|IN THIS ISSUE||Issue #7 - March 21, 2007|
RTS Professor, Dr. Bruce Waltke, Lectures in Hong Kong
Westminster Confession for Today Conference June 19-20, 2006
In Loving Memory of our Friends / Colleagues
Katrina Victims Offered Scholarships to Attend Philadelphia Conference
RTS-Charlotte President Frank Reich Accepts Call
RTS Korean DMIN Programs
RTS Professor, Dr. Michael Kruger, Lectures on "The Da Vinci Code"
RTS Professors Receive Research Grant for 2006-2007 Academic Year
RTS Faculty Publications
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RTS PROFESSOR, DR. BRUCE WALTKE, LECTURES IN HONG KONG
Dr. Bruce Waltke, professor of Old Testament, RTS-Orlando, will be presenting the Ming Dao Bible Lectures March 29 - April 6, 2006, in Hong Kong, at Yan Fook Church (Evangelical Free Church of China), which has more than 5,000 members. Please pray for Dr. Waltke's safe travel to Hong Kong and his return home.ALUM SNIPPETS
George Mixon (MDiv 2004), and his wife Martha, missionaries in Kenya with World Harvest Missions, give thanks for the rain God has brought to bring relief to a famine-stricken land. George is leading seminars on using Bible storying in church planting, which he believes is "a valuable way of teaching God's Word." Click here to read the Mixon's ministry update letter. Alice Fulghum
(MAMFT 2000), adjunct professor of marriage and family therapy at RTS-Jackson, is currently the president of the Mississippi Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT). She and RTS alum, Denease Bishop
who presently serves as executive director for MAMFT, will participate in national leadership meetings in Washington, DC with senators and members of Congress, to discuss the role of marriage and family therapy in Mississippi.Vickie Easter
(MABS 1998), serving the Lord with Mission to Unreached Peoples, is in Chiang Mai, Thailand working at The Well Member Care Center. She has been leading retreats and counseling with many women in the area. Click here
to read Vickie's newsletter.Hunter Brewer
), is starting a PCA church in a fast growing area of metro Jackson, Mississippi. He has developed a church planting roundtable that meets monthly at RTS-Jackson, in order to create a greater awareness among the students of the need to start new churches nationally and globally. WESTMINSTER CONFESSION FOR TODAY CONFERENCE JUNE 19-20, 2006Pre-PCA 2006 General Assembly Conference; June 19-20, 2006, Atlanta Hyatt Regency Hotel; Sponsored by RTSPlenary Speakers: Dr. Mark Dever, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson, Dr. Douglas Kelly and Dr. RC Sproul
Seminar Speakers: Dr. David Calhoun, Dr. Bob Cara, Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. JV Fesco, Dr. Randy Pope, Dr. Richard Pratt, Dr. Scott Swain, and Dr. Derek Thomas
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IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR FRIENDS / COLLEAGUES
Ronald H. Nash, retired professor of philosophy and theology, RTS-Orlando, went home to be with the Lord on March 10, 2006 following an extended illness. "The greatest comfort is knowing that he is with the Father where he will suffer no more. And, in us who remain, he has planted and watered many seeds; seeds that will continue to bear fruit and impact many for generations to come." Our love and condolences pour out to Ron's wife, Betty Jane, and family. Memorials may be sent to Summit Ministries, P.O. Box 207, Manitou Springs, Co. 80829. Click here to read "A Tribute to Dr. Ronald H. Nash" on the RTS website.
Anne Sanford, beloved wife of RTS-Jackson alum, Shelton Sanford, went home to be with the Lord on March 7, 2006. We extend our deepest sympathies to Shelton and his family during this time of tremendous sorrow and loss. Shelton is the senior pastor of Westminster PCA in Rock Hill, SC. ByFaith, the web magazine of the Presbyterian Church in America, http://www.byfaithonline.com/, published a link to a lovely message from Shelton and family, where he also shares updates of Anne's last few days and her battle with leukemia. Even during her last days when she was walking through the dark valley, Anne glorified the Lord. Click here to read Shelton's message and updates. Memorials may be given to Westminster Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 1300 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732 or to Westminster Ministries Foundation, 1330 India Hook Road, Suite 605, Rock Hill, SC 29732.
Ronald S. Wallace, retired Church of Scotland minister, biblical and Calvinian scholar, theological professor, and internationally respected author of both scholarly and popular Christian books, went home to be with the Lord on February 26, 2006, only a few weeks short of his ninety-fifth birthday. Click here to read an obituary written by Dr. Doug Kelly, Richard Jordan professor of theology, RTS-Jackson.
KATRINA VICTIMS OFFERED SCHOLARSHIPS TO ATTEND PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE
Distinguished scholars speaking at the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology (PCRT) in Jackson, Mississippi, March 24-26, 2006 include: Dr. Sinclair Ferguson, professor of systematic theology, Westminster Seminary, Dallas and visiting professor, Reformed Theological Seminary; Dr. Philip Ryken, senior pastor, Tenth Presbyterian Church Philadelphia; Rev. Richard Phillips, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Coral Springs/Margate, Florida; Dr. Ligon Duncan, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi and adjunct professor of theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; and Dr. Robert Godfrey, president and professor of church history, Westminster Theological Seminary, California Click here for scholarship information. Click here for more detailed biographical information on speakers.
