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  • Biola Magazine

    Religious Freedom Scholar Receives 2016 Colson Award

    Paul Marshall is the third recipient of Biola’s ‘Conviction and Courage’ award

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    On May 27, Biola University awarded its third Charles W. Colson Conviction and Courage Award to Paul Marshall, a religious freedom scholar and...

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    A Precedential President

    Taylor Stribbling serves as Biola’s first Student Government Association president

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    Taylor Stribbling’s final year at Biola also marked a big first. The 2015–16 school year marked the debut of the Student Government Association,...

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    Teaching the Write Way

    Professor Christie Curtis’ grammar textbooks are used in classrooms across the U.S.

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    Christie Curtis (M.A. ’06) loves language. And as the co-author of a widely popular series of grammar textbooks, the Biola education professor...

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    With the 2016 U.S. presidential election well underway and political rhetoric heating up, perennial discussions about evangelicals and politics...

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    Truth Must be Wedded to Grace

    Faculty/Alumni Book Excerpt

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    During a trip to Breckenridge, a beautiful ski town in the mountains of Colorado, a friend and I decided to get our hair cut at one of the little...

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    Is it Intolerant to Claim Christianity Alone is True?

    Five responses to objections about Christianity’s exclusive claims

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    A couple of years ago I visited Canada to record television interviews about my book Christian Endgame. Prior to the recording, some of the...

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    The Radical Call of Kindness

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

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    by Barry H. Corey I held the hand of the kindest man I everknew, sitting by his bedside in silent reverence while he lay shrouded in sheets...

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    Offering Refuge

    Amid a worldwide refugee crisis, Biolans are taking bold action to care for those in need

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    The people of God have always been refugees. The instant we were banished from Eden, we became wanderers. The minute we fled Egypt, we were...

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    One SCORR and 20 Years Ago

    For 20 years, Biola’s annual Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation has celebrated the beauty and engaged the challenges of diversity on Christian college campuses

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    “Evangelical Colleges’ Diversity Problem.” That was the headline of a January 2016 feature article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, which...

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    Leader of the Band

    Music instructor Mitch Bahr (’96) earns title of ‘California Teacher of the Year'

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    Fourteen years ago Mitch Bahr (’96) stepped up to the podium to become music director at a rural Northern California high school and brought...

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    Christianity Under a Microscope

    Molecular biologist Anjeanette ‘AJ’ Roberts (M.A. ’15) explores hard questions about faith and science

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    As a college student, Anjeanette “AJ” Roberts wanted to dig deeper into the unknown. At the time, that meant viruses. While studying chemistry...

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    No Fear in the ‘Force’

    Rob Bredow (’94) heads technology at Lucasfilm

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    With the release of The Force Awakens this past December, the building of Star Wars lands at Disney theme parks and the development of at least...

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    The Office of Alumni Relations and Biola’s Alumni Board recognized four alumni for their outstanding accomplishments and service during a special...

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    Combating Cynicism

    Four words for cynics: ‘affirm before you criticize’

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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...

  • The Good Book Blog

    Sean McDowell — 

    In my last post, I evaluated the tradition that the apostle Thomas ministered in India. While the evidence for Thomas in India is not as strong as for Peter and Paul in Rome, it is at least probable that he founded the church in India. But did Thomas die as a martyr?

  • The Good Book Blog

    Sean McDowell — 

    In my recent book The Fate of the Apostles, I examine the evidence the apostles of Jesus died as martyrs. Because the evidence is early and consistent, there is widespread agreement that Peter, Paul, and both James died as martyrs. But scholars are much more divided over the tradition surrounding “doubting” Thomas. Did he really make it to India, as tradition suggests, and die there as a martyr? ...

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    William Craig — 

    In a recent Q&A, you mentioned "a theory of the atonement involving as an essential aspect the satisfaction of God's justice faces stiff philosophical challenges, which I hope eventually to address". I suspect I am not alone in excitedly anticipating the completion of your research! In the meantime, would you be able to summarize these challenges? I am certain this would be of significant interest to all your readers, especially those of us who are engaged in Philosophical Theology.

