Sherif and Marian Atef and their children Sophia, Nellie, and Naomi welcomed at Grand Rapids airport by PRTS VP of Operations, Henk Kleyn, and his wife Margaret. Sherif is a lecturer at the Alexandria School of Theology and will be completing his doctoral studies at PRTS in the coming months. All glory to the Lord–visas were issued, COVID negative tests, and safe flight and arrival from Cairo-Washington-Chicago-Grand Rapids.
Dr. Jonathon Beeke’s book, Duplex Regnum Christi, Christ’s Twofold Kingdom in Reformed Theology (Brill 2020) has been selected and listed for the Reforc book award 2021! Reforc is a worldwide academic Reformation / Post-reformation research consortium. Congratulations to Dr. Beeke for being included on such a prestigious list.
2021 Puritan Reformed Conference — Tickets Now on Sale!
Tickets are now on sale for the 2021 Puritan Reformed Conference. The theme of next year’s conference is “The Grace of the Gospel.”
Register before midnight (EST) on December 31, 2020 and get the Early Bird Discount rate of 33% off the General Admission rate.
Visit the conference website to register: https://conference.prts.edu/
Contact: Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Dr. Adriaan C. Neele, Director Doctoral program [email protected]
Grand Rapids, MI — Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (“PRTS”) has announced the launch of a Doctor of Ministry degree program.
In addition to the PhD program in Biblical Studies, Historical Theology, and Systematic Theology, the DMin degree program in Homiletics is a highly anticipated program led by Dr. Joel R. Beeke and others, which commences August 2021.
Joel R. Beeke, President of PRTS, says, “We trust that, by God’s grace, this newly established Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree program in Homiletics will stress both solid Reformed academic training and vital piety, and will serve to strengthen the church and the academy in unprecedented ways.”
The Doctor of Ministry degree program is developed for those who have a passion for preaching, are gifted communicators, have a minimum of three years of pastoral ministry, and show promise in their local and regional ministry of teaching, homiletics, and preaching. Those interested may apply now, as the DMin at PRTS, scheduled to begin in fall 2021, is a four-year program designed for those who desire to advance their ministry skills, particularly in preaching and homiletics.
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.
Disclaimer: PRTS has filed a petition for accreditation of the DMin degree program with the Association of Theological Schools.
On a recent Equipping You in Grace podcast, Dave Jenkins and Dr. Joel Beeke discusses the release of Reformed Systematic Theology: Volume 2: Man and Christ (Crossway, 2020). Topics include the image of God, responding to attacks on gender and penal substitutionary atonement, the High Priestly ministry of Jesus, and suffering.
You can order your copy here: https://www.heritagebooks.org/products/reformed-systematic-theology-volume-2-man-and-christ-beeke.html
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is seeking to fill two positions in the faculty to help address various openings that generally fall within Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies, and/or Practical Theology. Understanding that two appointments will not necessarily fill all of our needs, applications are encouraged from those who have expertise and teaching experience in one or more of the following areas: Apologetics, Christian Ethics, Contemporary Theology, Christian Philosophy, Biblical Studies (OT and NT), Missions, and Counseling. Fulfillment of position(s) is desired for fall of 2021 or possibly staggered (i.e., one for fall of 2021, and the other for fall of 2022).
Applicants must hold a PhD degree, have outstanding academic qualifications and experience along with ministerial experience, and demonstrate a Christ-like character and testimony. In addition, applicants must adhere to the Three Forms of Unity and Westminster Standards as their confession and must be thoroughly committed to Reformed, experiential theology and ministry.
Applications along with a current CV may be submitted no later than November 25 to:
Michael Barrett, PhD
VP for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
2965 Leonard Street, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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!
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.