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Saturday's 49th Commencement to Feature Dr. Doug Kelly



On Saturday, May 14 at 10:30 am at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Dr. Doug Kelly will deliver the commencement address for RTS Jackson's 49th Commencement. This year's graduating class includes thirty-six Masters of Divinity, Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling, and Masters of...

MDIV Student Mike Jones Completes PhD



RTS congratulates Dr. Mike Jones (MDIV '19) on the completion of his PhD in Higher Education Student Personnel Administration at Saint Louis University. Dr. Jones successfully defended his dissertation, which explored spirituality among African American college students on academic probation, on April 29 in St. Louis before returning to complete...

Why Guy Waters Loves the Book of Church Order



It's thorough. It's practical. But ardor-inspiring is not typically what comes to mind when thinking of the Book of Church Order (BCO), the official polity manual of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) - unless you're talking to Guy Waters. Over on the 9Marks blog, Waters writes about why he loves the BCO and why he thinks you should,...

Dr. Jerry Young to Lecture on Black Church Leadership



The African American Leadership Initiative at RTS Jackson is pleased to host Dr. Jerry Young on April 11 from 6-8 pm in Dean Center II. Free and open to the public, Dr. Young's lecture will focus on black church leadership and will be followed by Q & A.  Dr. Young serves as the president of the National Baptist Convention as well as...

Biblical Theology Conference March 23-24



Gregory Beale will deliver three lectures on “Paul’s Understanding of the Church as a Temple in the Light of Its Old Testament Background" at the 6th annual Biblical Theology Conference on March 23-24. The lectures are open to the public and the conference schedule is as follows:  Wednesday, March...

Community Fostered Through Student Book Club



An inaugural book club for seminary students and spouses is well underway this semester at RTS Jackson. Although it may seem as though seminarians already have plenty to read, they won't find Vos, Calvin, or Macleod here. Instead, the club aims at fostering pleasure and learning through reading of a different sort - each month the group alternates...

Forbes Names Jackson in Top 10 Cities for Grads



Forbes online has named Jackson as one of The Top Ten Up-And-Coming Cities For Recent College Grads. Low cost of living, job opportunities, and cultural events were among the criteria named by Forbes as appealing to young professionals. With a thriving cultural scene and rich heritage, Jackson combines big-city amenities with a small-town...

Alum Writes on 3 Ways to Avoid Adultery



RTS Jackson alum Josh Squires gives practical, biblical advice for avoiding adultery in a recent article at desiringgod.com. Squires serves as Minister of Counseling and Congregational Care at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC. He graduated from RTS Jackson with a dual Master of Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling (MFTC) and...

Pray for People Group of the Month: North Korea



North Korea is February's unreached people group of the month for RTS Jackson. Each month students and faculty pray for different unreached regions around the world. According to The Voice of the Martyrs, "Reaching North Koreans with the gospel is challenging when the repressive North Korean regime considers evangelism and discipleship to be...

Alum Elbert McGowan Featured in Clarion Ledger



The Clarion-Ledger has featured Rev. Elbert McGowan in a recent article as the RTS Jackson alum steps into his new role as Senior Pastor of Redeemer Church, PCA in Jackson, MS. Elbert is a Jackson native and served as the founding pastor of Jackson State's chapter of Reformed University Fellowship, a nation-wide campus ministry of the Presbyterian...

Lucas Reviews Biography of John Knox



In a recent article for The Gospel Coalition, RTS Jackson Associate Professor of Church History Sean Lucas reviews John Knox, a new biography by Jane Dawson. Lucas writes that Dawson, professor of ecclesiastical history at the University of Edinburgh, captures with "thoroughly and sympathetically critical treatment" the gloomy side of the...

Jerry Young Featured in NY Times Article on Racial Reconciliation



The New York Times has featured an interview with Jerry Young, a mentor for the African American Leadership Initiative at RTS Jackson. The article, "Race, History and Baptist Reconciliation" explores the experiences of the Rev. Dr. Young, President of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., and the Rev. Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President of the...

Spiritual Life Conference Schedule



RTS Jackson's Annual Spiritual Life Conference on March 1-2 will feature Dr. Carl Trueman. Dr. Trueman will speak on the subject “Christianity and Its Discontents”, which will focus on three current cultural impulses toward the destruction of Christianity — the reconfiguring of personhood, the denial of mortality, and western...

