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Public Lectures

Our mandate is to educate the whole people of God—and that includes the Christian community of Vancouver and beyond. We offer free public lectures by our own world-class faculty, and by visiting scholars, teachers, and authors from around the world.

We host two regular lecture series—Summer Lectures and the Laing Lectures—as well as special events throughout the year.

Most of our lectures are recorded and available as audio downloads through RegentAudio.com

Summer Lectures

In the Spring and Summer Sessions, we host lectures every week to highlight the research of our regular faculty and our visiting summer lecturers. All lectures are in the Regent College Chapel unless otherwise noted. Our lectures tend to draw large crowds, so plan to arrive early for a good seat.

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Next Public Lecture
May
27
Monday, 7:30PM

Retrieving Asceticism: How Contemporary Christians Are Reclaiming an Ancient Theme

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With Wesley Hill

To the early Christians, self-denial was the sum of the Christian life. Our late modern world, by contrast, often views self-denial as a tool of repression or self-hatred. Despite this, a growing number of contemporary Christian voices argue that we can recover the early church's emphasis on asceticism while still learning from modern objections to it. Join Dr. Wesley Hill as he explores this conversation and draws out its implications for a renewed, culturally relevant program of ascesis.


Wesley Hill is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan, 2016), Paul and the Trinity (Eerdmans, 2015), and Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (Brazos, 2015).

This lecture is part of our 2019 Summer Evening Public Lecture Series.

Dr. Hill will be teaching the class "Reordering Desire: Augustine, Queer Theory & Christian Sexual Ethics" from May 27–31, 2019 as part of our 2019 Summer Programs. Learn more at rgnt.net/summer.


Upcoming Public Lectures
Jun
3
Monday, 7:30PM

Christ Centered or Spirit Centered? Why the Question Matters and Why the Answer Makes All the Difference

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With Gordon T. Smith

Dr. Gordon T. Smith considers the dynamic between the Son and the Spirit within the Trinity, and what this means for the life and witness of the church.

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Jun
5
Wednesday, 7:30PM

"Liberty" Has Been Precious for Canadians and Americans, But Have They Meant the Same Thing?

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With Mark Noll

Historian Dr. Mark Noll examines the different meanings of liberty that have often competed with each other on the North American continent.

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Jun
24
Monday, 7:30PM

The Emperor’s New Clothes: Constantine as Old Testament Hero

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With Iain Provan

Dr. Provan scrutinizes a new kind of Bible-reading which emerged in the wake of Constantine's conversion, and considers the historical effects of this hermeneutical shift in the Church.

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Jun
26
Wednesday, 7:30PM

The Beginning of Wisdom: Becoming Wise according to the Bible

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With Tremper Longman

Explore the biblical concept of wisdom, focusing on Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes—and coming to culmination in Jesus Christ.

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Jul
1
Monday, 7:30PM

Pedestrian: Keeping Pace with the Three-Mile-an-Hour God

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With Mark Buchanan

In this lecture, Dr. Mark Buchanan will reflect on walking as the “physiology of faith,” a primary way we work out our bodies, our minds, our emotions, our relationships, our beliefs, and much else.

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Jul
3
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Contemporary Poetry and the Complexities of Human Experience

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With Chad Wriglesworth

In this lecture, Dr. Chad Wriglesworth asks: what if poetry became something that we longed for and needed in our lives, particularly as Christians?

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Jul
8
Monday, 7:30PM

Lost World of the Israelite Conquest

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With John Walton

This talk by Dr. John Walton will attempt to recalibrate our perception and reframe our questions surrounding some of the most problematic texts in the Old Testament.

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Jul
10
Wednesday, 7:30PM

The Distinctive of Christian Emotions

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With James Houston

In this lecture, Dr. James Houston guides us through Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard's profoundly biblical unfolding of the distinctive Christian emotions.

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Jul
15
Monday, 7:30PM

Putting Technology in its Proper Place

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With Andy Crouch

Drawing on his best-selling book, The Tech-Wise Family, Andy Crouch will describe a path toward a healthy relationship with technology at the most important places and times of our lives.

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Jul
17
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Justice, advocacy, and the redemptive power of law: Are we asking law to do too much (or too little) in a broken world?

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With Barbara Armacost

In this lecture, Barbara Armacost asks whether in our law and advocacy we are asking too much (or too little) in a broken world.

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Jul
24
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Jesus in Space, Time, and History: Natural Theology & the Challenge of Talking about God

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With N.T. Wright

The question of how we talk about God has become more and more confused in today’s Western culture. Professor Wright argues for a fresh approach to locating Jesus within a Jewish understanding of space, time, and history.

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Jul
29
Monday, 7:30PM

Ordinary Saints

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With Malcolm Guite

Malcolm Guite shares his experience of a collaborative project in which a painter, a poet, and a composer work together to discern the hidden image of God in all of us.

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Jul
31
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Walking the Spiritual Exercises: Praying with Scripture on the Pilgrim Trail

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With Susan S. Phillips

Susan Phillips shares insights from a pilgrimage: walking and praying the Camino de Santiago with her husband and a band of faith-filled friends.

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Aug
1
Thursday, 12:30PM

God, Evolution, and Animal Suffering: Theodicy without a Fall

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With Bethany Sollereder

In this talk, Bethany Sollereder will embark on an adventure in the theology of creation, reflecting on what science has uncovered about the history of life and what it means for belief in a living and loving God.

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