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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Where Are They Now? RTS Charlotte Alumnus Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Over the last 20 years, RTS Charlotte has been pleased to develop a great relationship with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) denomination.   While we serve many different denominations (over 40 different ones), and while the PCA is still our largest constituency, there is a special regional connection with the ARP in the Carolinas.

This relationship will only get stronger, we pray, with the newly announced Glenwood ARP Scholarship here at the Charlotte campus.  This scholarship provides full tuition for 3 years for qualified ARP students who are in the M.Div. program.  Although the application process for these scholarships is competitive, we encourage people to apply. For more info, see here

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