Announcing the New PRC Seminary Website

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Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary

Est. 1925

With great excitement (and a little relief!) and with deep gratitude to one of our pre-seminary students – Doner Bartolon – we can announce officially that the new PRC Seminary website is launched and live!

In reality, we did so a few days ago already, but had some more content to add/fix and some tweaks to make. And there is more to come, but we felt confident that the site was good to go now and that it was worthy to make public.

The design is simple yet professional, and the site easy to navigate. You will see that the homepage gives you a basic slide show and then introductory content on the seminary, including the latest events and blog post (Yes, the new site has its own blog!).

On the homepage are also all the main tabs:

Yes, Doner, of Mexican descent, had to be sure to add the Spanish page, which is good and we hope useful to those Spanish-speaking men interested in our theological teaching and ministerial training.

The “About Us” tab features three sections – the faculty, the facilities and our staff. Under “Resources” you will find the online library catalog, our PR Theological Journal (with the brand new issue – Fall 2018 – featured! [as well as all 102 past issues with an Index]), our bookstore, online classes available, and the writings and speeches given by our professors. This will also be an ever-growing collection of items. “Admissions” focuses on the requirements for applying for and entering our seminary, and includes our newly revised catalog (Fall 2018).

The next tab, “Seminary Activities,” includes a “News” section and an “Events” section. You will want to visit those often – and, in fact, at the bottom of any page on the website you will find a signup box to receive updates to the site. Be sure to add your email address to the already growing list! On this page you will also find our seminary calendar, where both the daily activities as well as the special activities of the seminary are noted.

Next are the “Contact” and “Blog” tabs, where you will find contact information (seminary phone numbers and info@prcts.org) and our new blog feature. A few posts have been made, but here too, look for more to come – from our faculty and registrar, as well as from our secretary and students.

We hope you bookmark this site, and use it to stay in close touch with the life and labors of our precious seminary

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I wish to call special attention to the upcoming Interim course, scheduled from Jan.4 – Jan.15. Prof. B. Gritters, by rotation, will be teaching his special course on “Heidelberg Catechism Preaching.” In addition to an open invitation to those in the area to attend, especially our ministers, we will be live-streaming the course through our YouTube channel.

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The other event to pay attention to is our 2019 Dordt400 Conference, set for April 25-27 at Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI. You will know by now, we trust, that there is a special website devoted to this, and we hope that you are making plans to attend all or most of this significant event.

Thanks for your attention – now go check out the website!

Published in: on December 27, 2018 at 10:05 PM  Leave a Comment  

The End of Another Seminary Semester (Dec. 2018), a New PRT Journal Issue, and Updated Addition Work Pics!

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(Today was the official beginning of the winter season (Dec.21), though it is not quite this wintery looking currently. This was taken during last year’s winter.)

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Today marked the last official day of the first semester at the PRC Seminary. It was exam week, and while no exams were actually held today (Friday), students had papers to finish and turn in today. And thus, another semester comes to a close.

Although, it may be noted that one specially blessed student still has a Hebrew grammar exam to take Christmas Eve morning. It seems a certain registrar forgot to put that on the schedule (which, in his [own flimsy] defense, was full at the time! [as if he couldn’t have moved things around if he had thought of it!]), and a certain Hebrew professor is now in Singapore, far from the very Singaporean student he taught! So now said registrar must administer the exam to the student Monday morning (as if the latter deserves to be “punished” for the miscue of the former!). No worries, as we say, all are happy and content. Or should we say, will be happy and content Monday around 11 AM. 🙂

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The end of another semester is always a bit sobering. We stand amazed at how quickly 15 weeks of classes go by. And yet there was marvelous Reformed instruction given again by the faculty, and growth in grace and knowledge and gifts on the part of the students. Our two seniors (Jacob M. and Matt K.) were mostly absent from us (and yet they mysteriously seemed to appear in time for our “Friday brat/burger” lunch), busily engaged in the work of their internships, getting a taste of the “real” life and labors of a church pastor. It was obvious they loved the experience and are being made ready for the grand goal. Soon they will return for their final semester (where did those four years go?!). Humbling, all of it.

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Our new professor (D. Kuiper) is working quickly toward the goal of his advanced learning too, starting to write his main thesis for his ThM degree through Calvin Seminary. Next fall, Lord willing, he will begin teaching some of his courses.

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We were also able to produce our 103rd PR Theological Journal – Volume 52, No.1 (Fall 2018). As you will see from the cover, it is  another fine blend of Reformed scholarship and practical theology, with articles and book reviews to benefit preachers, teachers, students, and laymen. The pdf may be found here; the print copies came in today and will be mailed out or delivered next week. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive the PRTJ (free!), contact the seminary at 616-531-1490 or seminarysecretary@prca.org.

