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AALI Hosts Ministering to the City

On Monday, November 17, the African American Leadership Initiative hosted an AALI Mentoring event entitled “Ministering to the City.”  There were about 40 people in attendance from 5-8pm at Patterson’s Porch. Two AALI Mentors, Neddie Winters, President of Mission Mississippi, and Steve Lanier, Assistant to the Pastor at...

Trueman to Teach Reformed Creeds and Confessions

RTS Jackson is pleased to announce that Dr. Carl Trueman will be teaching Reformed Creeds and Confessions as an elective in the DMIN program in a one-week intensive format during the Winter Term, January 12-16.  The course will meet from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day. Creeds and Confessions shape historical, orthodox Christianity.  This...

Hymns, Worship, and the Christian Life: Discussion and Lunch with Keith Getty, Dec 8

On Monday, December 8, at 11:00am, Keith Getty will host a discussion on congregational singing in Grace Chapel on the campus of RTS Jackson.   Keith Getty is an Irish composer who is best known for pioneering modern hymns.   He has co-written (with Stuart Townsend) widely-used contemporary hymns such as: "In Christ Alone," "The...

Diane Langberg Speaks on Counseling Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma

“But one thing I’ve found is that God is in the sewers and we will find him in the ruins of what we do to each other.” On October 10, 2014, Dr. Diane Langberg spoke as the concluding and keynote speaker of the MFTC Conference.  Her topic was “Counseling Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma.”  She held the...

Williams to Teach Hermeneutics for Contextualized Ministry, Jan 19-23

RTS Jackson is pleased to announce that Dr. Jarvis Williams will be teaching Hermeneutics for Contextualized Ministry in a one-week intensive format during our Winter Term, January 19-23. How does our ethnic background affect how we read the Bible?  What can modern Christians learn from ancient Christians about race, ethnicity, and...

Keller to Preach Evangelistic Message, FPC Jackson, Nov 12

RTS is pleased to announce that during his trip to Jackson, Dr. Timothy Keller will be preaching an evangelistic message on Wednesday, November 12 at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson.  Dr. Keller’s evangelistic message will be in addition to his regular lecture schedule for the John Reed Miller Lecture series on preaching held in...

Duncan’s Inauguration as Chancellor & Conversation

On October 2, 2014, Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III was installed as Reformed Theological Seminary's fifth Chancellor in an inauguration ceremony hosted at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson.  The next morning at Grace Chapel on the campus of RTS Jackson, Ligon Duncan, Al Mohler, and Derek Thomas discussed the Direction of and Trends in the American...

Student Cabinet Hosts International Dinner Potluck

On Friday, September 26, the RTS Jackson student body gathered for our annual International Dinner Potluck.  RTS Jackson is a diverse campus with students (and faculty and staff) from across the United States and around the world, and the International Dinner Potluck is a time when all of those different cultures come together and we get the...

Grace Chapel Renovations Complete

When you step onto the campus at RTS Jackson, Grace Chapel is the first building that catches your eye.  Built in 1971, generations of seminary students have preached their first sermon from the high pulpit, sat under the teaching of the Word as they prepared for ministry, or developed life-long friendships while worshiping together in Gospel...

AALI Cohort Underway with Retreat at Twin Lakes

On Friday, September 12, the pilot year of the AALI Cohort got underway with an overnight retreat to Twin Lakes.  There are 18 members of this first cohort, including one faculty, one staff, 11 MDIV students, and 5 MFTC students. The weekend was one of bonding as members gained tools to begin the 9-month conversation that will develop in...

Join Us for Duncan’s Inauguration, Oct 2

Please join us on Thursday, October 2, at 7:30pm, at First Presbyterian Church, for the Inauguration of Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III as the fifth Chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Al Mohler will give the address. There will be a reception following the ceremony.  The following morning, Friday, October 3, at 9:00am, at Grace...

AALI Kickoff

On Friday, September 5, the African American Leadership Initiative held its second annual AALI Kickoff.  More than 50 people were in attendance. The event was opened in prayer by RTS Jackson President Guy Richardson.  AALI President Justin Jones-Fosu, AALI co-founder Jemar Tisby, and AALI Leadership Team member Ian Hammond together...

