For whatever providential reasons, God has allowed the Charlotte campus to be a fruitful training ground for folks headed to the mission field. In other words, there is a relational dimension to any interview process. Also, please know you can always find the Romans and Hebrews videos on Vimeo. Last night, RTS Charlotte put on its bi-annual vision banquet at the Carmel Country Club here in Charlotte. —Margaret Köstenberger, ThD, adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and coauthor of God’s Design for Man and Woman: A Biblical-Theological Survey. Debunking Some Myths about “Alternative” Christianities, Book Notice: The New Archaeology Study Bible Edited by @RTSCharlotte’s John Currid, The Center for Church Planting @RTSCharlotte: Some Exciting Upcoming Events. It is a whirlwind experience filled with exhilaration and joy on the one hand, and exhaustion and challenges on the other. We certainly have no shortage of books defending and upholding the authority of Scripture. Stories are taken more at face value (though the challenges and issues are not ignored). But, as I looked at the picture, I found a sense of joy in the chaos of my office. “Can the Ethiopan change his skin or a leopard his spots?” (Jer 13:23). One helpful way to address this problem is to learn how to separate these varied objections into distinct categories. Bruce Jenner has tried to make himself a woman, but he is just a fake woman. Here are the course offerings: [Read more…], Filed Under: Academics & Seminary, Counseling, Reformed Theological Seminary Tagged With: CCEF, Ed Welch, RTS Charlotte, Winter classes. Or we could look to our leaders, a pastor or professor who seems to be an “expert.”  And there’s always Google if we really want to know what to think! His argument is more simple: the Bible just got it wrong. Christianity–particularly if it embraces a complementarian theology–is viewed by many in our culture as oppressive and harmful to women. After slogging through many years of intense research, late nights writing, spouse working, and no money, it is a bit discouraging to realize the job opportunities are few and far between. It’s that the Christmas story just isn’t true. The color scheme makes it easier to read, and the navigation is simplified. Tolkien. eccl. A widely-sought cultural commentator, Dr. Moore has been recognized by a number of influential organizations. You can find the prior three installments here, here, and here. So, I want to analyze this phrase in our 10th and final installment in the “Taking Back Christianese” series. For other installments in the series, see here. He can never be more pleased with you than he is right now.”. People are looking to break through any last vestige of rules in our modern world. Christians were a “third race.”, Filed Under: Ancient Manuscripts, Divinity of Jesus, Ethics & Morality Tagged With: Christian Distinctiveness, Destroyer of the Gods, early Christianity, Larry Hurtado, Next week, Aug 1-5, I will teach an elective at RTS Charlotte entitled, “The Origin and Authority of the New Testament Canon.”. And so, they think, perhaps the academic world is right for them. The fact that there are Christians in a political party different from our own certainly means we should show them charity, love, and respect—after all they are brothers and sisters in Christ! A number of my recent posts (e.g., see here) have been dealing with Walter Bauer’s 1934 book Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity which insists that Christianity was wildly diverse in the earliest centuries and that the heretics outnumbered the orthodox. Is the God of the Bible a Genocidal Maniac? Supernaturalism vs. Naturalism:  Given the reality of Theism, the next question is whether man saves himself and works his way to God (Naturalism) or whether God intervenes and saves man (Supernaturalism). After five years in RUF, Dave returned in 2015 to join the RTS Charlotte team as our Director of Admissions. Dr. Brooks will join Dr. Jim Newheiser who is the associate professor of Christian Counseling and director of the program. But the show is so much more than a comedy. As most readers know, there has been a long scholarly debate over what is known as the New Perspective(s) on Paul (NPP). But, Oden realized that his liberal scholarly views had serious social consequences. The twenty-one essays in The Early Text of the NT are not the final word about the NT text in the first three centuries, but nonetheless it is an important word that must be considered. To give a little background, we need to rewind the tape and remember his groundbreaking work One God, One Lord: Early Christian Devotion and Ancient Jewish Monotheism (Fortress Press, 1988; third edition, T&T Clark, 2015), Hurtado laid forth the argument that worship of Jesus amongst early Christians was much earlier than previously thought—a monumental fact given that such devotion arose within circles of Second-Temple devout Jews. For those interested in getting the videos and handouts, RTS just