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PRTS Convocation Address

PRTS Convocation Address

Yesterday afternoon, Dr. Joel Beeke had the privilege of giving the convocation address on Lot’s weak faith and Abram’s strong faith (Gen. 13 and Heb. 11:8-10) for the beginning of the 26th school year at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.

Please pray with us that our seminary would remain faithful to God’s Word and the Reformed faith as we enter our second quarter-of-a-century existence!

2020 Puritan Reformed Conference – Day Three

2020 Puritan Reformed Conference – Day Three

Last night we had an enjoyable Q&A time at the 2020 Puritan Reformed Conference (it was chaired by Dr. Greg Salazar just to my left in the picture), and also had a blessed time this morning, especially when Dr. Bilkes closed the conference with a moving message on “Law Death, Gospel Life” from Galatians 2:19, bringing us the cream of Ralph Erskine’s rich sermons on this text. (My own message on “The Puritans on the Grace of Law” was mediocre; may God graciously forgive my shortcomings.) Many thanks to all speakers, volunteers, and attendees—and to all of you who have listened through livestream. I hope you were blessed too!

While we were at the seminary conference yesterday, Carol VandenBogerd, whom I have known since childhood (and who has children and grandchildren and a brother and sister-in-law in our church), passed away at the age of 71. She went to be with the Lord at 10:55 a.m. while the family was singing “Rock of Ages” (“While I draw this fleeting breath, When my eyes shall close in death,” etc.) around her bedside in Kalamazoo, Michigan. At 10:59 a.m. we were singing the same hymn at the conference in Grand Rapids. What a blessing when loved ones die in vital union with the Rock of Ages! Please pray with me that God will graciously remember the mourning husband, children and grandchildren, siblings, and other relatives in the upcoming bittersweet days in the tender mercies of our compassionate High Priest.

And now, I return to preparing a sermon for tomorrow evening on a wonderful passage from my series on the Gospel of Mark (the healing of Jairus’s daughter), and to preparing a convocation address for Monday morning as PRTS begins its 26th school year.

Your prayers are coveted.

2020 Puritan Reformed Conference – Day Two

2020 Puritan Reformed Conference – Day Two
Had a great “yesterday” at the PRTS Conference. All the addresses (Barrett, Riccardi, Murray, VanDoodewaard) on various aspects of the law went well, as did the Q&A session with the speakers and the book sales.
 
One surprise highlight was when Wayne Anderson, who publishes Reformed books in Spanish via his publishing house, Faro de Garcia, presented Dr. Joel Beeke with a copy of “La Predicación Reformada”—a translation into Spanish of his book on Reformed experiential preaching published by Crossway (see picture).
 
The conference concludes this morning with Dr. Joel Beeke’s address on “The Puritans on the Grace of Law” (9:00 a.m.) and Dr. Jerry Bilkes’s address on “Law Death, Gospel Life” (10:45 a.m.).
 
We’d love to have you join us by livestream if you can’t join us in person: https://bit.ly/3gB4452

2020 Puritan Reformed Conference – Day One

2020 Puritan Reformed Conference – Day One

Last night our PRTS annual Puritan Reformed Conference—at the Heritage Reformed Church, 540 Crescent NE in Grand Rapids—on “The Grace of Law” got off to a great start.

Dr. Stephen Myers spoke clearly and experientially about the convicting power of the law, and Rev. Michael Riccardi (see the picture) powerfully delivered the first of two addresses on obeying God’s law freely and willingly. If you can’t join us in person today for four more addresses commencing at 9:00 a.m. EDT and a question and answer session in the evening, you can livestream at https://bit.ly/3gB4452.

May God bless you as you join us in person or online.

Can’t Attend the 2020 Puritan Reformed Conference? Watch it Online!

Can’t Attend the 2020 Puritan Reformed Conference? Watch it Online!

