The President's Forum

Wednesdays  |  12:00n - 1:00p  |  Fellowship Hall
Join us for an informal Q&A session with President Don Sweeting interviewing ministry leaders, pastors, missionaries and theologians. Lunch will be served for a nominal fee or bring your own. RSVP to Kim Sutter:

Nancy Guthrie
Making Sense of God's Sovereignty in the Midst of Grief 
April 16, 2015

Nancy Guthrie is the author of "Holding On to Hope: A Pathway of Suffering to the Heart of God." Speaking out of her own experience with loss, she writes with a compassion for hurting people as well as a deep love for applying God’s Word and theology to real life. Mrs. Guthrie discusses how to make sense of God's sovereignty in the midst of grief with President Don Sweeting.

Mrs. Guthrie teaches the Bible through numerous Bible study books, at her home church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Franklin, TN, as well as at conferences around the country and internationally. She offers companionship and biblical insight to the grieving through Respite Retreats that she and her husband, David, host together. She is currently an RTS Global student and is the author of the five-book Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series published by Crossway.
 Dr. Michael Allen
Getting to Know Michael Allen
March 18, 2015

What goes into the making of a theologian? Find out as Don Sweeting interviews our new Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology on his life journey and theological passions.

Dr. Mike Allen joined the faculty of RTS-Orlando in 2015 and serves as Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology and Dean of Students of the Orlando campus. He teaches core courses related to systematic theology and historical theology. Dr. Allen’s research interests range widely over the various topics of Christian doctrine and eras of church history. With Dr. Scott Swain, he serves as general editor of the T & T Clark International Theological Commentary series and the New Studies in Dogmatics series for Zondervan Academic. He also serves as book review editor for the International Journal of Systematic Theology.
Dr. D.A. Carson
The Intolerance of Tolerance 
January 6, 2015

Dr. Carson talks about his new book, The Intolerance of Tolerance, with RTS Orlando President Don Sweeting. He discusses the enormous shifts in how we’ve come to understand tolerance, and what the implications are for culture and for the church.

He earned his B.S. in chemistry and mathematics from McGill University, his M.Div. from Central Baptist Seminary, and his Ph.D. in the New Testament from the University of Cambridge. Following his doctoral studies, he served for three years at Northwest Baptist Theological College and in 1976 was the founding dean of the seminary. In 1978, Dr. Carson joined the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he is currently serving as research professor. Dr. Carson is a founding council member of The Gospel Coalition.
 Dr. George Marsden
Book Review of The Twilight of the American Enlightenment
November 5, 2014

Dr. George M. Marsden is the award winning author of numerous influential books and articles in the fields of history and cultural analysis, including Jonathan Edwards: A Life, The Soul of the American University, and Fundamentalism and American Culture. With degrees from Haverford College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Yale University, he has taught at Calvin College, Duke Divinity School, and the University of Notre Dame where he is currently the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History Emeritus. He discusses his book, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, with President Don Sweeting.

In The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, Dr. Marsden explores the state of American culture and popular philosophy during the 1950s. He reappraises the debates of the time, showing how American culture continues to be shaped by the reactions of the left and the right from that era. This important book is sure to stimulate thoughtful conversation in our community.
Rev. Kevin Twit
The New Hymns Movement and Indelible Grace
October 29, 2014

Hymns have been making a comeback, and partly through the influence of Kevin Twit and Indelible Grace music. RTS President Don Sweeting interviews Rev. Twit; he seeks to answer the following questions: Why is this comeback happening? Is there something missing in the Contemporary Christian Music scene that is feeding into this?

Rev. Kevin Twit is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and Covenant Theological Seminary. He served as a Pastor at Christ Community Church for 8 years, and has been the RUF Campus Minister at Belmont University since 1995. In 1999 Kevin began Indelible Grace Music with some of his students.
Dr. Ligon Duncan
Challenges and Opportunities for Christian Ministry and Calling
October 9, 2014

American culture is rapidly changing and is very different from the days when RTS was founded. But our calling and message have not changed. Hear Don Sweeting interview our new Chancellor, Ligon Duncan, on the opportunities and challenges of doing ministry in a new cultural setting.

