TowerTalks Archives

The Impact of Creation Care on Public Health | Dr. Kristin Page

April 3, 2019

Dr. Kristen Page explains how certain patterns of human land use and resource consumption contribute to an increase in disease, especially among the world’s poor, and argues that care for creation is love for neighbor.

Material Prosperity and Human Flourishing | Dr. Enoch Hill

February 19, 2019

Dr. Enoch Hill explores current research and related Scripture to examine how material prosperity is connected to human flourishing.

Modern Pilgrim's Progress | Sharenda Barlar

January 18, 2019

During summer 2017, Professor Sharenda Barlar led a group of Wheaton students along the Camino de Santiago. In this TowerTalk, she shares what they learned on their pilgrimage about suffering, hospitality, and community.

The Flourishing Society | Dr. Bryan T. McGraw

November 21, 2018

In this TowerTalk, Dr. Bryan T. McGraw examines ancient and modern theories on cultivating a flourishing society and proposes a third alternative rooted in the truth of Scripture.

Envy and Its Cure | Dr. Jay Wood

October 30, 2018

Dr. Jay Wood explores the topic of envy, a spiritual malady that stands in the way of human flourishing and can only be healed by acknowledging the true source of our worth.

Why Seek Understanding of the Physical Kingdom? | Dr. Heather Whitney

March 12, 2018

Dr. Heather Whitney addresses three ways in which humans are called to understand and cultivate relationship, which are humans relating to God, humans relating to each other, and human interaction with the physical world.

How Should We Face Death? | Dr. Keith Johnson

February 12, 2018

Death stands against us as a hostile enemy. Yet, as Dr. Keith Johnson unpacks in this TowerTalk, we do not fear death because we also remember that death has been defeated by Jesus Christ who awaits us on the other side.

What is Christian Community? | Dr. George Kalantzis

January 15, 2018

Dr. George Kalantzis explores the nature of true Christian community. As it turns out, to learn to live like Christians – that is, little-Christs – takes time, patience, and above all, commitment.

What Do We Mean When We Call God "Father"? | Dr. Amy Peeler

October 14, 2017

Rev. Amy Peeler, Ph.D., articulates the benefits of the familial language of the Bible and the Theology of the Family of God.

The Hope of Endurance | Dr. Lynn Cohick

March 15, 2017

Dr. Lynn Cohick explains how the early church practiced the virtue of endurance and challenges believers today to cultivate endurance as a concrete reminder of the hope we share as co-heirs with the suffering Messiah.

The Life of Culture in a Christian | Dr. Roger Lundin

February 28, 2017

The late Dr. Roger Lundin answers the question, "Is the smart misery that comes with the acquisition of knowledge and the life of culture worth the price we pay?"

Facing the Blank Page | Nicole Mazzarella

January 13, 2017

Nicole Mazzarella delves into habits of thinking that prepare one to face the blank page, whether one is writing a novel or a business proposal.

The Refugee Crisis: A Church Historian's Response | Dr. Jennifer McNutt

November 30, 2016

Dr. Jennifer McNutt's TowerTalk encourages us to reflect upon how the church has dealt with similar refugee challenges in the past in order to gain insight for Christian responses today.

Speaking Truth to Power | Dr. Theon Hill

October 31, 2016

In this TowerTalk, Dr. Theon Hill considers how the prophets equip us with the rhetorical insight to meet the moral and spiritual challenges of contemporary American society.

Classical Training Strengthened by Cultural Roots | Dr. Shawn Okpebholo

June 1, 2016

Dr. Shawn Okpebholo demonstrates how discovering the rich roots of his cultural heritage in Nigeria and Kenya, in addition to studying the Negro spiritual, have enabled him to musically connect with others in a way that is both deep and wide.

Dr. Hudson T. Armerding '41 | God is Faithful

May 1, 2016

Hudson Taylor Armerding '41 was the fifth President of Wheaton College (1965 – 1982). Dr. Armerding helped Wheaton remain committed to intellectual integrity anchored in historic Christian orthodoxy, and crystallized the College's strong emphasis on the integration of faith and learning. Enjoy this rebroadcast of his chapel talk, "God is Faithful” from November 15, 1996.

Dr. Sarah Borden '95 | Why Good Will Always Triumph

April 1, 2016

Does evil really exist, or is it simply the absence of good? In this TowerTalk, Dr. Sarah Borden '95 explains St. Augustine’s privation theory of evil and unpacks its important implications for our understanding of evil, suffering, and God's work in the world.

Dr. Gregory Lee | Mass Incarceration in Theological Perspective

March 1, 2016

The United States incarcerates a far higher percentage of its citizens than almost every country in the world. In this TowerTalk, Dr. Gregory Lee explores how the perspectives of St. Augustine can help us formulate a Christian response to the problem of mass incarceration.

Dr. Matthew Milliner '98 | Artists Gone Mild

February 1, 2016

In this TowerTalk, Professor of Art History Dr. Matt Milliner ’98 explores the theme of repentance by paralleling the lives of four artists from the Renaissance with four artists from modern times.

Dr. Amy Black | Politics as Christian Witness: Modeling a Different Way

March 15, 2017

In this TowerTalk, Professor of Political Science Amy E. Black encourages us to re-imagine politics as a form of Christian witness and discusses ways we can model Christian virtues in contemporary politics.

Dr. Bruce Howard '74 | Better Buy-ology: The Keys to Navigating Life in the Marketplace

October 29, 2015

Carl R. Hendrickson Professor of Business Dr. Bruce Howard '74 explores the ways we can become intentional in our economic choices and bring God-honoring values to the marketplace.

Dr. Christina Bieber Lake | Towards a Theology of Story: Hemingway’s Baby Shoes

March 15, 2017

In this presentation Dr. Christina Bieber Lake, Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English, considers a famous short story by Ernest Hemingway in light of this question, drawing from the riches of the Christian philosophical tradition known as personalism.

Dr. Arthur Holmes with Dr. Roger Lundin | The Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge

June 29, 2015

The late Roger Lundin '71, Arthur F. Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning, introduces this TowerTalk, featuring the late Dr. Art Holmes '50, MA '52. Holmes powerfully and eloquently restates the central conviction that guided him over the course of his 43 years of teaching at Wheaton: that through Christ, all things, including our hearts, minds, and spirits, are being reconciled to God.

Dr. Nicholas Perrin | Confessions of Defiance

May 14, 2015

Dr. Nicholas Perrin, Dean of Wheaton College Graduate School, explores how he recently became convinced of the importance of regularly praying the Lord's prayer as a protest and a call for God to usher in His superior reality through the kingdom of God.

Dr. Terry Perciante | The Problem of Random Events

March 26, 2015

When turbulent events touch our lives, we may think they are utterly random, but as Dr. Terry Perciante explains, things are not always as they seem.