God is good. His grace is abundant, and therefore amazing. We see His hand guiding us for good in all things, and we give humble thanks to Him for another semester. Remember us in prayer, even as we remember you.

I include here a few other pictures taken throughout the semester, with a few notes for each. Enjoy!

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We are blessed by many visitors during the semester, sometimes from faraway places, such as Singapore.

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Our final Friday lunch was delicious burgers from Sheldon Meats (Tim B., who keeps us well supplied – thank you, Tim and Kate!)

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Once again, I was personally blessed by the help of Kevin R. and Elijah R. in the library.

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Once again the sem (and pre-sem) student ping-pong team showed itself highly competitive, winning 50% of its games.

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And in the animal realm, a red fox made a rare appearance one night when our janitor was here. He was able to capture a quick shot of it for all of us to enjoy.

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Finally, we note that, while Pres. D. Trump is having trouble getting his border wall built, the new seminary addition’s walls made good progress this week, thanks to some mild weather and Bouwkamp Masonry. The new archives and offices are taking shape!

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Merry Christmas from all of us at the seminary! May the joy and peace of our sovereign Savior be yours in this season of the year.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

 

Latest Seminary Addition Work, Nov.27-Dec.4, 2018

Since last Tuesday’s report (Nov.26) much work has been done on the PRC seminary addition (new archives room and offices).

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After the footings and walls were poured and had time to cure, they were back-filled and then sand hauled in for the base to the floor.

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Then special footings were also poured in the floor for the interior walls, before the main floor was poured.

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The Bouwkamp masons followed this work and laid a single course of block on the newly poured wall, also in preparation for the pouring of the floor.

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Yesterday (Monday) being the mildest day of the work-week, the floor was poured! A larger crew of Bosveld workers participated and a critical part of the building was done!

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Time to smooth it out with power trowel and hand trowels – the finishing touches by Nate P. and Matt VO.

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The new concrete floor had to have blankets to keep it warm and help it cure in the Michigan cold!

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Today, Bosveld and Kuiper Excavating were back to work on the new fire lane and construction drive. A lot of dirt was moved, and recycled, crushed concrete was put down as a base.

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The new “road” to the west of the project will assist all the future construction and serve as a fire lane required by the city of Wyoming.

Again, thanks for the great work, men – and lady! (Did you spot the one gal in the pictures? Yes, Holly H. was “manning” the cement hose – not an easy task!

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And just for fun, Matt VO replaced one of the interiors doors that goes away with a foam one – with a little happy face on the inside. 🙂

 

 

Published in: on December 4, 2018 at 10:59 PM  Leave a Comment  

More Progress on the Seminary Addition – Nov.26, 2018

Last week we reported on the initial groundbreaking and excavating of the new PRC Seminary addition (off the library to the north) that will contain the new PRC archives and two professor offices (initially).

Since then, the footings were put in by Matt Van Overloop and Nate Price of Bosveld Builders and the concrete poured by Hunderman. That took place last Wednesday already (Nov.21), the day after the excavating.

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Prof. B. Gritters talking to Nate P. and Matt VO.

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Pouring concrete from Hunderman.

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The footings all poured and covered for their chilly night.

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Yes, this is the scene from the front of seminary today, Nov.26! Looks like January!

Today, in spite of a major snow storm and cold (6-8 inches in our immediate area), a crew from Ron Miedema Concrete set the forms and poured the base wall for the new addition. It was fun watching the large pump truck, through its extensive arm system and flexible hose, place the cement right where it was needed.

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At the end of the day, the walls were done and ready to cure, which I would guess, will take a few days in the cold forecast for this week.

We’re grateful for the diligent work of these men so far – in some chilly and snowy weather!

Published in: on November 26, 2018 at 11:01 PM  Comments (1)  

PRC Seminary Addition Finally Breaks Ground Today!

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After months of hard work planning and preparing for the new addition to the PRC Seminary (new denominational archives room and two new offices during professor transitions, approved by this year’s PRC Synod), and months of delay waiting for approval from the city of Wyoming, the Building Committee of the Theological School Committee (led by Dave Bouwkamp) finally received the “green light” last Friday, Nov.16.

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Yesterday contractor Michael Bosveld secured the building permit and today ground was broken, with excavator Jay Kuiper doing the honors of preparing the site for the pouring of the concrete footings (tomorrow) and floor (next week).

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Yes, it is getting late in the season, and it has been quite cold and snowy the last few weeks (it stayed in low 30s and flakes were in the air today too!), but predictions are for a mild winter (El Nino!), so the project is going full steam ahead! Besides. the work needs to be completed by the summer of 2019!

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Once the footings and floor are poured in the next week, the walls can start going up (Bouwkamp Masonry). The TSC-BC would like to get things closed in as soon as possible before the dead of winter hits (January/February).

