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PRC Theological Seminary

Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America

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Wyoming, MI 49418

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Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses,
the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 2:1,2


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 Special Notes (December 2018):

  • Seminary has now completed its first semester and will take a two-week Christmas/New Years break.  Pray for rest and refreshment before faculty and students take up their work again in January. The seminary will be open and staff available during the break, except for the holidays themselves (Christmas Day and New Year's).

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman are rapidly drawing to a close. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker (now pastor at Grandville PRC) and the Council there. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.
  • The PRC Synod 2018 took a decision urging “the churches and the pastors in particular in their public prayers to pray the Lord of the harvest for able, faithful, and devoted pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11) for us and our children, as well as for the gathering of the elect out of the nations (Matthew 28:19).” A number of ministers are nearing the age of emeritation, and the number of students in the seminary at this time will not be sufficient to fill the upcoming needs of our churches either in our own congregations or in the work of missions. Please remember this urgent need in your prayers and encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry.

  • The Fall 2018 issue of the PRT Journal is now available. The pdf version is available on this page and the print version will be mailed the week of Christmas.

  • A new seminary website has been developed and is NOW LIVE! More content has to be added and more "tweaks" have to be made, but the main parts are now functional and profitable. Check it out!

  • The faculty sends out this special announcement concerning the January 2019 Interim course:

    "Seminary Interim Course on Heidelberg Catechism Preaching."  Members of the PRCA are invited to Prof. Gritters' interim class at seminary, from January 4 - 15. The class meets for 8 mornings, from 9-11:30.  Among other things, included will be instruction on why catechism preaching is required by the Church Order, proper and improper methods of preaching the catechism, and discussion on ways to preach the Heidelberg Catechism well.  Area ministers have been invited.  Others are welcome to attend.  If you are interested, please call the seminary secretary at 616-531-1490.  The class will be live-streamed for those not able to attend in person."

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  • Work has begun on the seminary addition project that will house the new PRC archives and two offices during the professor transition period in the next few years.

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  • The Seminary faculty along with Trinity PRC Evangelism Committee are working on plans for a Spring 2019 conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Synod of Dordt, 1618-19-2018-19. The following updates are being given:
    Dordt 400: Did you know November 13 1618, 400 years ago, the Synod of Dordt began and didn’t conclude until nearly 6 months and 154 meetings later?! Are you familiar with the preceding history that led to this lengthy meeting? Do you know the week by week events that happened during the Great Synod? Follow that history and join the blog at Dordt400.org to view the weekly events  Synod of Dordt. Stay up to speed in light of Seminary's conference April 25-27 2019.

    Dordt 400 Writing contest:  Don’t forget that the conference also includes a writing contest with great prizes!  Sign up and submit your essay by January 15 at the conference website Dordt400.org

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

"The aim is never to master the Word, but to be mastered by it."  (D. A. Carson)

January Updates from Seminary Hill

PC243796The PR Seminary is currently on a special schedule due to the postponement of the Interim, which would have met from Jan.6-15, 2014. The faculty has designated this a special time of study preparation for the second semester, with students being given some of their special assignments early so they can begin work on sermons, papers and readings. Continue to pray for the faculty and students as prepare for the start of the second semester, set for next Tuesday, Jan.21.

 

Prof.B.Gritters along with his wife Lori and elder Deane Wassink and his wife Donna are finishing up their work in the region of Vellore, India this week. Yesterday Prof. Gritters preached in both the English and Tamil congregations. This week Prof. Gritters will be teaching Classes for Sola Gratia Study on the Covenant and leading Bible Studies. The delegation will visit the Grace Foster Home, Village Outreach Churches, and seek to grow in knowledge and fellowship with the RCCV. Remember this delegation in prayer as they carry out this work, say their goodbyes and return home on Friday, D.V.

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Junior Ryan Barnhill has just learned from the faculty that he will be taking his internship the second half of this year (July 1- December 31, 2014) in Edgerton (MN) PRC under her pastor, Rev. Douglas Kuiper. Edgerton's Council has approved this proposal and over the next few months will be making preparations with her pastor for the coming of Ryan, his wife Miranda, and daughter Mya. Besides involvement in all the aspects of the life of the Edgerton congregation, the internship will afford Ryan the opportunity to be a part of the work of the Foreign Mission Committee and the Reformed Witness Committee. Ryan and Miranda are excited about the opportunity to spend the six-month internship in one of the congregations of Classis West.

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And, finally, don't forget the special invitation that has been extended to visitors to attend selected second semester classes! Visit the link for details and contact information. Hope to see you there!

Invitation to Audit 2nd Semester Seminary Classes

SemFront-1Once again the Seminary is inviting those who are interested to attend selected classes this coming school year. 

Prof. R.Dykstra is inviting auditors to Church History, a class in which he will teach about Ancient Church History; Reformed Confessions, concentrating on the Heidelberg Catechism and Belgic Confession; and History of Dogma

Prof. R.Cammenga is inviting auditors to Reformed Dogmatics, which will begin with Eschatology, the study of the last things, and New Testament History, a class in which he treats New Testament History from the Passion of Christ through the missionary journeys of the apostle Paul. 