Ligon Duncan is the Chancellor/CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology. A 1983 graduate of Furman University (B.A. History), he received the M.Div. and M.A. (Historical Theology) from Covenant Theological Seminary. He earned the Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, New College, Scotland, in 1995. Ligon has authored, co-authored, edited or contributed to more than 35 books, including: The Underestimated Gospel, The Unadjusted Gospel, Gospel Clarity: Challenging the New Perspective on Paul, and Children and the Lord’s Supper.
Dr. Chuck Hill
How God Became Jesus
September 24, 2014

Dr. Chuck Hill discusses his book "How God Became Jesus" in his interview with President Don Sweeting. Dr. Hill joined RTS-Orlando in 1994 and serves as John R. Richardson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity. He teaches core courses on Hebrews-Revelation and New Testament Greek.

Dr. Hill has significant research interest in the Johannine Corpus, New Testament books associated with the Apostle John (Gospel of John, 1-3 John and Revelation). He also has researched and written extensively on several issues related to the early church fathers, particularly early Christian views of the end times, the canon of the New Testament and the traditions of New Testament manuscripts.
Dr. Kelly Kapic
Doing Theology as Human Creatures
August 25, 2014

Dr. Kapic shares his views on starting seminary studies with current RTS Orlando students. He discusses how to wed academic study with devotion to Christ in his interview with President Don Sweeting.

Kelly Kapic is the Professor of Theological Studies at Covenant College and an RTS Orlando alumnus, 1998. He is the author of "A Little Book for New Theologians: Why and How to Study Theology."
Dr. Jim Belcher
In Search of Deep Faith
April 23, 2014

Dr. Belcher discusses his recent sabbatical journey where he and his family traced the footsteps of Bonhoeffer, ten Boom, C.S. Lewis, and Wilberforce, among others, and dug deeply into some great stories of recent church history. View President Don Sweeting as he interviews Jim Belcher on the deeper meanings of faith and church.

Jim Belcher is a long-time friend of RTS. He has written two books with InterVarsity Press: Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional, and in 2013, he published In search of Deep Faith: A Pilgrimage into the Beauty, Goodness and Heart of Christianity.

Dr. Tim Tennent
Trends in Global Christianity
March 14, 2014

The face of world Christianity is rapidly changing. If you aspire to be a global Christian, you need to know about it. We were privileged to have missiologist Tim Tennent at RTS to discuss trends in the global church and some of the newer expressions of Christianity arising in very different cultural contexts. What does this mean for the Western church? How can we benefit from the theological reflection of the new majority world church? And how can we be global Christians?
Dr.John Frame
Systematic Theology: A Lifetime Achievement
February 26th, 2014
Few people have had more influence on contemporary American Reformed theology than John Frame. His student roster is a who’s who of Reformed thinkers: Vern Poythress, Wayne Grudem, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Esther Meek, as well as Richard Pratt, Frank James, Reggie Kidd, Steve Childers, and Mark Futato. The publishing of his Systematic Theology is indeed a significant occasion as evidenced by 20 pages of endorsements. Join President Don Sweeting as he interviews Dr. Frame about this lifetime achievement.

Frame, with degrees from Princeton, Westminster and Yale, has taught more than 40 years, the last 12 at RTS Orlando. He is best known for his prolific writings (authored 19 books and contributed to many others). His book, The Doctrine of God, won the 2003 Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association in the theology/doctrine category.
Randy Pope
Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church
November 6, 2013

Come listen to the story of how God used discipleship to make Perimeter Church in Atlanta what it is today. Twenty-five years ago the leaders of Randy Pope’s rapidly-growing church realized they had all benefitted from a personal discipleship relationship, and decided to make personal discipleship their do-or-die aim: applying one person’s real life to another’s to accomplish something far bigger than that single life. This became what is now known as ‘life-on-life missional discipleship” and “Insourcing.” Pope is a graduate of the University of Alabama and RTS Jackson and the author of four books. His personal passion is to make and train disciples of Christ. His Life-On-Life Ministries establishes missional discipleship in churches worldwide.