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Once the addition is enclosed, the focus can be on the interior work during the rest of winter and into next spring. Watch for more updates in the weeks ahead!

Published in: on November 20, 2018 at 10:25 PM  Comments (1)  

New Titles Added to the PRC Seminary Library: July – September 2018

I recently completed the next list of “significant additions to the PRC Seminary library” for this year 2018. This one covers the third quarter, July to September. You may recall that I started to put this together a few years ago for the benefit of the faculty and students as well as for the Theological School Committee that oversees the seminary.

You will notice that title says “significant additions.” The list I produce is not a complete list of everything added to the library in the last quarter, for there are actually many more (including small pamphlets and articles to the vertical files). But this list is designed to highlight some of the more significant titles in various categories, so that these titles are representative of what we obtain for and add to our library.

You will note that there are many older (and slightly used) titles added to our collection each time. Some of these I pick up from area thrift stores, but I would also like to acknowledge the help of Dr. Tom Reid, the registrar and librarian at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. Tom is a dear friend of the PRC seminary (he lectured here two years on the French Reformed Church, which lectures you may find on the seminary’s YouTube channel) and he has a wonderful book service he provides. He browses our online catalog, sees what we are lacking, and then regularly sends me boxes of books to peruse and purchase as needed (through the regular travelers between Grand Rapids and Pittsburgh). While I do send a few back, I end up buying most of his books. This list especially reflects his contributions. Because his suggested titles reflect a Reformed emphasis and are pre-sorted, they are greatly appreciated! Thank you, brother Tom!

By the way, these lists are now being published in our PR Theological Journal, (or here)although our last issue (Spring 2018) was too full and we had to leave the last few quarters out. Hopefully, we can catch up in the fall 2018 issue.

I hope this list not only gives you a feel for the quality of resources we are adding to our library, but also inspires you to find one to read and perhaps even add to your personal or family library. Maybe during this Reformation remembrance month, you will find something of interest. And, yes, our library is open to our members and friends!

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Other Commentaries (Individual)
The Life of Moses: God’s First Deliverer of Israel / James M. Boice, 1938-2000. ; Philip G. Ryken. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2018.
An Exposition of Ruth and Esther / George Lawson, 1749-1820; Alexander Carson. MacDill AFB, FL: Tyndale Bible Society, n.d.
A Passion for Faithfulness: Wisdom from the Book of Nehemiah / J. I. (James Innell) Packer. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, c1995.
Be Worshipful: Glorifying God for Who He Is: OT Commentary, Psalms 1 – 89 / Warren W. Wiersbe. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2009.
Be Exultant: Praising God for His Mighty Works: OT Commentary, Psalms 90-150 / Warren W. Wiersbe. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2009.
Counsel from Psalm 119 / Jay E. Adams. Woodruff, SC: Timeless Texts, 1998.
Life Under the Son: Counsel from the Book of Ecclesiastes / Jay E. Adams. Woodruff, SC: Timeless Texts, 1999.
Hearing the Message of Daniel: Sustaining Faith in Today’s World / Christopher J. H. Wright. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017.
The Death of the Messiah: From Gethsemane to the Grave: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives in the Four Gospels / Raymond E. (Raymond Edward) Brown, 1928-1998. New York: Doubleday, c1994, 1998 (Anchor Bible Reference Library) vols. 1, 2
Matthew Twenty-Four: An Exposition. / Jacob Marcellus Kik. Swengel, PA: Bible Truth Depot, 1948
Commentary on Romans / Anders Nygren, 1890-1978; Carl C. Rasmussen, Transl. Philadelphia: Muhlenberg Press, 1949.
Studies in Ephesians / H. C. G. Moule, (Handley Carr Glyn), 1841-1920. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1977 (Kregel Popular Commentary Series)
A Commentary on the Epistle to the Philippians / Francis W. Beare, 1902-1986. London: Adam & Charles Black, c1973, 1976.
The Church in God: Expository Values in Thessalonians / Harold John Ockenga, 1905-1985. Westwood, NJ: Revell, 1956.
The Epistle to the Hebrews: An Exposition. Adolph Saphir, 1831-1891; Arno C. Gaebelein. New York: Gospel Publishing (and Forgotten Books, reprint), 1902. vols. 1,2
A Commentary on the Johannine Epistles / J. L. (James Leslie) Houlden; Henry Chadwick. New York : Harper & Row, c1973