Young Elected President of the National Baptist Convention

Dr. Jerry Young has been elected President of the National Baptist Convention, USA. Young was elected to his five-year term as President on September 4, during the 134th annual session of the National Baptist Convention held in New Orleans.  Dr. Young became the first Mississippi pastor to be chosen for the position.  He has served as...

A Ferguson Discussion

On Monday, August 25, RTS Jackson held a campus-wide conversation regarding the recent events surrounding Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. Since Michael Brown was African American and the officer involved was White, many from Ferguson and around the country decried the shooting as having racial overtones.  The situation...

Student Cabinet Kicks Off Fall Semester with Annual Luau

On Friday, August 22, following Orientation and Convocation that Tuesday and Wednesday, the Student Cabinet hosted the annual fall Luau to kick off the Fall semester. Students, faculty, and staff brought sides and desserts to accompany the excellent slow-cooked BBQ chicken and ribs that were cooked to perfection by our own Assistant...

RTS Jackson Holds Forty-Ninth Convocation

The forty-ninth Convocation of Reformed Theological Seminary was held on Wednesday, August 20, to begin the 2014-15 academic year at the Jackson campus. President Guy Richardson presided over the service.  Paul Hurst, a member of the Board of Trustees, gave the Invocation, and Miles Van Pelt, Academic Dean, introduced the faculty....

Orientation Welcomes New Students

On Tuesday, August 19, the Admissions office partnered with the Student Cabinet to welcome new students into the RTS community.  At Orientation new students met key staff, were greeted by the Chancellor, had lunch with their faculty prayer group leaders, received advice from a panel of returning students, learned about the stress of...

Preorder Dr. Gladd's New Book

You may now preorder Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery (IVP Academic, due November 2014) by G. K. Beale, and RTS professor Benjamin L. Gladd here. The description says, "Exploring all the occurrences of the term mystery in the New Testament and the topics found in conjunction with them, this work unpacks...

Baugus’ Book Reviewed

Jason Helopoulos, assistant pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Mich., reviewed Dr. Bruce Baugus' China's Reforming Churches: Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014) for The Gospel Coalition. Read the review...

Baugus to Join Ref21 Team

Carl Trueman announced that Dr. Scott Swain of RTS/Orlando, and Dr. Bruce Baugus of RTS/Jackson, are two of four new contributors to the Reformation21.org team. Read more...

RTS Missions Conference 2014, September 9-10

This year's upcoming missions conference will feature Ken Temple.  Ken loves Jesus only because Jesus first loved him! (I John 4:10, 19) We can only do ministry because of the grace of God and His sovereignty in salvation. Ken is an ordained minister, missionary among Muslims for the past 31 years, 3 years overseas; speaks a major Middle East...

Keller to Deliver John Reed Miller Lectures on Preaching

Update, 11/6/2014: Capacity for Grace Chapel for the Keller Lectures has been reached.  If you would like to come be a part of the lectures in the Overflow Room, please RSVP at admissions.jackson@rts.edu by including your name and telling us how many guests are in your party.   It is our intention to post the audio...

Elias Medeiros Contributes to a Book

Dr. Elias Medeiros, Harriet Barbour Professor of Missions, has contributed a chapter entitled, “God Scatters to Gather Through His People: A Missional Response to Migrant Churches” to the book Reformed Means Missional: Following Jesus Into the World (New Growth Press,...

Diane Langberg to Speak at MFTC Conference on Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse, October 9-10

RTS Jackson is pleased to announce that Diane Langberg will speak at the MFTC Conference on Counseling Survivors of Sexual abuse to be held on the campus of RTS Jackson.  She will be joined by RTS Jackson MFTC faculty, Jim Hurley and Bill Richardson, on October 9-10, 2014.  The conference will be offered for 4 ethics credits. To see...