Jackson Alumnus' Book Now Available



RTS Jackson alumnus John Perritt (MDIV '09) has written a new book, Your Days Are Numbered. The book, endorsed by Dr. Derek Thomas and Dr. Sean Lucas, takes a biblical look at the way in which we spend our time in order to cultivate better stewardship of the time God gives each of us.   John is Youth Director at Pear Orchard Presbyterian...

Bacote to Lecture on Race Feb 1



The African American Leadership Initiative will sponsor two lectures by Dr. Vincent Bacote on Monday, February 1. 12:00 pm, Patterson's Porch "Doing the Long Take on Race"  This lecture emphasizes the need to resist turning away from the difficult realities and challenges that continue to face the church and encourages Christians to see...

Wingard To Be Installed As Senior Pastor February 14



Dr. Charlie Wingard will be installed as Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Yazoo City on February 14 at 6:00 pm. Dr. Ligon Duncan will preach and Dr. Guy Richardson will deliver the charge to the pastor.  Having recently celebrated his 30th year of ordained ministry, Dr. Wingard is delighted at the opportunity to continue in...

Jackson Faculty and Staff to Lecture in Race and the Church Series



Sean Lucas, RTS Jackson Professor of Church of History, and Jemar Tisby, Director of AALI and Special Assistant to the Chancellor, will lecture along with others in the Race and the Church lecture series beginning this January. The lectures will take place at various locations across Richmond, VA over the next year and will address topics such as...

Alumni Book On Marriage Now Available



RTS Jackson alumni Teresa Adams (MFTC '07) has co-authored a book on marriage with her husband, Jim. Preparing for Marriage: What To Do Before (And After) The Wedding (2015) prepares and strengthens dating, engaged, and married couples for a marriage that lasts well beyond the wedding day. The book is a result of Jim and Teresa's over twenty...

RTS Jackson to Host Campus Preview Day Feb 15



RTS Jackson is pleased to announce a Campus Preview Day on February 15, 2015 (President's Day). The day will provide an opportunity for prospective students to sit in on classes, hear more about the admissions process, meet with Chancellor and CEO Dr. Ligon Duncan, tour the campus, and more.  Interested students are welcome to attend the...

Lucas's History of the PCA Now Available



Sean Lucas's For a Continuing Church: the Roots of the Presbyterian Church in America is now available from P&R Books. Representing over a decade of research, the book provides "a scholarly yet accessible account of the theological and social forces that brought about the PCA" according to the publisher.  Dr. Sean Michael Lucas is...

Ligon Duncan Speaks to the Importance of an MDiv Degree



A Masters of Divinity (MDiv) at RTS trains students' hearts and minds for faithful, enduring ministry over a lifetime. Hear Dr. Ligon Duncan, RTS Chancellor and CEO, speak on the importance of this training in this week's Wisdom Wednesday as he answers, "Why should I get an MDiv Degree?" Wisdom Wednesday is a weekly video series featuring RTS...

Pray for Lebanon: People Group of the Month



Lebanon is November's unreached people group of the month for RTS Jackson. Each month students and faculty pray for different unreached regions around the world. Join us this month as we pray for:  the development of strong leaders and strong churches in Lebanon continued governmental stability that can provide a healthy...

Mike McKelvey on Godliness in a Secular Society



In the first installment of RTS's Wisdom Wednesday video series, Dr. Mike McKelvey speaks about living a godly life in a secular society. Watch the short video here. Wisdom Wednesdays is a new series that features an RTS faculty member each week who will speak to relevant issues of the Christian...

Waters Reviews Book on Church Polity



Guy Waters provides a thorough review of Baptist Foundations: Church Government for an Anti-Institutional Age at Reformation21.org. Joining with the Southern Baptist Convention's recent conservative resurgence, editors Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman have assembled a body of essays addresing a biblical theology of the church and church...

Mbewe to Deliver John Reed Miller Lectures Nov 10-12



Dr. Conrad Mbewe, pastor of Kabwata Reformed Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, will deliver the 2015 John Reed Miller Lectures on November 10-12, 2015. The 2015 Conference Theme is "Pastoral Preaching: Building a People for God." The schedule is as follows:   Tuesday, November 10 3-4:30 pm - Lecture 1: “The Nature of Pastoral...

Faculty Celebrate Ministry Milestones



2015 marks a year of milestones for many RTS Jackson faculty. Jim Hurley, Academic Director and Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy for the MFTC program, is celebrating his 40th year of ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America this year. Elias Medeiros, Professor of Missions, is also celebrating 40 years of ordained ministry....

