(JACKSON, Miss.) – Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, is pleased to announce that Dr. Gregory K. Beale will deliver the inaugural Hughes Lectures at the Jackson campus in February 2022. Dr. Beale will be lecturing on the topic of “Union with the Resurrected Christ.”
RTS hosts named lectures across its campus system. The John Reed Miller Lectures in Jackson, the Simon Kistemaker Lectures in Orlando, the Harold O.J. Brown Lectures in Charlotte, the Francis Grimké Lectures in Atlanta, and the Hughes Lectures in Orlando and now Jackson. These lectures enable students and their communities to hear from leading scholars.
“With his distinguished career and numerous contributions to the field of biblical studies, we are thrilled to have Dr. Beale deliver the first set of lectures in this new annual series,” commented Dr. Miles Van Pelt, Academic Dean for RTS Jackson.
The Hughes Lectures at RTS Jackson will host accomplished Bible-believing theologians and scholars to address students on topics relating to biblical, doctrinal, and historical theology. The core of the RTS MDiv curriculum focuses on Bible, theology, and ministry. In Jackson, the John Reed Miller Lectures address pastoral theology, the “ministry” component of the MDiv curriculum, and the Hughes Lectures address the Bible and theology portion of the MDiv curriculum.
This year’s lecture series will take place on February 22-23, 2022. For the complete conference schedule and to register, click here.
The Hughes Lectures
The Hughes Lecture Series is part of the Hughes Initiative for Pastoral Excellence. The Initiative aims to identify candidates for gospel ministry with evident Christian character and personal maturity, a clear calling to preaching and pastoral work, a record of service in the local church, and proven academic performance and potential, in order to give them the best ministerial preparation for a lifetime of service to the Lord and his people. Mrs. Robbie Hughes, a long-time supporter of Reformed Theological Seminary, established a generous scholarship program to prepare the next generation of pastors. This lecture series is a component of that initiative.
“At RTS, we aim for our graduates to be expert and faithful interpreters and teachers of the Scriptures, to know, understand and embrace the ‘faith once delivered,’ and thus to be able to articulate, commend, and defend the doctrinal truth of the Christian faith, and to do these things with a view to loving and faithful pastoral ministry,” commented Dr. Ligon Duncan, President of RTS Jackson. “These lecture series further this aim.”
Dr. Duncan continued, “It is wholly appropriate that the Hughes Lectures will focus on these subjects, because Robbie Hughes is an avid student of the Scriptures who began to teach Sunday School as a teenager and has continued in Christian service and leading Bible studies ever since. Her life has been characterized by seeking to know God and to make Him known. Fittingly, the Hughes Lectures will assist and equip the students of RTS to do just that – better to know God and to make him known among the nations.”
About Dr. Beale
Dr. Beale is an author, theologian, and professor whose works have established him as a leading scholar in the field of New Testament and biblical theology. Dr. Beale is the author of over twenty publications, many of them focusing on his academic interests of the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament, the book of Revelation, the biblical-theological theme of the temple as the dwelling place of God, and the topic of inerrancy.
Dr. Beale received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Southern Methodist University. He then continued his education at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Theology in 1976. Dr. Beale completed his doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge and received his Ph.D. in 1981. He was the first chair holder of the J. Gresham Machen Chair of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary. Currently, Dr. Beale serves as Professor of New Testament at RTS Dallas.