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July 19th, 2016 - nb Primer



The Nota Bene Primer is a electronic publication put out every other week by RTS Washington. It consists of a recent article and a short video that have piqued our interest here on campus. It also includes information on a course offered at RTS Washington in which you can sign up for. We pray that this publication is a blessing and an...

President's Welcome



Watch the video below to see a special message from RTS Washington's President, Dr. Scott Redd....

I am (A)-Millenial



I recently had a chat with several friends about our kids.  The term that was used to describe this current generation was “Millennials.”  I am not a social scientist and have been mildly interested in the culture war discussions, so I was a bit lost on the meaning of the term.  As generational labels go, I was never...

The Westminster Assembly on Sin, Ignorance and Catechisms



The Westminster assembly (1643-1653) conducted about 5,000 examinations of ministers and candidates for the ministry and it is not likely to be an accident that the Westminster Assembly insisted that a candidate be examined in his ability to work on the human conscience. In the assembly’s own literature, the word conscience carries moral...

In God's School



We learn and grow, are challenged, and grow, take a step backwards, receive strength from God, and begin to grow again.  This sounds like seminary life to me. At the Wheaton Theology Conference in April, “The People’s Book: The Bible in the Reformation,” I was pleased to learn that this was John Calvin’s...

Where Are You Going?



Remember the part in Lewis’ The Great Divorce when the narrator walks about heaven for the first time? “It was the light, the grass, the trees that were different; made of some different substance, so much solider than things in our country that men were ghosts by comparison. Moved by a sudden thought, I bent down and tried to...

Joy as a Son



As most know, I was on sabbatical during the first half of this academic year—during the fall semester.  My time off was restful, and it gave me an opportunity to pray and reflect on aspects of my life both professionally and personally.  I even broke out my old violin and got back into playing music again.  I also was able to...

Temptation!



Temptation, we’re told by James, is rooted in disordered desire. Sometimes we simply want to do wrong (James 1:14). Paul tells us that God provides a way of escape from temptation (I Corinth. 10:13). Of the various escape routes available to the believer, this post focuses on just one: the virtues. Virtues are moral traits of human...

The Gospel in I AM



The Westminster Shorter Catechism #44 asks “What doth the preface to the ten commandments teach us?”  It answers by saying, “The preface to the ten commandments teacheth us, that because God is the Lord, and our God, and Redeemer, therefore we are bound to keep all his commandments.”  A better answer could not be...

Tell It Not in Gath



Doubts come easily to us these days.  We wonder whether admired public figures are really worthy of devotion.  Stories we cherished, or even just appreciated, seem to have another side.  Cultural institutions we trusted may have actually promoted wrongs.  Are people we loved actually looking at us with a wary eye?  Do we...

Trials and Integrity



Trials have the unmistakable quality of being difficult. Just ask Job, or Jeremiah, or Naomi, or Joseph. And yet they are not without purpose. It is not as if they show Satan has gained the upper hand. Or that God is wantonly cruel. Trials do not show that the Enemy has won or that God is vindictive. Listen to how James describes trials:...

The Book of Esther: A Silence so Loud, it is Deafening



In recent days I have spent a good amount of time studying the Book of Esther and I have fallen in love with this amazing book once again.  It is regularly treated like the annoying younger sibling who constantly tags along when we want to hang out with our friends.  Regrettably, the value and even the canonicity of Esther is regularly...

The Great Feast



“On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,  of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.” Isaiah 25:6 When God brought Israel through the Sea, and entered covenant with them at Sinai, the elders ate and drank with him.  “They saw the God...

Advent



As the pressure mounts, how can we get along with each other?  “Looking out for myself” is like breathing.  But what seems most natural is actually the wrong approach.  Only when we look out for the needs and concerns of others are we able to be strong.  Under stress, relationships in Philippi were beginning to...

People Without Wings



Isaiah 6 tells us that in the presence of a holy God, the angels try to hide themselves both from God and from seeing God. Isaiah, without the advantage of three sets of wings, is simply overwhelmed, and his agonized utterance is personal, negative, and intense. What he says is personal: “Woe is me.” “I am lost,”...

Uses of Arguments



Why might a Christian take interest in arguments of an apologetic sort? Here are three broad reasons— 1. To show that Christian theism is reasonable. A believer may wonder if her Christian beliefs are reasonable, or she may wish to show an unbelieving friend that Christian beliefs are reasonable. An argument, or a series of arguments,...

Predestination and Free Will



“If I have free will, how can God have predestined me?  Wasn’t faith my choice?” Our conscious experience is that we make choices without coercion.  For example, no one is forcing me to type these words.  I am doing it because I want to.  I am not forced to love my wife Jackie.  But I can’t...

