Justification and Sanctification at T4G

RTS Panel

Last week I was privileged to participate in a panel discussion at T4G with my fellow RTS professors Chad Van Dixhoorn, Derek Thomas, and Scott Swain.  The panel was chaired by RTS’s chancellor, Ligon Duncan.

The topic was the relationship between justification and sanctification and how that relationship is played out (in good and bad ways) in the modern reformed and evangelical church.  In particular, the focus was on how many churches (and pastors) today offer what could be called a “justification only” model of ministry.  In an effort to protect and preserve the gospel of grace (a worthy goal), some churches significantly limit (if not cease entirely) any discussion …

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New Counseling Program at RTS Charlotte

RTS Charlotte Campus

For the last year or more, we have been working on launching a new counseling program at RTS Charlotte.  Today the official announcement has gone out.  Here is the press release (click the last link in order to see a special video overview of the program):

Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC is pleased to announce that a new counseling degree program will begin in fall, 2014. The primary degree is the 66 credit-hour MA in Christian Counseling (MACC). There will also be options for an MDiv and MACC dual degree, an MATS/BS and MACC dual degree, and an MDiv with a counseling emphasis.

The new counseling degree program is

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Al Mohler’s List of Top Books of 2013


I am sure I am late to the game on this, but I just observed Al Mohler’s top ten books for preachers for 2013. It is an interesting and fascinating list:

1. John M. Frame, Systematic Theological: An Introduction to Christian Belief (P&R Publishing, 2013)

2. Tom Nettles, Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon (Mentor, 2013)

3. Michael J. Kruger, The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate (InterVarsity Press, 2013)

4. Thomas R. Schreiner, The King and His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments (Baker Academic, 2013)

5. John S. Feinberg, Can You

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Missions and the Kingdom of God


What is “missions” anyway?  I suppose most people would equate the missions enterprise with evangelism.  It is about preaching the gospel in order to get conversions, we might think.

Now, this conception of missions is largely correct.  It is certainly about evangelism.  But, it also about more than this.  Biblically speaking, the missions task is about the spread of the Kingdom of God.  It is about the spread of God’s reign, his rule, his dominion, to the ends of the earth.

And as God’s Kingdom advances, the world is changed.  People submit to his rule.  Business practices follow the teachings of Scripture.  Marriages are renewed and revived.  Vocations are …

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