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September 4, 2023

September 2023 Updates

 

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Prof. R. Cammenga leading the opening-semester chapel at the PRC Seminary, Tuesday, August 29.

 

  • The PRTS is back in session! As of September 1, the first week of classes is completed, and we thank for the Lord for the good beginning we have had. It is always wonderful to have faculty, students, and staff return and begin a new semester and school year.  The schedule and calendar have been posted here. We covet your prayers as we begin this new year. Join us in petitioning our heavenly Father for His grace and Spirit to equip and enable us in all our labors.
     

  • Seminary classes began for the first semester on Tuesday, August 29. The seminary faculty invite interested persons to audit three classes this semester: Prof Cammenga’s class of N.T. History (covering the intertestamental period up to the Passion Week), Prof. Kuiper’s class of Modern Church History (covering the history of the Protestant churches from the beginning of the Reformation to 1648), and Prof. Huizinga’s class of Dogmatics (covering the study of the doctrine of God). If you are interested in attending, please contact the seminary secretary at 616-531-1490 or seminarysecretary@prca.org to find out the day and time the class you are interested in will meet.
     

  • Prof. R. Cammenga led the opening chapel for the seminary on August 29. He plans to lead it again on Wednesday, Sept.13. It is worth noting that this will be Prof. Cammenga's final year of instruction, as Prof. B. Huizinga continues to take over his courses. Aaron Van Dyke (junior from Faith PRC, Jenison, MI), led the daily devotions last week. The week of Sept.5-8 Bruce Feenstra is in charge of them.
     

  • Prof. C. Griess has completed his ThM thesis through Puritan Reformed Seminary in Grand Rapids and plans to graduate in December. He is teaching in the area of practical theology for the first time this semester, two courses: NT Greek (grammar) and Homiletics (sermon making). We give thanks to God for this progress in the transition between Prof. Gritters and him. Prof. D. Kuiper continues teaching his full slate of courses.
     

  • There are five students enrolled in the PRTS this year. Senior Arend Haveman is doing his six-month internship this summer and fall (July-December) in Pittsburgh PRC under Rev. W. Bruinsma. Junior Aaron Van Dyke (also licensed to speak a word of edification in the PRC) returns for his third year (married with one child and one on the way). Sophomore Bruce Feenstra spent the summer in his home of Redlands, CA and returns for his second year, which includes practice preaching. There are two new students this year (freshmen): Isaac Van Baren, also from Redlands, CA (Married with 2 children), and Joe Ophoff (Loveland, CO - married with five children), who enters as the first participant in the Special Seminary Entrance Program (SSEP), projected to be five years for him. His course work will initially involve finishing some pre-seminary requirements and beginning some seminary-level courses.

 

  • On Monday night August 28 the seminary enjoyed its annual picnic. This year faculty, students, and staff, along with their wives and families, gathered at Whistlestop Park in Byron Center, MI, where a smorgasbord of food was enjoyed, and then some lively yard games and good fellowship (see photo below).
     

  • The annual Convocation of the PRTS will be hosted by Hope PRC (Walker, MI)) on Wednesday, September 6, at 7 p.m. All are invited and encouraged to join with faculty, students, and the Theological School Committee as we call on the Lord and seek His blessing on the upcoming school year. Prof. B. Huizinga will be speaking on "The Protestant Reformed Minister Today", and the PR String Orchestra will perform a special number. If you are unable to attend in person, you may watch the event through Hope PRC's website.
    *UPDATE: The video of the convocation program is now available on the PRTS' YouTube channel.
     

  • Special Summer Class on Church Discipline:   The Seminary again sponsored a summer course for the public.  Prof. B. Gritters taught five classes on the important topic of Christian Discipline at Hudsonville PRC from July 12 through August 9. For a detailed outline of the subjects to be taught, click on this link.  For the videos and outlines of the five (5) classes, visit this blog post. All of these may also be found on Hudsonville PRC's website.
     

  • The Spring 2023 issue of the PR Theological Journal was mailed out this spring and the digital editions have been posted on the PRTS's journal page. ​The Spring issue features articles on a distinctive feature of PRC teaching on the covenant of grace, on the image of God in man from a conference in Mexico, on R.L. Dabney's "proposals of mercy," and the first part of a history of Classis West of the PRC - and, of course, several significant book reviews. If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Valerie, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org). Work has begun on the Fall 2023 issue.
     

  •  The seminary office, library, and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5 - except for holidays) for any of your book and Bible needs.  The bookstore carries many items of interest to all readers - Bibles, commentaries, biographies, etc. And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.

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August 8, 2023

August 2023 Updates

 

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Prof. B. Gritters teaching his summer class on church discipline. Classes continue this month on the 2nd and 9th. See below for more details.