Hymns, Worship, and the Christian Life: Lunch Discussion with Keith Getty



In a time with the prevailing worldview in the West is what sociologist Christian Smith has called moralistic therapeutic Deism, sacred music, worship music has taken a bit of a hit. Lately, worship has tended to emphasize performance over participation, repetition over content, and the depth of Christian belief has often been downplayed while...

The Face of God



Surely it is no accident that in the two visits that readers of the Bible are permitted to take to heaven, one in the prophecy of Isaiah (6:3) and the other in the Revelation of John (4:8), that in each case the angels are saying the same thing about God: “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is the Lord of hosts.” What does it mean that the holiness...

The Supreme Son



The opening three verses of the Book of Hebrews provide a concise, close to comprehensive, Christology. We can use these words to direct our worship to and anchor our confidence in the Son. Why does this special letter start by tracing the supremacy of the Son? The narrow reason: to re-orient early Christian affection and worship from angels to...

Strengthening Faith



Consider three scenarios— Scenario I.  An intelligent, believing friend of yours is a regular reader of the New York Times Review of Books. In nearly every edition there appears (so it seems) a review of a book that purports to explain some feature of the world, its inhabitants, or the world itself in purely naturalistic terms. In...

The Best Wine



On the way to a wedding, what do you look forward to?  Food?  Yes. Good fun and joy?  Definitely.  Dancing?  Maybe...  Jesus chose to do his first “sign” at a wedding.  Marriage is a choice gift of God, so we celebrate.  Jesus did not kill the joy. The problem of the lack of wine was...

A Tale of Two Parties



It’s the height of summer and thus the peak of the party season. So why do people go to parties? It seems to me that there are two main reasons. Sometimes people go because they like what the party has to offer. They like the people, the food, the drinks, the music. And sometimes they go because they are afraid of what will happen if they...

Uses of Philosophy



What is philosophy? Through its long history, philosophy has been understood variously. For purposes of this essay, we will take it to be a clarifying discipline, a way of approaching problems of a certain kind by analyzing, by breaking problems into smaller and smaller bits. Before philosophy answers, it asks. The point of querying isn’t...

The Excellencies of God



“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter...

Join "RTS DC Student Community" on Facebook



Students have their own private group on FB to help facilitate life-together via coordinating socials, study groups, and other activities. (Light-hearted posts have also frequented the news feed.) Join by sending an email to Jennifer McGahey. If you are already a member, you can invite fellow students to join by entering their email in the...

Library Resources



RTS Washington students have access to all Washington Theological Consortium school libraries! This includes Catholic University, Virginia Theological Seminary, and Woodstock Theological Library (Georgetown). For more information Click here. For information on RTS Inter-Library loans click here. For links to periodicals and other online...

General Assemblies



RTS Washington will be present at both the EPC and PCA General Assemblies. If you are planning on attending be sure to stop by our...

Fatherly Discipline, Hebrews 12:3-11



Graced Suffering Every hurt that Christians experience ultimately comes from the hand of our sovereign Lord, even while those same hurts come proximately from other causes (see, for example, Gen 50:20, Prov 16:4, Eccl 7:14, Rom 5:3, and James 1:2-4. See also Eph 1:11 where we are told that God “works all things according to the counsel...

Summer Campus Hours



We will have new campus hours for the summer months. Please see below for our new campus hours. Summer Campus Hours (June 1-July 15) Monday-Friday: 8am-6pm Summer Campus Hours (July 16-August 28) Monday-Thursday:...

Fellowship with the True Jeremiah



The prophet Jeremiah had it rough.  In many ways all the OT prophets did.  Look at what they were called to do.  Go to the people and tell them that they are sinning against the Lord; if they do not change their ways and repent of their sins, then the Lord will bring the ultimate curse, exile! Jeremiah most definitely knew the...

Loving Neighbors



It seems a little unfortunate that Jesus, in Matthew 22:39, was so clear in his commandment that we all need to love our neighbours. The first commandment, found in verse 37, makes so much sense. We have so many reasons to love God. It is the Everest of the commandments; nothing could rise higher than this. But this second commandment seems...

Graduation



The12th Commencement of Reformed Theological Seminary Washington will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015.  The ceremony will begin at 7:30 in the Fellowship Hall of McLean Presbyterian Church (1020 Balls Hill Road/McLean, VA/22101) with a reception to follow. Dr. William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics & John Boyer Chair of Evangelism &...

Field Internship and Registration



If you are an MDiv student and have not yet registered for the Field Ed Internship, then please be sure to contact Dr. Peter Lee before the end of the semester.  Dr. Lee will be on sabbatical starting June 1 and unable to help students until Feb....

End of Year Luau



Please join us for the annual end of the year Luau! A wonderful time of fellowship, fun and food — and your families are encouraged to come! There is ample space for little ones to play and for adults to socialize. The Van Dixhoorn’s are hosting again this year, and the festivities will begin at 6:30pm. RSVP to Jeremy...

