Theology Matters Conference - Oct 8-10th, 2024

Theology Matters Conference - Oct 8-10th, 2024

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Encouragement for the Journey

The work of parish ministry is one of the most daring and demanding journeys that one can take. It is not without profound meaning, but it also tests an individual in every dimension...

Pastoral Ministry and Scholarship

Why do pastors need to be trained as scholars, and how can their theological studies be organized so that their training as scholars will support their pastoral ministry? 1. Why Pastors Need to be...

The Confession that the PCUSA Needs

The writing of a new confession of faith is not undertaken lightly, for “any proposed change to the Book of Confessions should enhance the church’s understanding and declaration of who and what it...

Moses, Death, and the Continuation of Ministry

Deuteronomy brings the Pentateuch and Moses’ life to their respective conclusions. These two important things are interrelated. Deuteronomy’s conclusion (34:1–12), in which Moses dies, is expected and yet odd.  It is expected in...

What All Christians Should Know

Heinrich Bullinger (1504–1575) is widely known as the author of the Second Helvetic Confession (1566). But his series of fifty sermons entitled Decades (1549–1551) was as well-known and has been often compared to...

Characteristics of Reformed Theology

John H. Leith was one of the most influential teachers of Reformed theology in the twentieth century. A new book containing selections of his writings was published a few weeks ago under the...

Spiritual Friendship –  The Evangelical Brotherhood in Colonial America

On October 22, 1746, Acting Governor John Hamilton of New Jersey granted a charter for the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) to seven petitioners: four Presbyterian clergy: Jonathan Dickinson, Aaron Burr,...

John Owen on the Beatific Vision – Historic Reformed “Spirituality” in Action

A good number of you might never have heard of John Owen, but for those of you who have, he might well be something of a polarizing figure. If he is known for...

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From Christ to Christianity

Dr. Edwards delivered this address on Oct. 7, 2021, at Theology Matters’ conference at Providence Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

A Reformation Day Sermon

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a...

If I were a Church School Teacher Again

Observation reveals that religious instruction is still very much a matter of conveying religious facts, and that this concern with religious knowledge is a Protestant characteristic. If I were a church school teacher again, I would seek constantly to emphasize the importance of Christian duties.

The Institute for Theological Education

The Institute for Theological Education seeks to provide theological instruction that is biblical and from the mainstream of the Reformed tradition. Its primary purpose is to equip the next generation of ministers for Presbyterian and other Christian congregations.

Clothes Make the Man (or the Woman)?

Do we still believe in the notion of the “preaching office” or the “pastoral office”? Or have we joined the ranks of so much American “free church” congregationalism that replaces the notion of “office” with that of mere “function”?