 

  • With the month of August here, the PRTS is in the final weeks of its summer break. The first semester of the 2023-24 term will begin, the Lord willing, on Tuesday, August 29. The schedule and calendar have been approved and are posted here. ​Look for news about classes to audit in the near future.
     

  • During these summer months faculty, students, and staff are busy preparing for the next term as well as carrying out other labors and responsibilities. And we are blessed to enjoy some times of rest and relaxation as well. Continue to pray for us during these final weeks of our summer break, even as we thank you for all your prayer support in the past. 
     

  • Seminary classes begin for the first semester on Tuesday, August 29. The seminary faculty invite interested persons to audit three classes this semester: Prof Cammenga’s class of N.T. History (covering the intertestamental period up to the Passion Week), Prof. Kuiper’s class of Modern Church History (covering the history of the Protestant churches from the beginning of the Reformation to 1648), and Prof. Huizinga’s class of Dogmatics (covering the study of the doctrine of God). If you are interested in attending, please contact the seminary secretary at 616-531-1490 or seminarysecretary@prca.org to find out the day and time the class you are interested in will meet.
     

  • Special Summer Class on Church Discipline:   The Seminary is sponsoring another summer course for the public, and it continues this month!  All members, men and women, young and old, are welcome to attend or watch online (see the livestream link below - Hudsonville PRC).  Prof. B. Gritters will teach regarding the important topic of Christian Discipline.  Because all members participate in discipline, the course will be of interest to officebearers as well as non-officebearers.  Classes will be held in Hudsonville PRC, Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., from July 12 through August 9  Time will be saved for questions.  For a detailed outline of the subjects to be taught, click on this link or email the seminary secretary:  seminarysecretary@prca.org or Prof. Gritters:  gritters@prca.org

  • The annual convocation of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary will be hosted by Hope PRC (GR) on Wednesday, September 6, at 7 p.m. All are invited and encouraged to join with faculty, students, and the Theological School Committee as we call on the Lord and seek His blessing on the upcoming school year. Prof. B. Huizinga will be the speaker, and the PR Symphony Orchestra will perform a special number.

  • Prof. C. Griess has completed his ThM thesis through Puritan Reformed Seminary in Grand Rapids and is preparing to teach courses for the first time this fall. We give thanks to God for this progress in the transition between Prof. Gritters and him.
     

  • Over the days of June 13-15 senior Sem. Matt Koerner was examined by the PRC Synod, unanimously approved, and declared a candidate for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. His graduation was held June 15 in Southwest PRC (Wyoming, MI), with Prof. R. Cammenga speaking. The graduation program has now been uploaded to the seminary's YouTube channel. We praise and thank the Lord for this gift to the churches and pray for Matt and his wife Sharon as they prepare for the work the Lord will give them. Currently, he is considering two calls from vacant PR congregations.
     

  • Synod also approved the entrance of Isaac Van Baren into the seminary beginning this Fall. Isaac and his wife (Elizabeth) and two children moved from Southern California (Hope PRC-Redlands) to West Michigan in mid-June. He is completing some pre-sem classes yet this summer and will begin regular seminary classes on August 29.
     

  • Sem. Arend Haveman has begun his senior-year internship this summer and fall (July-December) in Pittsburgh PRC under Rev. W. Bruinsma. Sem. A. Van Dyke (recently licensed to speak a word of edification in the PRC) will keep busy with work and preaching assignments. Sem. B. Feenstra has returned home to Redlands, CA for the summer for work and family time.
     

  • Synod 2023 of the PRC approved a proposal from the Theological School Committee (TSC) for a special entrance program (SSEP) for older men who aspire to the ministry in the PRC. It may now be reported that the first student enrolled in this program has been approved after an interview with the TSC this past week (August 1). Mr. Joe Ophoff, currently a member of Loveland PRC, plans to move to west Michigan the week of August 14 with his wife and five children, so as to begin his special program (August 29), which initially involves finishing some pre-seminary requirements and beginning some seminary-level courses. Details are still being worked out and await approval at the TSC meeting this month.

  • The Spring 2023 issue of the PR Theological Journal was mailed out this spring and the digital editions have been posted on the PRTS's journal page. ​The Spring issue features articles on a distinctive feature of PRC teaching on the covenant of grace, on the image of God in man from a conference in Mexico, on R.L. Dabney's "proposals of mercy," and the first part of a history of Classis West of the PRC - and, of course, several significant book reviews. If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Valerie, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org). 
     

  •  The seminary office, library, and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) also during the summer (except for holidays) for any of your book and Bible needs.  The bookstore carries many items of interest to all readers - Bibles, commentaries, biographies, etc. And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.

