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CURRENT ISSUE: Volume 26, Number 1, Winter 2014 / Leading Ideas
Iwan Russell-Jones. Photo by Ken McAllister

"'Shall These Bones Live?' The Ash Wednesday Promise of Art"

On October 26, 2013, Iwan Russell-Jones was installed into the new Eugene and Jan Peterson Chair in Theology and the Arts. Watch his lecture inspired by "Ash Wednesday"—both the poem by T.S. Eliot and the day in the Christian calendar.   More…

Looking Closely

Old Testament professor Phil Long’s background as a painter colours the way he studies the Bible, teaching him to observe closely what a particular text is saying, to value creative simplification, and to approach biblical narratives as both literary and historical texts.   More…

Volume 25, Number 2, Fall 2013

A Meeting of Maps

At The World Christianity conference July 19-20, diverse members of the body of Christ came together to share stories of what God is doing in different parts of the world and to encourage and challenge one another in light of the changing nature of Christianity. The panel of speakers included scholars and practitioners from different geographies and cultural backgrounds: Andrew Walls (in absentia), Mark Noll, Terry LeBlanc, Ruth Padilla DeBorst, and Soong-Chan Rah.   More…

World Christianity Conference

Regent College's first World Christianity conference brought together speakers and participants from all corners of the world. The conference featured a variety of academics and practitioners in the field, including Andrew Walls (in absentia), Mark Noll, Terry LeBlanc, Ruth Padilla DeBorst, and Soong-Chan Rah who provided thoughtful lenses from which to examine the history of global Christianity and its changing realities in the twenty-first century.   More…

New Realities in World Christianity

Soong-Chan Rah spoke at the World Christianity conference at Regent this past summer in a lecture titled, "Looking Towards the Next Evangelicalism." He also gave an evening public lecture on the need for lament in a multicultural world. The interview below synthesizes some of his key points on the growth of Christianity, the cultural captivity of the Western Church, and the importance of examining a theology of culture.   More…

Volume 25, Number 1, Spring 2013

Recovering Inquisitiveness

With the receipt of a Templeton Foundation grant in 2009, Regent College embarked on a Pastoral Science program to make sophisticated scientific knowledge accessible to non-scientists like pastors and laypeople, believing that scientific understanding can actually foster Christian growth in that it makes us human persons "fully alive." The program now enters a new phase as its resources become incorporated into Regent’s Marketplace Institute.   More…

A Duty to Care, a Duty to Critique

As a biblical studies professor, I am quite often asked—by students, church-members, and sometimes even the media—for my opinion on how biblical teaching relates to this or that current social or political “hot-button” issue. Here’s a good example: “Should a Christian resident of British Columbia be for or against the significant expansion in the oil and gas industries currently proposed for this province?”   More…

Letter to the Editor

Loren and Mary Ruth Wilkinson respond to our Spring 2013 poll question regarding the Northern Gateway Pipeline.   More…

Letter to the Editor

Warren Blair responds to the Letter to the Editor by Loren and Mary Ruth Wilkinson, addressing issues surrounding climate change.   More…

Volume 24, Number 2, Fall 2012

Faithfully Present in a Fractured World

How are Christians to think and act in a world reeling from financial crisis and fraught with religiously polarized electorates? How should Christians respond to the emergence of a long-dormant xenophobia in Europe, or an Arab Spring in the Middle East ushering in a potentially harsh winter of oppression for Christian minorities? These questions were debated at the conference Faith and Politics in a Fractured World on October 5 and 6, 2012.   More…