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  • Student Life Blog

    John Tuttle — 

    Emotional intimacy while dating is a good thing...but how much?

  • Student Life Blog

    Tamra Malone, Carrie Stockton — 

    Why affinity organizations matter.

  • Student Life Blog

    John Tuttle — 

    Or, why people at Biola don't.

  • The Good Book Blog

    William Lane Craig — 

    Hello sir, I'm pursuing MA in Philosophy (Mysore University, India) and have completed Bachelor of Divinity (Serampore University). I just got into trouble with Hindu Monistic views after attending some lectures, and I don't know who to enquire other than you. Is Christian a Dualist? For us, Creation and Creator are totally different and so the existence of evil. When we reach the pearly gates, we will still be human beings not Divine Being. But for Hindu, when a person is liberated, he/she becomes one with God. So their ultimate reality is One. What about us? Is our ultimate reality One or two? Or? ...

  • The Good Book Blog

    Sean McDowell — 

    We have all heard the grim news: Church attendance is declining across denominations and young people are disengaging the church.[1] In an effort to address this problem, the team at Fuller Youth Institute has released a new book: Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church (Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin). What makes Growing Young unique is that it is based upon an in-depth study of scholars, national ministry leaders, youth ministry experts, as well as research and visits to 363 diverse congregations who have effective ministries to young people. Like their previous book Sticky Faith, this book is based on careful research and analysis ...

  • The Good Book Blog

    Dave Keehn — 

    With the globalization of everything in today’s society, the concept that the whole world is my “neighbor” to love (i.e. help) is a valid mindset. I can see images of impoverished children on my phone; I can visit communities with economic challenges on the other side of the globe through international travel. Organizations such as ONE (whose celebrity advocate Bono rallies millions of his fans to sign its petitions and give money at U2 concerts) and Compassion International (which enlists millions of church-goers to sponsor a child in need by allowing a donor to see pictures of the children and pick the child based on looks and/or the desired country the person is drawn to) have rallied countless Christians and non-Christians alike to eliminate poverty in our lifetime. All of these streams of conscious-searing “voices” call me to get involved to help the less fortunate, which I can do, they say, “with minimal effort” on my part: simply give a few dollars a month, about the same amount I spend on coffee each week. So how can I resist this simple call to help? ...

  • The Good Book Blog

    Matthew Williams — 

    ... Understanding the Jewish background of the first century helps us to understand the biblical story with a greater depth and appreciation. For example, most modern Christians mistakenly assume that the early followers of Jesus expected Jesus to resurrect from the dead. But that is far from the truth ...

  • The Good Book Blog

    Joe Hellerman — 

    Israel cried out, “Give us a king!” (1 Samuel 8:6). Against his will, God gave his people what they wanted. A real superstar. Saul was the handsomest and tallest man around (9:2). That didn’t work out very well, did it? It never does ...

  • The Good Book Blog

    William Lane Craig — 

    Dr. Craig, my question has two parts. First, would agree that if the body of Christ were to be found that this would give good reason to think Christianity is false? Assuming of course that we could know that the body was in fact Christ's body. This seems to be a reasonable proposition in my view. Now, the question I'm wrestling with is this: you examine and refute a number of natural explanations for resurrection of Christ and the facts surrounding this event. However, if it should so happen that archaeologists find Christ's body tomorrow morning, then one of those natural explanations for the resurrection of Christ would have to be true! Yet you have ardently maintained that they could not possibly be true. Is this at all problematic philosophically? ...

  • Student Life Blog

    Sarah Schwartz — 

    A blog by Dr. Jamie Campbell about hard conversations.

  • The Good Book Blog

    Octavio Esqueda — 

    Los cristianos son seguidores de Jesucristo. La palabra que se usaba en los tiempos de Jesús para designar a sus seguidores es discípulos. Por lo tanto, ser un cristiano es ser un discípulo de Cristo (Hechos 11:26). En Lucas 14:25-35, y en otros pasajes más, Jesús establece los requisitos para los que quieran ser sus discípulos. Grandes multitudes le seguían asombradas de su mensaje y autoridad. Sin embargo, Jesús no estaba complacido solamente con que mucha gente le siguiera sino que él deseaba que aquellos que tomaran la decisión de hacerlo, lo hicieran de acuerdo a unas normas específicas. Así que, Jesús se detuvo y delineó en esta ocasión cuatro características indispensables para sus seguidores. Para ser un buen cristiano o discípulo de Cristo es necesario cumplir con las condiciones que Jesucristo indica.

