Preaching On Fire
This past Sunday I sat under a sermon that was…well, exegesis and biblical theology on fire. And it was utterly compelling! Not just for me but also for the 3,000ish multi-generational and multi-cultural congregation that had gathered to worship and hear the Word. I was experientially reminded of what I (and you) know theologically: the Word (deeply studied and proclaimed as though it comes from God) is mesmerizingly powerful and precisely what our thirsty souls need.
I let you in on my Sunday experience to encourage you as you seek to minister to this generation. We are deluged with skepticism, cynicism, and outright objection toward the Bible as Word of God and its sufficiency to make any real difference. That we must tone down the Bible’s authority, nuance its veracity, and decentralize its proclamation in order to be missionally effective in this generation is…well, a lie! In the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments you have divine weaponry effective to tear down strongholds of unbelief and give life to deceived, desperate, and disobedient souls.
Whatever the stewardship the Lord has entrusted to you in these days, persevere in reading, believing, and making known the Bible for what it is: God’s Word to his covenant creatures. Please continue to study it deeply, love it passionately, and dispense it freely.
Partnering with you for kingdom purposes,
Rev. John Currie, MAR, director of student development and alumni relations
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Meet and Alumnus
Dr. Melville Stewart (MDiv '61)
Dr. Stewart is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Bethel University. His main areas of interest are philosophy of religion, science and religion, and Chinese philosophy.
"I chose Westminster because I saw the faculty as the best out there. I enjoyed my major in philosophy, and I had a keen interest in apologetics, so the Cornelius Van Til name was something I couldn't set aside. He was one of the main reasons for going to Westminster, and I was never disappointed with my choice once there."
Dr. Kendall with the Lord
Alumnus, Rev. Dr. Walton Romefelt Kendall (MAR, MDiv '83) died on Monday, September 12, 2011.
Dr. Kendall was a pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Sumter, SC. He served as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church of America for 26 years. Throughout his life he has served locally on many boards, groups and ministries, most recently at the Light of Hope Pregnancy Center in Sumter, SC as Chairman of the Board. He is survived by his wife Robin, his mother, and two sons.
Please join with Dr. Lillback and the Westminster community as we mourn the loss of this brother.
Finlayson on Reformed Forum
The Founders of the Free Church of Scotland
Mr. Sandy Finlayson, professor of theological bibliography and director of library services, was recently featured on the Reformed Forum show "Christ the Center." Mr. Finlayson was there to talk about his book, Unity & Diversity: The Founders of the Free Church of Scotland. The book is a wonderful perspective of the history of the Free Church as it presents stimulating and readable biographies of many key figures surrounding the founding of the Free Church of Scotland.
Click here to listen to the program.
Full Confidence in Scripture
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, PA will be hosting the 28th annual Reformation Conference on October 28th and 29th, 2011. Speaking at this event will be Rev. Dr. David B. Garner, associate professor of systematic theology; Rev. Dr. K. Scott Oliphint, professor of apologetics and systematic theology; and Rev. John Currie, lecturer in practical theology.
Click here for more information and to register for this conference!
Theological Libraries Month
Join the Montgomery library staff in celebrating Theological Libraries month this October!
The Montgomery Library is hosting several events, including a kick-off reception, a lecture on the King James Bible by Rev. Dr. Carl Trueman, and a book contest for students.
Theological Libraries Month was started by the American Theological Libraries Association (ATLA) to raise awareness of theological libraries and their resources. Theological libraries are more than just repositories of information. They also play a central role in the educational process, and connect users to the information they need.
Dr. Beale i Sverige
Rev. Dr. Greg Beale, professor of New Testament and Biblical Interpretation, will be teaching in Sweden between October 4th to the 17th.
Dr. Beale will be speaking at Johannelund Theological Seminary at Uppsala, Orebo Theological Seminary, and University of Lund. He will also be speaking at a conference on "The Use of the Old Testament in the New" sponsored by Theofil in Lund, Sweden. Theofil is associated with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES).
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