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May 18, 2015 - 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...

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...

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...

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 &...

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...

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...

Community Lunch and Chapel

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. Tuesday, May 5th will be our last Community Lunch...

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....

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...

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 D.C.

RTS Faculty and Staff make the easy walk from our campus to the new McLean Metro Station.   The RTS building is visible from the McLean Station’s platform!   With trains running every 6 minutes during rush hour, RTS is easily accessible from Washington, D.C.     RTS Faculty and Staff enjoy their first...

Our office will be closed on Tuesday, August 5th due to the staff retreat.

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Studying the Bible in Greek, an Interview with Dr. Paul Jeon

Q: As a professor of Greek at RTS, why is it important to study the Bible in this language? A: There are, to be sure, plenty of laymen who do an outstanding job reading and interpreting the Bible, especially if they have a background in law or literature. Knowing the original languages is only one aspect--albeit an important aspect--of...

Interview with Dr. Howard Griffith

Q: You have studied union with Christ extensively. Why is this an important topic for the church to learn about? A: I think it is difficult in our cultural moment to sort out what the Church should be about—Worship or evangelism? Social problems, or strong families? Doctrine, or therapy? Cultural renewal, or experience? People struggle...

The Lord's Loyal Love

Love is among the most basic human needs, but apart from experiencing the love of God in Christ it is impossible to grasp its full reality. Christians alone know true love: a love that belongs in a class by itself because of its utterly unique origin. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul provides the people of God with the exact words...

The Westminster Assembly Project: An Interview with Chad Van Dixhoorn

Q: You’ve spent more than a decade studying the Westminster assembly. How did it all start? A: I first encountered a text by the Westminster assembly while my family was on holiday in northern Ontario. We were visiting the Sunday school class of a little Scottish Presbyterian church, and after the initial embarrassment of not knowing the...

Interview with Dr. Peter Lee

Q: You have recently written about suffering. Why is this an important topic for the church to understand? A: Suffering is important for the church to understand because it is what we experience on this side of glory. The Scriptures are so abundantly clear that the mark of believer is one of suffering (John 15:20; 16:33). This has been...

RTS 2014 Commencement Photos

Chancellor Ligon Duncan gives the 2014 commencement address RTS Washington President, Dr. Scott Redd, confirms candidates for graduation RTS Class of 2014 M.A.R. Graduates receive their hoods M.Div. Graduates receive their hoods RTS Washington's 11th Annual Commencement RTS Washington's 11th Annual...

Summer Reading Recommendations

Looking for something to read this summer?  Check out RTS Washington Resident Faculty’s reading recommendations below: Dr. Howard Griffith, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean: Chance and the Sovereignty of God. Vern Poythress. Dr. Griffith says, “Poythress is very brilliant, but he writes so...

Charge to the RTS Washington Class of 2014

The Apostle Paul speaks of how the work of the Spirit within a person always affects the way the person responds to situations in life. There are two major influences or entities with which you will have to contend in this life: God and the world, and the success of your ministry will be marked by faithful and right responses. This...

2014 Commencement

Join RTS Washington to celebrate our 11th commencement ceremony, May 30, at 7:30 p.m., at McLean Presbyterian Church.  We are honored to have Dr. Ligon Duncan, chancellor of RTS, as this year’s commencement...

The Portrait of an RTS Graduate

May is graduation month, and once again we must say farewell to another outstanding class of graduates from Reformed Theological Seminary.  Commencement ceremonies are wonderful since they give students and their families a moment to reflect on the Lord’s faithful provision during their seminary years.  It gives us all a moment to...

All student account balances must be paid in full by May 31, 2014

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Luau at the Van Dixhoorn’s, Wednesday, May 28th at 6:00pm

Luau at the Van Dixhoorn’s, Wednesday, May 28th at 6:00pm RSVP to Caitlin Witt...

Campus closed, Monday, May 26th in observance of Memorial Day

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Save the Date: MAR Paper Presentations

It is a pleasure to invite the Seminary community to the presentation of this year's MAR Integrative Papers  by our graduates!  On Friday, May 23rd, at 1PM in the Library, come, hear and celebrate what these fine students have done.  Students and Faculty will be able to hear and ask questions.  Here are the topics: - Jeffrey...

Save the Date: Commencement

Spring Commencement will take place on Friday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. RTS Washington’s 11th Spring Commencement will take place at McLean Presbyterian Church, featuring speaker Dr. Ligon Duncan, chancellor of RTS. All students and their families are welcome to...

In Case of Inclement Weather

We will post an announcement via: 1) Facebook, 2) Email, and 3) our website. Please 'like' our Facebook page and contact Caitlin Witt if you or a student you know is not receiving these monthly...

Library Access

RTS library database access has changed. You will now be able to log in to all databases from anywhere with one user name and password. For more information, click...

Emergency Alert System

Last year RTS set up a new emergency alert program with the help of Rave Mobile Safety.  RaveAlert is designed to 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...

Tuition Payment

Please note that tuition payments are due by the first day of...

Taxes

The seminary does not file Form 1098-T with the IRS and does not provide this form to its...

Campus Hours for Spring Semester

Monday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (until 10 p.m. for weekend...

Office Closure

The RTS office will be closed on April 18th in observance of Good...

Summer Classes

Summer Registration is open (as of April...

