Graduation 2018 – Come out and celebrate with our next graduating class! May 4 at 7:30pm

Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and Martin Bucer Seminary (Brasil) establish collaborative Master’s and Doctoral Program

CONTACT: For Martin Bucer Seminary (Brasil), Tiago Santos (tjsfilho@icloud.com). For PRTS, Dr. Adriaan C. Neele (adriaan.neele@prts.edu).

For immediate release: April 16, 2018

Grand Rapids, MI / São Paulo, BR — Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (“PRTS”) and Martin Bucer Seminary Brasil (“SMB”) have announced a strategic partnership with the establishment of a collaborative Master’s and Doctoral Program. This strategic partnership exemplifies the vision of strengthening and sharing resources in the service of the academy and the church.

Martin Bucer Seminary Brasil, founded in 2012, currently grants an online basic course in theology and a Bachelor of Theology (ThB) degree. The basic course in theology numbers around 500 students and the ThB program numbers 150 students. With this new program, students of SMB can complete their studies at SMB and PRTS with an accredited ThM or PhD degree.

Founded in 1995, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is an accredited educational institution granting MA, MDiv, ThM, and PhD degrees. Its mission is to prepare students worldwide to serve Christ and His church through biblical, Reformed, experiential, and practical ministry. The seminary numbers close to 150 students, has ten professors, twenty world-renowned scholars as adjunct faculty, and a support staff of twelve.

Franklin Ferreira, general director of SMB, says, “Our hope in this partnership is that, by God’s grace and for His glory, we will contribute to solidify the Reformed faith in Brasil. We hope to be able to foster a new generation of teachers, masters, and pastors who can serve the Reformed and evangelical community in the Portuguese-speaking world. Our main goal is to prepare our students to serve Jesus Christ and His church with biblical, Reformed, evangelical, and practical teaching in various areas of Christian ministry, with profundity and godliness.”

Joel R. Beeke, President of PRTS comments, “We trust that, by God’s grace, this newly established cooperative program, which stresses both solid Reformed academic training and vital piety, will serve the church and the academy in unprecedented ways, and strengthen the academic and church community in Brazil.”

Special Lecture by Dr. Henk van den Belt – May 7 (3:30 – 4:30pm)

Word and Spirit in the Reformation and Today: Reflections on Authority and Hermeneutics

Dr. Henk van den Belt

Where: Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
When: Monday May 7, 2018 at 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Live stream available.

Dr. Henk van den Belt is Professor of Reformed Theology: Sources Development, and Context at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

His research serves to deepen the knowledge of the theology of the Reformed Reformation, as it a) roots in from the Scriptures, the works of the Fathers and medieval theologians, b) developed in its relation to other traditions in Western Christianity, c) was related to the context of the (early) modern culture and d) affected the later Reformed theology. The study of the history of Reformed theology contributes to contemporary Reformed theology by offering insight into its roots, its characteristics and its development, including the intrinsic tensions and specific opportunities of the Reformed position.

Special Lecture HvdB

PRESS RELEASE: PRTS and IRBS Theological Seminary forge strategic partnership for Doctoral Program

PRESS RELEASE: PRTS and IRBS Theological Seminary forge strategic partnership for Doctoral Program

April 2, 2018

CONTACT: For IRBS Theological Seminary, Rev. Jeff Massey at jamassey@irbsseminary.org. For PRTS, Mr. Jonathon Beeke at jonathon.beeke@prts.edu (for PRTS)

For immediate release: April 2, 2018

Grand Rapids, MI / Mansfield, TX—Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (“PRTS”) and IRBS Theological Seminary (“IRBSTS”) today announced a strategic partnership of the establishment of a collaborative Doctoral Program. This strategic partnership exemplifies the vision of the strengthening and sharing of resources in the service of the academy and church.

Students of IRBS can continue and complete their studies at IRBS and PRTS with an accredited PhD degree.

Joel R. Beeke, President of PRTS comments, “We trust that, by God’s grace, this newly established cooperative doctoral program, which stresses both solid Reformed academic training and vital piety, will serve the church and the academy in unprecedented ways, strengthening the Reformed and ARBCA and Reformed Baptist community worldwide.”

Dr. James Renihan, President of IRBSTS comments, “We thank God for the privilege of joining with Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary asking our gracious Lord Jesus to use our joint efforts for His glory and the extension of His kingdom.”

