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Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary Grant Awarded by Lilly Endowment

CONTACT: Chris Hanna, Director of Development & Marketing

For immediate release: May 1, 2021

Grand Rapids – Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (“PRTS”) announced today that a grant by Lilly Endowment Inc. for ministry development has been awarded to the institution.

The Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative grant of $50,000 will support PRTS’s Competency Embedded Ministry Education Model (CEMEM), which will enable the seminary to work closely with pastors, provide a relevant education and support structure to students, and enable churches to continue to operate, especially those in rural and/or inner-city areas, while their ministers are receiving specialized education and support.

Joel R. Beeke, President of PRTS comments, “We trust that by God’s grace, this significant grant will serve the church and the academy in unprecedented ways, strengthening the Reformed community. We greatly appreciate Lilly Endowment for supporting our vision.”

Lilly Endowment’s Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative focuses on:

  • Exploring emerging challenges and opportunities facing their institutions as well as the Christian congregations that they serve
  • Gaining clarity about their mission in light of these challenges and opportunities and in relationship to the leadership needs of their constituent churches
  • Assessing the effectiveness of their educational strategies and financial operations for preparing and supporting pastors and congregational lay ministers
  • Designing and implementing plans to launch new and/or strengthen current projects to address their key challenges and opportunities and to make their institutions more educationally effective and financially viable for the continued preparation and support of pastors and congregational lay ministers into the future

Started in 1994, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is an accredited educational institution for MA, MDiv, ThM, and Ph.D. degrees. Its mission is to prepare students worldwide to serve Christ and His church through biblical, experiential, and practical ministry. The seminary numbers 200 students, has ten professors, twenty globally renowned scholars serve as adjunct faculty, and has a support staff of fourteen.

Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation

The public is invited to witness a Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation — Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 10:30-11:30am EST (Allen Stanton) and 1:30-2:30pm EST (Marjolein de Blois) on the PRTS campus: 2965 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI.

 

Streaming will also be available via Zoom at the following links:

 

 

NOTE: Due to COVID regulations, on-campus attendance is limited.

Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Program

Don’t miss your opportunity to apply for the PRTS Doctor of Ministry program starting this August!

This is a four-year program (maximum 6 years) designed for those who desire to advance their ministry skills, particularly in preaching and homiletics.

The specific focus of the PRTS Doctor of Ministry program is biblical, Reformed, experiential and practical preaching. Courses in the DMin homiletics program will be taught by Dr. Joel Beeke, Dr. Gerald Bilkes, and Dr. Adriaan Neele.

The upcoming August course offering is Introduction to Homiletical Studies. This course is an introduction to homiletical studies, including the history of homiletics, and will be primarily based on primary source readings, secondary literature overview, developments in homiletics, and research method. The classical Roman and Greek rhetoric and oratory will be studied, as well as transitional moments from Augustine to the mid-1800s. In addition, attention will be given to the trajectories of homiletics in the Reformed tradition including the Dutch experiential tradition of preaching and Dutch handbooks of homiletics from the 17th to 20th century. These primary sources will be set in historical context, and trajectories of continuity and discontinuity will be discussed. Attention will be given to the classical structure of the sermon, as well as a discussion on the intersection of preacher, audience, psychology, affections, and communication.

For a little less than $325.00 USD per month over four years you can earn a fully accredited Doctor of Ministry degree grounded in biblical, Reformed, experiential and practical preaching from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.

This degree program is designed to equip you to become a more effective communicator, both in your pulpit and writing ministries. Multiple church-matching scholarships are available up to a maximum of $1950.00 per year. This Church-Matching Scholarship is awarded to a DMin student whose church agrees to financially support their studies.

 

2021 Puritan Reformed Conference Speaker Introduction — Dr. Jon Payne

2021 Puritan Reformed Conference Speaker Introduction — Dr. Jon Payne

We are excited about this year’s Puritan Reformed Conference, “The Grace of the Gospel.” Along with that, each week we want to introduce you to one of our out-of-town guest speakers.

The last of our out-of-town guest speakers is Dr. Jon D. Payne.

