACE). Not only did I help plant it but I am the pastor of the church too. Needless to say life has gotten quite busy in the last

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Change: Looking Back and Looking Forward

I am waxing a bit nostalgic at the moment. Fifteen years have gone by since I first faced a class of eighteen eager and thoughtful young people, wondering who this strange guy in tweed playing second fiddle to the charismatic, magic-producing founder of the Torrey