Graduation Brunch



You are invited to attend a brunch in honor of this year’s graduates on Friday May 29. (In other words, you do not need to be a graduate in order to attend!). Support this new crop of graduates and enjoy brunch and fellowship together. It will take place at 10:00am at McLean Presbyterian Church. RSVP to Geoff...

Integrative Paper Presentations



All students are invited to hear your classmates present the results of their Integrative Paper research, Friday, May 8th, from 1 - 3 p.m.  Learn how God has blessed your peers with the integration of their seminary studies and their calling to further service in the Kingdom.  Refreshments will be served afterwards, in...

New Financial Aid Deadline - May 1st



Financial Aid applications for all returning students are due on May 1st.  Please note that this is a NEW deadline.  All students currently receiving financial aid of any kind (including Church Partnership Program and Young Life scholarships), must reapply by this date if you would like to be considered for assistance in the 2015-2016...

Rational Self-Interest



Human beings are hunters of goods - things we take to be intrinsically valuable, worthwhile, like food, protection from the elements, friendship, rest, knowledge. What is common to these (and other) goods is that it is in our interest to pursue them. It would be a funny thing for someone not to value food, shelter, friendship, rest, knowledge, and...

The Father's Act of Justice



In our society, the seams of order appear to be straining.  The cynic says, “No good deed goes unpunished.”  We may hope there’s more justice than that in our world.  The postmodern asks, “Who defines a good deed?”  But we know there must be, and is, a standard that grounds right protest against...

Professional Jealousy



After a nighttime meeting with a man named Nicodemus, Jesus left Jerusalem and ended up in the neighborhood of John the Baptist. That’s when the jealousy started. John’s disciples were unhappy about the good press that Jesus was getting, and they complained to their leader that Jesus was pulling in the crowds: “All are going to...

India and the Work of Presbyterian Theological Seminary of Debra Dup, India



With PowerPoint, video, and discussion, Dr. Ebenezer will introduce the history and the religious and social landscape of India and the work of Presbyterian Theological Seminary (PTS), Dehra Dun (India). When: March 17 at 7:00pm. Gourmet pizza will be provided. For food counting, RSVP to gsackett@rts.edu About Dr. Ebenezer  Dr....

Reading Week - March 16-20



Reading Week is March 16-20.  No classes will be meeting during that time (with the exception of Dr. Lee’s Poets...

Student Council Meeting: Friday, March 6 at 12pm



The Student Council is a student run community group that helps plan events, socials, and other activities to foster community, friendship, and personal growth among our students.  The next meeting is Friday, March 6 at 12pm. Lunch is on us. If you are a current student, you are welcome to come! No experience necessary, just a willingness...

Coursework Files to be Purged - March 19th



The student coursework files will be purged on March 19th.  All coursework that has not been collected and is over a year old will be thrown away.  Please be sure to check your file for any returned papers and exams.  In addition, please leave your file in the cart, removing only the...

Preview Day - March 21



Please join the faculty, staff, and students of RTS Washington for our Spring Preview Day on Saturday, March 21, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided, followed by a student panel, and a chance to sit in on Dr. Peter Lee's class on the poetical books of Scripture. This is a great opportunity to learn more about RTS Washington and what...

Epaphras, A Model Minister



Paul and Peter, of course. But Epaphras—who’s he? When we think of model ministers our first thoughts might naturally drift to Paul or Peter, or perhaps even John or Timothy. But are there ministry lessons to be learned from a man to whom all of four or five sentences in the New Testament are devoted? Epaphras is his name, and, yes,...

Systematic Theology Sequence Change, Fall Semester 2015



RTS Washington has changed the ST course requirements for students newly admitted for 2015/Summer and Fall.  This change will apply to both the M.A.R. and M.Div. degrees.  The new sequence is: ·     ST515 Systematic Theology: Scripture, Theology Proper, Anthropology, 3...

The Father of the Son



What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word “God”?  Is it “Father”?  When you pray, do you say, “Heavenly Father, …” If you do, you have grasped something absolutely basic about the true God.  He is Triune (three in one).  And we know him because his Son, Jesus Christ,...

Spring Campus Hours



Regular Hours: Mondays: 11am-10pm Tuesdays: 9am-7pm Wednesdays: 9am-10pm Thursdays: 9am-7pm Friday-Sunday: Closed* Weekend Class Hours: Fridays: 7pm-10pm Saturdays: 9am-4pm * Friday and Saturday hours are different with weekend...

EPC Jumper Scholarships Now Open



EPC Andrew A. Jumper Scholarships are now open for application. If you are an MDiv student in the EPC (Evangelical Presbyterian Church), you should apply by obtaining an application form with instructions from the Admissions Office. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2015.  Full criteria for applicants is as follows:   *Full-time (12...