Zac Hicks
The Worship Pastor: A New (Old) Approach for Worship Leaders
October 23, 2013

Worship leaders have an incredible influence over the discipleship of congregations. The recent centuries, and especially decades, of American church history have separated the notion of “worship leader” from pastor, but a growing number of emerging worship leaders are restless with this model. Join President Don Sweeting as he interviews his former worship pastor at Cherry Creek Presbyerian Church, about these issues and how to think of the “new worship pastor.”

Zac grew up in Hawaii, studied music in Los Angeles, earned an M.Div. from Denver Seminary, and is an avid writer, blogger and recording artist. He is a contributing author to Doxology & Theology, and recorded two full-length worship recording projects, The Glad Sound (2009) and Without Our Aid (2011).


Dr. Justin Holcomb
Dealing With Sexual Abuse in the Church
September 11, 2013

The statistics about sexual assault in our nation are jarring. But the stories about sexual abuse in churches and Christian ministries are most disturbing. It is an issue no one likes to talk about. Join President Don Sweeting as he interviews Justin Holcomb about his new book, and how we can not only make our churches safe places, but bring the gospel to bear on this very sobering issue. Justin, an Episcopal priest, earned two degrees at RTS Orlando (M.A.T.S., M.A.C.T.), a Ph.D. from Emory University, and has written several books. You can learn more at

Dr. Luder Whitlock
Entrusted with the Gospel: Reflections from the Founder of RTS's Orlando Campus
August 21, 2013

For 23 years Dr. Whitlock served as president of the entire RTS institution. It was his vision and leadership that led to the founding of the Orlando campus. Join President Sweeting as he interviews Dr. Whitlock for this special 25th Anniversary forum about the early years of RTS, the importance of theological education, and the unprecedented opportunities and challenges before seminaries today.

Dr. Whitlock is a Presbyterian minister, past president of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), chairman of the board of Knox Seminary, and has devoted much of his life to theological education and the church.

Dr. Ed Stetzer
Subversive Kingdom
April 24, 2013

With two masters degrees and two doctorates, Stetzer has trained pastors and church planters on five continents and written dozens of articles and books. He currently pastors Grace Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., is the president of LifeWay Research, and has taught D.Min. classes at RTS, in addition to being Visiting Professor of Research and Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In his most recent book, Subversive Kingdom, Stetzer suggests that ours is a world to invade: “Believers have not been stationed here on earth merely to subsist but to actively subvert the enemy's attempts at blinding people in unbelief and burying them under heartbreaking loads of human need. The kingdom of God changes all that.”

Dr. Michael Goheen
The Church and Religious Pluralism: Living Faithfully Amidst the World Religions
February 20, 2013

Join Dr. Sweeting as he interviews Dr. Michael Goheen, Professor of Missiology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, about how the Christian church can live faithfully in a world of religious pluralism, the responses offered by the Christian church, the theology of religions shaped by the Reformed tradition, and if there is truth to be found in world religions. In this discussion, Islam is used in view as an illustration to these issues.

Ms. Sharon Hersh
New Addictions: Gaming and Technology
March 13, 2013

Is spending hours playing video games a simple pleasure or does it have a degrading effect on faith, hope, love and passion? Why are young men ages 18-35 so taken up with this? In this President’s Forum interview, Sharon Hersh talks to Don Sweeting about the effects of the internet (especially gaming) on relationships and spiritual life. She also talks about gospel freedom and how to use the internet wisely. Sharon is a professional counselor who teaches as an adjunct professor for the counseling program at RTS Orlando. She specializes in the subject of addictions.

