Resources on RTS Jackson

Amanda’s Lasting Legacy (2)

By Charlie Wingard · April 5, 2021 · 0 Comments
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Amanda Bailey’s beautiful legacy continues to bless Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson students. From her library, the three volumes of The Westminster Confession into the 21st Century were given to Foster and Laura Gullett. During the summer, they will return to continue their church planting work in Milan, Italy. Foster expressed their appreciation, observing: “The Westminster Confession has served for centuries as a beautiful synthesis of Reformed doctrine. Our prayer is to plant a church based upon that doctrine and hopefully impart its wisdom in a city and country that has largely been untouched by the effects of the Reformation.” First Presbyterian Church of Yazoo City enjoys its partnership with the Gulletts.

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Amanda’s Lasting Legacy

By Charlie Wingard · March 25, 2021 · 0 Comments
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Amanda Bailey (1938-2020) loved Reformed Theological Seminary and its students. Both a serious reader and student of God’s word, she wanted her theological library to be distributed to Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson students. Graduating senior Zach Byrd has received calls to serve Raymond Presbyterian Church and Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Edwards. From Mrs. Bailey’s library, he has been given The Complete Works of Edward Payson. These books are especially meaningful to Zach because of his studies of the life and ministry of 19th century southern Presbyterian minister, Daniel Baker. Baker served at Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia. “His ministry was at a lull,” Zach notes, “and Payson’s Memoir revitalized his ministry. I pray that it does the same for…

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Tips for RTS Students: Seeking a Pastoral Call

By Charlie Wingard · August 27, 2020 · 0 Comments
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1.Don’t procrastinate. Become a candidate for ministry in your denomination as early as possible. Follow your Candidates and Credentials Committee’s instructions to a tee. Don’t put off candidacy and its prerequisites until the end of your seminary career. If you do, you will complete your degree, but be unable to accept a call because you’ve failed to follow your denomination’s requirements. That may mean you are months away from accepting a call. Show respect for your denomination and love for your family by staying on track. PCA students need to keep in mind the following: You must be a member for at least six months of a church in the presbytery where you want to come under care. You must…

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Tips for RTS Students: Managing Your Course Syllabi

By Charlie Wingard · August 20, 2020 · 0 Comments
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  Course syllabi in a moment. But first a word about calendars. Calendars do more than remind you about upcoming events. They are an essential part of planning and the effective use of time. At RTS, I want you to learn how to make your calendar an ally in completing your studies. A good place to begin is your course syllabi. When you access a syllabus for the first time, review it carefully. Then go to your calendar. Add each class session to your calendar. For example, last spring my Classics of Personal Devotion class of met on these dates: 2/3, 3/2, 3/23, and 4/20. Add all work due on the date it’s due. That includes all quizzes, tests, and…

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Booknote: The Pastor’s Soul, by Brian Croft & Jim Savastio

By Charlie Wingard · March 7, 2020 · 0 Comments
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The Pastor’s Soul: The Call and Care of an Undershepherd, by Brian Croft and Jim Savastio. Welwyn Garden City, UK: EP Books, 2018, 160 pages, $11.99, paper. The good pastor lovingly looks after God’s sheep; it’s his duty, and he stands accountable to the Lord for those entrusted to his care. He finds satisfaction in his work as he becomes involved in the lives of his people. At times he rejoices with them—at other times, he weeps. He instructs the disciple, admonishes the erring, comforts the suffering, counsels the perplexed, and offers gospel hope to the despairing. Since God is for his elect people, the faithful pastor is for them, too. But even the most faithful pastor is in trouble…

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Booknote: “The Faithful Preacher” by Thabiti M. Anyabwile

By Charlie Wingard · October 3, 2019 · 0 Comments
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(Earlier in the year, I posted a book review of The Faithful Preacher by Thabiti M. Anyabwile. It has now been published in the September issue of Reformed Theological Seminary’s online journal, Reformed Faith & Practice.) __________ One of my goals at RTS Jackson is to introduce students to the “neglected voices” of the evangelical church. I am not the best qualified to remedy this neglect, but have made it my habit to assign readings that will help. One such book is Thabiti Anyabwile’s The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors (Wheaton: Crossway, 2007). The book presents biographical sketches of Lemuel Haynes, Daniel Payne, and Francis Grimké, along with selected writings. First, Lemuel Haynes. Born in 1753, he…

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