RAVE Emergency Notification System



RTS has set up an emergency alert program with the help of Rave Mobile Safety which will send text message and email alerts to lists of people in the event of an emergency. We are asking all students with a viable text message plan and phone number to supply this information to us in the event we need to send mass emergency communications for your...

Winter Courses



There is still time to register for these winter courses! The Christian Life: January 13 Pauline Epistles: January 20 Covenant Theology: January 29 Anglican Church Polity: January 30...

Winter Preview Day



Please join the faculty, staff, and students of RTS Washington for our January Preview Day on Tuesday, January 6th from 12-2 p.m. Lunch will be provided, followed by a student panel, and a chance to sit in on Dr. Scott Redd’s class, Christian Encounter with Islam. This is a great opportunity to learn more about RTS Washington and what is...

Community Lunch and Chapel



Community Lunch & Chapel will resume Tuesday, February 10th. We look forward to you joining us for a community lunch beginning at 12:00 p.m. followed by a chapel starting at 12:30 p.m. This is a great time to meet and hear from local pastors, RTS Washington faculty and staff, and connect with other RTS Washington students and alumni. To see...

International Missions and the Local Church



What does Mission to the World need to learn from church pastors, present or future? You are invited to a lunch at 12pm on Thursday, January 15 to discuss international (foreign) missions and the local church, sponsored by Mission to the World.  This is not a recruiting session, but a time for us to learn how you see the role of international...

1098-T Forms



RTS has elected not to register with the Department of Education or participate in any Title IV federal student financial aid programs. In the past, students have asked the Seminary for a Form 1098-T in order to prepare their tax return.  The form reports the amount of qualified tuition and related expenses a student has paid each...

Library Resources



RTS Washington students have access to all Washington Theological Consortium school libraries! This includes Catholic University, Virginia Theological Seminary, and Woodstock Theological Library (Georgetown). For more information Click here. For information on RTS Inter-Library loans click here. For links to periodicals and other online...

Herman Bavinck on the Incarnation of God



The incarnation of God is the central fact in special revelation, the fact that sheds light upon its whole domain. Already in creation God made himself like human beings when he created them in his image. But in re-creation he became human and entered totally into our nature and situation. In a sense God’s becoming human starts already...

Rave Emergency Notification System



RTS has set up an emergency alert program with the help of Rave Mobile Safety which will send text message and email alerts to lists of people in the event of an emergency. We are asking all students with a viable text message plan and phone number to supply this information to us in the event we need to send mass emergency communications for your...

The RTS Washington Campus will be Closed for Christmas



The RTS Washington campus will be closed from Wednesday, December 24th through Thursday, January...

The RTS Washington Campus will be Closed for Thanksgiving



In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, RTS Washington will be closing at noon on Wednesday, November 26th. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, December...

Confessing the Faith



Public worship – Preaching Another normal part of worship is the careful. ‘sound preaching’ of the Word. Assembly member Anthony Burgess once commented that preachers ‘must dresse every sermon at a glasse [mirror] of the Word; they must preach as they read in Scripture’. That is why the Scriptures tell ministers to...

MDIV Exams



The MDIV exams will be offered on the following dates: English Bible Exam, October 18th at 10am – Westminster Shorter Catechism Exam, October 25th at 10am.  Test takers need to reserve a spot by contacting Jenny McGahey...

Apologetics, an Interview with Geoff Sackett



Q: Your bookshelves contain quite a few books on apologetics. What first piqued your interest in this subject? A: Two things. First, in college my first course in philosophy was on epistemology, the study of the nature and limits of knowledge. Some of our class sessions considered the problem of skepticism—can we genuinely be sure of the...

New Student Handbook



There is a new Student Handbook for the 2014-15 academic year online. You can find the new handbook here: Student...

Interview with Dr. Howard Griffith, Part 2



Q: You have studied assurance of salvation extensively. Why is this an important topic for the church to learn about? A: We don’t have the public angst about assurance like earlier generations of Christians (probably because most people think it’s easy and common for people to become Christians).  But this may change over the...

Fall Meet and Greets



RTS Washington will be hosting two meet and greets during the second week of classes this Fall. Come join us for an evening of food and fellowship with students, staff and faculty. For more information, please click...

Special Preview Evening: Dinner followed by Lecture featuring President Scott Redd



You are invited to attend a special preview evening of Reformed Theological Seminary on September 2. The preview evening will feature an informal dinner with students, staff, and faculty, followed by a lecture by Dr. Redd on the importance of theological education for the church in the twenty-first century. This lecture will be the first...

Silver Line Metro Opens at RTS Washington, D.C.



Study (or catch up on rest) on the Metro en route to RTS Washington, D.C.! The RTS building is visible from the McLean Station’s platform!  Located across the street from the McLean Silver Line stop, RTS Washington, D.C. is easily accessible by public transportation from the greater Washington, D.C. area. The Silver Line is...

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