By Faith Magazine Highlights the RTS Charlotte Counseling Program

By Faith

In the most recent issue of By Faith, the magazine of the PCA, there is an article on the new RTS Charlotte counseling program.  The article includes a brief interview with me about the need for, and the distinctives of, the Charlotte program.  The article is only in print version (so far), but I have included a scanned pdf of it here.

The article highlights a key part of RTS Charlotte’s approach, namely that we see counseling as part of the “ministry of the word.”   The By Faith article quotes me in this regard: “Whereas preaching is the public ministry of the Word, counseling can be understood as …

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One of the Main Ways that the Earliest Christians Distinguished Themselves from the Surrounding Culture

Early Christian marriage ring

In the first century, while Christianity was still in its infancy, the Greco-Roman world paid little attention.  For the most part, the early Christian movement was seen as something still underneath the Jewish umbrella.

But in the second century, as Christianity emerged with a distinctive religious identity, the surrounding pagan culture began to take notice.  And it didn’t like what it saw.  Christians were seen as strange and superstitious–a peculiar religious movement that undermined the norms of a decent society.  Christians were, well, different.

So, what was so different about Christians compared to the surrounding Greco-Roman culture?  One distinctive trait was that Christians would not pay homage to the …

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Does the Bible Ever Get it Wrong? Facing Scripture’s Difficult Passages (#3): Darrell Bock

Darrell Bock

In a prior post (see here), I announced a new blog series designed to address problematic passage in the Bible.  This new series will feature guest posts from other evangelical scholars and is largely a response to the series by Peter Enns’ entitled, “Aha moments: biblical scholars tell their stories.”

The contributor for this installment is Darrell Bock (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen).  Darrell is the Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, and the author of numerous books.  A few notables are:  Who Is Jesus?, Acts (Baker Exegetical Commentary), and Luke (Baker Exegetical Commentary).

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One of the more famous and …

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Where Are They Now? RTS Charlotte Alumnus Jordan Olshefski

Jordan Olshefski

While God sends RTS Charlotte grads all over the world, sometimes he calls them to stay right here in Charlotte.  When he does so, it gives us a chance to watch their ministries grow and develop in our own city.

This is the case with the next individual in the Where Are They Now? series: Jordan Olshefski.  Jordan was my TA at the seminary and also my intern at my church (Uptown PCA)–duties which he (incredibly) upheld at the same time.  It has been a blessing having him stay around.

Jordan gets the award for the most thorough answers (so far) to the interview questions (which is no surprise if …

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