The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies was founded in Escondido, Ca in 1998, and has recently advanced into a stand-alone seminary known as IRBS Theological Seminary located in Mansfield, Texas. It seeks to train ministers for Gospel service in Baptist Churches around the world.

Founded in 1995, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is an accredited educational institution for granting the MA, MDiv, ThM, and PhD degrees. Its mission is to prepare students worldwide to serve Christ and His church through biblical, Reformed, experiential, and practical ministry. The seminary numbers close to 150 students, has ten professors, twenty globally renowned scholars as adjunct faculty, and a support staff of twelve.

Studies in Puritanism Journal – A New International Academic Journal

PRESS RELEASE: Studies in Puritanism Journal – A New International Academic Journal 

CONTACT: Editors at editors@studiesinpuritanism.org For immediate release: April 2, 2018

Apeldoorn, The Netherlands / Belfast, UK / Grand Rapids, USA—Scholars of the Theological University Apeldoorn (TUA), Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS), Grand Rapids have launched a new online and international academic journal, the Studies in Puritansm Journal, https://www.studiesinpuritanism.org/

Twentieth-century and early twenty-first-century scholarship on Puritanism offers a wide and varying outcome: a result of different interpretative frameworks and different research aims. The differing frameworks can be characterized as either focused theologically or interdisciplinary with the respective aims of edifying the church or contributing to the field of humanities. Arguably, both are deficient as they lack a broader interpretive framework and aim of research. This journal is serving the growth of studies in Puritanism, and advocates for a research framework that is meaningful to both the academy and the church.

The editors, Joel R. Beeke (PRTS), Crawford Gribben (QUB), Adriaan C. Neele (PRTS / Yale University), and Herman J. Selderhuis (TUA) are assisted by an editorial board consisting of John Coffey (University of Leicester, UK), Lee Gatiss (The Church Society, Cambridge / New College, Oxford, UK), Johanna Harris (Exeter University, UK), Michael Haykin (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA), Paul C.H. Lim (Vanderbilt University, USA), Anthony Milton, University of Sheffield, UK), Kenneth P. Minkema (Yale University, USA), Greg Salazar (Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, USA), Alison Searle (University of Leeds, UK), and Willem van Vlastuin, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

The Studies in Puritanism Journal is a worldwide interdisciplinary and professionally refereed digital publication. Once each spring and fall, the editors will select appropriate items for online publication in Studies in Puritanism Journal. The inaugural issue is scheduled for September / October 2018, and invites graduate students, scholars, clergy, seminarians, and other readers of Puritanism to submit their articles, book reviews, notes, and documents to the editors for review and online publication. Comments on the reviewed articles will be sent to the author.

Partnership with Greystone Theological Institute

https://www.greystoneinstitute.org/thm-and-phd/

PRESS RELEASE: PRTS and Greystone Theological Institute forge strategic partnership for Master and Doctoral programs

CONTACT: Dr. Mark A. Garcia at m.garcia@greystoneinstitute.org (for GTI); Dr. Adriaan C. Neele at adriaan.neele@prts.edu (for PRTS)

Grand Rapids, MI / Coraopolis, PA—Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (“PRTS”) and Greystone Theological Institute (“GTI”) today announced a strategic partnership of the establishment of a collaborative Master (ThM) and Doctoral (PhD) Program. This strategic partnership exemplifies the vision of the strengthening and sharing of resources in the service of the academy and church. Students of GTI can continue and complete their studies at PRTS with an accredited ThM and / or PhD degree. Students of PRTS can take courses at GTI in support of their studies at PRTS.

Joel R. Beeke, President of PRTS comments, “We trust that, by God’s grace, this newly established cooperative program, which stresses both solid Reformed academic training and vital piety, will serve and strenghten the church and the academy worldwide in unprecedented ways.”

Mark A. Garcia of GTI comments, “This new collaborative program is the culmination of GTI’s commitment to seek to advance the Reformed theological tradition by taking full advantage of developments in scholarship with a persistent vision for what is good for the work of the Church throughout the world. Partnership with PRTS is a strategic and timely key to fulfilling that commitment.”

GTI was founded in 2015 as an innovative and collaborative effort in top tier theological education in the mode of confessional Reformed catholicity with the purpose of advanced study, training in scholarship, ministerial refreshment, fellowship in theology, and collaboration in fresh work in Scripture, theology and ethics. The Institute, based in western Pennsylvania, organizes academic programs and theological fellowship in Learning Communities in Coraopolis and Grove City, PA; Oxford and London, England; and Cardiff, Wales; and online everywhere through Greystone Connect.

