Volume 1 Issue 1

May 2016 | 104 pages


Introducing Reformed Faith & Practice

John R. Muether

With this issue Reformed Theological Seminary presents Reformed Faith & Practice: The Journal of Reformed Theological Seminary to the Reformed and evangelical community. We are pleased to inaugurate this online journal during the school’s fiftieth anniversary. The RTS faculty has grown to a size, now spread across several campuses, which we believe is capable of... READ MORE

Divine Fullness: A Dogmatic Sketch

Michael Allen

Theologians have lots of words. Specifically when speaking of God, the scope and mystery of the Godhead demand that we have many words at hand to attest his transcendent goodness and might. The reader will remember the words at the end of the Gospel according to John: “Now there are also many other things that... READ MORE

The Life-Giving Spirit

Richard B. Gaffin, Jr.

On March 10-11, 2015, the Rev. Dr. Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, delivered the annual Kistemaker Lectures at the Orlando campus of Reformed Theological Seminary. The topic of his four lectures was “Life-Giving Spirit: The Exaltation of Christ and Salvation in the Theology of... READ MORE

Owning Our Past: The Spirituality of the Church in History, Failure, and Hope

Sean Michael Lucas

At the 43rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), there was an attempt to have our denomination own its past. Ligon Duncan and I brought a personal resolution that called on the church to “recognize and confess our church’s covenantal and generational involvement in and complicity with racial injustice inside and outside... READ MORE

“It Was Made to Appear Like that to Them:” Islam’s Denial of Jesus’ Crucifixion

Gregory R. Lanier

Of the major theological divides that separate Islam and Christianity, one of the most difficult to pin down is the denial of the crucifixion of Jesus in Muslim tradition. Though the assertion that Jesus did not die on the cross appears in only part of one difficult verse in the Qur’an (Q4:157, see below), scholars... READ MORE

The Redeemer City Ministry Program as a Model of Ministry Preparation for the City

Timothy J. Keller

An inaugural convocation address [1] And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons. When... READ MORE

From the Archives: The Five Points of Calvinism

Roger R. Nicole

Editor’s note: The 2015-16 academic year began a series of observances at Reformed Theological Seminary in commemoration of its jubilee. We would be remiss if we failed also to note that 2015 is the centennial of the birth of Roger Nicole, who joined the faculty at RTS Orlando in 1989 and served faithfully for two... READ MORE

Conversation: Question and Answer with J. Todd Billings

J. Todd Billings

In November, 2015, Dr. J. Todd Billings, Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, visited the Orlando campus of Reformed Theological Seminary to discuss his recent book, Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ (Baker, 2015). A question and answer session at a... READ MORE