New Book Edited by Bruce Baugus

Dr. Bruce Baugus, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology, has edited a collection of papers and has also contributed a few chapters to the book entitled, China's Reforming Churches: Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom (Reformation Heritage Books,...

RTS Trained Counselors Serve Disaster Area

At least 15 tornadoes were on the ground in Mississippi on Monday, April 28. One of them went through Louisville, Miss., as an EF-4 with winds of about 200 mph. There was much loss of life and possessions. According to Sherry Lanier, MNA disaster response and short-term missions facilitator, a team of RTS trained counselors departed for Louisville...

Duncan Convenes 15th Twin Lakes Fellowship

Ligon Duncan once again served as the Convener of the Twin Lakes Fellowship, which was held April 22-24 at Twin Lakes Camp in Florence, Miss.   In his opening letter, Duncan states the twofold purpose of this fellowship: “(1) to encourage ministers and church and to network with them, in order to promote the work of church planting...

Duncan Speaks at T4G

One of the four original founders of Together for the Gospel in 2006, Ligon Duncan was quite busy April 8-10 at the 2014 edition of this pastors’ conference that in many ways embodies the “Young, Restless, and Reformed” movement.  The T4G 2014 Conference, entitled “Unashamed,” focused on evangelism.  It was...

Metro Christian Living features Ligon Duncan

The feature article in the April 2014 edition of Metro Christian Living was entitled, Ligon Duncan: Faithfully Following Christ.  Metro Christian Living, a local Jackson magazine, did a brief biography of Duncan including his profession of faith, his studies, his family, his service at First Presbyterian Church, and his transition to his role...

Peter Gentry Speaks at the 2014 Biblical Theology Conference

Dr. Peter Gentry was this year's speaker for the 2014 Biblical Theology Conference, hosted at RTS Jackson on April 1-3.                      In Tuesday's morning session, Dr. Gentry spoke on Isaiah chapter 5, pointing out the important place of...

Celebrating Dr. Chamblin, March 6

Please join us Thursday, March 6th, at 7:00pm for a special evening to celebrate the life and work of our late and beloved New Testament professor, Dr. J. Knox Chamblin, as we announce the establishment of a special scholarship fund in his honor. A short presentation will include reflections from former colleagues and friends including RTS...

RAAN Launches New Look and More Content in 2014

RAAN—the Reformed African American Network (www.raanetwork.org) which was founded by two RTS Jackson students, Jemar Tisby and Phillip Homes—began 2014 by unveiling a website redesign that is accompanied by an increased frequency of publishing articles.  Their goal is to release a new post six days a week with an emphasis on...

2014 Biblical Theology Conference Speaker: Peter Gentry, April 1-2

RTS Jackson announces that Peter Gentry will be the speaker for the Biblical Theology Conference on April 1-2.  Dr. Peter Gentry has been the Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary since 1999, and has written many books including his recently published Kingdom through Covenant: A...

Brian Habig to Speak for the 2014 Spiritual Life Conference, March 5-6

RTS Jackson welcomes Brian Habig as the speaker for the 2014 Spiritual Life Conference on March 5-6.  Brian graduated from Mississippi State University and earned his Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO.  After seminary, Brian returned to serve as campus minister for RUF Mississippi State, and then...

Duncan, Medeiros, and Thomas Speak at Cross Conference

About 3600 students (mostly aged 18-22) attended the first ever CROSS Conference from Dec 27-30, 2013.  Held in Louisville, KY, the CROSS Conference is a missions conference specifically geared towards students. On Sunday evening, members of the RTS faculty participated in a panel discussion on the subject of "Developing a Heart for...

Wingard Accepts Practical Theology Position

Dr. Charlie Wingard has been elected as a regular faculty member at Reformed Theological Seminary's Jackson campus. He will begin as Assistant Professor of Practical Theology on January 1, 2014.  Wingard's dad, a Presbyterian minister, worked in orphanages in Arkansas and Missouri and adopted him into their home in 1958. Wingard recalls,...

