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CURRENT ISSUE: Volume 27, Number 2, Fall 2015 / Leading Ideas
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Did Pope Francis Study at Regent?

Loren Wilkinson analyzes the theology behind Francis's latest encyclical and cheekily concludes that the Pope could easily have studied at Regent. Francis warns that the earth’s health is seriously threatened by a global consumer culture.   More…

Detox

According to blogger Sarah Bessey, we all need to detox from something: buying more, getting more likes on Facebook, or “devouring knowledge for our heads but never letting it seep into our hearts.” A detox can help us achieve the real transformation we crave.   More…

Consumed by Overconsumption

In this work of investigative journalism, Julia Cheung goes on a quest to define what “ethical shopping” really means and how to transform the idea into a personal practice.   More…

Volume 27, Number 1, Winter 2015

Falling into Belonging

Confirmed Catholic, raised Charismatic, and married to a Methodist, Erin Lane blogs about the intersection of her faith and feminism at www.holyhellions.com. We recently caught up with her and chatted about her latest book, Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe.   More…

Religion Under Construction

In this video, New York Times op-ed contributor Ross Douthat discusses heresy, orthodoxy and the institutions that make us who we are, giving insightful and thought provoking analysis of North America's contemporary religious climate.   More…

Church and Kingdom: Let’s Get Our Analogies Straight

More than a buzzword for social justice or for redemption, “kingdom” is an oft-misused Christian term. Scot McKnight offers a sizzling biblical corrective and a fiercely radical vision for the role of the local church in the kingdom of God as he shows how common usages of the words "kingdom" and "church" fail to recognize a fundamental element of how the New Testament talks about kingdom   More…

Church: Foundation of Who We Are

Before coming to Regent, Professor Hans Boersma served as a pastor, then taught at Trinity Western University. So he is no stranger to the frequently posed millennial question: is the church an outdated institution? After all, Hans’s main theological interests are Catholic thought, the church fathers, and spiritual interpretation of Scripture. We recently sat down with Hans to talk about why church matters.   More…

Volume 26, Number 3, Fall 2014

I Know You're Busy

Mark Buchanan is an alumnus of Regent College who recently became Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Ambrose Seminary in Calgary after twenty-four years of pastoral ministry. Since he has written a book on Sabbath, The Rest of God, we sat down to ask him about his journey with keeping—or not keeping—Sabbath.   More…

A Deeply Human Longing

Bruce Hindmarsh is the James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College. In this interview, he reflects on the book that helped him realize that prayer was his deepest longing and challenges us to consider what it means to act redemptively in our digital world.   More…

Building Temples with Our Ears

Susan Phillips is Executive Director of New College Berkeley in California and a perennially popular teacher in Regent's Summer Programs. With her background in sociology and spiritual direction, she was a natural person to ask about practices that help us slow down, open our hearts, and turn toward God.   More…

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