Sean Lucas Writes on Race and the PCA in byFaith



Sean Lucas's recent article, "Grace, Race, and the PCA" is now available online from byFaith magazine. The article details the processes leading up to the seminal resolution offered by Sean Lucas and Ligon Duncan at this year's 43rd PCA General Assembly and reflects on the current state of race relations within the denomination. Lucas...

September/October Faculty Preaching Engagements



As part of their call to serve the church as pastor-theologians, RTS Jackson faculty continue to be active in preaching in local congregations. Here are our professors' preaching and speaking engagements for September and October:  Ligon Duncan 9/1: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Chapel (Louisville, KY) 9/9: RTS Jackson...

Student Cabinet Hosts Annual Fellowship of the Nations Potluck



The Student Cabinet at RTS Jackson hosted the annual Fellowship of the Nations Potluck on September 26. Students brought dishes from their home cultures - whether here in the U.S. or abroad - and dressed in native garb. The event provided fellowship for students, faculty, and staff and an opportunity learn about home countries, cultures, and...

AALI Cohort Tours National Civil Rights Museum



Members of the 2015 AALI Cohort toured the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis this past Saturday, October 3. The group was joined for the first part of the tour by Dr. Aram Goudsouzian (pictured far right), Professor and Chair of the history department at the University of Memphis. Dr. Goudsouzian, who has written on the Civil Rights movement...

RTS Faculty & Staff Preach at Redeemer Church, Jackson



Several RTS faculty and staff have recently filled the pulpit at Redeemer Church, Jackson (PCA) as the church continues its search for a senior pastor. Chancellor and CEO Dr. Ligon Duncan has preached for the church three times this summer. Dr. Sean Lucas, Professor of Church History, Dr. Jim Hurley, Professor of Marriage and Family...

Students and Professionals Attend Gottman Couples Therapy Training



On September 11 and 25, the Marriage & Family Therapy and Counseling (MFTC) program at RTS Jackson offered Gottman Level 1 couples therapy training. In this first level of a four-level program, trainees were provided with tools and methods for helping couples manage conflict based on Dr. John Gottman's 40 years of research with over 3,000...

Guy Waters Reviews Two Books on American Christianity



Guy Waters has written a combined review of two recent books by Thomas E. Bergler, The Juvenilization of American Christianity (Eerdmans 2012) and From Here to Maturity (Eerdmans 2014). Waters notes the instructiveness of Bergler's work in diagnosing the spiritual state of American Christianity, but notes the lack of "certain planks of...

Carl Ellis Named Senior Research Fellow with AALI



Rev. Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr. has been named Senior Research Fellow with the African American Leadership Initiative (AALI) at RTS.  Ellis has guest-lectured, taught courses, and served as an AALI mentor at RTS Jackson.  On September 6, Ellis tweeted, “I couldn’t be more honored to be named Sr Research Fellow for African...

Baugus Produces Digital Edition of Rare Mission to China Volumes



Dr. Bruce Baugus has produced a digitized work on James E. Bear’s five-volume history of the PCUS Mission to China, now available to the public in a free searchable and downloadable format through the Yale Divinity Library.   Bear’s The Mission Work of the Presbyterian Church in the United States in China tells the story...

2015 Missions Conference with Joel Beeke



RTS Jackson welcomes Dr. Joel Beeke to campus this week as the featured speaker at the annual Missions Conference. The conference schedule is as follows: Tuesday, September 15 12:00-12:55 p.m. – The Age of the Spirit and Revival    Wednesday, September 16 11:00-11:55 a.m. – Enduring in the Best Race...

AALI Underway with Fall Kickoff



The African American Leadership Initiative at RTS Jackson began their year with the AALI Kickoff on Friday, August 21.  Jemar Tisby, Director of AALI, gave a brief overview of AALI and encouraged students to think about participating in the AALI Cohort, which will be running for its second year. The Kickoff sought to lay a...

Fall Semester Fellowship Starts with Luau



As is our tradition at RTS Jackson, the Student Cabinet began the academic year with the annual Luau at Patterson’s Porch on Friday, August 21.  Elbert McGowan, Sr., father of RTS grad and RUF Campus Minister at JSU, Elbert McGowan, Jr., prepared an amazing table of ribs, chicken, and beans.  We helped our Student Cabinet...