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July 7, 2023

July 2023 Updates

 

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Candidate Matt Koerner graduated from the PRTS on June 15, 2023

 

  • The PRTS is now in the middle of its summer break. The first semester of the 2023-24 term will begin, the Lord willing, on Tuesday, August 29. The schedule and calendar have been approved and are posted here.
     

  • During these summer months faculty, students, and staff have turned to preparing for the next term as well as to other labors and responsibilities. And we are blessed to enjoy some time of rest and relaxation as well. Continue to pray for us during these summer months, even as we thank you for all your prayer support during this past school year. 
     

  • Over the days of June 13-15 senior Sem. Matt Koerner was examined by the PRC Synod, unanimously approved, and declared a candidate for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. His graduation was held June 15 in Southwest PRC (Wyoming, MI), with Prof. R. Cammenga speaking. We praise and thank the Lord for this gift to the churches and pray for Matt as he continues to prepare to take up the work as a pastor.
     

  • Synod also approved the entrance of Isaac Van Baren into the seminary beginning this Fall. Isaac and his wife (Elizabeth) and two children moved from Southern California (Hope PRC-Redlands) to West Michigan in mid-June. He is completing some pre-sem classes yet this summer and will begin regular seminary classes on August 29.
     

  • Sem. Arend Haveman has begun his senior-year internship this summer and fall (July-December) in Pittsburgh PRC under Rev. W. Bruinsma. Sem. A. Van Dyke (recently licensed to speak a word of edification in the PRC) will keep busy with work and preaching assignments. Sem. B. Feenstra has returned home to Redlands, CA for the summer for work and family time.
     

  • Special Summer Class on Church Discipline:   The Seminary is sponsoring another summer course for the public, and it begins this month!  All members, men and women, young and old, are welcome to attend or watch online (see the livestream link below - Hudsonville PRC).  Prof. B. Gritters will teach regarding the important topic of Christian Discipline.  Because all members participate in discipline, the course will be of interest to officebearers as well as non-officebearers.  Classes will be held in Hudsonville PRC, Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., from July 12 through August 16.  Time will be saved for questions.  For a detailed outline of the subjects to be taught, click on this link or email the seminary secretary:  seminarysecretary@prca.org or Prof. Gritters:  gritters@prca.org

  • The Spring 2023 issue of the PR Theological Journal has been mailed out and the digital editions have been posted on the PRTS's journal page. ​The Spring issue features articles on a distinctive feature of PRC teaching on the covenant of grace, on the image of God in man from a conference in Mexico, on R.L. Dabney's "proposals of mercy," and the first part of a history of Classis West of the PRC - and, of course, several significant book reviews. If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon or Valerie, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org). 
     

  •  The seminary office, library, and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) also during the summer (except for holidays) for any of your book and Bible needs.  The bookstore carries many items of interest to all readers - Bibles, commentaries, biographies, etc. And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.

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June 7, 2023

June 2023 Updates

 

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The seminary family enjoyed its end-of-the-year picnic at the Griess residence on May 20

 

  • On May 19 the PRTS completed its second semester of the 2022-23 school year. The Lord has abundantly blessed us with a good year of instruction and learning, and we praise Him for His goodness and faithfulness. ​Now faculty, students, and staff turn to preparing for the next term as well as to other labors and responsibilities this summer. And we hope to enjoy some time of rest and relaxation as well. Continue to pray for us during these summer months, even as we thank you for all your prayer support during this past school year. 
     

  • Our professors will be busy serving as advisors at the PRC Synod during the week of June 13-16. And senior Sem. Matt Koerner will be examined by the synod with a view to his being declared a candidate for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. His graduation is planned for Thursday evening, June 15, 7:30 p.m. at Southwest PRC in Wyoming, MI. Prof. R. Cammenga is the scheduled speaker. You are cordially invited to attend and share in this happy occasion.
     

  • Sem. Arend Haveman will be doing his senior-year internship this summer and fall (July-December) in Pittsburgh PRC under Rev. W. Bruinsma. Sem. A. Van Dyke (recently licensed to speak a word of edification in the PRC) will keep busy with work and preaching assignments. Sem. B. Feenstra has returned home to Redlands, CA for the summer for work and family time.
     

  • On May 26 the seminary family bid farewell to Sharon (Kleyn) Koerner, who faithfully served as the secretary for four and a half years. A special lunch was held and family and friends were invited. We thank God for blessing us with Sharon's efficient labors, friendly service, and godly example while she was with us. We wish her God-speed as she and her husband, Sem. M. Koerner, await a place of labor in the churches. In her place is her sister, Ms. Valerie Kleyn, who has now taken over her duties. Be sure to welcome her when you visit the seminary!
     

