Sundoulos - Spring 2013

Alumni Focus

by Rick Bee

We are so blessed to have been taught scripture from some of the most knowledgeable and reliable theology faculty in the country. I was reminded when reading the articles for this issue of Sundolous that Biola and Talbot’s faculty are truly world class, and the teaching that takes place in these classrooms is accurate, trustworthy, and well... excellent!

So, what does that mean and what difference does accurate theology make for Biola University?

Well, we know that every faculty member, whether seeking to teach in the Theology department or any other department at Biola, will have been grilled... yes, grilled... about their faith and theology before being offered a position to teach at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Talbot’s dean, Clint Arnold, a committee of Talbot faculty, the President of Biola, and the university board provide a virtual gauntlet of questions as they seek evidence of the heart, soul, and understanding of potential faculty.

And sometimes that gauntlet is frustrating. It can be frustrating to the seasoned faculty member coming from outside of Biola who doesn’t understand the importance of the integration of faith and learning. You see, they know and are perhaps even experts in the subject of their research. Their course could be psychology, business, philosophy, or the sciences, but they do not understand how their faith plays into the teaching beyond Sunday morning! These people are not good candidates to be Biola and Talbot faculty.

We are blessed to have been taught Bible and theology here at Talbot. God has brought together in this place one of the best and strongest Bible-believing faculty in the country! And as an alumnus of Biola and Talbot, I am pleased to have sat under the teaching of such a fine faculty. I hope you are too! And I encourage you to pass along a recommendation to those you know who are seeking a similar education. You might even want to drop a note to one of those life-changing faculty you sat under to say thanks for enduring “the gauntlet!”

I would love to hear your thoughts on your Talbot experience. Send me a note at and perhaps we can share them in an upcoming issue.

Rick Bee
Biola ’79, Talbot ’90, ‘01
Senior Director of Alumni Relations

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639