Rob Barrett

Rob Barrett is Director of Forums & Scholarship for The Colossian Forum. He has PhDs both in Applied Physics from Stanford University and Theology from Durham University in England. He worked as a research scientist at IBM for over ten years, as a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew in England, and most recently as a postdoctoral researcher of Old Testament in Göttingen, Germany. He has numerous publications in fields ranging from biblical studies to physics, data storage technology, and human-computer interaction, and holds many patents. He has also earned degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. His varied background is unified by his longstanding interest in the intersection of faith, Bible, science/technology, and culture. Rob and his wife Crystal have two young children

Listening and Tolerance: What’s the Difference?

August 24, 2016

The Colossian Forum advocates we should listen to those we disagree with. Do you mean we should tolerate all views, even errors?  Listening to Christian brothers and sisters certainly helps us understand where they’re coming from. Often we even start to sympathize with them. But what do we do after we start to understand someone we […]

A Reflection on the Gay Christian Network Conference 2015

February 25, 2015

Joyful people surrounded me, but I must admit that I felt very alone. Many of these thousand-plus brothers and sisters in Christ had found respite from the loneliness of being a sexual minority by googling “gay and Christian” and discovering the Gay Christian Network conference. One Australian lesbian Christian flew around the world because she […]

Discerning Use of Technology

July 26, 2013

As we continue to apply our approach to different difficult topics at the intersection of faith and science, The Colossian Forum recently facilitated a forum on discerning the wise use of technology at Lee Street CRC. This was the third of a four-part series at the church. Rob Barrett, TCF’s Director of Fellows & Forums, began the forum with […]

Listening: What’s the Point?

February 20, 2013

When I first joined The Colossian Forum, I encountered the notion that conversation is a good thing, something to be sought and nurtured. But why exactly is conversation good? I let this question simmer on the backburner for a while, taking as a provisional answer that conversation is good because I always have something to […]

Ecumenical Dialogue – A Waste of Time?

November 6, 2012

If I were invited to participate in a formal ecumenical dialogue, a big part of me would start scrambling for an excuse not to go. What could be more bland and disheartening than trying to eke out a sliver of unity from a group of disagreeing (and possibly disagreeable) Christians? So when Matthew Lundberg mentioned […]