RTS Jackson Honors Graduates at 48th Commencement
May 19, 2015
Reformed Theological Seminary Jackson held its 48th Commencement on Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 am at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. Doctor of Ministry degrees were awarded to 3 students, Master of Divinity degrees to 18 students, Master of Arts to 2 students, and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy & Counseling to 7...
Ligon's Audio from The Gospel Coalition Now Available
May 12, 2015
RTS Chancellor Ligon Duncan spoke at several sessions at The Gospel Coalition, held in Orlando, FL April 13-15. Audio or video from these sessions is now available:
Living in the Hope of Liberation from Bondage - Rom. 8:16-25 (video from plenary session)
Systematic Theology for Pastoral Ministry, Christian Thinking, and Public...
Joel Beeke to Speak at 2015 Missions Conference
April 8, 2015
Dr. Joel Beeke will be the featured speaker for this year’s upcoming Missions Conference on September 15-16, 2015. The conference schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, September 15
12:00-12:55 p.m. – The Age of the Spirit and Revival
Wednesday, September 16
11:00-11:55 a.m. – Enduring in the Best Race...
Mike Ross to Lecture on Preaching and Church Revitalization
March 25, 2015
Dr. Mike Ross will deliver a lecture on “Preaching and Church Revitalization” over lunch on Tuesday, April 14 at 12:00 p.m. at Patterson’s Porch. Sponsored by The Great Commission Society, the lecture is open to all and free pizza will be provided.
Dr. Ross is senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC and earned...
RTS Jackson Faculty Editors in Newly-Released Reformation Study Bible
March 20, 2015
The new Reformation Study Bible (2015), released this month, features RTS Jackson faculty Sean Lucas as Associate Editor and Guy Waters as New Testament Editor. Derek Thomas, Visiting Professor at RTS Jackson, also contributed.
Click here for a first look inside this new edition. The Reformation Study Bible is available for order...
Sean Lucas Writes on Race and Southern Presbyterianism
February 16, 2015
Sean Lucas has posted a 5-part series on the history of race relations in southern Presbyterianism at the reformation21 blog. Lucas writes, “I hope that by telling the truth about the past--both its ugliness and its hopefulness-- we can begin an important conversation about our future, both in my own denomination and in evangelicalism...
Guy Waters' Commentary on Acts Now Available
February 16, 2015
Guy Waters' Study Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles is now available. The commentary is part of the EP Study Commentary series edited by John Currid.
Dr. Guy Waters is the James M. Baird, Jr. Professor of New Testament at RTS Jackson. He has written and edited numerous books and specializes in Pauline theology, the use...
Carl Ellis to Present the Christian History of African Americans, Feb 19
February 11, 2015
The African American Leadership Initiative at RTS Jackson is pleased to announce that Dr. Carl Ellis will be coming to campus on Thursday, February 19.
The day will begin with RTS Chancellor Dr. Ligon Duncan interviewing Dr. Ellis. The interview will take place at Patterson’s Porch at noon, and Kim Lee's jambalaya will be...
Jemar Tisby Named to List of 15 Influential Black Evangelicals
February 6, 2015
Jemar Tisby, a fourth year MDIV student at RTS Jackson, has been named to the list of 15 Black Christian Leaders You Should Know, an article by Corrie Mitchell on faithstreet.com.
Corrie Mitchell introduced her list by saying, “In honor of Black History Month, here is a list of black Christian leaders shaping the face of the...
Bill Barcley to Speak at Spiritual Life Conference
January 23, 2015
RTS Jackson is pleased to announce that Bill Barcley will be the speaker at this year's Spiritual Life Conference. This year's topic will be on the subject of contentment, and appropriately, Dr. Barcley will be speaking with reference to his book The Secret of Contentment. Open to everyone, the conference will take place over the course of three...
Tom Schreiner to Speak at 2015 Biblical Theology Conference
January 23, 2015
RTS is pleased to announce Tom Schreiner as the featured speaker for the 5th annual Biblical Theology Conference. Dr. Schreiner is Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Biblical Theology and Associate Dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written and edited numerous books and articles and...
Baugus' Book Makes Top Five List
January 19, 2015
Craig Hurst, the book review editor at Servants of Grace (which reviews over 200 titles a year) has chosen Bruce Baugus' China's Reforming Churches: Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom as one of his top five books of 2014. Hurst writes,
"Written from a Reformed perspective, this book offers great insight into the...
Christmas Brunch at RTS
January 7, 2015
On Christmas day several in the RTS family who remained in Jackson for the holidays gathered for a brunch hosted at Patterson’s Porch. Dr. Charlie Wingard and his wife, Lynne - a former caterer - prepared the meal for the 23 adults and 5 children in attendance. “The food was delicious and the fellowship was sweet,” said Dr. Mike...
Gladd's New Book Makes "Best of 2014" Lists
December 17, 2014
Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery by G.K. Beale and Benjamin Gladd has been included in Tony Reinke’s best books of 2014 and Andreas Köstenberger’s top ten books of 2014. A recent review of the book by the Gospel Coalition can also be found here.
The book explores the perplexing...
RTS Jackson to Host the Deep South Founders Conference, Jan 22-24
November 25, 2014
On January 22-24, RTS Jackson will welcome the Deep South Founders Conference to our campus. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Tom Nettles, and the topic for the conference will be “On Free Will,” considering Article 9 of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.
Other addresses will include “The Will of Man after the...
AALI Hosts Ministering to the City
November 21, 2014
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...
Hymns, Worship, and the Christian Life: Discussion and Lunch with Keith Getty, Dec 8
November 18, 2014
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 Townend) widely-used contemporary hymns such as: "In Christ Alone," "The...
Diane Langberg Speaks on Counseling Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma
October 21, 2014
“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
October 18, 2014
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
October 16, 2014
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
October 6, 2014
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
September 29, 2014
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
September 26, 2014
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
September 22, 2014
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
September 10, 2014
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...
September 8, 2014
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
September 5, 2014
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
August 26, 2014
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
August 23, 2014
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
August 22, 2014
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
August 21, 2014
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
August 15, 2014
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
August 15, 2014
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
August 15, 2014
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
August 11, 2014
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
June 26, 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 email@example.com 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
June 19, 2014
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
June 13, 2014
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.
New Book Edited by Bruce Baugus
June 10, 2014
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
May 6, 2014
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
April 28, 2014
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
April 17, 2014
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
April 16, 2014
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
April 7, 2014
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
February 3, 2014
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
January 10, 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
January 10, 2014
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
January 10, 2014
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
January 6, 2014
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
December 17, 2013
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
December 12, 2013
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
November 1, 2013
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
October 15, 2013
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
August 20, 2013
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
August 18, 2013
(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
August 16, 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
August 14, 2013
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
August 1, 2013
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.
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
July 29, 2013
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
July 19, 2013
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
July 19, 2013
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
July 15, 2013
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
July 15, 2013
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
July 12, 2013
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...