launched a new website and the Hebrews study has a new look. What is particularly noteworthy about both of these passages is that scholars have argued that each of them reflect even earlier Christian tradition that significantly predates Paul’s own letters. It’s a step in the right direction. When it comes to understanding the gospel of salvation by grace alone, there are few books more foundational than Romans. Just something that will keep us from looking foolish. For those interested in taking a class with Kevin, this Spring term he will be teaching Systematic Theology 3: Ecclesiology and Sacraments. How does he know that reliable knowledge of God is impossible to attain? Of course, the average non-Christian critic out there is quick to pounce on this problem. Just think of Paul and Timothy. [Read more…], Filed Under: Ancient Manuscripts, Apocryphal Literature, New Testament Canon Tagged With: 1 Tim 5:18, Festscrhift, NT Canon, Stan Porter, The Language and Literature of the New Testament. Immediately after I graduated from RTS Charlotte in 2013, my family and I moved to my hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina to start a new church. People have been asking all sorts of questions about how to prepare their high school student for what’s to come, or how to encourage their college student in the midst of struggles. But, that is precisely what the pro-homosexual camp is forced to believe. After all, that is what the Reformers were. We cannot repeat all the details in a blog post, but here are some highlights: (a) Irenaeus and the majority of other fragments about Papias affirm that Papias knew John the apostle (Shanks, 288-291). Bosnia. And I have to say I love the new cover (see inset picture). But, there is one main reason to be against same-sex marriage that the mainstream media simply won’t talk about. Instead, counseling is best taught and learned in a face-to-face environment where students can interact with each other and with the professors. I suppose those who hold such a view could argue that all these women in the Greco-Roman world were so gullible and easily duped that they thought Christianity was great when (as all sophisticated people now know) it really wasn’t. Moreover, many OT manuscripts were on papyrus during this time period! It’s one thing to be agnostic over whether you date Mark’s Gospel to 50 A.D. or 70 A.D. (a scholarly debate) but its another thing to be agnostic about whether you believe in substitutionary atonement (a key confessional issue). I hope it will prove helpful for a new group of readers (or maybe even prior ones! It’s hard to distill three years of training into one or two thoughts. However, I don’t prefer the concept of “criteria of canonicity” for a number of reasons: [Read more…], Filed Under: Authority of Scripture, New Testament Canon Tagged With: Criteria of Canonicity, neutrality, NT Canon, picking books. This is why it can sometime seems like conversations with non-Christians can quickly escalate to DEFCON 1. Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” and the Triumph of Postmodernity, Join Us for a @RTSCharlotte Class This Winter Term, IVP Academic Set to Release My Book on the Second Century. And thus we come to the next phrase in the series, “Taking Back Christianese.”  [Read more…], Filed Under: Ethics & Morality, Salvation, Sanctification Tagged With: Freedom in Christ, law-keeping, legalism, Obedience. 3. Most church planters, it seems, want to go urban and not rural. The Heresy of Orthodoxy: When Was the Earliest Complete List of New Testament Books? Dr. Cara – and I can still hear it now – always said, “be as balanced as the Bible is balanced.” That phrase (and its implications) has always stayed with me. 4 The city of Pergamum, too, had long been a hotbed for imperial worship. Filed Under: Reformed Theology, Salvation Tagged With: Calvinism, Particularism, Plan of salvation, Reformed theology, Warfield. Filed Under: Academics & Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary Tagged With: Alumni, church revitalization, Hobie Wood, RTS Charlotte, Where are They Now? Due to the popularity of that question, I have compiled an annotated list of the 10 best books on this topic. They had been exiled. But, Chalmers recognized the opportunity to be a professor would allow him to (effectively) invest in hundreds of congregations through the ministers he trained. Matthew first sounded the priestly trumpet in his Gospel; Mark also; Luke and John each played their own priestly trumpets. How can churches better equip young people for challenges to their trust in Scripture? A few weeks ago, a new crop of seminary students began the grueling month-long experience of Summer Greek. We were blessed to hear from Michael Tarwater, recently retired CEO of Carolinas Medical Center, one of the largest hospital systems in the Southeast. Sure, one particular group–the group we now know as “orthodox” Christianity–won those theological wars. 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