|NEW PRESIDENT IN CHARLOTTE|
Dr. Michael Kruger (pictured above) was inaugurated president of RTS/Charlotte on Sunday, Oct. 20. RTS Chancellor Ligon Duncan spoke on "The Goal of Our Instruction" from 1 Timothy 1:3-5.
November 12, 2013 | Issue #146
DATES TO REMEMBER
Nov. 13 - ReForum at RTS/Washington DC - a faculty panel discussion with Dr. Scott Redd, Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn, Dr. Peter Lee and Mr. Geoff Sackett will be held from 7-9pm.
Nov. 20 - Bioethics Lecture at RTS/Washington DC
Dec. 29 - RTS Faculty Panel at the Cross Conference in Louisville, Ky.
Jan. 28-30 - Register now for the One Passion Expository Preaching Conference with RTS Alumnus Dr. Steven Lawson at RTS/Orlando.
|REGISTRATION NOW OPEN ONLINE FOR RTS WINTER TERM|
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REFORUM AT RTS/WASHINGTON DC
The date has changed for the ReForum to Nov. 13 from 7-9:00 p.m. at McLean Presbyterian Church, 1020 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA. Please make a note of this change. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A lively roundtable discussion will be held with RTS faculty: Dr. Howard Griffith, Dr. Peter Lee, Dr. Scott Redd (president), Geoff Sackett, Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn and regular guest faculty Dr. Paul Jeon. They will discuss "Discipleship Inside and Outside the Church." Opportunity will be given for your questions.
DR. R. LESLIE HOLMES NAMED AS ADJUNCT
RTS is pleased to announce that the executive committee of the RTS Board of Trustees has named RTS alumnus, Dr. Robert Leslie Holmes, to serve as adjunct professor of pastoral theology at RTS/Atlanta. With more than 40 years of ministerial service, Dr. Holmes brings extensive experience to the classroom. Dr. Holmes spoke at the Pastors Appreciation Luncheon at RTS/Atlanta Nov. 5. Read more about him on his bio page here.
RTS FACULTY PANEL AT THE CROSS CONFERENCE
Join us in the exhibit hall of the Kentucky International Convention Center on Dec. 29 for an RTS faculty panel consisting of Dr. Ligon Duncan, Dr. Elias Medeiros, Dr. Derek Thomas and Dr. Leslie Holmes during the dinner break. The topic is "Developing a Heart for Missions." The discussion will be centered on how Christians must develop a vision for missions in (1) our own heart, (2) our families' heart, (3) our church's heart, and (4) our seminaries' heart. Sign up for the conference here.
SWEETING NAMED FELLOW OF THE CENTENNIAL INSTITUTE AT CCU
Dr. Don Sweeting, president of RTS/Orlando and former pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in the Denver area (12 years), was named a fellow of the Centennial Institute in Colorado. Read more here.
FACULTY OPENING FOR PROFESSOR OF COUNSELING
Dr. Michael Kruger, president of RTS/Charlotte, is pleased to announce a faculty opening for a professor of counseling. In addition to teaching counseling classes, this individual will be the director for new counseling degree programs at RTS Charlotte. These programs would include an MA in Christian Counseling (MACC), an M.Div. and MACC dual degree, a MATS/BS and MACC dual degree, and an M.Div. with a counseling emphasis. Read more about this program and the open position here.
RTS GRADS AND THE ATLA SERIALS DATABASE
RTS graduates now have renewed access to the ATLA Serials Database. Please contact the library of the campus where you graduated for access information.
BIOETHICS LECTURE AT RTS/WASHINGTON DC
RTS/Washington DC will host Dr. Allen Roberts, M.D., for a lecture on "Bioethics, End-of-Life Issues, and the Practice of Medicine in the 21st Century" on Nov. 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. RSVP to email@example.com.
Dr. Roberts has over 25 years of experience as a specialist in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine and internal medicine. He is an expert on end-of-life issues and serves as the chair of the ethics committee at Georgetown University Hospital. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine (MD) and RTS/Washington DC (M.Div.)
CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL COURSE IN JACKSON IN JANUARY
Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr. will teach "Cultural & Historical Realities for Contextualized Ministry" at RTS/Jackson Jan. 22-24. The class is designed to help prepare those who will be doing ministry in African American, multi-ethnic or urban contexts and will explore hidden forces behind cultural conflict and suggest biblical ways to address these conflicts. Ellis is president of Project Joseph, assistant professor of practical theology at Redeemer Seminary, adjunct at Westminster and associate pastor at New City Fellowship. Click here to learn more. Click here for the syllabus.
WOMEN OF RTS EVENT AT RTS/CHARLOTTE
Kathleen Nielson, serving as director of women's initiatives for The Gospel Coalition, will speak at the Women of RTS conference at RTS/Charlotte March 7-8 on "Living and Active Psalms: Handle with Care." For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
READ "THE HUMOR OF CHRIST" BY DON SWEETING
RTSO President Don Sweeting wrote an article in the fall 2013 issue of National Association of Evangelicals newsletter. "Did Jesus have a sense of humor?" Don asks. "In one church I pastored, when I arrived, there was a portrait of Jesus laughing." Click here to read the rest of the article.
RTS/ATLANTA THANKS AREA PASTORS
On Nov. 5, RTS/Atlanta held its first Pastors' Appreciation Luncheon with more than 50 pastors in attendance. It was a wonderful opportunity for RTS/Atlanta to tell area pastors, "We love you, we are thankful for you, and we want to be a blessing to you!" Pastors were invited to utilize the campus facilities, including the library for their edification and to view RTS/Atlanta as a respite from the business of ministry.
LISTEN TO THE MESSAGES FROM THE JOHN REED MILLER LECTURE SERIES
Kevin DeYoung spoke at the lecture series at RTS/Jackson. He offers, over the course of the three lectures below, seven suggestions to make preaching less boring. Please allow a short time to load each message.
Listen to the first lecture titled "How Can a Biblical Sermon Be So Boring? The Case for Veracity and Clarity in Preaching" here.
Listen to the second lecture titled "How Can a Biblical Sermon Be So Boring? The Case for Specificity, Authenticity, and Ingenuity in Preaching" here.
Listen to the third lecture titled "How Can a Biblical Sermon Be So Boring? The Case for Spontaneity and Authority in Preaching" here.
Get your free ebook here--a new title in the Crucial Questions Series by former RTS professor R. C. Sproul. Click here.
NEW COURSE AVAILABLE FROM RTS/DISTANCE ED. DEPT.
The RTS Distance Education Department has announced the release of "Pastoral Counseling" with Dr. Rod Mays, adjunct professor of practical theology.
This 3-credit hour course provides an overview of current trends in counseling theory and practice as well as the roles of counseling in public, private, and church settings. Application is made to premarital, family crisis, grief, and substance abuse counseling with emphasis on developing strategies and applying Scriptural principles. The course lectures are available on iTunes and the RTS Mobile App.
DR. DUNCAN TO GIVE PLENARY ADDRESS IN ENGLAND
Dr. Ligon Duncan will give the plenary address at the conference on Matthew Henry: The Bible, The Prayer, The Piety July 14-16 sponsored by the University of Chester in England.
2014 is the 300th anniversary of Matthew Henry's death. There is a call for papers by Feb. 28 for interested scholars.
|Richard Aguilar (M.Div. '97) |
Richard, the pastor of Christ the Redeemer in Ecuador, is grateful to be back home from the hospital. He says many people comforted his soul with prayers, love and humor while he was there. He was also able to share his faith with some of the professionals in the clinic, praying for them and encouraging them. Please continue to pray for his healing.
Jeremy Beaver (MAMFT '07)
Jeremy Beaver is a counselor at Palmer Home for Children in Hernando, Miss. He is married to Sherry "DeLena" (MAMFT '07).