If you are interested in attending any or all of these classes, please call the Seminary at 616-531-1490 to find what times they meet (or check the Seminary website for the class schedule) and to “register” for the class(es).  Classes begin on Tuesday, January 21.

Seminary on Christmas/New Year's Break

PC243796The Seminary will be on break for this week and next for the Christmas and New Year's holidays (December 23-January 3).

The Seminary office and staff will keep its regular hours during this time, available from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for the Christmas and New Years days. But please call ahead of time to make sure that someone is there (616-531-1490).

Power was restored to the Seminary late Monday afternoon! We plan to be open most of the day Tuesday, and then again Thursday and Friday.

The Seminary faculty, students and staff wish you a blessed Christmas and New Year!

Matthew 1:23: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

 

Seminary on Exam Schedule This Week

Students in ClassThe PRC Seminary is on 1st Semester exam schedule this week, with exams being held each day Monday through Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m. To view the exam schedule visit the Seminary website and scroll down to the bottom of the home page for the calendar (click on each day's notice for the specific exams).

The Seminary office and staff will keep its regular hours this week, available from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. From December 23 - January 3 professors and students will be on break, but the office will still be open, except on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Let us remember our Seminary students in prayer this week, that they may give a good account to the Lord of their studies and preparation for the gospel ministry.

 

 

 

January 2014 Interim Course Postponed

cammengaThe faculty of the PRC Seminary with the approval of the TSC (Theological School Commitee) announces that the January 2014 Interim session scheduled to be taught by Prof.R.Cammenga ("The Theology of John Calvin") from Jan.6-15 has now been postponed. This decision was made in light of the ongoing treatments Prof.Cammenga's wife Rhonda is receiving for uterine cancer as well as other pressing needs in his family at this time.

Prof.Cammenga does plan to teach this new course in the future, D.V., but there will be no interim course taught next year (January 2014).

Please remember the Cammenga family in your prayers as they pass through this trial.

Isaiah 43:1-2 

1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

November 2013 PR Theological Journal Now Available!

Nov2013-471 Page 1The November 2013 issue of the Protestant Reformed Theological Journal has just been published and sent out to those on our mailing list! This begins volume 47 and is a special issue, containing three of the six speeches given at the recent PR Seminary sponsored conference marking the 450th anniversary of the Heidleberg Catechism (1563-2013).The April 2014 issue (v.47 #2) will contain the other three speeches given at this conference, D.V.

Inside this issue are the Journal-adapted speeches (extended and more academic in nature) of Dr.Jurgen Klautke of Giessen, Germany, Rev.Angus Stewart of Ballymena, N.Ireland, and Prof.Ronald Cammenga. And once again there are a goodly number of book reviews, including several on recent publications on the Heidelberg Catechism.

The PRTJ is sent out free of charge to any who wish to receive it. We will gladly place you on our mailing list if you so desire. Contact the Seminary secretary, Judi Doezema (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are interested in receiving the Journal this way. We can also send it to you electronically if you wish to receive it in Kindle or ePub formats (Those versions are also now available - see the Seminary's Journal page linked below.). We also attach it in pdf form here for your convenience.

If you wish to view and read any past issues, they are all archived at the Journal page on the Seminary's website. There you will also find an index for searching these issues.

Seminary on Special Schedule This Week

SignThe PRC Seminary will be on a special schedule this week. Because of the post-Labor start this year and due to the Thanksgiving break this week Thursday and Friday, Monday will be a regular day of classes (whereas it is usually reserved only for practice preaching). The class schedule will be moved up a day for Monday through Wednesday, with Tuesday's classes held on Monday, Wednesday's on Tuesday, and Thursday's on Wednesday. See the pdf of the schedule below for details.

2013-14 1st Semester Schedule/Calendar

Seminary Heidelberg Catechism Writing Contest Winners

The winners of the HC Writing Contest who were present Friday night.At the Friday night session of the PR Seminary's recent Heidelberg Catechism conference (October 17-19, 2013) the winners of the Writing Contest were announced, but only seven of the fifteen award winners could be present (see the picture). And while the others were acknowledged that night, it is also fitting that the entire group be recognized here, while also noting the categories in which they were awarded. We extend our hearty congratulations to all these winners, as well as expressing our appreciation to all those who entered the contest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior High (grades 6-8)

Brett Kalsbeek (Hope PRC, GR)
Jori Baas (SW PRC)
Allen Kalsbeek (Hope PRC, GR)

High School (grade 9-10)

Lorraine Smit (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA)
Kelsey Kuiper (Faith PRC)
Rachel Rutgers (Hope PRC, GR)

High School (grades 11-12)

Elizabeth Ensink (Trinity PRC)
Gwen Van Baren (Crete PRC)
Leah Marcus (First PRC, Edmonton)

