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.
PRESS RELEASE: Hapdong Theological Seminary, South Korea and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, USA forge strategic partnership doctoral program
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.
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 [email protected] (616) 432-3412 or James Beeke at [email protected] (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.