Category: Education

Summer Reading for College Graduates

It’s late May, which means that across the world, twentysomething college students are graduating or preparing to graduate: departing campuses and communities that have shaped them deeply and venturing off into the wide open spaces of adulthood in a way...

/ May 23, 2013

Peter Enns and the Crisis of Evangelical Higher Education

At the theology conferences in the UK which I occasionally attend, the sizeable cohort of American evangelical expats, postragraduates scattered amongst the universities of (mostly) northern Britain, can usually be found gathered in tight-knit coteries, deep in cynical though light-hearted...

/ April 19, 2013

On Teaching Lambs

I lie awake at night, overwhelmed with the fear that I am participating in the greatest and most dangerous hubris, to think that I should teach. When I took my job at Houston Baptist University I knew, of course, that...

/ December 3, 2012

Day One from Oxford: A View from The Kilns

When I first named “Mere Orthodoxy,” I started from a very simple question:  which writers had lived and written in such a way that I wanted to emulate? The answer was as immediate as the question was simple:  Chesterton and...

/ September 20, 2012

Advice for Undergraduates Planning on Seminary

In April Fred Sanders asked me to write to some THI students who are anticipating seminary in their future. Today I officially started an M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, so it feels fitting to review the tips I wrote and share them...

/ August 22, 2012

I Went to Wheatstone. You Should Too.

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of participating in Wheatstone Ministries’ annual summer conference, The Academy. The Academy is the most unusual of Summer Camps. High-schoolers of all ages, shapes, and sizes descend upon a chosen college campus, filling...

/ July 31, 2012

What’s unique about the Torrey Honors Institute?

That’s the question that I tried to wrestle with for Biola Connections, the alumni and friend magazine of the University. I’m a proud Perpetual Member of the program, a title that is a curiosity to many people but encapsulates the idiosyncratic (and...

/ June 26, 2012

To Go Where Two Men Have Gone Before

A few months ago I got a call that, quite unexpectedly, changed everything for me. It was from John Mark Reynolds, a name familiar to most of you here, founder of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola, new Provost of Houston...

/ May 29, 2012

Meet Paul Spears, Torrey Honors Institute’s new Director

The news that John Mark Reynolds is leaving Torrey was a bit of a blow to those who attended the program.  John Mark’s personality and drive have left a mark on the program that will endure long into the future,...

/ April 16, 2012

Evangelical Universities and the Lingering Legacy of Fundamentalism?

Christopher Benson is a writer and educator living in Denver, Colorado.  He writes regularly at Bensonian, and submitted the following as a guest post.  Thomas Albert Howard, who is the Stephen Phillips Chair of History at Gordon College, and Karl...

/ March 20, 2012