Orientation Welcomes New Students



On Tuesday, August 18, the Admissions office partnered with the Student Cabinet to welcome new students into the RTS community at Orientation.  The day began with a time of worship.  Throughout the day students met key staff, were greeted by RTS Chancellor Ligon Duncan, had lunch with their faculty prayer group leaders, received...

2015-16 Conference Lineup at RTS Jackson



Mark your calendars now for an outstanding lineup of conferences this year, open to the general public. RTS Jackson is pleased to offer the following in 2015-2016:  September 15-16 Annual Missions Conference with Joel Beeke November 10-12 John Reed Miller Lectures with Conrad Mbewe March 1-2 Spiritual Life Conference with Carl...

Clarion-Ledger Highlights Racial Reconciliation in Jackson



Jackson's local newspaper, The Clarion-Ledger, recently featured an article detailing the "4 Rs" of racial reconciliation happening in Jackson. The article highlights the story of RTS Jackson alum Elbert McGowan (currently the RUF campus minister at Jackson State), the work of Redeemer Church, RTS's African American Leadership Initiative (AALI),...

RTS Jackson to Hold 50th Convocation Wednesday, August 19



RTS Jackson will hold its 50th Convocation on Wednesday, August 19 at 11:00 am in Grace Chapel. Chancellor and CEO Ligon Duncan will deliver the address and the service will include hymns, introduction of faculty, and a prayer of dedication. A lunch for RTS faculty, staff, students, and their families will follow at Patterson's...

Ben Gladd's New Book on Eschatology To Be Released



Ben Gladd's new book, Making All Things New: Inaugurated Eschatology for the Life of the Church, is due out March 2016. Co-written with Matthew Harmon, the book features an introduction by G.K. Beale and argues for the reality of a present new creation inaugurated by Jesus Christ and implications for the life and ministry of the church. Dr. Ben...

RTS Jackson to Host Embers to a Flame Conference Sept 10-12



RTS Jackson will host Embers to a Flame, a conference on nurturing church vitality, on September 10-12. The conference focuses on church health and revitalization and is open to pastors and lay leaders. Dr. Harry Reeder, Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham and Rev. Lynn Downing, Pastor of Church Revitalization at...

New Biography on Machen Out by Sean Lucas



Gresham Machen by Sean Lucas is now available from Evangelical Press. Scarcely written about before now, Machen made significant contributions in defending Christian orthodoxy against the rising tide of Protestant Liberalism in the early twentieth century and is most well-known for his work, Christianity and Liberalism. Sean Michael...

Psalms Album from RTS Jackson Grad Now Available



RTS Jackson graduate Derek Moore (MDIV '15) has co-written with his sister Emily an entire album of original music and translations of the Psalms.  The album was professionally produced and was performed by Matthew Smith, Emily Deloach, Jeremy Casella, and others. The album, Highways in Our Hearts, is their first effort as they launch the...

Tisby Appointed Director of AALI



Reformed Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Jemar Tisby (BA Notre Dame ‘02, RTS Jackson MDiv '15, JSU MA cand, SBTS PhD cand) as the first Director of the African American Leadership Initiative (AALI) at RTS Jackson and Special Assistant to the Chancellor. As Director, Jemar will be responsible for discipling...

Miles Van Pelt Writes on the Importance of Biblical Theology



What does Jesus have to do with levitical underwear? In a recent article for Crossway, Miles Van Pelt explains the importance of biblical theology for the health of the church-- understanding the theological center of the Bible and its thematic framework helps us to comprehend its unity and diversity. Read the full article here. [img...

Summer Institute of Biblical Languages in Full Swing at RTS Jackson



Students in the Summer Institute of Biblical Languages (SIBL) completed their first week of intensive language study last week at RTS Jackson.  The program kicked off with a dinner hosted by Dean of Students Charlie Wingard and wife Lynne on Monday, June 15. 32 students are currently enrolled in Hebrew and 28 students are enrolled in...

Foundations of Campus Ministry Class January 11-15, 2016



RTS Jackson is pleased to announce that a "Foundations of Campus Ministry" course will be offered January 11-15, 2016. The purpose of the course is to examine and construct a distinctly Reformed approach to student ministry on college campuses. This will include a discussion on the nature of a philosophy of ministry as well as an examination...