Founded in 1995, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is now an accredited educational institution for granting the MA, MDiv, ThM, and PhD degrees. Its mission is to prepare students worldwide to serve Christ and His church through biblical, experiential, and practical ministry. The seminary numbers close to 150 students, has ten professors, twenty globally renowned scholars as adjunct faculty, and a support staff of twelve.

40 Years in Gospel Ministry

Guest post by Rev. Maarten Kuivenhoven,

Heritage Reformed Congregation of Grand Rapids

Pastoral Milestone

On March 29, 2018 Dr. Joel Beeke will have served the Lord in gospel ministry for 40 years. This is a tremendous milestone for our dear brother and an occasion for humble thanksgiving to the Lord. In reflecting on those 40 years which extend beyond my own lifetime, those years have been filled with astounding grace. The Lord has blessed our brother with faithfulness, endurance and blessing upon the ministry entrusted to him. The Lord has used him to transform countless lives through faithfully and fervently preaching the gospel. Doors have been opened all around the world for our brother to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ and impact fellow ministers of the gospel. He has prompted many to greater love for Christ and to reflect the holiness of Christ. A thematic summary of these 40 years comes to mind – Spirit-worked passion –  for Christ and His Church, for conversions and growth in holiness of God’s people, for men to grow in spiritual leadership of the home, for the growth of families in the Word through family worship, for souls to grow in assurance of faith clinging to Christ alone, for unearthing the rich heritage of Puritanism, for educating and developing ministers of the gospel at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, for vision and drive that will define the future generation of the Church. May the years that remain for our brother continue to richly bear fruit for Christ’s glory so that he can finish well and say, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (1 Tim. 4:7-8). Soli Deo gloria!

 

PRTS and Reformed Baptist Seminary (Sacramento) forge strategic partnership for Master programs

PRESS RELEASE: PRTS and Reformed Baptist Seminary (Sacramento) forge strategic partnership for Master programs

CONTACT: Mr. Kyle Davis at kdavis@rbseminary.org (for RBS); Mr. Jonathon Beeke at jonathon.beeke@prts.edu (for PRTS)

For immediate release: March 26,2018

Grand Rapids / Sacramento—Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (“PRTS”) and Reformed Baptist Seminary (Sacramento) (“RBS”) today announced a strategic partnership of the establishment of a collaborative Master Program. This strategic partnership exemplifies the vision of the strengthening and sharing of resources in the service of the academy and church.

Students of RBS can continue and complete their studies at PRTS with an accredited MDiv and / or MA program.

Joel R. Beeke, President of PRTS comments, “We trust that, by God’s grace, this newly established cooperative program, which stresses both solid Reformed academic training and vital piety, will serve the church and the academy in unprecedented ways, strengthening the Reformed and Reformed Baptist community worldwide.”

Robert Briggs, President of RBS comments, “We are both humbled and delighted to partner with PRTS in this new venture. This new program is the culmination of a shared commitment of RBS and PRTS to the authority of God’s Word and to upholding the confessional commitments. We’re so glad that RBS students will have the opportunity to continue their theological education at PRTS.”

Reformed Baptist Seminary was founded in 2005 and is the joint ministry of six Reformed Baptist churches located across the USA. It offers MDiv and MTS degrees by online and modular education. As a presently unaccredited school this new partnership gives RBS students the opportunity to finish out their studies at an accredited school that is highly respected in the Christian community. We are looking forward to seeing a closer connection with PRTS as our new partnership develops.

Founded in 1995, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is now an accredited educational institution for granting the MA, MDiv, ThM, and PhD degrees. Its mission is to prepare students worldwide to serve Christ and His church through biblical, experiential, and practical ministry. The seminary numbers close to 150 students, has ten professors, twenty globally renowned scholars as adjunct faculty, and a support staff of twelve.

History in the Making – PRTS Begins Student Housing Project

Thursday, March 15, 2018 was a nostalgic day for us PRTS old timers because the old seminary building was torn down to make way for new student housing. All of this is going on in our front yard! Pray with us that as the building will begin in earnest, in the coming weeks, that it will be constructed without injury to the workers, it will serve the needs of our students who have had difficulty finding affordable housing in the area, and that the remaining funds will be raised to pay for it in a timely fashion by our generous donors.

New Studies in Puritanism Journal