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Chinese Government’s Harassment of Early Rain Covenant Church

Press Statement:

Heather Nauert
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 15, 2018
We are deeply concerned by the Chinese government’s reported harassment of the Early Rain Covenant Church, in Chengdu, Sichuan Province after they planned to hold a memorial service on May 12, for the victims of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. The United States government joins the people of China in mourning the loss of tens of thousands of lives in the tragedy, and notes the value of memorializing their lives and calling for full accountability to prevent or mitigate future disasters. Regarding reports that Chinese authorities confiscated bibles, we call on China to uphold its international commitments to promote respect for religious freedom for all persons

John Frame and Steve Childers record “3-D Discussions” for Applied Theology Project courses and books.

The mission of the Applied Theology Project is to provide accessible, affordable, seminary-level courses in theology to underserved church leaders–in their language and adapted to their culture wherever they live and serve.

This series is designed to help church leaders understand all the major doctrines of the Christian faith and learn how to apply them to their lives and ministries in a way that transforms lives and communities.

This series is taught by Dr. John Frame (Systematic Theology professor) and Dr. Steve Childers (Practical Theology professor), drawing from their combined 70 plus years as seminary professors to help church leaders renew their minds, hearts, and lives.

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Applied Theology Project Series

Knowing the Triune God as Creator and Redeemer of All Things

APPLIED THEOLOGY I: KNOWING GOD THE FATHER AS CREATOR
  • Course One: Definitions in Theology – Available Now
  • Course Two: Foundations of Theology – Coming Soon
  • Course Three: Covenants in Theology – Coming Soon
  • Course Four: God’s Revelation in Scripture
  • Course Five: God’s Nature as Triune Lord
  • Course Six: God’s Work as Creator and Sustainer
APPLIED THEOLOGY II: KNOWING THE FALL OF HUMANITY AND WORLD
  • Course One: Anthropology: Humanity, the Image of God
  • Course Two: Hamartiology: Sin, the Fall & Common Grace
  • Course Three: Hamartiology: The Consequences of the Fall
  • Course Four: Christology: The Person of Christ
  • Course Five: Christology: The Work of Christ
  • Course Six: Pneumatology: The Person & Work of the Spirit 
APPLIED THEOLOGY III: KNOWING GOD THE SON AS REDEEMER
  • Course One: Soteriology: Election, Calling, & Regeneration
  • Course Two: Soteriology: Conversion (Faith & Repentance)
  • Course Three: Soteriology: Justification & Adoption
  • Course Four: Soteriology: Sanctification & Assurance
  • Course Five: Soteriology: Perseverance & Glorification
  • Course Six: Ecclesiology: The Nature of the Church
APPLIED THEOLOGY IV: KNOWING GOD THE SPIRIT AS RESTORER
  • Course One: Ecclesiology: The Task of the Church
  • Course Two: Ecclesiology: The Means of Grace
  • Course Three: Ecclesiology: The Sacraments
  • Course Four: Eschatology: Heaven & Hell
  • Course Five: Eschatology: The Events of the Last Days
  • Course Six: Applied Theology: Christian Ethics

The evening immediately after RC Sproul died, John Frame writes about his earliest memories of RC, starting back when they were young men from Pittsburgh. Frame expresses his great admiration for RC and his ministry, and grieves over the “wretched boundaries” that kept them apart, as he prays for RC’s family and loved ones.

Both of us were profoundly influenced by John Gerstner. RC went to Pittsburgh Seminary to study with Gerstner; I went to Westminster to study with Gerstner’s teachers. But I visited Pittsburgh Seminary a few times. Once in Gerstner’s class, there was a young fellow who dominated the class discussion. A friend later introduced the student to me as “Bob” Sproul. Later that year I visited the Wheaton Philosophy Conference, and again there was Bob, going at it with the other conferees.

Those meetings were sufficient to pick up my ears when I heard Bob’s name. I remember hearing of him working with Jerry Kirk in Cincinnati, teaching at Gordon-Conwell Seminary, and other ministries. Then came the Ligonier Valley Study Center. I spoke at one of the early conferences— on inerrancy— and for the first time I was able to say I knew RC— formerly Bob.

We could have been good friends, I think. We were the same age, Pittsburghers, Calvinists, and most of all disciples of Jesus Christ. But alas, we belonged to different clubs. I followed Van Til, Gerstner’s teacher, but Gerstner did not follow Van Til, and RC followed Gerstner. I always felt his heart and mine were in the same place.

We could have been good friends, I think. We were the same age, Pittsburghers, Calvinists, and most of all disciples of Jesus Christ. But alas, we belonged to different clubs.

From time to time I saw, or thought I saw, hints of Van Tillian presuppositionalism in RC’s writings. I think of his exegesis of Rom. 1, which was very much the same as Van Til’s. And he once, at Westminster, described himself as a “proto-suppositionalist.” I took that to mean that whatever you think about apologetic method Scripture must always have the final say. I too am a protosuppositionalist. And in the final analysis that’s all there really is to presuppositionalism.

But RC was nevertheless in one club, and I was in a different one. So we never actually had a good talk, even about old times in Pittsburgh. But I greatly admired dear RC, and I ranked him as the best communicator of Reformed truth in my time.

So now I lean over the wretched boundaries between our respective clubs, and I pray God’s comfort in Jesus to his family, his church, and his great movement.

So now I lean over the wretched boundaries between our respective clubs, and I pray God’s comfort in Jesus to his family, his church, and his great movement. And I pray God’s prosperity on all of these wonderful brothers and sisters. For our love far transcends the boundaries of our clubs.