This year’s Puritan Reformed Conference, The Grace of Law, hosted by Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, starts tomorrow at 7 PM (EDT). For registration and conference information, visit us online at https://bit.ly/2YBIdEA

You can also stream the conference via live video on the PRTS Facebook page (https://bit.ly/3jgm5Y1) or at HRC’s SermonAudio page (https://bit.ly/2EAlT72).

PRTS Establishes PhD Program in Systematic Theology

Contact: Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Dr. Adriaan C. Neele, Director Doctoral program adriaan.neele@prts.edu

Grand Rapids, MI—Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (“PRTS”) today announced the launch of a fully-funded PhD degree program in Systematic Theology.

In addition to the PhD program Biblical Studies and Historical Theology, the Systematic Theology track is a highly anticipated program led by Dr. Joel R. Beeke and Dr. Stephen G. Myers, which commences August 2020.

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

Stephen G. Myers commented, “We believe that this approach to systematic theology – exegetical, confessional, and experiential – is greatly needed in the worldwide church and academy today. Foundationally, we want to train men to teach and write theology that is rooted in the Scriptures rather than in tradition or philosophical reasoning, both of which are ascendant in contemporary systematic theology. Second, we want to train men to understand theology in a confessional context, recognizing how our doctrinal understanding has been shaped by two millennia of the Spirit working to bring clarity to the Church. Finally, we want to train men to frame theology experientially so that exegetical, confessional truth changes hearts and lives in our own day.”

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 225 students, ten professors, twenty well-known scholars as adjunct faculty, and a support staff of twelve.

Fall 2020 PRTS Announcement

Dear students,

As the spring semester has now come to a close, we praise God that we were able to finish this semester, that exams have now concluded, and that we were even able to have a modified graduation service. Despite the disruption due to COVID-19, we are thankful that during this past spring semester, a total of 140 students were enrolled in classes; this is our highest enrollment to date, for which we give thanks to God! Our prayer as faculty and staff is that the education you received here may ultimately bring greater glory to Jesus Christ, and that his kingdom would expand evermore through your ministry and service.

As we look forward to the fall semester, I want to ensure you that our plan at the moment is to have on-campus classes as originally scheduled. While this plan can of course change, our goal is to go ahead with all of our regular on-campus offerings (as well as a variety of online offerings that were already planned). You can find the schedule of our upcoming summer / fall classes here: https://prts.edu/academics-aid/course-schedules-academic-calendar/.

Some of you have already enrolled in upcoming classes, but others may have waited to see if fall classes will proceed as planned. For those who have waited to enroll, we are opening up another two-week window for enrollment; during this time we are waiving the typical late-enrollment fee. Enrollment for late summer and fall courses will open again from May 19 – 29, 2020. During these two weeks, you can enroll via Populi or by sending your list of desired courses to Jonathon Beeke at jonathon.beeke@prts.edu.

As summer for us has now officially begun, I pray you all may find some time of respite with family, but also that your summer is both fruitful and enjoyable!

Warmly,

Joel Beeke!

The Works of William Perkins — Volume 10

RHB is pleased to announce that the tenth and final volume of the “Works of William Perkins” is now available for preorder. With the arrival of volume ten, it concludes the journey that they began in 2014, of this paramount theologian. RHB are indebted to the many individuals that put in many hours to make this dream a reality

There has been a resurgence of interest in the Puritans, but until recently, William Perkins went largely ignored. This would be along the lines of studying the Reformation without having access to Calvin’s “Institutes.” By God’s grace, William Perkins’s works will once again be available in their entirety.

We invite you to pick up these volumes and find out for yourself why Perkins shaped a movement and went on to become the “Father of Puritanism.”

You can purchase Vol. 10 here: https://bit.ly/WPerkins10. You can purchase the complete set here: https://bit.ly/PerkinsComplete

Tolle Lege!

2020 PRTS Commencement Address – Dr. David McWilliams

2020 PRTS Commencement