Resources on RTS Jackson

RTS World Missions Conference: September 11-12

By Charlie Wingard · September 10, 2018 · 0 Comments
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We are pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Robert (Ric) Cannada will be delivering our 2018 RTS Jackson Missions Conference Preaching Lectures, September 11-12. Dr. Ric Cannada, Jr. is Chancellor Emeritus of Reformed Theological Seminary and an ordained minister of the gospel in the Presbyterian Church in America. Dr. Ric’s service to the Lord also includes twenty years of experience as a Presbyterian pastor in Clinton, SC; Little Rock, AR; and Macon, GA. For over 10 years Dr. Ric led RTS as Chancellor with five residential campuses in Jackson, MS; Orlando, FL; Charlotte, NC; Washington, D.C.; and Atlanta, GA; along with one degree-granting extension campus in Boca Raton, FL; a degree-granting Virtual Campus (distance education) based in Charlotte, NC; and…

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Dr. Carl Ellis Teaches at RTS Jackson

By Charlie Wingard · September 5, 2018 · 0 Comments
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  An encouraging day at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson.  Dr. Carl Ellis, Senior Fellow of the African American Leadership Initiative and Provost’s Professor of Theology and Culture, preached in chapel on “What’s in a Name?” from Ezekiel 36:16-32. During the lunch hour, Dr. Ellis met with prospective students before delivering an afternoon preaching lecture and participating in a discussion of Francis Grimké’s Meditations on Preaching.

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Tips for RTS Students: How Valuable Is a Theological Education?

By Charlie Wingard · August 31, 2018 · 0 Comments
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How valuable is theological education? 19th century professor and pastor Samuel Miller writes: “Nothing can be plainer than that ignorance, or small and indigested knowledge is, next to the want of piety, one of the most serious defects in a candidate for the sacred office. . . . No Church, therefore, which neglects the proper education of her ministers, can be considered as faithful, either to her own most vital interests, or to the honour of her divine Head and Lord.” ____ James M. Garretson, An Able and Faithful Ministry: Samuel Miller and the Pastoral Office (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014), 78.

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Tips for RTS Students: Writing Notes and Letters

By Charlie Wingard · July 12, 2018 · 0 Comments
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My first attempt to become a candidate for ministry stalled in the early 80s. I was a member of a rural church in Middle Tennessee, and my session enthusiastically recommended me to Presbytery. We were an evangelical congregation in a theologically liberal Presbyterian denomination and that was a problem. Far from home, studying at Princeton Theological Seminary, the Presbytery informed me that my candidacy would not move forward. I was so disappointed. Soon, notes and letters began arriving from members of my congregation telling me how proud they were of me, assuring me of their prayers, and urging me to persevere. Notes and letters from caring people were God’s gift to me – just at the right moment when I…

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Booknote: “Meditations on Preaching” by Francis James Grimké

By Charlie Wingard · July 9, 2018 · 0 Comments
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First year students at Reformed Theological Seminary Jackson are introduced to the remarkable life, ministry, and writings of Francis James Grimké  through Thabiti Anywabile’s The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors. Born in 1850 to a white South Carolina plantation owner and slave mother, Grimké lost his father at an early age and, along with him, the protective care that sheltered him from some of the inherent brutality of the slave system. After escaping the cruelty of a white half-brother, he was recaptured and sold to a Confederate officer. After emancipation, Grimké proved himself a gifted and industrious student, graduating from Lincoln University and, later, Princeton Theological Seminary. At Princeton, he was among the last of Charles…

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