Guy Waters Writes on Justification and Sanctification



Terminology matters. In an article for Tabletalk Magazine, Guy Waters discusses the importance of the biblical terms justification and sanctification for our understanding of saving faith. Waters writes,  "We dare not separate or conflate justification and sanctification. We do distinguish them. And, in both graces, we enter into the...

End of Year Dinner Celebrates Many Firsts for AALI



The African American Leadership Initiative (AALI) at RTS Jackson hosted its first End of the Year Dinner on May 8, 2015. The evening celebrated the Lord's work in AALI throughout the year, which included the first ever AALI Leadership Team and the inaugural AALI Cohort.  RTS Chancellor Ligon Duncan and RTS Jackson President Guy...

RTS Jackson Honors Graduates at 48th Commencement



Reformed Theological Seminary Jackson held its 48th Commencement on Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 am at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. Doctor of Ministry degrees were awarded to 3 students, Master of Divinity degrees to 18 students, Master of Arts to 2 students, and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy & Counseling to 7...

Ligon's Audio from The Gospel Coalition Now Available



RTS Chancellor Ligon Duncan spoke at several sessions at The Gospel Coalition, held in Orlando, FL April 13-15. Audio or video from these sessions is now available:  Living in the Hope of Liberation from Bondage - Rom. 8:16-25 (video from plenary session) Systematic Theology for Pastoral Ministry, Christian Thinking, and Public...

Mike Ross to Lecture on Preaching and Church Revitalization



Dr. Mike Ross will deliver a lecture on “Preaching and Church Revitalization” over lunch on Tuesday, April 14 at 12:00 p.m. at Patterson’s Porch. Sponsored by The Great Commission Society, the lecture is open to all and free pizza will be provided. Dr. Ross is senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC and earned...

RTS Jackson Faculty Editors in Newly-Released Reformation Study Bible



The new Reformation Study Bible (2015), released this month, features RTS Jackson faculty Sean Lucas as Associate Editor and Guy Waters as New Testament Editor. Derek Thomas, Visiting Professor at RTS Jackson, also contributed. Click here for a first look inside this new edition. The Reformation Study Bible is available for order...

Sean Lucas Writes on Race and Southern Presbyterianism



Sean Lucas has posted a 5-part series on the history of race relations in southern Presbyterianism at the reformation21 blog. Lucas writes, “I hope that by telling the truth about the past--both its ugliness and its hopefulness-- we can begin an important conversation about our future, both in my own denomination and in evangelicalism...

Guy Waters' Commentary on Acts Now Available



Guy Waters' Study Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles is now available. The commentary is part of the EP Study Commentary series edited by John Currid.  Dr. Guy Waters is the James M. Baird, Jr. Professor of New Testament at RTS Jackson. He has written and edited numerous books and specializes in Pauline theology, the use...

Carl Ellis to Present the Christian History of African Americans, Feb 19



The African American Leadership Initiative at RTS Jackson is pleased to announce that Dr. Carl Ellis will be coming to campus on Thursday, February 19.   The day will begin with RTS Chancellor Dr. Ligon Duncan interviewing Dr. Ellis.  The interview will take place at Patterson’s Porch at noon, and Kim Lee's jambalaya will be...

Jemar Tisby Named to List of 15 Influential Black Evangelicals



Jemar Tisby, a fourth year MDIV student at RTS Jackson, has been named to the list of 15 Black Christian Leaders You Should Know, an article by Corrie Mitchell on faithstreet.com. Corrie Mitchell introduced her list by saying, “In honor of Black History Month, here is a list of black Christian leaders shaping the face of the...

Bill Barcley to Speak at Spiritual Life Conference



RTS Jackson is pleased to announce that Bill Barcley will be the speaker at this year's Spiritual Life Conference. This year's topic will be on the subject of contentment, and appropriately, Dr. Barcley will be speaking with reference to his book The Secret of Contentment. Open to everyone, the conference will take place over the course of three...

Tom Schreiner to Speak at 2015 Biblical Theology Conference



RTS is pleased to announce Tom Schreiner as the featured speaker for the 5th annual Biblical Theology Conference. Dr. Schreiner is Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Biblical Theology and Associate Dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written and edited numerous books and articles and...

Baugus' Book Makes Top Five List



Craig Hurst, the book review editor at Servants of Grace (which reviews over 200 titles a year) has chosen Bruce Baugus' China's Reforming Churches: Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom as one of his top five books of 2014. Hurst writes,   "Written from a Reformed perspective, this book offers great insight into the...