Dr. Payne serves as organizing pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian (PCA) in Charleston, SC. He previously served for ten years as pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Douglasville, GA. Dr. Payne is the Executive Coordinator of the Gospel Reformation Network, trustee of Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Newcastle, UK, and a trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust.

He is also the series co-editor (with Joel Beeke) of the multivolume Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament and the author/editor of several books. Dr. Payne will be speaking on “The Gospel Planned” and “Law and Gospel.”

Here’s a link to a recent message by Dr. Payne entitled “Declared the Son of God in Power” (Romans 1:4). https://sermonaudio.com/sermon/22121177203848

About the Puritan Reformed Conference
The Puritan Reformed Conference aims to cultivate a Christian worldview that is biblical, doctrinal, experiential, and practical. 2021 marks the 13th year of the conference sponsored by the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. Past speakers have included the seminary’s faculty, as well as men such as Ligon Duncan, Michael Haykin, Carl Trueman, Conrad Mbewe, Derek Thomas, Geoff Thomas, and a host of others.

Why Attend?
The Puritan Reformed Conference is a wonderful venue to hear Reformed, preaching; preaching that makes much of the grace of God in the gospel. It is also a great opportunity for dear friends to get reacquainted and to make new friends along the way. Lastly, the conference is a destination for wonderful, godly, Christian books for all ages, all at deeply discounted prices.

2021 Puritan Reformed Conference Speaker Introduction — Pooyan Mehrshahi

2021 Puritan Reformed Conference Speaker Introduction — Pooyan Mehrshahi

We are excited about this year’s Puritan Reformed Conference, “The Grace of the Gospel.” Along with that, each week we want to introduce you to one of our out-of-town guest speakers.

Another of this year’s Puritan Reformed Conference speakers is Rev. Pooyan Mehrshahi.

 

Rev. Pooyan Mehrshahi is the pastor of Providence Baptist Chapel, Cheltenham UK. Beside his pastoral ministry, Rev. Mehrshahi is involved in Bible translation with the Trinitarian Bible Society, and ministry for Persian (Farsi) speakers through Parsa Trust.

Rev. Mehrshahi will be speaking on “Gospel Inspired Gratitude” and “Gospel Empowerment.”

Here’s a link to a recent message by Rev. Mehrshahi entitled “Fear God not Pharaoh” (Exodus 1:15-22). https://sermonaudio.com/sermon/221212118531477

About the Puritan Reformed Conference
The Puritan Reformed Conference aims to cultivate a Christian worldview that is biblical, doctrinal, experiential, and practical. 2021 marks the 13th year of the conference sponsored by the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. Past speakers have included the seminary’s faculty, as well as men such as Ligon Duncan, Michael Haykin, Carl Trueman, Conrad Mbewe, Derek Thomas, Geoff Thomas, and a host of others.

Why Attend?
The Puritan Reformed Conference is a wonderful venue to hear Reformed, preaching; preaching that makes much of the grace of God in the gospel. It is also a great opportunity for dear friends to get reacquainted and to make new friends along the way. Lastly, the conference is a destination for wonderful, godly, Christian books for all ages, all at deeply discounted prices.

Flee Youthful Lusts

In this short video, Dr. Joel Beeke explains that repentance can be compared to a soldier marching in one direction and then doing an abrupt about-face and marching in the opposite direction.
 
“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Tim. 2:22).
 

Geerhardus Vos Center for Reformed Biblical Theology and Interpretation — Spring 2021 Seminar

The Geerhardus Vos Center for Reformed Biblical Theology and Interpretation at PRTS invites researchers, doctoral students, and others interested in biblical theology and hermeneutics to its first seminar from 3:00pm EST to 5:30pm EST on April 15, 2021.

Our speaker will be Dr. Richard Schultz, Blanchard Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. Dr. Schultz’s presentation will explore various dimensions of unity and diversity in the Book of Isaiah, with special attention to its canonical and redemptive-historical settings.

The seminar will be followed by a period of discussion during which participants can pose or submit questions. For those unable to be present on-campus in Grand Rapids, the seminar will be live-streamed. There is no cost to participate, however, tickets are limited.

