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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
8
Wednesday, 7:30PM

Book Launch: Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Christian Humanism

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With Jens Zimmermann

Join us for a special evening lecture with Jens Zimmermann, marking the release of his new book, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Christian Humanism (Oxford University Press, 2019). 

Why did Bonhoeffer think that the Christian life is all about becoming truly human? Why did he think that both church and government should cooperate in human flourishing? How do we explain this pacifist's endorsement of assassinating Hitler to stop the Nazi terror? What does Bonhoeffer mean when he says that "the sacred is only found in profane, and the revelational only in the rational? And why would this Protestant theologian so deeply inspired by Karl Barth consider recovering human rights on the basis of natural moral theology so important? Dr. Zimmermann will address these and other questions by claiming that Bonhoeffer's views arise from his Christian humanist outlook firmly rooted in the mystery of the incarnation.


Upcoming Public Lectures
May
13
Monday, 7:30PM

Hearing Voices: Human and Divine

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With John Swinton

Drawing on some ongoing research by Dr. Swinton, reflect on the phenomenon of voice hearing specifically for Christians who are living with psychosis.

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May
15
Wednesday, 7:30PM

The Shifting Territories of Science and Religion

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With Peter Harrison

In this lecture, Peter Harrison suggests that the vocabulary we use to discuss science and religion lies near the root of their apparent conflict.

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May
17
Friday, 7:30PM

Praying the Psalms in Spirit and Song

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With Bruce Hindmarsh
With Steve Bell

You are invited to a rich evening of learning, prayer, and song with Bruce Hindmarsh and Steve Bell.

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May
20
Monday, 7:30PM

Improvisational Leadership: A Jazz-Talk

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With Jeffrey Greenman
With Mark Glanville

This evening performance-lecture with Mark Glanville and Jeff Greenman explores insights from jazz improvisation for understanding and exercising leadership in the church and in society.

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May
22
Wednesday, 7:30PM

CANCELLED: Billy Graham and the Making of an Evangelical Titan

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With Grant Wacker

This event has been cancelled.

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May
27
Monday, 7:30PM

Retrieving Asceticism: How Contemporary Christians Are Reclaiming an Ancient Theme

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With Wesley Hill

Dr. Wesley Hill discusses self denial—from early church's affirmations to late modernity's objections—and considers the implications for a renewed, culturally relevant program of ascesis.

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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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