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  • Well Done

    With integrity and conviction, President Clyde Cook guided Biola to national prominence


    After 25 years as Biola’s president, Clyde Cook will retire in June, a year before the school’s 100th anniversary. The Biola that Cook will hand...

  • Sharing the Whole Gospel

    Social Justice, Relief and Development Ministries Still Seen as a Lesser Priority


    Prominent Christians, like Rick Warren, have recently taken up humanitarian work — to the delight of some Christians and to the chagrin of others....

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    Historically, many evangelicals have believed that Israel has a God-given right to its land and that the nations that support Israel will be...

  • Twelve Must-Read Books

    Your Back-to-School Reading List Recommended By Biola Professors


    (This is a condensed version of the full-length feature.) Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “A man is known by the books he reads.” People are always...

  • The Biggest Threat to Religious Liberty

    Law professor Michael Koby (’88) argues that a 1990 Supreme Court ruling threatens religious freedom.


    Many Christians are concerned about lawsuits that seek to remove Judeo-Christian symbolism from the public sphere, such as Ten Commandments...

  • Why Do Bad Movies Get Made?

    Film professor Michael Gonzales gives an insider’s look at Hollywood corporate culture.


    I’ve often been asked by students how bad movies get made. Why, for example, does a movie with huge potential — an A-list cast, large budget and...

  • Sloppy Agape

    David Alan Black (’75, M.Div. ’80) challenges a common interpretation of Jesus’ famous question: “Peter, do you love me?”


    Traditionally, John 21:15-17 has been a rich source of what Bible scholars call “eisegesis” — reading into the text something the text itself does...

  • The D-Word

    Has Doctrine Become the New Dirty Word?


    In his book A Generous Orthodoxy (Zondervan), Brian McLaren makes a piercing assessment of evangelicals. He says they have focused on having all...

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    Since many Christians are concerned about the content of movies, Biola Connections decided to learn more about the rating system from Dr. Marc...

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    Like other seniors at Biola, 20-year-old Justin Wheeler was excited to be in his final year of college.He had mastered the routine of classes and...

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    A controversial passage, 1 Corinthians 7:21-24, has often been used by Paul’s critics to say he was indifferent to the plight of slaves. And some...

  • The Feminization of the Church

    Why Its Music, Messages and Ministries Are Driving Men Away


    The leaders of a new, Christian movement think they’ve solved a centuries-old mystery: why men are absent from church. But their answer isn’t...

  • Interview With David Murrow

    Author of Why Men Hate Going to Church


    For the cover article of the spring issue of Biola Connections, we interviewed David Murrow, the author of a provocative new book, Why Men Hate...

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    Abortion is often presented as a quick and painless procedure, with no side effects. But, lately, pro-life leaders have argued that women who have...

  • Knowing Yourself

    The Overlooked Key to Becoming a Leader


    I am often asked, “What is the secret to becoming a great leader?” Kevin Cashman in his book, Leadership from the Inside Out, encourages us to...

  • Heavenly Rewards

    What Happens at the Judgment Seat of Christ?


    Mention the judgment seat of Christ, and don’t be surprised if Christians shudder and try to change the subject. Why? It’s because most Christians...

  • Exorcising Our Demons

    Many Evangelicals Are Too Skeptical of the Demonic


    The fall movie lineup included the first major release from a Biola graduate — The Exorcism of Emily Rose, directed and co-written by Scott...

  • Interview With Scott Derrickson

    Director and Co-Writer of The Exorcism of Emily Rose (Sony Pictures, September 2005)


    In October, Biola Connections interviewed Scott Derrickson, via e-mail, about his movie, The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Derrickson graduated from...

  • The Hidden Blessings of Suffering

    A Father Reflects on His Daughter’s Battle With Leukemia


    My years as a student at Biola (1981-1983) were marked with lifelong friendships and a challenge to know God intimately. However, as I reflect on...

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    Brian McLaren’s book A Generous Orthodoxy (Zondervan, 2004) has been called a manifesto of the “emerging church” — a movement that is rethinking...

  • Unjustifiably ‘Undignified’

    Does a Popular Praise Song Ignore the Biblical Context?


    Praise and worship are a huge part of the Christian experience. We are encouraged throughout the Psalms to praise the Lord. We are also called by...

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    The church has been conflicted over the centuries about its relationship to images. The evangelical expression of Christianity has often adopted a...

  • Virtual Reality Check

    How the Internet Has — and Hasn’t — Changed the Church

    Holly Pivec — 

    In the beginning, the Internet was created and it changed the world. Then Christians said, “Let us take dominion and fill it.” So they bought Web...

  • ‘The Research Says’

    How Reliable Are the Statistics We Hear Everyday?


    News headlines are filled with statistics: “Study shows 50 percent of marriages end in divorce” … “Research reveals women are better drivers than...

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    Hear the word “jealous” and images of an insecure, abusive husband easily come to mind. Indeed, jealousy has caused many difficulties and...