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Reformed Theology and the Mission of God in the 21st Century is the theme of the World Reformed Fellowship 4th General Assembly meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil March 23-27, 2015.

Plenary speakers, gospel preachers, worship leaders, workshop teachers, and discussion facilitators will be gathering from around the world for this 5-day global conference being sponsored by MacKenzie University and the Presbyterian Church of Brazil. Church leaders will be focusing on “Critical Issues Facing the Global Church.” Countries represented include Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nepal, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uganda, USA, etc.

Plenary speakers include (in order):

  • Sam Logan: World Reformed Fellowship International Director
  • Luder Whitlock: History of World Reformed Fellowship 1
  • Paul Gilchrist: History of World Reformed Fellowship 2
  • Christopher Wright: The Langham Partnership
  • Doug Birdsall: The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization
  • Thomas Schirrmacher: The World Evangelical Alliance
  • Ligon Duncan: The Gospel Coalition
  • David Baer: The Overseas Council
  • Christine Schirrmacher: The Challenge of Islam 1
  • Stephen Tong: The Challenge of Islam 2
  • Diane Langberg: The Abuse of Women
  • Jim Gamble: The Trafficking of Humans
  • Boz Tchividjian: The Sexual Abuse of Children in Religious Environments
  • Phil Monroe: Ministering to Victims of Sexual Trauma
  • Flip Buys: The Prosperity Gospel
  • Sheryl Haw: The Biblical Response to the Poor
  • Steve Childers: The Vision for Global Church Planting

Live Streaming and Recording

Although registration is closed, Mackenzie University will arrange for live Internet streaming of all Assembly plenary sessions (with the possible exception of Dr. Christine Schirrmacher’s presentation on Islam). Mackenzie University will also record (audio only) all plenary sessions.

Frame Book Cover Volume 2Good news! Dr. John M. Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings, Volume 2 (P&R) has just been released.

Dr. Frame has distinguished himself as a prolific author and one of America’s foremost theologians and philosophers—significantly shaping the thought of Evangelicalism today. Many of today’s most influential Christian leaders and authors, like Tim Keller and John Piper, readily acknowledge the significant impact John Frame has had on them. He is also a dear friend and colleague who has significantly shaped my theology, life, and ministry for many years.

Although widely known and deeply respected in church leadership and academic circles for decades, his works are now, finally, becoming more known to the general public.

After publishing his massive (1276 pages), award-winning Systematic Theology in November 2013 he began following the tradition of John Calvin (Tracts and Treatises),[1] Jonathan Edwards (Miscellanies),[2] B. B. Warfield (Selected Shorter Writings),[3] and Herman Bavinck (Selected Shorter Works),[4] finishing his writing career by publishing “everything he’s always wanted to write but hasn’t” in his Selected Shorter Writings.

Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings Volume 1 was published in March 2014. The second volume was published this month by P & R Publishing. This volume (384 pages) contains 26 short, pointed essays summarizing some of Frame’s central (and a few peripheral) ideas about Scripture, theological education, theological method, apologetics, ethics, and the church, along with some essays regarding some interesting personal reflections. Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings, Volume 2, begins with:

“Inerrancy: A Place to Live,” one of Frame’s shortest and clearest presentations of this aspect of the doctrine of Scripture. This essay is complemented later in the book by

“Let God Be True: Scripture and Certainty.” Other essays include

“Why Theology Needs Philosophy,” (presaging Frame’s epic History of Western Philosophy and Theology),

“The Academic Captivity of Theology,” (Frame’s highly controversial evaluation of the traditional model of seminary training for pastors),

“The Demise of Systematic Theology,”

“The Heart of the Atonement,”

“The Bible on the Problem of Evil,”

“Tolerance,”

“Two Levels of Divine Blessing,”

“What Denomination Should I Join?,”

“Worship That Pleases God,”

“My Exceptions to the Westminster Standards,” and (just for fun)

“Triperspectival Dieting,” and much more.

As in his first volume, in volume 2 you’ll find a wide array of important topics written in Frame’s inimitable style of clarity and robust charity. You’ll learn new ways to apply the Scriptures to real life and ministry (“Theology is application!”). And along the way you’ll be inspired and challenged as you mine the riches of these winsome and provocative essays.

If you’re interested in learning more about the life, theology, and ministry of John Frame, I’ve written these 4 brief blog posts I hope you’ll find helpful:

Coming Soon: The 100 Books That Have Most Influenced John Frame’s Thought by Frame and Childers


[1] John Calvin and Henry Beveridge, Tracts and Treatises of John Calvin (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2004).

[2] Jonathan Edwards, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. 13, The Miscellanies: A–500, ed. Thomas A. Schafer (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1994); vol. 18, The Miscellanies: 501–832, ed. Ava Chamberlain (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2000); vol. 20, The Miscellanies: 833–1152, ed. Amy Plantinga Pauw (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002); vol. 23, The Miscellanies: 1153–1360, ed. Douglas A. Sweeney (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2004).

[3] Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield, Selected Shorter Writings, ed. John Meeter (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2001).

[4] Herman Bavinck, Selected Shorter Works (Portland, OR: Monergism Books, 2011).

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DO YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PLANT OR GROW A CHURCH?

Most church leaders would love to learn the nuts and bolts of how to plant and grow a church but they don’t know where to start. They have the desire, but not the tools. That’s where Steve Childers’ church planting and development course* will help you.

*the course will be offered live (in person on the RTS-Orlando campus only), not by video streaming.

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Christian leaders from more than 50 countries, representing over 300 denominations and mission agencies, have taken this training.
 
 
For the past 25 years Dr. Steve Childers has trained thousands of church planters, pastors and missionaries (in 7 languages on 5 continents) to start, grow, and multiply gospel-centered churches.

 

NOW YOU CAN TAKE THIS TRAINING AT RTS-ORLANDO THIS SPRING!

Lectures, discussions, and learning activities will allow you to formulate your own culturally contextualized vision, philosophy, mission, values, and strategy that can find immediate application in the field.
The primary outcome of the course will be a personalized Church Planting and Development Plan the student can actually use in planting and growing a gospel-centered church. Note: This Church Planting and Development Plan normally meets the required criteria of most denominations and mission agencies for church planting or development.

SIGN-UP NOW!

The first weekly training session is on Tuesday, February 10 from 6pm-9pm and will continue to meet weekly until May 12th. If you or anyone you know would like to take this course, please contact RTS Orlando’s registrar at lconley@rts.edu or you may call 407-278-8832.

Although this accredited course is being made available for those pursuing an M.A. or M.Div degree, it is also being made available to the general public for the special audit price of $150.00–that’s $1200.00 off the normal price of the course. Please let the RTS registrar know if you want to take the course for credit or audit.