Christmas Brunch at RTS



On Christmas day several in the RTS family who remained in Jackson for the holidays gathered for a brunch hosted at Patterson’s Porch. Dr. Charlie Wingard and his wife, Lynne - a former caterer - prepared the meal for the 23 adults and 5 children in attendance. “The food was delicious and the fellowship was sweet,” said Dr. Mike...

Gladd's New Book Makes "Best of 2014" Lists



Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery by G.K. Beale and Benjamin Gladd has been included in Tony Reinke’s best books of 2014 and Andreas Köstenberger’s  top ten books of 2014. A recent review of the book by the Gospel Coalition can also be found here. The book explores the perplexing...

RTS Jackson to Host the Deep South Founders Conference, Jan 22-24



On January 22-24, RTS Jackson will welcome the Deep South Founders Conference to our campus.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. Tom Nettles, and the topic for the conference will be “On Free Will,” considering Article 9 of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. Other addresses will include “The Will of Man after the...

AALI Hosts Ministering to the City



On Monday, November 17, the African American Leadership Initiative hosted an AALI Mentoring event entitled “Ministering to the City.”  There were about 40 people in attendance from 5-8pm at Patterson’s Porch. Two AALI Mentors, Neddie Winters, President of Mission Mississippi, and Steve Lanier, Assistant to the Pastor at...

Hymns, Worship, and the Christian Life: Discussion and Lunch with Keith Getty, Dec 8



On Monday, December 8, at 11:00am, Keith Getty will host a discussion on congregational singing in Grace Chapel on the campus of RTS Jackson.   Keith Getty is an Irish composer who is best known for pioneering modern hymns.   He has co-written (with Stuart Townend) widely-used contemporary hymns such as: "In Christ Alone," "The...

Diane Langberg Speaks on Counseling Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma



“But one thing I’ve found is that God is in the sewers and we will find him in the ruins of what we do to each other.” On October 10, 2014, Dr. Diane Langberg spoke as the concluding and keynote speaker of the MFTC Conference.  Her topic was “Counseling Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma.”  She held the...

Williams to Teach Hermeneutics for Contextualized Ministry, Jan 19-23



RTS Jackson is pleased to announce that Dr. Jarvis Williams will be teaching Hermeneutics for Contextualized Ministry in a one-week intensive format during our Winter Term, January 19-23. How does our ethnic background affect how we read the Bible?  What can modern Christians learn from ancient Christians about race, ethnicity, and...

Keller to Preach Evangelistic Message, FPC Jackson, Nov 12



RTS is pleased to announce that during his trip to Jackson, Dr. Timothy Keller will be preaching an evangelistic message on Wednesday, November 12 at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson.  Dr. Keller’s evangelistic message will be in addition to his regular lecture schedule for the John Reed Miller Lecture series on preaching held in...

Duncan’s Inauguration as Chancellor & Conversation



On October 2, 2014, Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III was installed as Reformed Theological Seminary's fifth Chancellor in an inauguration ceremony hosted at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson.  The next morning at Grace Chapel on the campus of RTS Jackson, Ligon Duncan, Al Mohler, and Derek Thomas discussed the Direction of and Trends in the American...

Student Cabinet Hosts International Dinner Potluck



On Friday, September 26, the RTS Jackson student body gathered for our annual International Dinner Potluck.  RTS Jackson is a diverse campus with students (and faculty and staff) from across the United States and around the world, and the International Dinner Potluck is a time when all of those different cultures come together and we get the...

Grace Chapel Renovations Complete



When you step onto the campus at RTS Jackson, Grace Chapel is the first building that catches your eye.  Built in 1971, generations of seminary students have preached their first sermon from the high pulpit, sat under the teaching of the Word as they prepared for ministry, or developed life-long friendships while worshiping together in Gospel...

AALI Cohort Underway with Retreat at Twin Lakes



On Friday, September 12, the pilot year of the AALI Cohort got underway with an overnight retreat to Twin Lakes.  There are 18 members of this first cohort, including one faculty, one staff, 11 MDIV students, and 5 MFTC students. The weekend was one of bonding as members gained tools to begin the 9-month conversation that will develop in...

Join Us for Duncan’s Inauguration, Oct 2



Please join us on Thursday, October 2, at 7:30pm, at First Presbyterian Church, for the Inauguration of Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III as the fifth Chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Al Mohler will give the address. There will be a reception following the ceremony.  The following morning, Friday, October 3, at 9:00am, at Grace...

