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    New Role for a Familiar Face

    André Stephens (’91) steps into vice presidential position

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    In the fall of 1986 a high school senior stepped onto Biola’s campus for the first time during a University Preview Day. He stayed in the...

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    Biola professors William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland were recognized this fall on the list of “The 50 Most Influential Living Philosophers” on the...

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    Biola University has been granted a 10-year reaccreditation term — the longest term possible — from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges...

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    Biola inducted two alumni into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 24: Jeff Benbow, a three-time All-American men's soccer player, and Christine...

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    The Truth, Well Told

    Former Microsoft communications director Jun Young (’95) runs his own Seattle-based firm

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    For Jun Young (‘95), it’s always been about stories. Since the interest was sparked during his time at Biola and ignited in his professional...

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    Singing Through the Bible

    Amy Treadwell Toy (’03) writes a song every day to excite kids about memorizing Scripture

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    One girl. One year. 365 original songs straight from Scripture. That’s the YouTube description of “Sing Through the Bible,” a daily video project...

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    The Culture of Complaint

    Moving from complaining to gratitude

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    This issue’s Last Word comes from The Good Book Blog, the faculty blog of Biola’s Talbot School of Theology. This article is adapted from a post...

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    Christ-Centered for the Common Good

    Four Ways Christian Colleges Contribute to the Flourishing of Society

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    By Brett McCracken What would society look like if, in a decade or so, there were no Christian colleges and universities? Or what if the Biolas,...

  • The Good Book Blog

    Clint Arnold — 

    This was a question posed to me by NBC News reporter John Larson a few years ago. The interview was part of a Dateline episode that explored the topic of Satan, evil spirits, and supernatural evil. As often happens in the editorial process, only a small portion of the 45-minute interview was included in the show. I thought I would share a more complete account of the interview.

  • Student Life Blog

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    Mike Ahn and Carrie Stockton field questions on how to flourish while being single.

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    Sean McDowell — 

    How would you make a case for Christian sexual morality in a secular setting? Specifically, what would you say if you were asked to speak on the Christian view of homosexuality and same-sex marriage in a university classroom? This is exactly the opportunity that motivated pastor Matthew Rueger to start researching and studying Christian sexuality in depth, and ultimately to write the book Sexual Morality in a Christless World.

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    Doug Keller — 

    Get control of your finances... Here's how!

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    Alex Bell — 

    Being homesick isn't unusual, and it isn't even a bad thing. Here are some ways to work through it.

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    Alex Bell — 

    Need a 40-hour day? Here's how to be wise with the 24 you've got.

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    Jose Ordonez — 

    Getting sick is bad enough; getting sick at college is worse. Here's some help.

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    Sally McComb — 

    Lim construction work requires more spaces

  • The Good Book Blog

    Sean McDowell — 

    What was unique about Christian practices and teachings in the first three centuries of the church? And how did such a minority faith — which was considered irrelevant, extreme, and at odd with the role “religion” is supposed to play in a pagan society — ultimately prevail? In his recent book Destroyer of the gods, New Testament scholar Larry Hurtado focuses on the first of these questions. But his book also has powerful implications for the second.

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    Vladimir Yakim — 

    Saturday, October 1, 2016, marked the publication of a tremendous evangelical resource for Russian-speaking students of the Bible. At the National Pedagogical University of Dragomanova in Kyiv, Ukraine, the Slavic Bible Commentary (hereafter SBC) was officially presented and highly celebrated. This project, five years in the making, incorporates the work of over 90 Slavic evangelical scholars.

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    Elizabeth Pintarich — 

    BiolaVotes! is a campaign to raise awareness about voter responsibility. We want to make sure your voice is heard in all upcoming elections. Your...

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    Sean McDowell — 

    Nabeel Qureshi is one of the leading apologists today on Islam. Raised in a devout Muslim home in the United States, Nabeel became a Christian in college. He records his faith journey in his first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (2014). His second book, Answering Jihad, was written as his response to the “why” behind the recent jihadist terrorist attacks. His latest book, No God but One: Allah or Jesus? A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam & Christianity, released in August 2016. It is an excellent book for Christians to better understand Islam and how to answer tough questions Muslims often raise, but also a great book to give to your Muslim friend. Along with his M.D., Nabeel has three master’s degrees, including a master's in Christian apologetics from Biola University (where I teach). Coinciding with this latest book release, Nabeel was diagnosed with late stage stomach cancer. Nabeel answers a few questions related to his most recent book in this blog post.

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    Kenneth Berding — 

    Each time I have read through The Chronicles of Narnia I have been struck by some apparent linguistic and cultural allusions to the Turkic-world in C.S. Lewis’s beloved series for children. Two of these seem beyond any reasonable doubt to be allusions to things Turkic, others seem very likely to connect somehow, and still others feel to the present author like connections, but may not in fact be. As a non-specialist, I list these for the consideration of those who are more familiar with linguistic/cultural influences on Lewis than I. I am a professor of New Testament who happens also to fluently speak and read modern Turkish. Moreover, I genuinely admire Lewis’s writings. These are my only qualifications. Readers who understand Lewis can research my suggestions further.

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    Sean McDowell — 

    For the past fifteen years (or so), I have had the privilege of speaking at camps, conferences, schools, churches, and universities worldwide. People quite frequently ask me what it takes to develop a speaking ministry. While there are certainly people with platforms far beyond mine, here are some personal thoughts that I hope will help those of you desiring to become a public speaker.

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    Sean McDowell — 

    Professor Scott Rae is one of the leading Christian ethicists today. As an undergrad, I had the opportunity to take his class on business ethics...and it was one of my favorites. I have used his book Moral Choices for my high school honors Bible class, and I consider it one of the best texts on ethics. Now, he has written a short, concise introduction to ethics called Introducing Christian Ethics: A Short Guide to Making Moral Choices, which officially releases today. If you are looking for a book to use as a text for a class, a small group, or even personal study, this book would be an excellent choice. Dr. Rae briefly answered a few of my questions regarding ethics today.

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    Kenneth Way — 

    The book of Ruth presents the inspiring journey of God’s people from tragedy to triumph. The story is a mirror opposite of Israel’s depressing journey from triumph to tragedy that is presented in the book of Judges.

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    William Craig — 

    Are Souls/spirits dependent on God for existence or not? I am currently an atheist who is looking for reasons to believe that God exists. I was once a Christian but became an atheist by rationalisation when I realised that I believed simply because I was raised to believe. I have since become horrified by the implications of the atheistic explanation of life's origin (particularly mindless spontaneous generation), not to mention what it says about human destiny. I find the concept of God inspiring and want to believe that God exists but continuously encounter obstacles from numerous sources ranging from atheistic materialism to biblical and doctrinal difficulties. If something is true then it should make sense. Herewith one of those difficulties. My understanding of spiritual death and hell is that it is the natural consequence of choosing separation from God who is the source of spiritual life. I base this on the fact that the bible states that "the wages of sin is death" and other places in the bible where Jesus indicates that he (God) is the source of life. However hell as consequence, which for some reason cannot be changed after death, (rather than punishment) only seems just and makes sense to me if the soul is indestructible and able to exist independently of God. Yet my conceptual understanding of God is that He is the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient being who sustains the existence of everything. If he stopped sustaining it would not exist. If that is true then how can anything continue to exist if it is actually separated from omnipotent God? Where can anything be that an omnipresent God is not? Does this not mean that God is actively sustaining the souls of the damned purely so that they can suffer? For eternity? Or can even omnipotent God not destroy a soul? Neither really make sense to me. This is therefore one of the (unfortunately many)things that makes me doubt that the bible is true as much as I want it to be true ...