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What we do at Regent extends beyond our walls. Our alumni share their stories from the various worlds in which they've been called to live, work, and serve.

CURRENT ISSUE: Volume 32, Number 2, Fall 2020 / Field Notes

A Contemporary Church Father

Ivan Satyavrata (ThM 1991)

It was a damp, dark Vancouver morning in the early Fall of 1989. My throat felt dry as I tried to cope with my trepidation. I was about meet my Th.M. thesis advisor, Dr J.I. Packer, for the first time—the J.I. Packer with the formidable reputation as a “Father” of twentieth century evangelical theology. My wife Sheila and I had arrived with our sixteenth-month-old son less than four weeks prior, and despite the warm embrace and support of the Regent community, my first experience in the west had not gotten off to a good start.   More…

Mutual Respect

Anna Spray (MDiv 2006)

When I started at Regent College in the fall of 2002, I had heard tales of the famous faces I might see there, and J. I. Packer certainly loomed large. A giant of the Anglican church, his books sat on my parents’ shelves and his words were quoted by my childhood priest. Imagine my surprise when I attended the first day of my Systematic Theology Overview class and found an unassuming man who loved for us to sing the doxology together and spoke in such a soft tone that you had to carefully attend to his words to glean everything.   More…

The Sun Never Sets: Another Puritan Portrait

Shao Kai “Alex” Tseng (MDiv 2008)

Of all my teachers, none have shaped my faith and ministry like Dr. Packer. Knowing God has accompanied me since high school. I have reread it many times by myself, with my wife, in a number of church groups, and with students in the systematic theology classes I have taught in seminary. My forthcoming volume engaging the theology of Karl Barth from an evangelical perspective concludes with a quote from Knowing God on the love of God revealed to us by Christ’s work of propitiation.   More…

Catechism as Personal Knowledge: The Impact of Jim Packer

Jordan Senner (MDiv 2013)

When I first became personally acquainted with Dr. Packer, he was in the last movement of his oratorio, rhythmically broadcasting his missional commitment to spending the final years of life “beating the drum of catechesis.” I was a young man with a newfound calling to pastoral ministry and an energetic interest in theology, yet I had no idea what catechesis was and why it might be of significance in the kingdom of God. I would soon discover that catechesis is the place where theologian and priest dance together, as Jim was fond of saying, catechesis teaches “the truths to live by and how to live by them.”   More…