Rev. Anthony Carter
Being Black and Reformed
February 27, 2013

In his book, On Being Black and Reformed, Rev. Carter wanted to show that being Reformed is not antithetical to the African American Christian experience and to demonstrate that Reformed theology is biblically and historically consistent. Learn how Rev. Carter can embrace the theology of men who owned slaves and what he has to say about the perception of Reformed Christians who have been viewed as less than vigorous in denouncing the sins of slavery and, thus, implying their approval of it. Rev. Anthony Carter is a RTS Orlando alumnus and pastor of the church plant East Point Church in East Point, Ga.
Cameron Strang
Reaching 30-Somethings
February 6, 2013

Believing that Christ is relevant to the 20- and 30-somethings in our culture, Cameron Strang founded RELEVANT magazine in 2003 when he was 24. Today that online, iPad and print publication group reaches 2 million passionate young adults monthly. "We try to publish ideas that break stereotypes, challenge the status quo and spur a generation to know God and change the world.”
Ed Fischer and Gus Davies
Africa and Global Christianity
Novemer 14, 2012
Dr. Scott Redd
Statism and the New Road to Serfdom
November 7, 2012
Bob Creson and Russ Herman
Bible Translation for Muslim Cultures
October 24, 2012
Steve Brown
Three Free Sins: A New Book And Thoughts On Radical Grace
March 14, 2012

Dr. Sweeting interviews Dr. Steve Brown on the the topic of his latest book, Three Free Sins: A New Book and Thoughts on Radical Grace. Dr. Brown is a professor at RTS Orlando. His love for Jesus and commitment to the Gospel comes out in everything he says, teaches and writes. After years of trying to teach people to be holy, Dr. Brown became fed up with reaching for the impossible. And so one day on his nationwide radio program, he offered the outlandish promise of three free sins. Sound too good to be true? "The truth", Brown says, "is that it is true.”
Dr. Mike Beates
Disability and the Gospel
Dr. Richard Pratt
Is the West Hoarding Its Theology?

Dr. Sweeting brings Dr. Richard Pratt to the forum to speak his mind and challenge the faith of RTS Orlando students and faculty to think globally about their theological education. This is a full length forum so strap in, enjoy and be challenged in your faith and ministry.
Rev. Ray Cortese
Grace-Based Leadership

Dr. Sweeting brings Rev. Ray Cortese to the forum to share about his ministry at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto Florida. Rev. Cortese gets real about the struggles within a pastor and the way the Gospel addresses our hearts and changes us into true servants of Christ.
Dr. Greg Livingstone
Ministry to the Muslim World

Dr. Sweeting brings Dr. Greg Livingstone to the forum to talk about his heart and ministry for Muslims. Dr. Livingstone is the founder of Frontier Missions and advocates for missions to the Muslim world. Strap in and be challenged in you faith in ministry as you hear his stories and see his passion for Muslims to know, trust and follow Jesus.
Admiral Scott Redd
Faith, Ministry and the Government

Dr. Sweeting brings John Scott Redd Sr. to the forum to share about his faith as a Christian leader serving in a high governmental position. Redd was a vice admiral of the United States Navy, and afterward the first Senate-confirmed Director of the National Counter-terrorism Center, serving from 2005 until 2007. According to David Martin at the CBS Evening News, "Scott Redd may be the most important person you've never heard of."
Pastor David Outing
Ministry to the Marginalized of Society

Dr. Sweeting brings Pastor David Outing to join him on the forum and talk about doing ministry with the poor and marginalized. Pastor Outing is the executive director for Jobs Partnership of Orlando and is being used in great ways to help empower those in the margins of society.
Pastor Chan Kilgore
Pastoring a Church while in Seminary

Dr. Sweeting brings Pastor Chan Kilgore, the founding pastor of Crosspointe Church Orlando (Acts 29), to discuss what it looks like to lead a Church while attending seminary. Pastor Chan offers some very practical insights and challenges pastors to continue to deepen their theological training so they can faithfully feed their flock.