  • Special Summer Class on Church Discipline:   The Seminary is sponsoring another summer course for the public!  All members, men and women, young and old, are welcome to attend or watch online (see the livestream link below - Hudsonville PRC).  Prof Gritters will teach regarding the important topic of Christian Discipline.  Because all members participate in discipline, the course will be of interest to officebearers as well as non-officebearers.  Classes will be held in Hudsonville PRC, Wednesday evenings, from July 12 through August 16.  Time will be saved for questions.  For a detailed outline of the subjects to be taught, click on this link or email the seminary secretary:  seminarysecretary@prca.org or Prof. Gritters:  gritters@prca.org.  More details will be provided as we come closer to July 12.
     

  • The Spring 2023 issue of the PR Theological Journal has been mailed out and the digital editions have been posted on the PRTS's journal page. ​The Spring issue features articles on a distinctive feature of PRC teaching on the covenant of grace, on the image of God in man from a conference in Mexico, on R.L. Dabney's "proposals of mercy," and the first part of a history of Classis West of the PRC - and, of course, several significant book reviews. If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon or Valerie, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org). 
     

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) also during the summer (except for holidays) for any of your book and Bible needs.  The bookstore carries many items of interest to all readers - Bibles, commentaries, biographies, etc. And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.

On the final day of classes, May 12, the church history students and teachers from Covenant Christian HS visited seminary as part of their annual PR church history tour (photo below).

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May 5, 2023

May 2023 Updates

 

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The special beauty of May is on display at the PRC Seminary 

 

  • As we enter the month of May, the final weeks of the second semester are upon us. May 12 is our final class day and May 15-19 is the week of final exams. We have again experienced the good hand and heart of the Lord on us, and we look to Him to supply our needs in these final days of the school term. Continue to pray for us, that we would be faithful in our labors and would do so in conscious dependence on the strength of our God.
     

  • With joy the PRTS faculty announces that it has licensed student Aaron Van Dyke to speak a word of edification in the churches. We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training. All scheduling of Mr. Van Dyke must be done through the seminary, either by sending a request to the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org) or the rector, Prof. R. Cammenga (cammenga@prca.org).
     

  • Senior Matt Koerner is our lone graduate this year. He will be examined at the PRC Synod meeting at Southwest PRC (Wyoming, MI), June 13-16. Graduation is planned for Thursday evening, June 15 in that church.
     

  • Sem. Arend Haveman will be doing his senior-year internship this summer and fall (July-December) in Pittsburgh PRC under Rev. W. Bruinsma. Details for that continue to be worked out.
     

  • The Theological School Committee has hired Ms. Valerie Kleyn to take over the secretary duties of Mrs. Sharon (Kleyn) Koerner. Valerie will begin training on May 8, with Sharon's final day is planned for Friday, May 26. We thank the Lord for providing another qualified person to fill this important position at the seminary.
     

  • This month Rev. J, Mahtani (Hope PRC-Walker, PRTS class of 2011) led the May 3 chapel.
     

  • This month the PRTS will have the church history students (juniors) from Covenant Christian High School as our special guests on May 12. They will join us for lunch and have four presentations on various aspects of the seminary and PRC history. Their annual visit is always a highlight for PRTS.
     

  • The Spring 2023 issue of the PR Theological Journal has been mailed out and the digital editions have been posted on the PRTS's journal page. ​The Spring issue features articles on a distinctive feature of PRC teaching on the covenant of grace, on the image of God in man from a conference in Mexico, on R.L. Dabney's "proposals of mercy," and the first part of a history of Classis West of the PRC - and, of course, several significant book reviews. If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon or Valerie, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org). 
     

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  The bookstore carries many items of interest to all readers - Bibles, commentaries, biographies, etc. And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.

Another special Friday lunch was held on May 5 with special guests in attendance (photo below).

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April 3, 2023

April 2023 Updates

 

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Prof. R. Cammenga talks to the students from Heritage CS who visited in March

 

  • As the month of April opens, the PR Theological Seminary is entering the final third of the second semester. God has been good to us, and things are going well, for which we praise and thank Him. ​After a snowy winter, we have been anticipating the warmer weather of Spring and our Spring break, which begins the first week (April 3-7). The schedule and calendar have been posted on this web page.
     

  • The second round of Practice Preaching will take place the Mondays of April 10 and 17. Three of our upperclassmen will deliver their second sermons of the semester. Remember in prayer Sems. M. Koerner, A. Haveman, and A. Van Dyke as they prepare these sermons and deliver them, and the faculty as they guide the men in this all-important work.
     