Preview Day is April 26th

Do you know someone curious about seminary? Invite them to Spring Preview Day on April 26, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., where they will hear from a panel of students, meet our president, faculty and staff, and enjoy a catered lunch on campus. RSVP to Jennifer McGahey...

Theological Discussion Group

RTS DC Theological Discussions Group seeks to provide a forum for discussion and debate specifically for RTS DC students. If interested, please email Matt Miller (mattm4444@gmail.com). If you're interested in co-leading this endeavor, please notify...

Job Postings

Please check out our bulletin board for the latest job postings!  For a full listing of available job opportunities, check out the RTS Vocational Services...

Extra Space in Your Home?

If you have an extra room or couch and are able to share some hospitality from time to time by hosting a visiting student, please let Jennifer McGahey...

Upcoming Conferences

The Faithful Shepherd Conference: Persevering in Your Church and Ministry will be held from May 5-7, in Harvey Cedars, NJ. For more information, click...

Resources

If you are looking for an internship, interested in hearing about opportunities to preach or other part-time positions at local churches, want to learn more about the pastoral job search process or would like placement counsel, please email Geoff Sackett...

Elective Courses Offered in 2013-2014

Click here to see which classes are being...

In Memory of Brian Long

We give thanks to those who have generously donated in memory of Brian Long.  All gifts will be used for the RTS library, in honor of his great love of books.  If you are interested in donating to the Brian Long Memorial Library Fund, please click here, select campus ‘Washington D.C.,’ and note ‘Brian Long’ under...

Forgiving Each Other

One of the benefits of serving a church in the city was that many wonderful, different kinds of people visited.  One older lady began to visit worship.  She was very taken with the joy of the congregation.  She was unusual, to say the least, and shy, very reticent to speak.  She seemed lonely.  An elder and I paid her a...

His Home is Always Open

Before heading south to Philadelphia, I was warned that seminary could be a lonely place. The person who warned me complained that he had little fellowship because no one had ever invited him into their home. This struck me as odd. Why not invite people into his home? After all, both Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3 insist that elders be accustomed to...

RTS in the News: Scott Redd on TGC

Watch the full seven-minute video from the 2013 Gospel Coalition Conference to hear Dr. Redd discuss allegorical interpretation, living in the nation's capital, and more. Click...

Singing the Winter Blues

More years ago than I care to count, I took a friend to see blues-bluegrass singer and guitar virtuoso Doc Watson play to a sold-out crowd in Alexandria. As Doc sauntered across the stage with his accompanist guiding him by the elbow, my friend whispered to me, “I didn’t know he was blind.” From there he mesmerized us with his...

From the President’s Desk

Is-Sena it-Tayba That would be Maltese for “Happy New Year.”  The words were strung up in lights over the stone gates to the old city of Valetta, the great capital and port of the island nation. I was in Malta teaching systematic theology to a group of students from around the Mediterranean basin, and the day before my class...

RTS Washington DC Closed Today (Jan. 3)

Due to the inclement weather, RTS Washington DC is closed today, Friday, Jan 3. The "Life and Ministry of Jonathan Edwards" course will be held tomorrow as scheduled. A date for the make-up class will be discussed...

RTS will be at the Cross Conference in December!

  RTS is excited to be an exhibitor at the new mission’s conference #CrossCon2013 December 27-30, 2013 in Louisville, KY. We hope to see you there and to share with you how you can become an RTS student. Visit our booth to register for a book drawing! At RTS we have a #mind4truth and a #heart4God. “We’d like you to spend...

A December Poem by Dr. Lee

If you are a graduate student, I know what you are thinking right now.  “Just a few more weeks, just a few more weeks!”  I’m not thinking of Christmas per se, although I must confess that I do love this time of the year!  No, I’m thinking of the double whammy of final exams and term papers.  I have...

1st Community Lunch & Chapel

1st Community Lunch & Chapel on Thursday, September 5, 12:30pm-1:30pm.  As a community of learning, we are also a community of faith united together by the worship of the Lord: come, break bread, and enjoy the rich blessings we share in Christ.   ...

Community lunch (12:30-1pm) & Chapel (1pm-1:30pm)

Community lunch (12:30-1pm) & Chapel (1pm-1:30pm) continue on Thursdays in the main classroom throughout the...

“Welcome (Back) to RTS” Meet and Greets

“Welcome (Back) to RTS” Meet and Greets for new and returning students (and spouses) on the following three dates (attend as many as you wish):   Monday, August 26 from 4-5pm, before Greek I (dinner provided) Wednesday, August 28 from 1pm-2pm, between History of Philosophy & Christian Thought and Pastoral & Social...

Summer Lovin’ and Fun-Filled Rest

Let me begin by saying “congratulations to all for a successful academic 2012-2013 year!”  It is now summer and your schedules are free from attending weekly courses, reading and studies in theological textbooks, researching for term papers, and cramming for exams.  For some, you are now free from those dreaded Greek and...

Dr. Howard Griffith to Present at PCA General Assembly

Dr. Howard Griffith, Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary Washington D.C. is set to present during the Presbyterian Church of America's 41st General Assembly. Dr. Griffiths presentation will be on 'The Ethics of Divorce and Remarriage'. To access his presentation outline, click...

Summertime (and the Reflecting's Easy)

Over winter break, you found encouragement in these pages to engage in leisurely study for both short-term (in the form of scholarly felicity) and long-term  benefit (developing a habit of lifelong learning).  That encouragement goes double for summer break, though I suspect that a decent number of you will have little time to read by...
 
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