NOTE: The seminar will be held in the chapel on PRTS’s campus. Due to COVID restrictions, social distancing practices will be observed and facemasks will be required of all in-person attendees.

Congratulations to Felipe Boechat Assery Silva!

Felipe Boechat Assery Silva successfully sustained his comprehensive examination on Reformed Orthodoxy and Islam: Engagement and Polemic.
From left to right: the examiners, Dr. Stephen Myers, Dr. Jonathon Beeke, Dr. Greg Salazar, Felipe and his wife Ji Ea, and the advisor, Dr. Adriaan Neele.
Dr. Herman Selderhuis, President of the Theological University Apeldoorn, The Netherlands joined by Zoom as an external examiner.

2021 Puritan Reformed Conference Speaker Introduction — Rev. Robert D. McCurley

2021 Puritan Reformed Conference Speaker Introduction — Rev. Robert D. McCurley

We are excited about this year’s Puritan Reformed Conference, “The Grace of the Gospel.” Along with that we want to introduce you each week to one of our out-of-town guest conference speakers.

Our second speaker we want to introduce you to is Rev. Robert D. McCurley.

Robert D. McCurley is pastor of Greenville Presbyterian Church, Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) in Greenville, South Carolina. He is also an editor of The Master’s Trumpet, and an overseeing director of Grange Press. In addition to pastoring, Rev. McCurley has written for various periodicals, and his lectures for John Knox Institute have been translated into a number of languages.

Rev. McCurley will be speaking on “Ceremonial Shadows and the Gospel.” Here’s a link to a recent message by Rev. McCurley entitled “God’s Timeless Eternity” (Isaiah 57:15): https://sermonaudio.com/sermon/22421204159773

About the Puritan Reformed Conference
The Puritan Reformed Conference aims to cultivate a Christian worldview that is biblical, doctrinal, experiential, and practical. 2021 marks the 13th year of the conference sponsored by the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. Past speakers have included the seminary’s faculty, as well as men such as Ligon Duncan, Michael Haykin, Carl Trueman, Conrad Mbewe, Derek Thomas, Geoff Thomas, and a host of others.

Why Attend?
The Puritan Reformed Conference is a wonderful venue to hear Reformed, preaching; preaching that makes much of the grace of God in the gospel. It is also a great opportunity for dear friends to get reacquainted and to make new friends along the way. Lastly, the conference is a destination for wonderful, godly, Christian books for all ages, all at deeply discounted prices.

2021 Puritan Reformed Conference Speaker Introduction — Dr. David W. Hall

2021 Puritan Reformed Conference Speaker Introduction — Dr. David W. Hall

We are excited about this year’s Puritan Reformed Conference, “The Grace of the Gospel.” Along with that we want to introduce you each week to one of our out-of-town guest conference speakers. This week it is Dr. David W. Hall.

David W. Hall has served as the Senior Pastor of Midway Presbyterian Church (PCA). Previously, he served as Pastor of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and as Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Rome, Georgia. In addition to pastoring, Dr. Hall is the author or editor of over 20 books and numerous essays.

Dr. Hall will be speaking on “Apostolic Preaching and the Gospel.” Here’s a link to the recent message by Dr. Hall entitled “Amazing Sacrifice: The Fellowship of His Suffering” (John 18:15-27). https://vimeo.com/515069908

About the Puritan Reformed Conference
The Puritan Reformed Conference aims to cultivate a Christian worldview that is biblical, doctrinal, experiential, and practical. 2021 marks the 13th year of the conference sponsored by the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. Past speakers have included the seminary’s faculty, as well as men such as Ligon Duncan, Michael Haykin, Carl Trueman, Conrad Mbewe, Derek Thomas, Geoff Thomas, and a host of others.

Why Attend?
The Puritan Reformed Conference is a wonderful venue to hear Reformed, preaching; preaching that makes much of the grace of God in the gospel. It is also a great opportunity for dear friends to get reacquainted and to make new friends along the way. Lastly, the conference is a destination for wonderful, godly, Christian books for all ages, all at deeply discounted prices.