Essay / Theology

“Something We Would Not Have the Right to Expect” [Video]

About six months ago I did a couple of interviews with the folks at Grace Communion (click here for the first one). The second and final episode is now available. In it, Mike Morrison asks me about two of my favorite, most Trinitarian subjects: adoption

Essay / Theology

Christmas is a Time for Family

Like most people I know, I have some very special Christmas memories, and many of them revolve around presents: the treasure-hunt gift that culminated in my first basketball, wrapped and hidden in a garbage can, or the tiny little present hidden on the tree itself

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 God our Father, our becoming

Essay / Theology

The Future of Protestantism: Event Video

We’re delighted to bring to you the video of the conversation we hosted on The Future of Protestantism. The event was held at Biola University and was co-sponsored by the Torrey Honors Institute and our friends at the Davenant Trust and First Things, and featured

Essay / Education

Reflections on the History of Torrey—Ep. 3

The final installment! As one chapter in the history of the Torrey Honors Institute closes and another opens, some of the minds responsible for its birth reflect on the development of the program. Join Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Paul Spears, and Dr. Fred Sanders

Essay / Education

Reflections on the History of Torrey—Ep. 2

A bit late, but not too late! As one chapter in the history of the Torrey Honors Institute closes and another opens, some of the minds responsible for its birth reflect on the development of the program. Join Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Paul Spears,

Essay / Education

Reflections on the History of Torrey—Ep. 1

As one chapter in the history of the Torrey Honors Institute closes and another opens, some of the minds responsible for its birth reflect on the development of the program. Join Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Paul Spears, and Dr. Fred Sanders as they discuss

Essay / Art

Kitsch Caught on YouTube

Does Paul Spears irrationally hate decorative plates? Does John Mark Reynolds irrationally love them? Is kitsch more than just tacky? Can value be found in bad culture? In a time when even the most candid moments can end up on YouTube, can professors afford to

Essay / Culture

Fixing Everything

There are a lot of messes in the world (poverty, disease, oil spills, etc.) and a lot of different ways to try to clean them up. How should Christians think about this process? Whose responsibility is this job of “fixing everything”? Join Dr. John Mark

Essay / Culture

Sinning on Facebook

Facebook is pervasive in society today – for some students, it has usurped cell phones as the primary means of communication. What are the implications of this new means of social intercourse? Does Facebook help us know people more fully? Or does it give us

Essay / Podcasts

Hell

Hell is, and always has been, a difficult subject to think about well. God is love – how do Christians get hell from that? Is hell a matter of choice? Punishment? Discipline? Reformation? Are any of those helpful tools to lead Christians to a more

Essay / Literature

Boethius and the Consolation of Philosophy

The last of the Romans, the first of the medievals—Boethius bridges the gap with his classic work, The Consolation of Philosophy. Join Dr. John Mark Reynolds and Dr. Fred Sanders, of the Torrey Honors Institute, as they discuss the method of Lady Philosophy’s consolation and