AALI Kickoff



On Friday, September 5, the African American Leadership Initiative held its second annual AALI Kickoff.  More than 50 people were in attendance. The event was opened in prayer by RTS Jackson President Guy Richardson.  AALI President Justin Jones-Fosu, AALI co-founder Jemar Tisby, and AALI Leadership Team member Ian Hammond together...

Young Elected President of the National Baptist Convention



Dr. Jerry Young has been elected President of the National Baptist Convention, USA. Young was elected to his five-year term as President on September 4, during the 134th annual session of the National Baptist Convention held in New Orleans.  Dr. Young became the first Mississippi pastor to be chosen for the position.  He has served as...

A Ferguson Discussion



On Monday, August 25, RTS Jackson held a campus-wide conversation regarding the recent events surrounding Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. Since Michael Brown was African American and the officer involved was White, many from Ferguson and around the country decried the shooting as having racial overtones.  The situation...

Student Cabinet Kicks Off Fall Semester with Annual Luau



On Friday, August 22, following Orientation and Convocation that Tuesday and Wednesday, the Student Cabinet hosted the annual fall Luau to kick off the Fall semester. Students, faculty, and staff brought sides and desserts to accompany the excellent slow-cooked BBQ chicken and ribs that were cooked to perfection by our own Assistant...

RTS Jackson Holds Forty-Ninth Convocation



The forty-ninth Convocation of Reformed Theological Seminary was held on Wednesday, August 20, to begin the 2014-15 academic year at the Jackson campus. President Guy Richardson presided over the service.  Paul Hurst, a member of the Board of Trustees, gave the Invocation, and Miles Van Pelt, Academic Dean, introduced the faculty....

Orientation Welcomes New Students



On Tuesday, August 19, the Admissions office partnered with the Student Cabinet to welcome new students into the RTS community.  At Orientation new students met key staff, were greeted by the Chancellor, had lunch with their faculty prayer group leaders, received advice from a panel of returning students, learned about the stress of...

Preorder Dr. Gladd's New Book



You may now preorder Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery (IVP Academic, due November 2014) by G. K. Beale, and RTS professor Benjamin L. Gladd here. The description says, "Exploring all the occurrences of the term mystery in the New Testament and the topics found in conjunction with them, this work unpacks...

Baugus’ Book Reviewed



Jason Helopoulos, assistant pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Mich., reviewed Dr. Bruce Baugus' China's Reforming Churches: Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014) for The Gospel Coalition. Read the review...

Baugus to Join Ref21 Team



Carl Trueman announced that Dr. Scott Swain of RTS/Orlando, and Dr. Bruce Baugus of RTS/Jackson, are two of four new contributors to the Reformation21.org team. Read more...

RTS Missions Conference 2014, September 9-10



This year's upcoming missions conference will feature Ken Temple.  Ken loves Jesus only because Jesus first loved him! (I John 4:10, 19) We can only do ministry because of the grace of God and His sovereignty in salvation. Ken is an ordained minister, missionary among Muslims for the past 31 years, 3 years overseas; speaks a major Middle East...

Keller to Deliver John Reed Miller Lectures on Preaching



Update, 11/6/2014: Capacity for Grace Chapel for the Keller Lectures has been reached.  If you would like to come be a part of the lectures in the Overflow Room, please RSVP at admissions.jackson@rts.edu by including your name and telling us how many guests are in your party.   It is our intention to post the audio...

Elias Medeiros Contributes to a Book



Dr. Elias Medeiros, Harriet Barbour Professor of Missions, has contributed a chapter entitled, “God Scatters to Gather Through His People: A Missional Response to Migrant Churches” to the book Reformed Means Missional: Following Jesus Into the World (New Growth Press,...

Diane Langberg to Speak at MFTC Conference on Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse, October 9-10



RTS Jackson is pleased to announce that Diane Langberg will speak at the MFTC Conference on Counseling Survivors of Sexual abuse to be held on the campus of RTS Jackson.  She will be joined by RTS Jackson MFTC faculty, Jim Hurley and Bill Richardson, on October 9-10, 2014.  The conference will be offered for 4 ethics credits. To see...

New Book Edited by Bruce Baugus



Dr. Bruce Baugus, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology, has edited a collection of papers and has also contributed a few chapters to the book entitled, China's Reforming Churches: Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom (Reformation Heritage Books,...

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