Remembering the Protestant Reformation in 2017


 In 2017 we will be celebrating and exploring the biblical roots and historical development of the Protestant Reformation. We welcome you to register for classes, to attend special lectures, and to participate in our chapel services as we seek to retrieve the riches of the Protestant Reformation for the sake of ongoing renewal today.

Events at RTS Orlando

• Dr. Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School and noted Reformation scholar, will deliver our annual Kistemaker Academic Lectures on March 14-15. He will address the topic “Retrieval for the Sake of Renewal: The Witness of Four Reformers.”

• Dr. Michael Allen, Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, will offer an elective course in spring 2017 entitled “Reformation Readings of Paul.” The class will explore primary sources from the sixteenth century and more recent accounts of the Reformation to appreciate the unique role that Paul’s Epistles played in shaping the Protestant theological imagination.

• Summer Reformation Lectures: We will host four lectures focusing on ways in which the practices of the church were reshaped by biblical teaching in the 16th century. All the lectures will be held in the Reformation Chapel at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando located at 106 E. Church St., Orlando, FL 32801. Lectures are free and open to the public. For directions and parking information go to: 

Reforming Preaching | Dr. David Swanson | Monday, June 12, 2017 | 7:00 – 8:30pm
Reforming Worship | Dr. Ligon Duncan III | Monday, July 10, 2017 | 7:00 – 8:30pm
Reforming the Care of Souls | Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh | Monday, July 24, 2017 | 7:00 – 8:30pm
Reforming Reading | Dr. Wesley Hill | Monday, August 14, 2017 | 7:00 – 8:30pm

• Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh, Lecturer in New Testament at the University of Cambridge, will teach an elective course in summer 2017 entitled “Martin Luther: Theology for Ministry.” For more information on the course click here. To read the syllabus click on the Academics tab > Course Syllabi or  follow this link. To register for the course, click here. Course auditors are welcome! 

• The annual Current Read program draws the attention of the whole campus to a significant volume worthy of our conversation. In fall 2017 we will read Luther on the Christian Life by Dr. Carl Trueman, the Paul Woolley Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary. We welcome Dr. Trueman to campus for Current Read events.

Please come back to visit this page as further events are still being scheduled.

Historical Background

In October 1517, Martin Luther posted 95 theses for public disputation, drawing widespread attention to facets of the Christian religion deeply in need of reform. Over the years that followed, he and other reformers explored the work of Christ, the reality of grace, and the rule of God’s Word with a penetrating insight unrivalled in church history. RTS traces its lineage through centuries of faithful men and women who have entrusted themselves to the God of the gospel and sought to follow the inerrant teaching of God’s Word, commending that gospel and Word to the nations. We celebrate the way in which God moved half a millennium ago through leaders such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, and other reformers to bring a greater alertness to the wonders of Christ, the greatness of grace, and the authority of the Holy Scripture.

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