Today, the Torrey Honors Institute announced that they have hired Dr. Chris Mitchell. It’s an exciting development, for a few reasons. First, as Matt Anderson notes, “It doesn’t seem very often in the world of Christian higher education that people who are well established at leading institutions leave for different confines, especially when their responsibilities involve directing the highest profile center for C.S. Lewis in America.” Second, a scholar who has spent as much time with C.S. Lewis as Dr. Mitchell has is bound to share the vision for a classical education that Torrey has always attempted to work out in the real world (and, by my estimation, has succeeded in doing). Third, it shows that the Torrey Honors Institute is not only growing, but seeking to continue to support her students by hiring world-class faculty. The program has grown over the years, and already has first-rate professors, but still continues to seek and hire the best of the best. Dr. Mitchell even began his interaction with the program at the request of current professors, which shows that through-and-through, Torrey is interested in educating students in the best material and with the best resources available.
Dr. Fred Sanders, of the Torrey Honors Institute, recently interviewed Dr. Mitchell. When asked about the relationship between the great books curriculum and theology (particularly the amount of Bible read during the year), Dr. Mitchell had this to say:
The matter of being able to skillfully relate our learning of the faith to our learning of the world and our experience of the faith with our experience of the world is central to the life of every believer. It is a truth that informs my own practice and is one of the chief aims of my teaching and mentoring. The fact that the Torrey Honors Institute gives the entire Bible a central place within its curriculum demonstrates a clear commitment to this truth. Moreover, the program’s chosen form of pedagogy lends itself well to effectively achieving this indispensable skill. To be yoked with other like-minded teachers in a program that aims at inculcating this art is, once again, highly attractive.
It’s a response demonstrative of just how well Dr. Mitchell will fit in with Torrey. I’m excited to welcome him into the fold, so to speak, and look forward to his work out here in Southern California.
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“And in an age when technology and immigration are ‘flattening’ the world and bringing diverse cultures together more than ever, the [Cook school of Intercultural Studies at Biola University] is playing an increasingly important role in equipping Christians to interact with and understand people from different backgrounds.
‘Our world is so globalized now; you can’t avoid it,’ said Emenaker, who is on a yearlong furlough with her husband from their work with Mission Aviation Fellowship. ‘Even if you stay in the U.S., you’re constantly coming across other cultures.’
Though officially a quarter-century old, the School of Intercultural Studies’ history actually extends back more than nine decades and stretches to the other side of the world.” Continue Reading “The Whole World In Its Plans” at Biola.edu.
I regularly hear people comment in amazement of web technology, how it allows us to connect with and share the gospel to people anywhere in the world. Yet, before the web, missionaries were doing that very same work, many of those missionaries graduates of Biola University. Biola is among the finest schools in the nation and its dedication to global missions makes me proud to be an alumni. If you or someone in your family is interested in missions, there is no finer school than Biola University. Congratulations Cook School of Intercultural Studies on 25 years of equipping men and women to reach the world with the good news of Jesus Christ. ‘
When Joe contacted myself and a number of my peers about assuming responsibility for the Evangelical Outpost, my first feeling was one of humility. Though I was sad to hear that he was going to be pulling back from Evangelical Outpost, I was humbled by the honor of being among the individuals whom he trusted to continue the legacy of this great site.
Like many of you, I first met Joe through Evangelical Outpost. I became acquainted with his blog as a result of my work with GodblogCon. When John Mark Reynolds and Matt Anderson were introducing me to the Godblogosphere, they pointed me to Joe Carter as an example of a quintessential Godblogger. I appreciated Joe’s humor and the caliber of thought that went into each post at Evangelical Outpost. When I met Joe at GodblogCon in October of 2006, I met a man who was every bit the humorous, insightful, and authentic person his blog entries suggested him to be.