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Individual Biblical Studies Titles
Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar / Gary D. Pratico; Miles V. Van Pelt. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, c2007.
The Effect of Textual Criticism on Some Recent English Translations of the New Testament / Robert Fulton Hull (bound thesis). Princeton, NJ: Princeton Theological Seminary, 1977 – Letis collection
Confident: Why We Can Trust the Bible / Michael Ovey. ; Daniel Strange. Fearn, Ross-shire, GB: Christian Focus, 2015.
The Divine Unity of Scripture / Adolph Saphir. Delaware : Forgotten Books, 2017 (Classic Reprint)
The Bible Among the Nations: A Study of the Great Translations / John W. (John Walter) Beardslee, 1837-1921. Chicago, New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1899.
Bible Study: A Student’s Guide / Jon Nielson. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2013.
Biblical Interpretation: An Integrated Approach / W. Randolph. Tate. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, c2008, 2011.
Studies of the Old Testament / Austin Phelps, 1820-1890. Birmingham, AL: Solid Ground, 2015.
The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology, and the Deluge Debate / Tremper Longman; John H. Walton. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2018.
Jerusalem: The Biography / Simon S. Montefiore. New York: Vintage Books, 2011.
A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Exegesis: Taking the Fear Out of Critical Method / Richard J. Erickson. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, c2005.
Rose Guide to the Temple / Randall Price, Torrance, CA: Rose Publishing, c2012.

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Church History, General and Biography
Tried By Fire: The Story of Christianity’s First Thousand Years / William J. Bennett. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2018.
A History of the Early Church: Vol.1: The Beginnings of the Christian Church; Vol.2: The Founding of the Church Universal; Vol.3: From Constantine to Julian; Vol.4: The Era of the Church Fathers / Hans Lietzmann, 1875-1942. ; Bertram L. Woolf, Transl. London: Lutherworth Press, 1961.
Luther’s Works: Companion Volume – Sixteenth-Century Biographies of Martin Luther / Justus Jonas, 1493-1555. ; Philipp Melanchthon, 1497-1560. ; Johann. Mathesius; Brown. Christopher B. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing, 2018.
• Luther’s Wittenberg World: The Reformer’s Family, Friends, Followers, and Foes / Robert Kolb. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2018.
Prophet, Pastor, Protestant: The Work of Huldrych Zwingli After Five Hundred Years / Edward J. Furcha; H. Wayne. Pipkin; Timothy George. Allison Park, PA : Pickwick Publications, 1984.
Papers Commemorating Quater-Centenary of the Scottish Reformation / Robert R. Sinclair; Fraser Macdonald; Alexander Murray. Glasgow: Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, 1960.
• The Jesuits, A History / Christopher Hollis. New York : Barnes & Noble, 1992.
The Synod of Dordtrecht 1618-1619 / Fred A. van Lieburg; Dick Swier, Transl.; Herman A. van Duinen. Dordtrecht: Stichting Historish Platform Dordtrecht, 2017. (Verhalen van Dordtrecht 1a) vol. 49
Through Many Dangers: The Story of John Newton / Brian H. Edwards. Darlington: Evangelical Press, c2001, 2005.
John Owen: Prince of the Puritans / Andrew Thomson. Great Britain: Christian Focus, 1996.
Struggles and Blessings: The Pilgrimage of Henry R. De Bolster / Henry R. De Bolster, 1926-; Harry Van Dyke. Canada: Henry R. De Bolster, 2003 (was member of 1st PRC-GR and attended our seminary in 1950).
The Doctors of the Church: Thirty-Three Men and Women Who Shaped Christianity / Bernard McGinn. New York: Crossroad Pub. Co., c2010.
The Great Catholic Reformers: From Gregory the Great to Dorothy Day / C. Colt. Anderson. New York: Paulist Press, c2007.
A Commentary on the Minutes of the Classis of Holland, 1848-1876: A Detailed Record of Persons and Issues, Civil and Religious, in the Dutch Colony of Holland, Michigan / Earl William. Kennedy. Holland, MI: Van Raalte Press, 2018. (Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America) vol. 94 – 3 vols.
The Last Illusion: Letters from Dutch Immigrants in the “Land of Opportunity,” 1924-1930 / Herman Ganzevoort; Janice Dickin. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, c1999.
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America / Randall Herbert. Balmer. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.
For the Union of Evangelical Christendom: The Irony of the Reformed Episcopalians / Allen C. Guelzo. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994.

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Creeds, Confessions, History of
Know the Creeds and Councils / Justin S. Holcomb, Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, 2014 (Know Series)
The Catechism of Pierre Viret. Pierre Viret; R. A. Sheats, Transl.(1st Engl.) Tallahassee, FL: Zurich Publishing, 2017.
Christ and the Law: Antinomianism at the Westminster Assembly / Whitney G. Gamble. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2018 (Studies on the Westminster Assembly)
Anthony Tuckney (1599-1670): Theologian of the Westminster Assembly / Youngchun Cho. ; Robert Letham; John (John R.) & Chad Dixhoorn Bower. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2017. (Studies on the Westminster Assembly)
Grace and Assurance: The Message of the Canons of Dordt / Martyn. McGeown. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Pub. Association, 2018.