Bryan Crotts (M.Div. '03)
Bryan was installed as teaching elder at Providence Presbyterian Church, 4600 Lake Brandt Rd., Greensboro, NC, Nov. 8.
Abraham George (MAC '09)
Abraham and his wife Romila are with India Campus Crusade for Christ. He reports that 15 out of 72 students prayed to receive Christ at a Christian camp called "Spero 2013" (Italian for "I hope"). Abraham also organized a conference for his South Asia Leadership Development & HR team (LDHR), where they evaluated their ministry over the last year and set up priorities for the coming year as they help equip and build spiritual leadership within the movement. He also attended the Global LDHR Conference in September. While there, Abraham spoke on the importance of the role of everyone doing their part in building the body. Pray for his wife as she is having issues with her back.
Mike Hsu (M.Div. '98)
Mike planted Grace Chapel in Lincoln, Neb., 12 years ago! They are very encouraged as they reflect on God's faithfulness to them as a congregation. In 2011, along with Zion Church, Grace Chapel helped to particularize Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Grace Chapel is also the mother church of a church plant in Fremont, Neb., called Grace Church. Mike is pictured here with his wife Tanya and children: Isaac, Mia and Calvin.
Kazuya Ishimatsu (M.Div. '10)
Kazuya has started a Ph.D. program for Old Testament studies at McMaster Divinity College. He is currently living in Ontario right now and hoping to go back to Japan after the program, to engage in teaching and pastoral ministries. He also preaches monthly at Grace Toronto Japanese Church. He asks for prayer for his wife Ami and his two children: Naomi (3) and Yoshiya (1) as they adjust to the new environment and the Canadian culture.
Jerid Krulish (M.Div. '09)
Jerid, formerly the assistant pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, WA, for five years, has just been installed as the pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Vancouver, WA. Dr. Robert Raymond preached the installation sermon.
Donald Malin ( M.Div. '88)
Congratulations and thank you for your service Chaplain (Col.) Malin, who recently retired after 33 years of military service. Read more about him in this unclassified news release. He is pictured here with his daughter Tara (left) and his wife Bess. He and Bess also have a son Zachary.
Curtis McGown (MAC '00)
Curtis, a licensed mental health counselor, and his wife Lisa are serving in Asia. Curtis was recently appointed director of member care at The Well Member Care Center. They have also relocated the offices in order to have more meeting offices and to be in a better location. They will be conducting a spiritual renewal retreat in November. Keep them in prayer as their greatest challenge has been trying to create organizational structure, systems, and processes while providing services and good care to clients. His wife volunteers one day a week at an orphanage. They are expected back in the US in the summer of 2014. They have two children.
Stuart Mills (M.Div.M. '06)
Stuart and his wife Megumi have reached their goal and returned to Trujillo, Peru on Oct. 26. They ask for prayer for transition back into life and gospel ministry in Peru. They have three children. Follow their blog here.
Jason Riggs (M.Div. '94)
Keep Jason and his family in prayer as his wife Rita passed away on Oct. 29 in Largo, Fla. Jason is a retired Navy chaplain. Rita is survived also by son Matthew, daughter Emily, her mother, sister Jackie, brother Sam and four grandchildren. The funeral was held at Warrington Presbyterian Church in Pensacola on Nov. 1.
Jason Yum (M.Div. '11)
On Oct. 11, Jason was approved to be ordained as a teaching elder in the Presbytery of the Pacific for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He has also received a call to serve as an assistant pastor at Christ Church in Berkeley, where he has served as assistant pastor since January 2013 and for the previous 2 years as an intern. He was ordained Nov. 10.
Have you moved? Send us updates for your address and ministry here.
We love to keep up with our alumni, but due to the nature of ministry work, they tend to move quite frequently until they are settled into a position. It is our privilege to serve and continue to provide you with any resources and additional education you may need. There are many events we host throughout the year and you are always welcome to attend, so keep us updated with your contact information. We also have many graduates to fill positions in your churches and future churches. Thank you for keeping us informed.