Lucas Joins Faculty at RTS Jackson

Dr. Sean Michael Lucas, while continuing his role as Senior Pastor of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Miss. (since 2009), has been elected as a regular faculty member at Reformed Theological Seminary's Jackson campus. He will begin as Associate Professor of Church History on January 1, 2014.  Born in Stratford, NJ,...

Carl Ellis to Teach Cultural & Historical Realities for Contextualized Ministry, Jan 22-24

RTS Jackson is pleased to announce that Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr. will be teaching Cultural and Historical Realities for Contextualized Ministry in a three-day intensive format during our Winter Term, January 22-24.   Designed to help prepare those who will be doing ministry in African American, multiethnic, or urban contexts, this class will...

McKelvey Appointed to Teach Old Testament

Reformed Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael G. McKelvey as assistant professor of Old Testament at RTS Jackson. He will begin on January 1, 2014.   McKelvey is the pastor of Crosspoint Church of Asheville, NC, and previously pastored in Pennsylvania. He received a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology...

Justin Taylor Interviews Ligon Duncan for The Gospel Coalition

Justin Taylor, in his blog Between Two Worlds hosted by The Gospel Coalition, posted "An Interview with Ligon Duncan."  The interview was posted just two days after Dr. Duncan's appointment as Reformed Theological Seminary's Chancellor was announced. In the interview, Ligon discusses his 24 year relationship with RTS, his decision to...

Ligon Duncan Appointed RTS Chancellor

(JACKSON, MS) - August 18, 2013 - The RTS Board of Trustees has elected Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, III, as chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary. Duncan is currently the John E. Richards professor of systematic and historical theology at RTS in Jackson, Miss., and the senior minister of historic First Presbyterian Church (1837), where he...

SIBL Concludes for Summer 2013

RTS Jackson's Summer Institute for Biblical Languages came to a close on Friday, August 16, as the Summer Term came to an end.  For eight intensive weeks, Dr. Miles Van Pelt taught 43 students in Hebrew and 4 students in Aramaic while Dr. Ben Gladd had 17 students in Greek.  This year's edition of SIBL boasted a unique blend of students...

Kevin DeYoung to Give JRM Lectures on Preaching, Oct 22-23

RTS Jackson is pleased to announce that Kevin DeYoung will deliver the John Reed Miller Lectures on Preaching this fall.  The lecture series will span two days, October 22-23.   Kevin DeYoung serves as the Senior Pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, and is a regular blogger and speaker for The Gospel...

Jerry Marcellino to Speak at World Missional Conference

RTS Jackson is pleased to announce that Rev. Jerry Marcellino will be the keynote speaker for the 2013 World Missional Conference on September 10-11. Schedule: Tuesday, September 10 12:10-12:55pm Free Pizza Christ’s Reception of All Nations (Psalm 2) Wednesday, September 11 11:00-11:55am Chapel Christ’s Reign Over All...

Fall Book Giveaway: The Men who Wrote the Books

In order to spread the word about some of the men who are teaching at RTS Jackson this fall, we are pleased to announce our Fall Book Giveaway through Facebook.  The collection to be given away in the Fall Book Giveaway includes notable books by our guests and some new releases from our regular faculty.  The collection will be given away...

New Book Co-Edited by Ben Gladd

Dr. Ben Gladd, Assistant Professor of New Testament, has co-edited with Daniel M. Gurtner a collection of essays in honor of G.K. Beale entitled, From Creation to New Creation: Biblical Theology and Exegesis. Essays in Honor of (Peabody: Hendrickson, Fall 2013).  He also contributed the essay, "Dare to Be a Daniel: An Exploration of...

New Book by Guy Waters

Dr. Guy Waters wrote What is the Bible? (P&R, due August 2013), which is part of the Basics of the Faith series. In this book, Waters defines important terms—“revelation,” “inspiration,” and “inerrancy”—clearing away misconceptions, equipping us to understand and answer leading objections to the...

Bryan Chapell to Teach Communications I

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Bryan Chapell will teach Communications I at RTS Jackson this fall.  The course will meet on November 4-5 and December 2-3. Dr. Bryan Chapell currently serves as the Senior Pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois.  He has taught preaching for years at Covenant Seminary where he also...