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    Mick Boersma — 

    ... I’ve also concluded that, metaphorically speaking, 40 miles per hour is my best speed for living life. Of course, there are those times when I have to go fast to finish a project or keep up with a host of activities particular to a certain time of year (like the little league/soccer schedules of my grand children). We all have fast times, for sure. But the life speed that will enable me to go the long haul, continue to be effective, enjoyable to live with, and strong enough to handle the load, is a cruising speed of 40. Perhaps I first started becoming comfortable with this pace as a boy on our family farm. Life came and went in seasons. Spring and Summer were frenetic at times, but Fall and Winter balanced everything out as the ice and snow forced me to slow down, look both ways, and proceed with caution ...

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    Sean McDowell — 

    In my recent book The Beauty of Intolerance, my father and I discuss how a new view of tolerance has crept its way into the church. One powerful way this is seen is how an increasing number of Christians approach Scripture. For instance, in his book God and the Gay Christian, Matthew Vines begins by affirming the final authority of scripture on questions of morality and doctrine.[1] And yet when Vines discovered his own same-sex attraction, his perspective began to change based on his personal experience. Now he has become an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights within the church, and his goal is to lead a movement to convince Christians that they can affirm the full authority of scripture and also affirm committed, monogamous same-sex relationships ...

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    William Craig — 

    Dr. Craig, Your ministry has radically changed my life. As a direct result of your arguments and debates, I went from a nihilist to a staunch Christian. However, I have encountered a problem with the ontological argument. Is there a contradiction between perfect justice and perfect mercy in a maximally great being? The way I have seen this objection posed is that the Christian God is just and merciful. Mercy is defined as the suspension of justice. Thus there is a contradiction. I have also seen the argument being put as perfect justice is giving everyone what they're due, and perfect mercy is giving some people less than what they're due. Is this objection as crushing as its proponents make it out to be? ...

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    Ryan Peterson — 

    Christian anthropologies have been of vital importance throughout the history of the church because at each point in history there are cultural assumptions and philosophical perspectives about the nature of humanity that call the gospel into question, that question God’s Lordship, humanity’s servanthood, and their genuine fellowship in Jesus Christ. To maintain a biblical understanding of salvation, Christians have needed to emphasize humanity’s existence as embodied and as spiritual, as moved by intellect and by desire, as motivated by the will and as motivated by habitual acts that shape the will. These realities of human existence have been uncovered as theologians have thought through the logic of the gospel and its proclamation in their context ...

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    Erik Thoennes — 

    The study of theology is considered by many to be dry, boring, irrelevant, and complicated. But for those who want to know God, the study of theology is indispensable. The word “theology” comes from two Greek words, theos (“God”) and logos (“word”). The study of theology is an effort to make definitive statements about God and his implications in an accurate, coherent, relevant way, based on God’s self-revelations. Doctrine equips people to fulfill their primary purpose, which is to glorify and delight in God through a deep personal knowledge of him. Meaningful relationship with God is dependent on correct knowledge of him ...

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    William Craig — 

    Question I read your response to the person who responded to Jesus and disliked Paul. I too find myself in this position and was surprised that you found it difficult to figure out why somebody would object to Paul who is drawn to Christ. Jesus is filled with incredible love power mercy and grace and humility. Paul is full of well, Paul. He says he doesn't boast then boasts. I can't imagine Jesus approved of his rules for helping widows (or that any actual widow would make the cut and receive help.) Despite all of the efforts made to defend him he is obviously no fan of women and he worries far too much what other people think. So much so that he is willing to act like a phony to convert them. And whenever you go to church and meet a modern day Pharisees if you ask them a couple questions they always turn out to be really Paul focused. In fact the lack of Christ-like love in the American church and the eagerness to point out other people's sins seems to come from this guy because it's definitely not coming from Christ. I would love for you to finish answering your question and address the issues that most people have with Paul that it seems like you must be aware of. Thanks! ...

  • The Good Book Blog

    Kenneth Berding — 

    In his classic book on sanctification, Holiness, J.C. Ryle includes a poignant paragraph on the divine and human natures of Christ.

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    Sean McDowell — 

    It seems strange to be writing a blog with advice for young apologists. After all, I still think of myself as young! There are many “seasoned” apologists I turn to for advice and direction that are much older and more experienced than me (don’t worry, dad, I won’t mention any names!). But since I’m turning 40 this May, I do have some insights for younger apologists that I have learned along the way ...