  • Student Life Blog

    Norlan Hernandez — 

    If your life is anything like mine, I struggle to find more time. Juggling family, work, ministry, and school can feel like a circus act...

  • The Good Book Blog

    Sean McDowell — 

    As a high school student, I went to a two-week worldview experience in the mountains of Colorado Springs called Summit Ministries. I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. Looking back now, over two decades later, I realize that it was one of the most formative faith experiences of my life. Although there were probably a couple dozen speakers at Summit (who addressed all sorts of worldview issues related to theology, economics, apologetics, science, and more), my favorite was Dr. Jeff Myers. He has since become a good friend of mine, and he is now the president of Summit Ministries, a vital worldview experience for students. Dr. Myers is a popular speaker, the author of many books (including one of my favorites, Handoff), and is one of the most important contemporary voices in the church ...

  • The Good Book Blog

    Thaddeus Williams — 

    In our day, wherever it is found, the fruits of intellectual inquiry grow from the conviction that there is such a thing as truth out there to discover. Take an axe to the existence of truth and you no longer have education, you have propaganda. Ideologies that deny the very possibility of truth can be found in many (thankfully, not all) fields of education. In the quip of postmodern philosopher, Richard Rorty, truth is simply a matter of whatever your colleagues will let you get away with saying. With no truth to seek and discover, we are left with only social constructs to endlessly dream up and deconstruct. In the words of one lamenting Harvard graduate, “The freedom of our day is the freedom to devote ourselves to any values we please, on the mere condition that we do not believe them to be true." When the very idea of truth is considered so out-of-fashion, schools gradually turn from the pursuit of knowledge to the business of data transfer, indoctrination, and diploma-printing ...

  • Student Life Blog

    Zachary Alsens — 

    “Biola is just a little part of my experience now,” says Senior Film Major Diamond Glaze. “I’m having to tend to so many other things college...

  • GRIT

    Launch Party

    sisterhood in action

    Sarah Schwartz — 

    It’s not that we didn’t expect a few of you to show up and celebrate Biola University’s first resource collective for women—we just didn’t expect so many of you.

  • Biola Magazine

    Jason Newell — 

    I’ll admit, I was one of the skeptics. When university leaders announced the launch of an unprecedented $180 million fundraising campaign five...

  • 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

    New Center Established to Focus on Work of the Holy Spirit

    Donor-funded initiative aims for more spiritual transformation and empowerment for evangelism

    Jason Newell — 

    What would happen if Biola was more intentional about understanding the work of the Holy Spirit and developing a greater passion to be led by the...

  • Biola Magazine

    Biola’s Campus, Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

    Virtual reality headsets give prospective students a 360-degree tour

    Jason Newell — 

    Do you ever wish you could transport yourself to Biola’s campus? Stand under the Bell Tower on a sunny day? Grab a quiet seat next to the Fluor...

  • Biola Magazine

    Called to Reach Every Nation

    Christian Gessner’s entrepreneurial spirit leads him from Brazil to Biola

    Joanna Wu — 

    As the founder of Airbnbin Latin America, Christian Gessner spent years helping millions of wanderlusts find homes while traveling. Now, the...

  • Biola Magazine

    Strides in Speech

    Biola’s Speech-Language Clinic trains students while serving the local community

    Joanna Wu — 

    Just a few years ago, Whittier resident Luis Contreras noticed his elementary-aged son becoming more and more self-conscious about his speech. His...

  • Biola Magazine

    Joanna Wu — 

    An endowed chair has been established in recognition of William Lane Craig, a world-renowned philosopher and theologian who has been teaching at...

  • Biola Magazine

    Fall Sports Roundup

    Eagles Finish Strong in Final Year of GSAC Competition

    Biola Magazine Staff — 

    Biola’s athletics teams enjoyed a strong fall season in their final year of membership in the NAIA and the Golden State Athletic Conference,...

  • Biola Magazine

    Biola Magazine Staff — 

    The 2016 U.S. election sparked new discussions about the political power and influence of American Christians. Should Christians seek power in...