RTS-CHARLOTTE PRESIDENT FRANK REICH ACCEPTS CALL
Frank Reich, president RTS-Charlotte, announced that he is accepting a call to become the pastor of the Cornerstone ARP Church in Charlotte, NC, effective April 1, 2006. A graduate of RTS-Charlotte, Frank has given outstanding leadership for three years to the Charlotte campus. We greatly appreciate his contribution to RTS and we will miss him dearly. On the other hand, we are pleased that he will be pastoring nearby and ministering in his church to many RTS faculty, staff and students. Also, Frank will be helping the Charlotte campus on a part-time basis during the transition as we search for a new president for RTS-Charlotte. Please pray for Frank and Linda and their girls, and also for the Cornerstone Church during this transition. Also, pray as we begin our search for the new RTS-Charlotte president. Frank says that RTS taught him so well to love the church and preaching, that he needs to go ahead and do what he felt called him to seminary to prepare to do; to pastor a local church.
RTS KOREAN DMIN PROGRAMS
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In line with its mission to provide globally accessible graduate theological education, RTS has long partnered with Chongshin Seminary and University (CSU) to offer a Korean-language Doctor of Ministry program on the Seoul, Lorea campus of CSU, with certain courses taken at RTS-Orlando. A year ago RTS and CSU collaborated to initiate a missions-oriented Doctor of Ministry Intercultural Studies (DMIN/ICS) program for Korean missionaries serving in Southeast Asia, with courses offered at RTS-Jackson and Seoul, with occasional courses in Southeast Asia. Both programs have been popular among pastors and missionaries in Korea and in Southeast Asia.
In 2004, the first domestic Korean-language DMIN and DMIN/ICS programs were inaugurated at RTS-Jackson under RTS administrator and adjunct faculty member, The Rev. Eunsoo Kim, Ph.D, (the first full-time Korean RTS administrator and adjunct faculty member). Dr. Kim is himself an RTS-Jackson alumnus. The domestic programs primarily serve Korean-speaking pastors in North America, although occasional courses are offered at sites abroad. Interest in the programs has been high and classes are rapidly filling. Korean missionaries and pastors from countries outside the U.S. have also been eager to enroll.
All programs have the same high academic standards as the English-language DMIN and DMIN/ICS programs at RTS, emphasizing a blend of scholarship and development of ministry skills at the highest level, with a warmly Reformed faculty. Courses are taught in one-week intensive modulars, followed by a ministry dissertation project supervised by RTS faculty.
RTS also has partnerships with sister institutions in Brazil and Scotland, offering the DMIN degree at those sites as well. Together with the growing Virtual Campus MAR degree program, with orientation seminars offered both in the U.S. and abroad, these international programs extend the ministry of RTS throughout every continent.
RTS PROFESSOR, DR. MICHAEL KRUGER, LECTURES ON "THE DA VINCI CODE"
Dr. Michael Kruger, academic dean and professor of New Testament, RTS-Charlotte, will be speaking April 20, at Campus Crusade for Christ, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, on "The Da Vinci Code: Is the Bible Accurate?." He will speak on "The Bible and The Da Vinci Code," April 21, at Mebane Reformed Baptist Church, Mebane, North Carolina, and on May 17 at the First ARP Church, Gastonia, North Carolina.RTS PROFESSORS RECEIVE RESEARCH GRANT FOR 2006-2007 ACADEMIC YEAR
Dr. Donald Fortson, RTS-Charlotte associate professor of church history, practical theology, and director doctor of ministry program, and Dr. Charles "Chuck" Hill, RTS-Orlando professor of New Testament, each received a research grant from The Randy and Linda Randall Academic Research Award Fund for the 2006-07 academic year.
RTS FACULTY PUBLICATIONS
Dr. Simon Kistemaker, RTS-Orlando professor emeritus of New Testament, Miracles of Jesus, Baker Publishing Group, forthcoming August 2006.
Dr. John Frame, RTS-Orlando professor of systematic theology and philosophy, Salvation Belongs to the Lord, P&R Publishers, forthcoming May 2006.
Dr. Derek Thomas, John Richards professor of practical theology, RTS-Jackson, wrote an article, "Broken Fences: in the Valley of Brokeback Mountain," published recently in reformation21, the online magazine of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Click here to read "Broken Fences . . .
Dr. Michael Kruger, academic dean and professor of New Testament, RTS-Charlotte, has written 2 book reviews that will be published in 2006: Stephen C. Carlson's, The Gospel Hoax, in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society; and Bart D. Ehrman's, Misquoting Jesus, also in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.
Dr. Robert Cara, chief academic officer, RTS, and professor of New Testament at RTS-Charlotte, wrote a book review of I. Howard Marshall's New Testament Theology: One Gospel, Many Witnesses, published in reformation 21. Click here to read Dr. Cara's review.
Dr. Allen Curry, Hugh and Sallie Reaves professor of Christian education, RTS-Jackson, wrote a review of Derek Prime and Alistair Begg's On Being A Pastor: Understanding Our Work and Calling. The review is published in reformation21. Click here to read Dr. Curry's review. Click book to order from the RTS online Bookstore.
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