  • Last month Rev. J. Holstege (Zion PRC-Jenison, MI; class of 2017) spoke for a seminary chapel. This month Rev. J. Maatman (Southeast-Grand Rapids, MI PRC; 2019 graduate) plans to lead the April 26 chapel.
     

  • In early March Prof. R. Cammenga held a second interview with Dr. D. Veitch (Anglican minister) on the PRC's rejection of common grace and the free offer. You may find that video link here.
     

  • Also in March, Prof. David Engelsma (emeritus PRTS professor) was asked to carry on a discussion of his book Christianizing the World: Reformed Calling or Ecclesiastical Suicide? on the podcast "Conversations That Matter." For more on this, visit this blog post.
     

  • In late March the PRTS had two special grade-school visits. On March 23 Mr. Dan Hanko brought his students from Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School in Walker for an introduction to the seminary, and on March 30 the fourth-grade students of Mrs. Jane Woudenberg from Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville made a visit for the same purpose. After a talk on and a tour of the seminary by Prof. R. Cammenga, the students had devotions with the faculty and students and then joined them for snacks and fellowship (see photos above and below).
     

  • The Spring 2023 issue of the PR Theological Journal has been sent to the printer and should be available later this month. ​The Spring issue features articles on a distinctive feature of PRC teaching on the covenant of grace, on the image of God in man from a conference in Mexico, on R.L. Dabney's "proposals of mercy," and the first part of a history of Classis West of the PRC - and, of course, several significant book reviews. In the meantime, the Fall 2022 issue is available - in digital formats (pdf and ePub) and in print. If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org). 
     

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  The bookstore carries many items of interest to all readers - Bibles, commentaries, biographies, etc. And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.

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March 6, 2023

March 2023 Updates

 

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Rev. M. McGeown (Providence PRC) led one of the chapels in February

 

  • As we enter this month of March, the PRTS is already over a third of the way through the second semester. God has been gracious, and things are going well, for which we praise and thank Him. ​This is part of the "long stretch" in the winter/spring term, as we all anticipate Spring and Spring break (April 3-7).  Pray for us as we perform our busy but good labors in the seminary. The schedule and calendar have been posted on this web page.
     

  • The first round of Practice Preaching took place the last Monday of February and the first Monday of March. Three of our upperclassmen delivered their first sermons of the semester. The second round will come after Spring break.
     

  • Last month Rev. J. Smidstra (First PRC-Holland) and Rev. M. McGeown (Providence PRC-Hudsonville) spoke for the Wednesday chapels. This month Rev. J. Holstege (Zion PRC-Jenison, MI) and Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC-Jenison, MI) will speak.
     

  • Back on February 10, the fifth graders from Adams Christian School paid a visit to the PRTS. They received an introduction to the seminary, a tour of the facilities, and then participated in devotions (led by Sem. Matt Koerner) and coffee break with the faculty and students (see photo below).
     

  • On  March 1, Prof. R. Cammenga was interviewed on some of the distinctives of the PRC and her Seminary by an orthodox Anglican-Episcopalian minister (USA), Rev. D. Veitch. If you are interested in watching it, the link is provided here.
     

  • The next meeting of Student Club will be on Thursday, March 16 at Prof. Griess’ house. The topic for discussion will be the recent article by Prof. John Bolt in the Calvin Theological Journal on the first point of common grace.
     

  • Work continues on the Spring 2023 issue of PR Theological Journal. In the meantime, the Fall 2022 issue is available - in digital formats (pdf and ePub) and in print. If you are on our mailing list, you should have received your copy.   If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org). The November 2022 issue features articles by Prof. Griess (Calvin and the third mark of the church), Prof. Kuiper (seminary history, chap.2, 1940-59), Prof. Gritters (introduction to an old article by Herman Hoeksema on mental illness and a book review article), plus numerous other book reviews. To learn more about the content of this latest issue, read this blog post on the website. 

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  The bookstore carries many items of interest to all readers - Bibles, commentaries, biographies, etc. And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.

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February 6, 2023

February 2023 Updates

 

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A good number of visitors attended Prof. B. Gritters' 2023 Interim course on Reformed Ethics in January

 

  • On January 24 the PRTS began its second semester with a full schedule. With our senior student (Matt Koerner) back from his internship for his final semester, we have students in all four levels of training. All the professors are busy teaching, with the exception of Prof. C. Griess who is finishing his ThM thesis during this time. We covet your prayers as we teach, study, and support the work. The schedule and calendar have been posted on this web page.
     

  • Our professors and two of our students also stay busy preaching in the PRCs, teaching catechism and other classes, as well as leading Bible studies. They profit from being involved in congregational life and in bringing God's Word to His people. Remember them also in prayer with regard to this vital work.
     

