Four-Volume Reformed Systematic Theology

Today my teacher’s assistant, Paul Smalley, and I had the privilege of receiving from the publisher (Crossway) the first “mock” copy of volume 1 of our projected, coauthored 4-volume work of “Reformed Systematic Theology.” All the content is here, except for the indexes in the back. John MacArthur writes about this volume, “‘Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!’ This expression of praise from Paul’s great doxology is a fitting response to reading this wonderful work of doctrine and devotion. Though the Reformed faith is often caricatured as merely intellectual, this work demonstrates that Reformed theology is also profoundly experiential, as no chapter fails to move from theology to doxology. This resource will instruct the mind and inflame the heart. I highly recommend it and eagerly anticipate the forthcoming volumes.”

This first volume primarily covers the doctrines of revelation and of God and His attributes; it is scheduled for release in March of next year. Each of the volumes will be about 1250 pages, the Lord willing, and will cover each doctrine scripturally, doctrinally, historically, experientially, and practically at an educated layman’s level. If God spares us, we hope to complete this task in about four or five years, publishing a volume every twelve to fifteen months. Please pray that God will give us the strength for this task and mightily bless these efforts.

Hapdong Theological Seminary and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary Forge Partnership

PRESS RELEASE: Hapdong Theological Seminary, South Korea and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, USA forge strategic partnership doctoral program

 CONTACT: Prof. Dr. Sang H. Ahns (안상혁 holyfood1@naver.com), HTS Prof. Dr. Adriaan C. Neele (adriaan.neele@prts.edu), PRTS

For immediate release: November 15, 2018

Seoul / Grand Rapids—Hapdong Theological Seminary (“HTS”) and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (“PRTS”) today announced a strategic partnership of the establishment of a double doctorate (PhD) degree program. This strategic partnership exemplifies the vision of the strengthening and sharing of resources in the service of the academy and church internationally.

The faculty of HTS and the faculty dedicated to the doctorate program of PRTS will support and share the responsibilities of supervising, coordination, and examining a researcher’s work towards a PhD degree. A double degree will be offered to students admitted in the joint program.

The joint doctorate program will serve as a research, education, and publications program for Biblical Studies and Historical Theology, and develop links with the academic community in South Korea and United States.

President Jung, Chang Kyoon, HTS, comments, “This joint PhD program will offer new opportunities for students and faculty exchange, share a joint vision based on the authority of God’s Word, and Reformed confessions with the realities of church and society in the 21st century.”

Since its inception in 1980, HTS has provided a holistic education and training to the workers of Christ’s church and His kingdom, focusing on a Biblical Reformed theology, Christian life of “Coram Deo,” and a healthy Reformed church.  HTS, as a center of Reformed learning, piety and spiritual formation, will continue to do what we have been doing-serving and embracing the world with the true knowledge of God, providing well-trained ministers of God’s Word equipped with both learning and piety, sending out kingdom workers and leaders who proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth. The seminary numbers about 300 students (MDiv, ThM, and PhD programs) and has 22 professors.

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

Begun in 1994, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is now an accredited educational institution for 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 has more than 150 students, ten professors, twenty globally renowned scholars as adjunct faculty, and a support staff of twelve.

ATS re-accreditation visit – scheduled for February 25-28, 2019

As of February 2014, PRTS has been fully accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). The following degree programs offered at PRTS are approved by the Commission on Accrediting: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Theology (ThM), Master of Divinity (MDiv), and Master of Arts (MA).

PRTS is scheduled for an ATS recertification visit on February 25-28, 2019. One of the requirements for this visit is that the seminary communicate with you to provide an opportunity for you to forward in writing any issues related to PRTS’s qualifications for accreditation. These may be communicated to the ATS Accreditation Coordinators, Michael Barrett at michael.barrett@prts.edu (616) 432-3412 or James Beeke at jimbeeke@shaw.ca (604) 794-7109. The Association of Theological Schools can be contacted by means of the following: writing to 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275, telephone: (412) 788-6505, fax: (412) 788-6510, website: www.ats.edu.

Letter-to-constituents

The Beauty and the Glory of the Last Things: Conference 2018

Nothing fills the Christian’s heart with more joy than the anticipation of seeing Christ face to face and joining him in his eternal glory. We were able to celebrate that hope at August’s Puritan Reformed Conference (recordings linked here), with sessions on the day of the Lord, the signs of the times, hell, the final victory, the marriage of Christ and the church, and other topics.

For a taste of what we feasted upon at the conference, watch the video below.

New Semester – Opening convocation and new-student orientation

Practical Lessons from John Calvin’s Life

What does it mean to offer our hearts to God, promptly and sincerely? That was the motto of Genevan Reformer John Calvin, whose teaching helped Reformed Christians present themselves as living sacrifices unto the Lord. If you were not able to attend the recent tour cruise with us on the Rhine River, but would like to sit in on my lecture about what we can learn from the life of Calvin, please watch the video below.

PRESS RELEASE: PRTS expands with ThM program in London, UK

CONTACT: Mr. Justin Rainey at jrainey@wts.edu (for WTS); Dr. Garry Williams at pastorsacademy@londonseminary.org (for PA); Dr. Adriaan C. Neele at adriaan.neele@prts.edu (for PRTS)

For immediate release: July 2, 2018

Grand Rapids, MI / Glenside, PA / London, UK—Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (“PRTS”), Westminster Theological Seminary (“WTS”) and the Pastors’ Academy at London Seminary (“PA”) today announced the expansion of the Master’s (ThM) Program in London, UK.

The renowned ThM program of WTS in London will transition from WTS to PRTS, under the auspices of which it will be expanded to offer three tracks of study: Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, and Historical Theology.

Peter Lillback, President of WTS, comments, “We are pleased that the ThM program in London will be continuing and expanding under the leadership of PRTS—a trusted partner of Gospel ministry training.”

Joel R. Beeke, President of PRTS, says, “We trust that, by God’s grace, this newly established program, in addition to our PhD program in London, will stress both solid Reformed academic training and vital piety, and will serve to strengthen the church and the academy in unprecedented ways.”

The program will be served by faculty of PRTS, WTS, and partners such as Greystone Theological Institute. Garry Williams, Director of Pastors’ Academy in London, writes, “The ThM program will bring the deep, theological resources of PRTS within reach of students in the UK, especially pastors seeking to enrich their preaching and teaching ministries. The program will immediately open up the range of theological disciplines that we can offer in London, including Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, and Historical Theology. We are grateful to God for providing PRTS as a generous and zealous partner for furthering the cause of theological training in the UK and beyond.”

About Pastors’ Academy
London Seminary was founded in 1977 and the work of the Pastors’ Academy began in 1999. The Academy seeks to serve the health of the church and the glory of Christ by providing ongoing theological training and pastoral support to pastors after their initial seminary training.

About Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
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, experiential, and practical ministry. The seminary has approximately 160 students, ten professors, twenty well-known scholars as adjunct faculty, and a support staff of twelve.

Podcast on Perseverance of the Saints

Congratulations to our 2018 Graduates!

On May 4, 2018, sixteen students (5 in absentia) graduated from PRTS. We praise God for these men, and pray they would be used as instruments in his hand to the glory of God!

Artistic rendering of our student housing project

Community is vitally important here at PRTS, and our proposed housing project will only strengthen this! Our 16-unit housing project hopes to be ready for students to move in by January of 2019. Construction is already underway. To donate to this project, please visit https://prts.edu/donate/overview/