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Articles by Barry Corey



  • Biola Magazine

    Biola Through the Lens of President and Parent

    Book excerpt from 'Make the Most of It' by President Barry H. Corey

    Barry Corey — 

    Four years after starting my job as the university’s president, our oldest graduated from high school and decided to attend Biola. Given my role at...

  • Biola Magazine

    A Mother’s Letter

    President's Perspective

    Barry Corey — 

    Labor Day weekend brought the campus back to life. After a quiet summer, hundreds of jammed cars, SUVs and trailers hauled in the stuff of our...

  • Biola Magazine

    The Virtue of Boredom

    President's Perspective

    Barry Corey — 

    We need oxygen to live, not a phone. Some think it’s both. Paula and I were having dinner in Lower Manhattan when we were reminded of this. At one...

  • Biola Magazine

    Barry Corey — 

    Jesus said in Luke 12, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind...

  • Biola Magazine

    Barry Corey — 

    Biola students returning to campus this fall encountered a Calvary Chapel that has beenartistically transformed. This summer, the renowned Danish...

  • Biola Magazine

    Barry Corey — 

    In the Australian outback, cattle are kept on a ranch by either building a fence around the perimeter or building a well in the center. The first...

  • Biola Magazine

    Anchored in the Word

    President's Perspective

    Barry Corey — 

    Ten years ago, when I started at Biola, I could not have predicted so much of what has happened. More and more, I find myself pondering Biola’s...

  • Biola Magazine

    On Higher Ground

    President's Perspective

    Barry Corey — 

    Come July, Paula and I will have been at Biola University for 10 years. A lot of wonderful developments have happened during that decade, most of...

  • Biola Magazine

    Barry Corey — 

    The 60 months of our fundraising campaign, “A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University,” have been a journey for...

  • Biola Magazine

    A New Day

    Empowered by a historic campaign that raised $214 million, Biola University is poised to begin a bold new chapter

    Barry Corey — 

    On a January day a little more than five years ago, the Biola Board of Trustees cast a vote that made me feel both exhilarated and daunted. By...

  • Biola Magazine

    On Senate Bills and a Better Story

    President's Perspective

    Barry Corey — 

    I have to be honest. If you had told me nine years ago, when the moving truck was settling our family into California, that the state legislature...

  • Biola Magazine

    Barry Corey — 

    This spring, Biola University's Center for Christian Thought (CCT) and Center for Marriage and Relationships (CMR) hosted a one-day symposium on...

  • Biola Magazine

    The Radical Call of Kindness

    Why the church must recover Christian compassion in an age of incivility

    Barry Corey — 

    I held the hand of the kindest man I everknew, sitting by his bedside in silent reverence while he lay shrouded in sheets bleached white. We were...

  • Biola Magazine

    Barry Corey — 

    One of my great joys is serving at a university where 1,022 students are majoring in the sciences, planning for vocations in fields from research...

  • Biola Magazine

    A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage

    President Barry H. Corey offers his perspective on the launch of The Campaign for Biola University

    Barry Corey — 

    B-I-O-L-A! B-I-O-L-A! B-I-O-L-A! The five-lettered chant — with a force on the O — is a common student refrain in our Chase Gymnasium as they...

  • Biola Magazine

    The Journey Through Yosemite

    President's Perspective

    Barry Corey — 

    Someone recently told me Christians need to stop using the journey motif because it’s tired and hollow. I get it, in part. Platitudes about “life...

  • Biola Magazine

    A Receivable University

    President's Perspective

    Barry Corey — 

    It’s a story far longer than I have time to tell entirely, but one day when I was in my late 20s and trying to make sense of the world, my father...

  • The Good Book Blog

    Barry Corey — 

    Quiet grieving in the company of the bereft — neither providing answers nor hasty words about “being in a better place” — is among the highest and humblest ways we live out our Romans 12 calling to “weep with those who weep.” It’s even true when we comfort the profoundly grief-stricken who are complete strangers. This is what I told 35 Biola Chorale students as we rode through the night’s rain toward Jindo Island on Monday, April 28, 2014.

  • The Good Book Blog

    Barry Corey — 

    Oh! Little town of Newtown, how still and sad we see thee lie. Newtown. About 100 miles from the little town where I grew up. That Connecticut bedroom village where local industries long manufactured fire hoses and folding boxes. The town where the game Scrabble began. The bucolic community where pizza places are called Carminuccio’s and elementary schools are called Sandy Hook. The New England hamlet where names of streets describe its pastoral landscape, names like Head of Meadows, Boggs Hill and Deep Brook.