  • This month Rev. J. Smidstra (First PRC-Holland) and Rev. M. McGeown (Providence PRC-Hudsonville) will speak for our Wednesday chapels.
     

  • Early this month Prof. C. Griess was part of a team from First PRC-Grand Rapids, MI that traveled to Mexico to assist a small independent Presbyterian church in some practical work as well as to continue doctrinal discussions relating to the Reformed faith. 
     

  • Our professors and their wives will be participating in the annual PRC ministers' retreat the second weekend of this month. It will be held Feb.10-11 in Shipshewana, IN. May the Lord give them a blessed time of refreshment and mutual encouragement in their work.
     

  • On  Feb.1, emeritus Prof. D. Engelsma was interviewed on the Federal Vision by an orthodox Anglican-Episcopalian minister (USA), Rev. D. Veitch. If you are interested in watching it, the link is provided here.
     

  • Work has begun on the Spring 2023 issue of PR Theological Journal. In the meantime, the Fall 2022 issue is available - in digital formats (pdf and ePub) and in print. If you are on our mailing list, you should have received your copy.   If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org). The November 2022 issue features articles by Prof. Griess (Calvin and the third mark of the church), Prof. Kuiper (seminary history, chap.2, 1940-59), Prof. Gritters (introduction to an old article by Herman Hoeksema on mental illness and a book review article), plus numerous other book reviews. To learn more about the content of this latest issue, read this blog post on the website. 

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  The bookstore carries many items of interest to all readers - Bibles, commentaries, biographies, etc. And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.

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January 5, 2023

January 2023 Updates

 

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  • In January (1-8) the PRTS will finish its two-week holiday break, returning for the 2023 Interim course on Monday January 9 (see the next note)As we begin the new year of our Lord, we once again look to our sovereign Father, who holds our souls in life and works all things together for our good. May you with us experience His nearness and goodness day by day in 2023. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. Psalm 27:1,4
     

  • Seminary Class on Ethics. You are invited! From January 9- 18, Prof. Gritters will be teaching an 8-day interim course on Reformed Christian ethics (M-F from 9-11:30AM). If Dogmatics teaches what Christians believe, Ethics teaches how they live. Questions faced include: What is a truly good life? What is the Christian’s relation to the law? Is law contrary to love? May our conscience guide us? What is love? May I hate? May I lie to save my neighbor’s life? What about IVF? May Christians divorce? Separate? Remarry? Auditors are welcome to join the class. Contact the seminary to sign up!
     

  • The second semester will begin on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. The schedule and calendar have been posted on that web page. Look for notices about auditors for various courses in the near future.
     

  • Sem. Matt Koerner (4th year) has finished his six-month internship in Hope PRC-Grand Rapids under Rev. J. Mahtani (July-Dec.). He and the seminary secretary, Sharon Kleyn, will be joined in marriage on Jan.13 before he (and she!) returns for his final semester on Jan.24. It is our prayer that Matt and Sharon enjoy the fullness of Christ's love for them and reflect that to each other in the years to come. 
     

  • The Fall 2022 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now available - in digital formats (pdf and ePub) and in print. If you are on our mailing list, you should have received your copy.   If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org). The November 2022 issue features articles by Prof. Griess (Calvin and the third mark of the church), Prof. Kuiper (seminary history, chap.2, 1940-59), Prof. Gritters (introduction to an old article by Herman Hoeksema on mental illness and a book review article), plus numerous other book reviews. To learn more about the content of this latest issue, read this blog post on the website. 

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  The bookstore carries many items of interest to all readers - Bibles, commentaries, biographies, etc. And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.

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December 5, 2022

December 2022 Updates

 

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And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 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. Matt.1:21-23

  • As we enter the month of December here in West Michigan, the PRTS will conclude its first semester and close out the year of our Lord 2022. We celebrate with humble joy the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and we pause to reflect on God's great faithfulness and goodness to us in this year. It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lam.3:22,23
     

  • Final classes will be held on Dec.16, with exams held Dec.19-23. Seminary will be on holiday break from Dec.24 to Jan.8. Pray for our students as they finish their daily studies, complete their papers, and take their exams. ​And pray for our professors as they finish their first-semester teaching and prepare for the next semester.
     

  • The 2023 Interim course will be taught by Prof. B. Gritters (Reformed Ethics) and will run from Jan.9-18. Watch for notification of auditors for this special class in the near future.
     

  • Each week students take turns leading devotions, while on Wednesdays local pastors and the professors lead the chapels. In the past few weeks Revs. M. DeVries (emeritus) and E. Guichelaar (Grace PRC) have led chapels.
     

