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Reformed Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that its own Chancellor and CEO, Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III, will deliver the 2020 John Reed Miller Preaching Lectures at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. Dr. Duncan will be speaking on the topic, “The Pastoral Ministry of Public Worship: Leading the Congregation in Reading, Hearing, Praying, Singing, and Seeing the Word.”

Dr. Charlie Wingard, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Dean of Students, commented that, “Ligon Duncan is among the most respected Reformed preachers in the world. During his long pulpit ministry at First Presbyterian Church Jackson and service as Chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary, his sermons have been distinguished by solid exegesis, winsomeness, and pastoral sensitivity.  Both students and veteran pastors will profit as they sit under his ministry of the word.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 lectures will be available via live streaming and will also be recorded and posted online for those who are unable to participate in the live lectures. Unfortunately, conference attendees will be unable to attend the lectures in person. While the conference lunches have also been cancelled, there will still be two Q&A opportunities to give attendees an opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Duncan. More information regarding the live streaming and recordings will be announced at a later date.

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III is the Chancellor & CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary, President of the RTS Jackson campus, and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology. He served as Senior Minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church (1837) in Jackson, Miss. for 17 years (1996-2013). He is co-founder of Together for the Gospel, Senior Fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (having served as both Chairman of the Board and President), and was President of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals from 2004-2012. Duncan served as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (2004-2005). He studied at Furman University, Greenville, SC (BA); Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div., MA, cum laude); and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Ph.D.). Duncan has edited, written, and contributed to numerous books. Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children in college and they reside in Jackson, Miss.

Below is the complete conference schedule.

Monday, November 9

Lecture 1: “Helping the Congregation to Hear the Word Read” 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm CT

Tuesday, November 10

Lecture 2: “Helping the Congregation to Receive the Word Preached” 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT
Live Q&A Session 1 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CT
Lecture 3: “Helping the Congregation to Join in the Word Prayed” 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT
Lecture 4: “Helping the Congregation to Benefit from the Word Seen” 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CT

Wednesday, November 11

Lecture 5: Helping the Congregation to Participate in the Word Sung 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT
Live Q&A Session 2 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CT

To register for the event’s live Q&A sessions with Dr. Duncan, click here. Contact Jim Scott (jscott@rts.edu) with any questions.


November 9, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
November 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
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Grace Chapel
5422 Clinton Blvd
Jackson, MS 39209 United States
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