Volume 5 Issue 3

December 2020 | 76 pages


In This Issue

In the fall semester that has just concluded, the RTS campuses, along with educational institutions everywhere, encountered the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the kind providence of God we managed to maintain residential classroom instruction, with small disruptions here and there. The pandemic affected lectures in the classrooms, conversations in the hallways, and messages... READ MORE

Theological Education as Learning to Die

Michael Allen

“Don’t forget; you’re going to die,” but we moderns like to deny the inevitable. My phone alerts me five times a day: “Don’t forget – you’re going to die.” The WeCroak App – which gained some notoriety when launched a few years ago – is meant to help one confront one’s mortality. Why? Because we... READ MORE

We Still Have Faces

Michael J. Glodo

Based on a sermon on Numbers 6:22-27 preached in the chapel service at Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando, December 2, 2020. An audio recording of that sermon may be found at https://rts.edu/resources/. There is nothing which symbolizes the COVID-19 pandemic like the mask, including the deep societal divisions which are broader than, but reflected in, the... READ MORE

Justification of Ordained Office of Deacon Restricted to Qualified Males

Robert J. Cara

Editor’s note: This essay was originally appended to and in support of a memorial (i.e., overture) concerning changing the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Form of Government to restrict the ordained office of Deacon to men. The memorial  was  presented to and approved by First Presbytery on October 13, 2020. The memorial and this essay are... READ MORE

“Christian Platonism” and Christological Interpretation: A Response to Craig A. Carter, Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition

Daniel J. Treier

Craig Carter’s Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition has deservedly garnered significant attention due to its learned and passionate call for Recovering the Genius of Premodern Exegesis (in the words of the subtitle).[1] With appreciation for Carter’s directness, in response I will “think out loud” here, exploring a conceptual disagreement rather than our common ground... READ MORE

Books that Merit (Re)Reading: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction Forty Years Later

John R. Muether

When the Presbyterian pastor and popular author Eugene Peterson passed away in 2018, he left a legacy of writings, most notably his five-volume series, Conversations on Spiritual Theology. The first of his nearly three dozen books was published forty years ago, written in the midst of his 29-year pastorate in Maryland, before his tenure on... READ MORE