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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

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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,

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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

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The Immediate Future

As students graduate and enter the job market, what are their prospects? Are hopeful college graduates destined for disappointment, or is there a light at the end of the recession-shaped tunnel? Are there jobs out there? How can a graduate find them? Join Dr. John

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Flourishing in Singleness

In an overly-sexualized society in which about 97% of people will be married at some point, how should a Christian (and the church in general) think about the devout single life, in comparison to the devout married life? What does a whole and meaningful life

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The End of the World: Why Christians are Culturally Defensive

“If your child wants bread, give them bread and not stone.” Why is most of the Christian subculture perceived as ‘cheesy,’ derivative, and defensive? Why are few Christians, especially youth, convinced of Christianity’s meaningfulness, cultural force, and complexity? Join John Mark Reynolds from the Torrey

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Tweets and Possibility Junkies: The Online "Conversation"

Since human communication is only 15% verbal, what are the benefits and deficiencies of online communication? Is it a conversation? Or merely information distribution? Does it promote discussion and deep thinking or is it just “aphoristic” and “attention-getting?” Join John Mark Reynolds and Paul Spears

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Why Are They Leaving?

Over 50% of Christian students graduate college outside of the faith. Join John Mark Reynolds as he, Rebecca Fort (Executive Director of Wheatstone Academy) and Alishia Fry (Wheatstone Academy alumni and student at Torrey Honors Institute) discuss this phenomenon, its causes, and the ways Wheatstone

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Happy New Year's from Middlebrow

Kick off the new year right with the guys at Middlebrow as they make their big predictions for 2009. From the economy to politics to Bono, Narnia and 3-D NFL games, this is a new year’s podcast that everyone should resolve to hear. Click here

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With All the Stuffing and Feathers…

Reflecting on the upcoming holiday, The Middlebrow team discusses the value and purpose of Thanksgiving with a special guest, the Rev. Canon Dale Owen Th.D., of www.revdaleowen.org, who expresses cynicism about the object of gratitude on Thanksgiving and instead advocates the celebration of Self. Click

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Torrey In Two Houses

The Torrey Honors Institute is splitting into two houses: Morgan House and Johnson House. John Mark Reynolds, Paul Spears, and Fred Sanders (Professors all) discuss why the split was necessary, what it means for current students, and its impact on the future of Torrey. Click

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An Active Rest

As the restful days of summer conclude and are eclipsed by the inauguration of a new school year, John Mark Reynolds, Fred Sanders, and Paul Spears reflect upon the importance and nature of play. Different from idleness–which is recognized as the devil’s playground–leisure not only