Post-High/College

Dale Schipper (SW PRC)
Sara Doezema (Hope PRC, GR)
Stephen Mulder (First PRC, Edmonton)

Adult

Sarah Mowery (Loveland CO PRC)
Shirley Casemier (First PRC, Holland)
Rick Noorman (Faith PRC)

Seminary Heidelberg Catechism Conference: Saturday's Closing Session

PA193712Saturday morning was the closing session of the HC Conference held at Hudsonville PRC. Once again there were two great speeches, with Rev.Angus Stewart of the Covenant PRC of Ballymena, N.Ireland going first and speaking on the irenic/polemical nature of the HC. Explaining these two terms, Rev.Stewart taught us that the catechism could be called a "war and peace" manual, since it teaches us both how to battle against the errors that oppose the Reformed faith (from Roman Catholicism to Lutheranism to Anabaptism) as well as how to maintain true peace in the church - unity in the truth of the gospel. To listen to pastor Stewart's message, visit this page at Hudsonville PRC's Sermonaudio site.

 

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Prof.R.Dykstra closed out the conference by addressing us on the HC’s teaching on God’s covenant. Proving that the HC is firmly grounded in the biblical and Reformed doctrine of God's sovereign covenant, even though it is only mentioned specifically four times, Prof.Dykstra also showed us the nature of this covenant doctrine: not an agreement but a relationship of friendship; not conditional but unconditional; not general (for all) but particular (for the elect). In other words, the covenant doctrine found in the HC is that of sovereign grace! And he showed us how this was in harmony with what the chief writers of the HC, Ursinus and Olevianus, openly taught, both before and after the HC was written. To listen to Prof.Dykstra's speech, visit this page at Hudsonville PRC's Sermonaudio page.

Even though the numbers were a little less for this session, we still had a good crowd, and we learned afterward that over 200 people were also listening on the live-stream! All of the speeches were also video-taped and the videos will be made available in the near future.

If you wish to find all the conference speeches in audio in one place, visit this special Sermonaudio page.

Hudsonville PRC proved to be a most gracious host for the conference and all those involved in its planning and preparation are to be thanked for all their hard work in making this PR Seminary-sponsored conference a big success.

More pictures from the final day:

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Sem. Stephan Regnerus mans the Seminary tables.        Our German guests with their gifts of facsimile editions of the 1563 HC.

Seminary Heidelberg Catechism Conference: Friday Night's Session

Last evening (Friday) was another great night as the PR Seminary’s Heidelberg Catechism Conference entered its second day. We had another good crowd (600+) and another 200 “attendees” through the live-stream – wonderfully encouraging!

BGritters_small-448x222The speeches were again outstanding – instructive and inspirational!Prof.B.Gritters instructed us in the history and benefits of HC preaching, showing that HC catechism preaching in Reformed churches has a long and noble history (introduced only a few years after the HC itself was published). But in defense of HC preaching he also showed us that catechism preaching itself goes all the way back to the time of Ambrose in the 4th century! And the benefitsof HC preaching? Prof.Gritters provided eight precious blessings of good HC preaching. To find out what those are, listen to his speech, which may be found here at Hudsonville PRC’s Sermonaudio page.

haak_smallRev.C.Haak (Georgetown PRC. Hudsonville, MI) gave a powerful speech on the HC’s view of the Christian life as one of gratitude. With clear proofs from Scripture and the catechism he demonstrated that the HC captures the true meaning – even the heart – of the Christian life when it teaches that the whole of our conduct is to be motivated by thankfulness to God – all because of His sovereign grace to us in Jesus Christ. Pastor Haak gave us the quote of the night when he repeatedly defined this gratitude as “the echo of praise reverberating in the chambers of the heart which knows its redemption and renewal by grace”.  You may listen to Rev.Haak’s message too on Hudsonville’s Sermonaudio page.

The winners of the HC Writing Contest who were present Friday night.

 

The winners of the HC Writing Contest were also announced last evening. Scott Van Uffelen, one of the four judges (along with Sue Looyenga, Liz Griess, and Trisha Haak), described the process of judging the 80+ entries and the joy of reading the essays. The entries revealed not just good writing but minds and hearts in love with the gospel found in the HC. Without revealing all of them just yet (some of the out-of-staters and Canadian winners have to be contacted yet), we can give you this picture of the local winners who were in attendance last evening (Back row -l-r: Sirley Casemier, Kelsey Kuiper, Dale Schipper, Rick Noorman; Front row - l-r: Allen Kalsbeek, Brett Kalsbeek, Sara Doezema, Scott Van Uffelen).

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few additional pictures from the evening.

Friday's full fellowship room!

Friday’s full fellowship room!

Gary VDS (Credo Books) & Josh Engelsma going over books

Gary VDS (Credo Books) & Josh Engelsma going over books

Aaron Lim helps staff the Seminary display table

Aaron Lim helps staff the Seminary display table

Specials guests from Mason, MI display the HC in Burmese translated by Rev.Titus

Specials guests from Mason, MI display the HC in Burmese translated by Rev.Titus

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