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Dogmatics, Theology, Historical Theology
The Reception of the Church Fathers in the West: From the Carolingians to the Maurists. Irena Dorota Backus. Leiden; New York: E.J. Brill, 1997. (vol.1)
On Difficulties in Sacred Scripture: The Responses to Thalassios / Confessor Maximus, Saint, approx. 580-662; Maximos Constas, translator. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018 (The Fathers of the Church, A New Translation), vol. 136
Still Protesting: Why The Reformation Matters / D. G. (Darryl G.) Hart; John R. Muether. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2018.
A History of Puritanism, Pietism, and Mysticism and Their Influences on the Reformed Church / Heinrich Heppe; Arie Blok, Transl. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, c1997, 2015.
The Reconciling Wisdom of God: Reframing the Doctrine of the Atonement / Adam J. Johnson. ; Michael F. Bird, series. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016.
Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context / Stanley J. (Stanley James) Grenz, 1950-2005; John R. Franke. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, c2001.
Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity / Stephen R. Holmes; Paul D. Molnar; Thomas H. McCall. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014 (Counterpoints : Bible & Theology)
The Covenant Connection: From Federal Theology to Modern Federalism / Daniel Judah. Elazar; John. Kincaid; J. Wayne Baker. Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, 2000.
The Word Became Flesh: A Contemporary Incarnational Christology / Millard J. Erickson. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1991.
Christ and His Benefits: Christology and Redemption in the New Testament / Arland J. Hultgren. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1987.
The Cross of Jesus / Leon Morris, 1914-2006. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1988.
Observations Doctrinal and Practical on Saving Faith. / Archibald Mason, 1753-1831. York, PA: The Covenanted Reformed Presbyterian Church, 2002.
A Discourse of the True and Visible Marks of the Catholic Church / Theodore Beza, 1519-1605. Pottstown PA: Covenanted Reformed Presbyterian, 2014.
The Growth of the True Church: An Analysis of the Ecclesiology of Church Growth Theory / Charles E. Van Engen. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1981 (Amsterdam Studies In Theology), vol. 3
An Inquiry into the Principles of Church Fellowship / John T. Pressly, 1795-1870. Pottstown PA: Covenanted Reformed Presbyterian, 2014.
Imago Dei: The Byzantine Apologia for Icons. Jaroslav Pelikan, 1923-2006. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1990.
Abraham Kuyper’s Commentatio (1860): The Young Kuyper About Calvin, A Lasco, and the Church: I – Introduction, Annotations, Bibliography, and Indices / II – Commentatio [Latin text] Jasper Vree; Johan. Zwaan; Abraham Kuyper, 1837-1920. Leiden/ Boston: Brill, 2005 (Brill’s Series in Church History) vol. 24
Theoretical-Practical Theology: Prolegomena / Peter van Mastricht, 1630-1706; Todd M. Rester, Transl.; Joel R. Beeke, Ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2018.
Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth / John MacArthur; Richard Mayhue. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017.
Lloyd-Jones on the Christian Life: Doctrine and Life as Fuel and Fire / Jason C. (Jason Curtis) Meyer; Sinclair B. Ferguson; Stephen J. and Justin Taylor Nichols. Wheaton, IL : Crossway, 2018 (Theologians on the Christian Life)
No Other Name: An Investigation into the Destiny of the Unevangelized / John Sanders, 1956-. ; Clark H. Pinnock. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1992.
Resurrection and Eschatology: Theology in Service of the Church: Essays in Honor of Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. / Richard B. Gaffin; Lane G. Tipton; Jeffrey C. Waddington. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Pub., 2008.
Behold I Come Quickly: The Reformed, Biblical Truth of the End / David J. Engelsma; Andrew Lanning; Angus Stewart. UK: British Reformed Fellowship, 2018.
The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth / Scott Hahn. New York: Image, 1999.
• A Bibliography of Calviniana 1959-1974 / Dion. Kempff. Potchefstroom Instituut vir Bevordering van Calvinisme, 1975.
Contemporary World Theology: A Layman’s Guidebook / Harvie M. Conn. Nutley, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co., 1974.
Between the Times: The Travail of the Protestant Establishment in America, 1900-1960 / William R. Hutchison; Edwin S. Gaustad; Dennis Voskuil; William R. Hutchison. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990. (Cambridge Studies In Religion And American Public Life)

Philosophy, Logic, Ethics
Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning / Wayne Grudem. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2018.

