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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You Don’t Think Learning the Biblical Languages is Worth It? Think Again

Greek

Note:  I posted this article a year ago, but in light of the new seminary semester beginning, it seemed appropriate to post again.

In another month or so, a new crop of seminary students will begin the grueling month-long experience of Summer Greek.   And, like all seminary students before them, they will begin to ask the question of why studying these ancient languages even matters.   After all, a few years after graduation all will be forgotten.   In the midst of a busy pastoral life, who could possibly maintain proficiency in the languages?

As a result of these questions, some students decide (very early on) that the biblical languages are just …

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Where Are They Now? RTS Charlotte Alumnus Joe Holland

Joe Holland

Church planting is all the talk these days (particularly in my denomination, the PCA). And, in many ways, this is a good thing.  However, with any good thing comes pitfalls and challenges.

One of those pitfalls is the near myopic focus of church planting in only large urban contexts.  While we certainly need good churches in such settings, some advocates of urban church planting have come very close to suggesting it is the only kind of church planting that matters (for more, see my prior post “The Arrogance of the Urban“).

For this reason, we are highlighting RTS Charlotte alumnus Joe Holland (class of 2003) in this installment …

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Are Christians “Intolerant Haters”? The Charges are Not New

Nero

In the midst of the high-octane cultural wars of the last five years–particularly the debate over homosexual marriage–evangelical Christians have been slapped with all sorts of pejorative labels.  Words such as “bigoted,” “arrogant,” “exclusive,” “dogmatic,” and “homophobic” are just a few.

But, there are probably two labels that stand out the most.  First, Christians are regularly regarded as intolerant.  Christians are not only regarded as intolerant religiously–because they affirm the words of Jesus that “no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)–but they are regarded as intolerant ethically, because they refuse to approve any and all behaviors as morally good.

Second, Christians …

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