Summer 1998


Volume 17, Issue 2

Newsbriefs

Summer 1998

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS

Reverend Randy Pope (RTS '77), Senior Pastor of Perimeter Church in Atlanta, was the keynote speaker at RTS/Charlotte's commencement in May. Noted author and theologian, Dr. Thomas Oden spoke in Jackson, and the Reverend Michael Potts, Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Margate, Florida, spoke in Orlando.

PACKER IS IN ORLANDO

Dr. J. I. Packer presented the annual Academic Lectures at RTS/Orlando. Packer is Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.

SPRING PASTORS' LUNCHEON

The RTS/Orlando Spring Pastors' Luncheon was held March 17 with guest speaker Dr. Gary Rupp, Professor of Counseling at RTS/Orlando.

TADA SPEAKS IN CHARLOTTE

Joni Erickson Tada spoke at RTS/Charlotte in March. The southeastern regional office for Joni and Friends, her ministry to the disabled, is located on the Charlotte campus.

BOOKBRIEFS

Dr. Frank James, Associate Professor of Church History, Everett Ferguson of Edinburgh, Scotland, and John Woodbridge of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School have signed a contract to write a History of Christianity to be published by Zondervan.

Dr. Ronald Nash has written a book entitled The Meaning of History (Broadman and Holman). He has also completed When a Baby Dies (Zondervan).

Dr. Reggie Kidd will publish a commentary on the Pastorals in the spring of 1999.

John Muether is writing a popular study of the Sabbath in redemptive-historical perspective, I Will Give You Rest, to be published by Great Commission Publications.

Dr. Steve Brown has written a book entitled If the Spirit is Here... to be published by Baker Book House this fall.

ORLANDO OFFERS NEW TRACKS

The Doctor of Ministry Program in Orlando has added three new specialty tracks: Christian Spirituality, Church Development, and Leadership Development.

RTS/Orlando is also offering new tracks in the MA in Theological Studies program, in Youth and Family Ministries, and in Sports and Recreation Ministry.

MORRIS GOES HOME TO LORD

L. Allen Morris, longtime trustee of RTS, went to be with the Lord. He was 84. Very involved in Christian work, he was deeply committed to RTS and a leader in the development of RTS/Orlando. His son-in-law, Dr. Gary Rupp, is Director of the Counseling Program and Chairman of the Counseling Department at RTS/Orlando.

CHRISTIANITY AND CULTURE LECTURES

Larry Woiwode and Ken Myers were the keynote speakers at the Christianity and Culture Lectures Series at RTS/Jackson in March. Woiwode is a noted author whose works include The Neumiller Stories and Born Brothers. Myers is editor of Mars Hills Tapes, which provides a thoughtful analysis of culture from a Christian perspective.

INTERNET CLASS OFFERED

RTS offered its first Internet class, entitled "Strategic Planning for the Church," this spring. The D.Min. course was offered as part of the Distance Education Program.

ALEXANDER SEMINAR IN SCOTLAND

The Reverend Eric Alexander will be the principal lecturer for a seminar on Expository Preaching, offered as a Doctor of Ministry course by RTS and the Highland Theological Institute. The seminar will be held August 17-21 in Elgin, Scotland. If there is sufficient interest, a Presbyterian Heritage Historical Tour may be held the week prior. Cost of the course is 400 UK pounds (auditor's fee 200 UK pounds). For additional information, contact The Reverend Dr. A.T.B. McGowan, Highland Theological Institute, Moray College, Moray Street, Elgin, Scotland, UK, IV30 1JJ. Telephone 44-1343-541922 or e-mail hti@fc.uhi.ac.uk.

TRAVELBRIEFS

Dr. Luder Whitlock lectured and preached at San Pablo Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Mexico, conferring with leaders from several Mexican seminaries regarding seminary education.

Dr. Simon Kistemaker spoke on "Symbolism in the Apocolypse" at the Southeastern Regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.

Dr. Enoch Wan spoke on "Missiology in the 21st Century" at the Southeastern Regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.

Dr. Duncan Rankin, Assistant Professor of Theology, taught "The Person and Work of Christ" in Memphis this spring at Second Presbyterian Church. He also preached at Howard Park Pentecostal Italian Church in Toronto in March.

Dr. Ronald Nash will give two weeks of lectures under the auspices of Stimulus Magazine in New Zealand in October. Nash is the first American scholar to be awarded this honor.

Dr. Steve Childers taught an interdenominational church planting conference in Japan for the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Association (JEMA). He also taught a leadership couples conference for church planters of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in North Carolina and a missions conference at Orangewood Presbyterian Church in Maitland, Florida.

Dr. Frank Young, Executive Director of the RTS Extension Program in Washington, D.C., lectured at Harvard University in April on the sanctity of life, human cloning, and embryo manipulation.

Dr. James Hurley, William Richardson, and Gary Rupp presented papers at the March meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

HEADWAE AWARDS

Dr. William Hogan, Professor of Preaching at RTS/Jackson, and RTS/Jackson student Kathleen Hollenbeck recently received the Higher Education Achievement Day Working to Advance Excellence (HEADWAE) Award.

HOGAN ELECTED

Dr. William Hogan, Professor of Preaching at RTS/Jackson, was elected to the Executive Committee of the newly organized Evangelical Homiletics Association at their first annual meeting.

ATS APPROVAL

RTS/Washington has received approval for the Master of Arts in Religion degree from the Association of Theological Schools.

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS

Dr. Samuel Larsen will join the faculty as Associate Professor of Missions this summer. A graduate of the Naval Academy, he has served as chaplain in the Navy and as a missionary to Australia.

Dr. Harold O.J. Brown will also join the faculty as Professor of Theology. A graduate of Harvard, Dr. Brown is a noted author and editor of The Religion and Society Report. He co-founded the Christian Action Council and serves as Chairman of the Board. He also was Associate Editor of Christianity Today. His most recent volume is The Sensate Culture.

HURLEY AND RICHARDSON PRESENT MODEL

Drs. James Hurley and William Richardson presented a new competency-based model for clinical supervision at the Mississippi Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

RTS/CHARLOTTE HOSTS ARTSFRIENDS

RTS/Charlotte hosted aRTSfriends in April. The program was established at RTS/Jackson in 1995.





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