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Practical Theology – Christian Living, Church government, Counseling, Family, Marriage, Missions, Prayer, Preaching, Sermons, Worship
In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel-Centered Life / Sinclair B. Ferguson. Lake Mary, FL: Reformation Trust Pub., 2007.
Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer: Spiritual Reality in the Personal Christian Life / Francis A. Schaeffer; Lane T. Dennis. Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1985.
The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship / Jonathan Holmes; Ed Welch. Minneapolis, MN: Cruciform Press, 2014.
• The Children for Christ / Andrew Murray, 1828-1917. Chicago, IL : Moody Press, 1952.
When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God and Joy / John Piper. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, c2006.
Depression Through a Biblical Lens: A Whole-Person Approach / Jim Halla. Greenville, S.C./Belfast, N.Ireland: Ambassador International, 2014.
Handbook of Church Discipline / Jay E. Adams. Grand Rapids, MI: Ministry Resources Library, c1986.
Spousal Abuse in the Reformed Community / David J. Engelsma; Jeff Doll. Byron Center, MI: Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church, 2018.
The Man of God: His Calling and Godly Life / Albert N. Martin. ; Joel R. Beeke. Montville, NJ : Trinity Pulpit Press, 2018 (Pastoral Theology – Volume 1)
Equipping Preachers, Pastors, and Churchmen: Selected Articles by the Faculty of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary / Joseph Pipa; Ian Hamilton; Michael Morales; Zachary. Groff. Taylors, SC: Presbyterian Press, 2017.
Called?: Pastoral Guidance for the Divine Call to Gospel Ministry / Michael A. (Michael Anthony) Milton. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 2018.
On Being a Pastor: Understanding Our Calling and Work / Derek. Prime; Alistair Begg. Chicago: Moody Publishers, c2004.
The Ministry in Historical Perspectives / H. Richard Niebuhr, 1894-1962 , ed. ; Daniel Day Williams, 1910-1973 , joint ed. ; John Knox. New York: Harper, 1956.
Pastoral Work: A Source Book for Ministers / Andrew W. Blackwood. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books House, c1945, 1971.
Pastors in Pain: How to Grow In Times of Conflict / Gary D. Preston. Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Books, 2005 (The Pastor’s Soul Series) vol. 6
Practical Wisdom for Pastors: Words of Encouragement and Counsel for a Lifetime of Ministry / Curtis C. Thomas, 1937-. Wheaton, Ill. : Crossway Books, 2001.
The Preacher’s Catechism / Lewis Allen, 1971-. ; Sinclair B. Ferguson. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2018.
Preaching According to the Holy Spirit / Jay E. Adams. Woodruff, SC: Timeless Texts, 2000.
Biblical Preaching For Today’s World / Lloyd M. Perry; Gilbert A. Peterson. Chicago: Moody Press, 1990.
For Christ and Country: Radio Messages Broadcast in the Ninth Lutheran Hour / Walter Arthur Maier, 1893-1950. St. Louis, bMO: Concordia Pub. House, 1942.
For Better, For Worse: Stories of the Wives of Early Pastors of the Christian Reformed Church / Janet Sjaarda Sheeres. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2017 (The Historical Series of the Reformed Church In America ; 91)
Apostle to Islam: A Biography of Samuel M. Zwemer.  J. Christy Wilson, 1891-1973. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1952.
What Is Your Answer?: A Survey of the worship service, liturgical forms and form prayers / Meindert H. Sliggers; R Koat, Transl. Chatham, ON: Inter League Publication Board, 2004 [companion to Canadian Reformed Church’s Book of Praise]
The Biblical Foundations of Christian Worship [and other titles in series] Robert E. Webber; Robert E. Webber. Nashville, TN: Star Song, c1993 (The Complete Library Of Christian Worship) – Vols.1-4, 6,7
The Covenant Family / Gerard van Groningen; Harriet van Groningen. Sao Paulo, Brazil: Editora Cultura Crista, c1997.
Acts of Synod of the Christian Reformed Church: 2018 / Christian Reformed Church in North America. Steven R. Timmermans, Executive Director. Grand Rapids, MI: Board of Publications of the Christian Reformed Church, 2018.
Verbond En Zending [Covenant and Missions: Een Verbondsmatige Benadering Van Zending [A Covenantal Approach to Missions] / Barend. Wielenga. Kampen: Mondiss, 1998.
You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions / Tim. Chester. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, c2010.
To God All Praise and Glory: Under God: Celebrating the Past, Claiming the Future, The Presbyterian Church in America / Paul Settle. ; William S. Barker. United States: PCA Christian Education Bookstore, 1998.