  • Sem. Matt Koerner is completing his six-month internship this month in Hope PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) under Rev. J. Mahtani. The internship has involved him in all aspects of the ministry - preaching, teaching, pastoral care, participating in consistory and council meetings, and more - further preparing him for the gospel ministry. He will return for his final semester in January.
     

  • The Fall 2022 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now available - in digital formats (pdf and ePub) and soon in print (hoping for the beginning of this month).  The November 2022 issue features articles by Prof. Griess (Calvin and the third mark of the church), Prof. Kuiper (seminary history, chap.2, 1940-59), Prof. Gritters (introduction to an old article by Herman Hoeksema on mental illness and a book review article), plus numerous other book reviews. To learn more about the content of this latest issue, read this blog post on the website. If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org). 

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  With the holidays approaching, keep in mind that the bookstore carries many items of interest to all readers - Bibles, commentaries, biographies, etc. And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
     

We are sometimes blessed with guests who share special lunches with us, as this time last month. 

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November 4, 2022

November 2022 Updates

 

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O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 118:1

  • As we enter the month of November in West Michigan, the PRTS continues the first semester of its new year of theological and pastoral training. The semester is over the halfway point, students have finished their mid-term exams, and later this month will be our annual Thanksgiving break (Nov.24-25). 
     

  • Some of our professors gave special lectures in the last few weeks for Reformation Day and other occasions. You may find these lectures online here and soon on our YouTube channel.
     

  • This month the second round of Practice Preaching will be held for students A. Haveman and A. Van Dyke (Nov.14) - a key part of their training. Pray for them as they prepare and deliver their next sermons. And pray for the professors as they guide the students through this process of sermon-making and sermon delivery.
     

  • Each week students take turns leading devotions, while on Wednesdays local pastors and the professors lead the chapels. In the past few weeks Revs. D. Lee (Kalamazoo PRC) and W. Langerak (Trinity PRC) have led chapels.
     

  • Sem. Matt Koerner continues with his internship in Hope PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) under Rev. J. Mahtani. The internship runs to the end of the year and has him involved in all aspects of the ministry - preaching, teaching, pastoral care, participating in consistory and council meetings, and more. We pray that the Lord uses this 'field' experience to further prepare him for the gospel ministry.
     

  • The Fall 2022 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now available - in digital formats (pdf and ePub) and soon in print (end of Nov., beginning of Dec.).  The November 2022 issue features articles by Prof. Griess (Calvin and the third mark of the church), Kuiper (seminary history, chap.2), Prof. Gritters (introduction to an old article by Herman Hoeksema and a book review article), plus numerous book reviews. To learn more about the content of this latest issue, read this blog post on the website. If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org). 

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  With the holidays approaching, keep in mind that the bookstore carries many items of interest to all readers. And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
     

At times the deer around seminary become bold in looking for mum flower heads to eat!

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October 8, 2022

October 2022 Updates

 

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Rev. G. Eriks, pastor of Unity PRC and president of the Theological School Committee leads one of the September chapels.

  • As we enter the beautiful month of October in West Michigan the PRTS continues its new year of theological and pastoral instruction. The first semester is a third of the way completed already and later this month will be mid-terms. At the end of this month will be our reading recess (Oct.27-28). We praise the Lord for His faithfulness in allowing us to begin the 98th year of training ministers of the gospel for the PRC, our sister churches, and others.
     

  • On September 7, 2022 the PRTS held its annual Convocation marking the beginning of the new year.  The video of that program held at Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI) is now posted on the seminary's YouTube channel. Prof. Kuiper spoke on “Defending Christ’s Church by Knowing Her History: Jephthah’s Example” and Prof. R. Cammenga (rector) introduced the students.
     

  • This month also marks our commemoration of the great Reformation of the sixteenth century, when God worked through the Reformers to lead His church back to pure doctrine and pure worship, as well as the pure form of living the Christian life. Our professors will be speaking at various Reformation events at the end of October and the beginning of November.
     

  • This month and next also mark the first and second Practice Preaching sessions for the students - a key part of their training. Pray for them as they prepare and deliver their sermons this semester. And pray for the professors as they guide the students through this process of sermon-making.
     

  • Each week students take turns leading devotions, while on Wednesdays local pastors and the professors lead the chapels. So far this year Prof. R. Cammenga and Revs. G. Eriks and D. Lee have led the chapels.
     

  • The faculty and students also stay busy with weekly preaching assignments on Sunday and with catechism instruction, usually on Monday. In addition, some of them lead Bible studies in local congregations. Not only does this help out area churches, but it also involves the professors and students in the life of the church in personal and practical ways.
     

