2018 Rhine Reformation Tour

Join me on a beautiful and inspiring tour of historic Reformation locations in Europe this coming summer.

To sign up, go to Witte Travel, and enter tour code: 070918BEEK.

Justification: A Driving Force Behind the Reformation

A driving force behind the Reformation was the doctrine of justification by faith alone. The Reformers grasped that God declares sinners righteous through their faith in Christ alone, apart from their good works. This exposed the false teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and unleashed the power of the gospel in the lives of the people.

Reformation Tour: Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Love for God and love for people burned brightly in the heart of Scottish pastor, Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813–1843). Though his life was short, his impact was large and continues today through his biography and writings.

Reformation Tour: George Wishart

George Wishart (d. 1546) risked his life preaching the gospel across Scotland until caught by the authorities and killed. A highly educated theologian, his greatest legacy was to strengthen the resolve of Scottish Reformers such as John Knox to give their all for the truth of Christ.

Reformation Tour: The Martyrdom of Patrick Hamilton

Patrick Hamilton (d. 1528) gave his life to be burned at the stake for his gentle but firm insistence that we are saved by faith in Christ alone. His martyr’s death awakened many to seriously consider evangelical Christianity.

Reformation Tour: The Courage of John Knox

Scottish Reformer John Knox (d. 1572) was said to fear the face of no man. His perseverance in proclaiming Reformation truth was instrumental in winning Scotland to biblical religion.

William Perkins Conference Videos

On May 19 and 20, we had the privilege of participating in the William Perkins Conference in Cambridge, England. William Perkins was a spiritual father in the early Puritan movement, and his preaching and writings influenced Reformed theology and piety for generations to come. It was a special moment for us to gather in the historic Round Church, where Perkins preached for a season.

If you were not able to join us, you can still benefit from the videos of the talks given there. Sinclair Ferguson spoke on Perkins as a “Plain Preacher,” Stephen Yuille on “Faith and Love in Perkins’s Defense of the Protestant Religion,” Greg Salazar on “Scripture, Tradition, and Holiness” in Perkins and Puritanism, Geoff Thomas on “The Pursuit of Godliness in the Ministry of William Perkins,” and I addressed “William Perkins’s Largest Case of Conscience.”

You may watch all five talks on Sermon Audio.

Also, don’t miss the sale on the first four volumes of The Works of William Perkins. Though this set retails at $200, RHB has discounted it to a mere $130. That’s less than a nickel per page of Perkins!

How to Lovingly Probe Your Children in Spiritual Matters

How can fathers more effectively discuss spiritual matters with their children? In this video, I explain how important it is for fathers to gently and lovingly discuss theological matters with your children. Fathers ought to ask questions to a child at their age level or just a bit above it. Asking them questions about a specific passage or verse is an ideal way to do this.

 

Probing Children in Spirtual Matters from NCFIC on Vimeo.

Fully Accredited PhD!

Faculty (Dr. Adrian Neele and Dr. Stephen Myers) and the first students of the PhD program in Historical Studies

The faculty and staff of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS) are humbled by and grateful for the recent news that The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Board of Commissioners has fully approved the seminary’s PhD program, effective February 21, 2017. The leadership of PRTS has worked diligently to design a doctoral program that is domestically and internationally affordable, accessible, and academically credible. Its design is to support original research that is both historically informed and relevant for the church and academy. The seminary’s fully accredited doctorate program offers degrees in Biblical Studies and Historical Theology, focusing on the Reformation and Post-reformation eras.

Faculty involved in the new program includes . . .

Dr. Michael Bar­rett is Vice President for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean and Professor of Old Testament at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He is a min­is­ter in the Heritage Reformed Congregations. For­merly, Dr. Bar­rett served as pres­i­dent of Geneva Reformed Sem­i­nary. He earned his doc­tor­ate in Old Tes­ta­ment Text with a spe­cial focus on Semitic lan­guages.

Dr. Stephen Myers is Associate Professor of Historical Theology for the PhD program at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. Prior to his appointment at PRTS, Dr. Myers served as the pastor of Pressly Memorial Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Statesville, N.C. While in the full-time pastorate, Dr. Myers also served as a visiting professor of theology at RTS Charlotte and a professor at International Biblical Seminary in Kiev, Ukraine.

Dr. Adriaan Neele is Director of the Doctoral Program and Professor of Historical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He is an ordained pastor in the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk, South Africa. Prior to arriving at PRTS in 2016, he lectured in Post-Reformation studies at Farel Reformed Theological Seminary, the University of Pretoria, and the African Institute for Missiology. He was Professor of Historical Theology and Director at the Jonathan Edwards Centre at the University of the Free State, South Africa. Since 2007 he serves as Research Scholar and Digital Editor at the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University, and as a member of various businesses and academic boards.

Greg Salazar, who recently joined our PhD faculty team

Mr. Greg Salazar (PhD candidate, University of Cambridge) is Assistant Professor of Historical Theology for the PhD program at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. In 2013, Mr. Salazar began doctoral studies at The University of Cambridge. His research interest is focused on how Dutch and continental Reformed scholastic divines shaped the theological and historical landscape of English Puritanism. The seminary’s president, Dr. Joel Beeke, will be team-teaching English Puritan Theology with Mr. Salazar.

The doctorate program at PRTS provides an advanced and affordable education that promotes both robust academic standards and a strong spiritual focus on Reformed experiential piety. The program utilizes the best of hybrid learning through traditional teaching and technology. For more information, visit PRTS online at www.prts.edu/academics-aid/doctoral-program/ or contact the seminary’s Admissions Director, Jonathon Beeke, at 616.432.3408.

Welcome to PRTS

Welcome Video // PRTS from Puritan Reformed Theol. Seminary on Vimeo.