Author Interview: John Bunyan and the Grace of Fearing God

Many people know John Bunyan as the author of The Pilgrim’s Progress. Few, however, realize that Bunyan wrote many books full of sound doctrine for practical godliness. Recently, Paul Smalley and I wrote a book about how Bunyan’s life and writings radiate “the grace of fearing God.” Here’s a link to the interview that P&R did with us about the book.

PRC Partnership with Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

PRESS RELEASE: Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary forge strategic partnership Puritan Research Center

Grand Rapids, MI / Taylors, SC—Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (“PRTS”) and Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (“GPTS”) today announced a strategic partnership of the establishment of a Puritan Research Center. This strategic partnership exemplifies the vision of the strengthening and sharing of resources in the service of the academy and church internationally.

To learn more – https://prts.edu/about/news/

PhD and PRC Partnership with Theological University Apeldoorn

PRESS RELEASE: Theological University Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, USA forge strategic partnership Puritan Research Center

Apeldoorn / Grand Rapids—The Theological University Apeldoorn (“TUA”) and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (“PRTS”) today announced a strategic partnership of the establishment of a Puritan Research Center. This strategic partnership exemplifies the vision of the strengthening and sharing of resources in the service of the academy and church internationally.

Read the whole story here – https://prts.edu/about/news/

PRESS RELEASE: Theological University Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, USA forge strategic partnership doctoral program

Apeldoorn / Grand Rapids—The Theological University Apeldoorn (“TUA”) 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.

For more information – https://prts.edu/about/news/

Join Us on the PRTS Reformation Tour 2018

I want to extend a very special invitation to you: a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend two weeks with Dr. Michael Haykin, Dr. Ian Hamilton, David Woollin, and me (Dr. Joel Beeke) visiting some of the most amazing places in the world—amazing because of their stunning beauty, but also amazing because of the way God has worked wonderfully throughout history in these locations.

Our desire is to lead you on a spiritually rich and edifying tour of sights across Switzerland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands between July 9th and 23rd 2018. We will see mountains and castles, lakes and rivers. We will travel on airplanes, trains, deluxe coaches, and the most luxurious of cruise ships, with first class hospitality the whole way. This is your opportunity to walk in the very footsteps of Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Farel, Melanchthon, Huss, Waldo, Ursinus, Olevianus, Oecolampadius, Beza, Knox, and so many more Reformation forefathers, with excellent commentary and fascinating lectures alongside that aim to build you up and encourage you in your faith. The trip will conclude with a unique four hundredth anniversary celebration of the Synod of Dordrecht (Dort) in the Netherlands.

Do everything you can to clear your calendar, because I promise you, this is a tour you will not want to miss.

To find out more please visit https://bookings.wittetravel.com/ and enter the tour code 070918BEEK. A brochure is attached here. For printed brochure copies, please email ann.dykema@prts.edu requesting a brochure.

Please share the news of this exciting tour with your friends. I look forward to being with you.

Here is the link to 21 videos of the Reformation Tour and William Perkins Conference in Scotland and England which we did this year.

New Book: Theology Made Practical (Calvin)

A book we began studying for eight years ago finally arrived today. RHB is grateful to announce the publication of “Theology Made Practical: New Studies on John Calvin and His Legacy.” In this book, Michael Haykin, David Hall, and I have teamed up to present 14 new studies on John Calvin and his legacy just in time for celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We aim to show the significance of John Calvin’s life and ideas—particularly his contributions to systematic theology, pastoral theology, and political theology—as well as the influence he had on others through the centuries.

With focused studies related to the Trinity, predestination, the Holy Spirit, justification, preaching, missions, principles of government, welfare, and marriage, our book demonstrates how Calvin’s thought has been, and still is, a dynamic wellspring of fruitfulness for numerous areas of the Christian life. More than 450 years since Calvin experienced the beatific vision, his thinking about God and His Word still possesses what our culture passionately longs for—true relevancy. So let me encourage to get this book and mine some of the riches of John Calvin and his practical theology.

By the way, Steve Renkema, our RHB book manager, is standing with me because I dedicated the book to him as a “faithful, kind, conscientious, and patient friend, lover of Christ, and the world’s greatest bookstore manager.”

Reformation Tour: Bunhill Fields

When Christ raises his people from the dead, few places on earth will have such a glory as Bunhill Fields, London, where many Puritans and Non-Conformists lie buried. Its monuments testify to the authors of some of the greatest English Christian writings of all time—from the stories of John Bunyan to the theology of Thomas Goodwin and John Owen and to the hymns of Isaac Watts.

 

Reformation Tour: The Jerusalem Chamber

“God from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass.” The Westminster Assembly penned these words, and many other wise affirmations of the Christian faith, as they met in the Jerusalem Chamber of Westminster Abbey. Sinclair Ferguson spoke to us at the site where God blessed the church with some of its greatest confessional and catechetical statements.

Reformation Tour: John Bunyan

John Bunyan (1628–1688) studied in Christ’s school of sorrows during his dozen dark years in prison. The lessons that the tinker learned there blazed forth in some of the most beloved Christian books of all time.

Sola Scriptura: One of the Most Helpful Reforms of the Reformation

This video from NCFIC aims to underscore the importance of Sola Scriptura as foundational for the church, not the church being foundational for Sola Scriptura. This is one of the most fundamental differences between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism that we are celebrating in this 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

 

Thomas Halyburton

Thomas Halyburton (1674-1712), professor of divinity at St. Andrews, was one of Scotland’s greatest theologians. His “Memoirs” record a remarkable spiritual journey, culminating in one of the most remarkable deathbed testimonies ever recorded in church history, and his “Great Concern of Salvation” details with remarkable clarity how the Spirit works salvation. Halyburton, who died at age 37, has long been one of my favorite writers and greatest heroes.