Duncan, Thomas, and Lucas: Pastor-Scholars in Our Classrooms

Dr. Ligon Duncan, Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS, Dr. Derek Thomas, Minister of Preaching and Teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, and Dr. Sean Lucas, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, MS, teach Historical and Systematic Theology from a pastor’s perspective.  Their...

Van Pelt Contributes to ESV Gospel Transformation Bible

Dr. Miles Van Pelt, Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages and Academic Dean at RTS Jackson, contributed the study notes for Kings and Chronicles to the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible.  The ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible, published by Crossway and to be released on September 30, 2013, seeks to demonstrate the unity of...

Ligon Duncan to Speak Three Times at PCA General Assembly, June 17-21

Reformed Theological Seminary announces three speaking engagements by Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, III, at the Presbyterian Church in America's General Assembly to be held at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC, June 17-21, 2013. Duncan is the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at RTS/Jackson. On Tuesday,...

RTS Jackson Holds Forty-Sixth Commencement

On Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 10:00am, Reformed Theological Seminary's forty-sixth Commencement was held at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson.  Dr. Sean Lucas, Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg and Guest Lecturer at RTS Jackson, gave the Commencement Address entitled Measuring God's Glory from Romans 11:33-36....

Reeder and Shurden Speak at the Spiritual Life Conference, Feb 27-28

RTS Jackson welcomed Nate Shurden and Harry Reeder to Grace Chapel and Patterson's Porch to encourage and challenge students in this year's Spiritual Life Conference, February 27-28.  Both RTS graduates, Reeder and Shurden spoke about "Leading from the Heart," sharing their experience of life in ministry.  To listen to the...

Promoting Racial Diversity and Biblical Truth--Two RTS Students Launch the Reformed African American Network

Anyone who desires to see biblical truth promoted among racially diverse peoples has reason to be excited about the Reformed African American Network (RAAN).  Christ commanded His disciples to take the Good News of His salvation to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).  To the extent Reformed theology...

Dr. Gaffin to Speak at the 2013 Biblical Theology Conference

The 2013 Biblical Theology Conference, March 26-27, will feature Dr. Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus at Westminster Theological Seminary.  Dr. Gaffin will speak on "Biblical Theology and Current Issues in Reformed Theology." Below is the schedule for the conference. Tuesday, March...

RTS Jackson Hosts 2013 Deep South Founder’s Conference

On January 17-19 RTS Jackson welcomed the sixth annual Deep South Founder’s Conference to campus featuring Dr. Sam Waldron, who addressed the topic of covenant theology.  The audio for the conference is available on their website here. On January 17 there was a preconference debate also on the topic of covenant theology between Dr....

Summer Institute for Biblical Languages Offers Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic for Summer 2013

RTS Jackson is pleased to announce the schedule for the Summer Institute for Biblical Languages in 2013.  Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek will be offered in an intensive, immersion environment from June 24 to August 16, 2013.  Affordable seminary housing is available, and last year a variety of visiting students came from all over the country...

RTS Hosts Conference on China’s Reforming Churches

Reformed Theological Seminary’s conference on China’s Reforming Churches convened January 2-4, 2013, at Wallace Presbyterian Church in College Park, Maryland.  The conference was organized by Bruce Baugus, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology at RTS Jackson, and David Holmlund, Pastor of Pilgrim Presbyterian Church, an...

Redeemer to Host Reddit Andrews Spring 2013 Class, A Biblical Theology of the City

This Spring semester, Reddit Andrews will teach A Biblical Theology of the City at Redeemer Church on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm. Discussing the importance of cities, Harvey Conn writes, "Cities - the anvil of civilization, the center of power, the metaphor for society itself- have been with us for thousands of years.  Here converge piety...

Ligon Duncan Writes Short Article on Sanctification

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at RTS Jackson, has recently contributed a short article to the RTS quarterly magazine, Ministry and Leadership, entitled "The Joy of Sanctification." The article aims to explore the tension felt by believers between trusting the totally efficient grace of Christ...
 
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