Regent College

Regent Bookstore is a culture, not just a bookstore, and may well be the best theological bookstore in North America. I was invited by Regent Bookstore to give a set of lectures on The King Jesus Gospel, and it gave me an opportunity to cover some its major themes and develop other themes I have been working on, including when the gospel itself was reduced (more of that at some other time).

So we had three lectures: two at the University chapel up the street from Regent and then Friday evening at Regent College itself. The two respondents, Darrell Johnson and Gordon Smith, pushed and pulled and extended and probed the themes of the lectures and were every bit as stimulating to me as the lectures themselves. And the questions from the audience helped all of us. (Nice to meet so many pastors from the area.)

The three topics: The “Book” on the Gospel (how we have understood the gospel, how the apostles understood the gospel); Evangelicalism, Conversion and the Gospel (how intertwined the born again experience and the gospel are), and The Gospel and Church History (where I look more intensively at the charge that we can blame revivalism for our problems).

I want to thank so many folks, beginning with Bill Reimer and Travis Black and Kim Boldt at the Bookstore, Phil and Polly Long for a delightful time at their home (got to see Mariam Kamell and Bill and Dorcas, and meet Travis and Andrea), and it was so good to see one of our students, Elsbeth Martens, who is flourishing in Vancouver.

OK, yes, Vancouver, in spite of the rain, convinced me Kris and I will have to make a proper visit. (Gotta have some Tim Horton’s, Canada’s version of, well … you fill in the blank.)

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  • Tim Horton’s!! YES!!!!!!! A truly Canadian taste experience. They’ve got most of the nation addicted. 🙂

  • I discovered on Weds (too late) that you would be at Regent on Friday and was most disappointed to be unable to come listen in and say hello. And it is so nice to hear when others appreciate something one holds dear! Best bookstore – absolutely!

  • Mark

    Sounds interesting. Do you know if the lectures and / or responses were recorded and if they are available online? I would be keen as mustard to hear them.

  • Ed Gentry

    I couldn’t agree more though I’m biased. (Class of 2009)

  • Scot,

    It was great to have you out our way. As a pastor in the Vancouver area, it was great to hear you in person. And as the Anabaptist questioner (although I definitely wasn’t the only Anabaptist!), I’ll just say I especially appreciate how you unashamedly identify your Anabaptist leanings but articulate a gospel that gets beyond the limits of the label itself.


  • JoeyS

    Darrel Johnson’s “Discipleship On the Edge” is one of the best primers on Revelation I’ve read yet.

  • Larry S

    here comes a shameless plug for my old school.

    Mark #3 at some point you may be able to buy the lectures/responses downloadable at Regent Audio (check out Regent’s website).

    Regent Audio is a great resource. I graduated from Regent more years ago than I wish to admit. Regent Audio gives me access to Regent courses and some special lectures. I listen to them via my ipod.

  • David

    We got to get you over to Montreal, tell me how can work on that

  • Matt

    As a Canadian, I love Tim’s as an institution, but its coffee is not very good. Tim’s coffee is kind of like Budweiser – self-proclaimed king, but beyond that, there’s not much there. If, however, you want a good but greasy blueberry muffin, Tim’s is the place to go.

  • Wow – I’m sad I missed this event! I heard Gordon Smith speak while I was attending Trinity Western University and his books Courage and Calling and Listening to God in Times of Choices have been hugely influential for my life. It definitely would have been great to hear your discussion! Glad you enjoyed Canada 🙂

  • Fr Chris

    They have Tim Horton’s in West Virginia. fyi

  • Timmys used to make their donuts fresh. No more. My Canadian wife now despises Timmy for his shift to baking frozen donuts. But, for those who are still fans, they’re also found off of exits from Toledo, Ohio to Canton, MI and other points in MI, as well as a couple near Columbus, OH.

  • Susan N.

    Tim Horton’s — Doughnuts are to Canadians what Apple Pie is to Americans! 🙂

    But on our trip through Ontario a few summers ago, the fries poutine was the highlight for me. Cultural immersion through food, that’s the ticket for me…

  • Alan K

    I first set foot in the Regent Bookstore in 1991 and even way back then one could browse the best selection of theological books west of Blackwell’s and get premium coffee in the same space. They were way ahead of every other bookstore, including the big-box ones.

  • I lived in Canada for a few years, and one my denomination’s headquarters were just down the road from Regent. I particularly enjoyed the three or four times I was in Vancouver, each time I made sure to stop by the Regent bookstore for an hour or two.

    And as someone who never quite got bit by the Tim Horton’s bug, I would say it is more comparable to Dunkin Donuts than it is to any real coffee shop. Their coffee isn’t even very good. Starbucks isn’t my favorite either, but it is far superior to Tim’s.

  • Seminary co-op bookstore. U.Chi. C’mon, man.

  • Paul D.

    Having lived in WA for several years, Diana & I loved Vancouver. Victoria even more so! You definitely need to spend some time there – and be sure to have “high tea” in BC’s capitol, the most English city in North America.
    BTW – Time Horton’s has been making inroads in northern NE, Dunkin’ Donuts home turf.

  • Jin Soo Kim

    #3 Mark. I work for Regent Audio (in fact I recorded these lectures)
    The audio will be available for download at with a small price. We are in the process of processing it, and it will probably take a week or two. If you go to and subscribe to our mailing list, you will be notified when it comes out.

  • Sue

    Sorry I missed you. Regent Bookstore is one of my favourite lodal places.

  • Sue

    Oops – meant “local.” I will ask Bill and Dorcas about the conference.

  • The Regent Bookstore rocks! I cannot go in there and browse around without finding something good to buy.

    Tim Horton’s is ho-hum, but the one on the corner near my house is open 24 hours so if I absolutely need to have a donut in the middle of the night, they’re the solution.

    There are several Tim Hortons in Providence, RI, now, too.

  • TriciaM

    Tim Horton’s does have one excellent hot drink; it’s just not coffee. Ask for “steeped tea” and you will get a cuppa better than any builder’s tea you might have had in England.

    Next time you go to Vancouver, let us know and I’m sure locals will point you to some wonderful independent coffee shops. Coco et Olive on West Broadway comes to mind.

  • Just Sayin’

    Scot, I’d like to invite you to come and worship with my congregation, Fairview Presbyterian at the corner of Fir and West 11th Ave., next time you are in Vancouver. We’d love to have you.

  • Scot, thank you for this well-deserved acknowledgment of Bill Reimer, his staff, and the fine bookstore they run. It is a delight.

  • Hey Scot, glad you enjoyed it (and sorry I missed you). Certainly, you must come for vacation! I actually discovered Regent while on vacation in the Pacific Northwest, and decided it was the place to go. And, we’ve decided to try and make this our permanent home. 🙂

    You could always combine the two, and teach a summer course! Hint, hint. 😉 But the winter is a lot of fun here too (maybe I’m odd, but I like summer least here, even though it is mild by comparison).

    Yes the bookstore is excellent, as is the school and library. Though I have to agree with Rosie #21 (hi Rosie!) that Tim Horton’s is just OK. Once you’ve had doughnuts from a small local bakery, it’s kind of hard to compare with the likes of Tim’s, Krispy Kreme, or Dunkin Donuts, etc.