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Misc. (Apologetics, Culture, Education, Music, Politics, Science, Work, World Religions, etc.)
Where in the World Is the Church?: A Christian View of Culture and Your Role in It / Michael Scott. Horton. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, c2002.
Let Children Come: A Durable Vision of Christian Schooling / N. H. (Nicholas Henry) Beversluis; Gertrude. Beversluis. Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Schools International, c2001.
Christian Scholarship– For What? / Susan M. Felch; Richard J. Mouw; Joel A. Carpenter. Grand Rapids, MI: Calvin College, c2003.
Teaching and Learning: An Integrated Approach to Christian Education / Ronald P. Chadwick; Kenneth O. Gangel; Roy W. Lowrie, Jr. Old Tappan, NJ: Revell, c1982.
The Gospel & Gender Identity: Gender as Calling / Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. Pittsburgh, PA: Crown & Covenant Publications, 2017.
Encyclopedia of American Religious History. Edward L. Queen; Stephen R. Prothero; Gardiner H. Shattuck. New York: Facts on File, 2001 (Facts on File Library of American History) 2 vols.
The Concise Encyclopedia of Islam / Cyril Glassâe. San Francisco, CA : Harper & Row, 1989.
Mormon America: The Power and the Promise / Richard N. Ostling; Joan K. Ostling. — San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1999.
Labor Problems in Christian Perspective / T. C. Douglas; Harry W. Flannery; W. Maxey Jarman; John Harold Redekop, ed. Grand Rapids, Mich., : Eerdmans, 1972.

Periodicals (Old & New)
The Burning Bush: Theological Journal of the Far Eastern Bible College (Singapore) / Timothy Tow. ; Jeffrey Khoo. Singapore: Far Eastern Bible College, 2000-2018.

The Battle Cry of the Reformation and the Surrender of Greek and Hebrew

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This post comes in my role as registrar at the PRC Theological Seminary, an institution that has its roots in the great Protestant Reformation in every aspect (church historical, theological, homiletical, pastoral, and educational) and where we place a strong emphasis on learning the original languages of God’s inspired and infallible Word – Hebrew for the OT portion and Greek for the NT portion.

This blog post by Dr. D. Wallace affirms what we still embrace in the twenty-first century – whole-heartedly and unashamedly. Current and prospective students must know this, but so also must our members. And the reasons why, for without the foundation, we will lose the edifice.

So read on and be reminded why we are truly a Protestant and Reformed Seminary.

Daniel B. Wallace

One of the great ironies and unnecessary casualties of the Protestant Reformation is shaping up in America today. The battle cry of the Reformation was ad fontes—“back to the sources!”—which meant going behind Jerome’s Latin Vulgate and reading the original Greek New Testament. This was coined by Erasmus, the man responsible for publishing the first Greek New Testament in 1516. He was a Roman Catholic priest who was swimming against the current of much of 16th century Catholic scholarship. It was especially the Protestants who latched onto Erasmus’ Greek New Testament. During his lifetime, over 300,000 copies were sold! A few years after his death, the Council of Trent banned many of his writings.

The Reformers also went beyond the Vulgate and translated the Bible into modern languages.

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Now, half a millennium after Luther nailed his theses to the door of the great Schlosskirche in Wittenberg, theological seminaries…

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What’s New at the PRC Seminary? A Summer’s Collection of Pictures

It has been a while since we posted anything specific about the activities at the PRC Seminary – virtually a whole summer! – so before summer passes and so you know there was and is plenty going on, we post a part of my personal collection of pictures over the past summer.

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Of course, we welcomed some new deer members to the property – 3 new fawns we counted (this is a Google enhanced photo, splicing two images together) – always a treat.

Skip’s Painting came in again to repaint another section of the main floor and then give the main part of the lower level a makeover too – looking so much better!

I also did some basement cleanup and reorganization this summer – much-needed! Now some of the special files from the Letis collection and from other special libraries we have purchased are becoming more accessible.

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We had the carpets cleaned by Zandstra, as we do every August – thanks for another great job!

Of course, I had time to shop for books too, including Baker Book House’s annual tent sale (I went twice that week!) – a lot of great $1 books and other bargains for the seminary library!

We enjoyed our first Friday brat/burger lunch the first week of school, and had a nice group (some of the wives and children came too).

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We marked our new year with our annual Convocation this past Wednesday night (for more on this visit this PRC webpage.)

And tonight we held our annual Fall Seminary picnic at Hagar Park in Jenison, MI. It was a good night of great food (thanks, ladies!), wonderful fellowship, and stiff yard-game competition. I think we will all sleep well tonight. Not sure who is more tired, the kids or the adults. 🙂

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Thank you for all your support and prayers! Remember us as we busy ourselves in the work this Fall.

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PRC Archives – Mystery Church Buildings and a New H. Hoeksema Photo

For our PRC archives feature today, we present, first,  two pictures of buildings in which an existing PRC congregation met. Both images are photos of photos, which explains their low quality.

And, we will make this a mystery photo contest, so YOU tell us which congregation met in these buildings.

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This one was her original meeting place, way back in 1927! I enhanced it a bit to make it as clear as possible.

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And this was her building until 1981. Can you guess which congregation it is?

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Our second feature is a “new” photo (to our PRC archives) of Rev. Herman Hoeksema, long-time pastor of First PRC and one of the first professors in the PRC seminary.

This one has a great story behind it, because it was taken during the years when the PRC seminary was meeting in Adams Christian School (when it was on Adams St. yet, on the SE side of Grand Rapids, MI). Due to the 1953 split in the PRC over the doctrine of the covenant, the seminary temporarily lost its location in the basement of the old First PRC, and so met in a couple of different places until the building of First PRC was restored to Hoeksema and his congregation. One of these temporary locations was Adams CS. Interestingly, the school simply incorporated “HH” (and I assume the other seminary professors and students) into the school’s yearbook for the year referenced above (1957-58).

And, it would appear from the photo – pipe and all! – that “HH” rather enjoyed being part of that Adams CS yearbook. One can sense a school lad’s mischievous look in those eyes. 🙂

I looked up in the PRC Acts of Synod the history of this move into Adams CS, and in the 1955 Acts one finds this report in the Theological School Committee report:

Your Committee is happy to report that our School is now located in the N.W. room of the building of the Adams Street Prot. Ref. Chr. School. This change of location of our School is a wonderful improvement over the past locations in the basements of church buildings. These rooms have ample light in them, are well ventilated [for smoking profs?!] and really leave nothing to be desired, meeting all the specifications of the State Board of Education. We are able to obtain this room for $350 per year. The Lord has thus far bountifully supplied our every need. To Him alone be all the praise and the honor.” (Supplements, p.80)

So, there’s a little background to this move. Perhaps we might raise another PRC history question at this point. The report mentions “basements” (plural) of other church buildings. Where else besides First PRC did the seminary meet after 1953? Answer next week if you don’t come up with it!

New addition! Current Adams CS administrator, Rick Mingerink found the pertinent minutes relating to the school board’s decision to grant the request of the Theological School Committee’s request to use two rooms at the school for seminary classes. Here is an image of those two articles from the Sept., 1954 minutes:

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For those who struggle to make out the cursive script, the articles read as follows:

Art.10 – Mr. S. Newhof and Mr. Harry Zwak of the P.R. Theological School Committee appear at the meeting and are given the floor. They present a request to move the Theological School to our building and that they be permitted to use two of the presently available rooms.

Art.11 – Mr. Newhof and Mr. Zwak discuss the various problems attendant to such an arrangement with the board. Mr. Pastoor informs the board the two rooms in question have an approximate yearly operating cost of $350 to $400. Motion follows to grant the Theological School use of the two west end rooms in the school for the present school year on a rental basis of $400.00. Carried.

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PRC Seminary Convocation 2018 – Tonight at Providence PRC, Hudsonville, MI

SemCornerstone-1The PRC Seminary will hold its annual Convocation tonight  – Wednesday, September 5 – marking the beginning of a new season of instruction.

The program will be held  at Providence PRC (picture below) in Hudsonville, MI, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Prof. B. Gritters will be speaking on Acts 20:24 “None of these things move me…”

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On the printed program for the evening, Prof. Gritters has this fitting quote from John Calvin included (taken from his commentary on that passage):

“…it is a filthy thing for us to be so holden
with a blind desire to live, that we lose the
causes of life for life itself; and this do the
words of Paul express. For he doth not simply
set light by his life; but he doth forget the
respect thereof, that he may finish his course;
that he may fulfil the ministry which he hath
received of Christ, as if he should say that he
is not desirous to live, save only that he may
satisfy the calling of God; and that, therefore,
it shall be no grief to him to lose his life, so
that he may come by death unto the goal of
the function prescribed to him by God.

And we must note that which he saith,
with joy, for his meaning is, that this is taken
from the faithful by no sorrow or grief, but
that they both live and die to the Lord. For
the joy of a good conscience is more deeply
and surely laid up, than that it can be taken
away by any external trouble, or any sorrow
of the flesh; it triumpheth more joyfully than
that it can be oppressed.”

During the program special music will be provided by Crista Phelps (piano) along with Sam Bergman and Conner and Erin Courtney (violin).

After the convocation address the present student body will be introduced.

All in the West Michigan area are invited and encouraged to attend and in this way show your support for our seminary. It would thrill our souls to see you there!

For those unable to attend, the program will also be live-streamed through the seminary’s YouTube channel.

*NOTE: Due to connection issues, the live-stream on YouTube did not work. Our apologies! But Nick Kleyn recorded most of it and posted it on his Facebook page.

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