  • Sem. Matt Koerner began his internship in Hope PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) under Rev. J. Mahtani in early July. The internship will run to the end of the year and involve exposure to all aspects of the ministry - preaching, teaching, pastoral care, participating in consistory and council meetings, and more. We pray that this serves to further prepare Sem. Koerner for the gospel ministry as he enters his final year of training.
     

  • The Spring 2022 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now out - in both digital formats (pdf and ePub) and in print (end of July).  The Spring 2022 issue features the speeches from the seminary's fall conference on preaching. To learn more about the content of this latest issue, read this blog post on the website. If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org). Work is currently being done on the fall 2022 issue.

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
     

Faculty & students at the 2022 Seminary Convocation
L-R - Professors B. Huizinga, C. Griess, B. Gritters, D. Kuiper, R. Cammenga
Students Bruce Feenstra (1st year), Arend Haveman (3rd year), Matt Koerner (4th year), Aaron Van Dyke (2nd year)

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September 2, 2022

September 2022 Updates

 

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Prof. R. Cammenga (rector) leads the opening-day chapel at PRTS on Tuesday, August 30.

  • As we enter September in West Michigan the PRTS has begun a new semester (August 30) and a new year of theological and pastoral instruction. After a busy summer of varied work and activities, faculty, students, and staff are back to the regular schedule of classes, studies, devotions, and chapels. We praise the Lord of mercy for enabling us to commence the 98th year of training ministers of the gospel for the PRC, our sister churches, and others.
     

  • With the 2022-23 year and the emeritation of Prof. R. Dykstra, Prof. D. Kuiper takes over his full course of teaching in the area of Church History and NT Studies. Prof. B. Huizinga continues to add courses (Hebrew and OT History)  this year as he transitions into replacing Prof. R. Cammenga in the area of Dogmatics and OT Studies. And Prof. C. Griess continues to work on completing his ThM degree through Puritan Reformed Seminary, while Prof. B. Gritters continues to teach the courses in Practical Theology and NT Studies.
     

  •  There are four students at PRTS this year, one in each of the four classes: Bruce Feenstra (freshman - Hope PRC-Walker, MI), Aaron Van Dyke (sophomore - Faith PRC, Jenison, MI), Arend Haveman (junior - Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI), and Matt Koerner (senior - SE PRC, Wyoming, MI)). All four are preparing for ministry in the PRCA. There are also three pre-seminary students taking NT Greek grammar with Prof.  Kuiper. Continue to remember in prayer the need for men called to the gospel ministry.
     

  • Fall 2022 classes open to auditors: Seminary classes begin for the first semester on Tuesday, August 30. Two of Prof. Cammenga’s classes are open for auditors: NT History and Dogmatics. NT History begins with the intertestamental period and extends up to the passion week. Dogmatics will treat Ecclesiology, the doctrine of the church. Prof. Kuiper’s classes of Ancient Church History (a study of the history of the church and the development of doctrine from AD 100-590) and Hermeneutics (a study of the principles of Bible interpretation) are open as well. If you are interested in attending, please contact the seminary secretary at 616-531-1490 or seminarysecretary@prca.org to find out the day and time the class you are interested in will meet.
     

  • In July and August Prof. D. Kuiper taught a special PRC history class (first 25 years) in the West Michigan area. The class was open to PRC members and friends, and a wide range of people attended and profited from the classes. If you would like to watch or listen to them, they are posted on the seminary's YouTube channel.
     

  • Sem. Matt Koerner began his internship in Hope PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) under Rev. J. Mahtani in early July. The internship will run to the end of the year and involve exposure to all aspects of the ministry - preaching, teaching, pastoral care, participating in consistory and council meetings, and more. We pray that this serves to further prepare Sem. Koerner for the gospel ministry as he enters his final year of training.
     
  • The Spring 2022 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now out - in both digital formats (pdf and ePub) and in print (end of July).  The Spring 2022 issue features the speeches from the seminary's fall conference on preaching. To learn more about the content of this latest issue, read this blog post on the website. If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org).

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
     

Faculty & students enjoying coffee break on the new patio in the back of seminary (Sept.1)

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August 13, 2022

August 2022 Updates

 

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One of Prof. D. Kuiper's PRC History classes held this summer at Southwest PRC (Wyoming, MI)

  • As the month of August begins, the PRTS enters the final weeks of its summer break.  While other labors go on and final vacation periods are enjoyed, plans have been made and preparations are being taken to begin the next semester on Tuesday, August 30. We look forward to being together again and resuming our normal schedules.
     

  • This month Prof. R. Cammenga and Junior Arend Havemen will be part of a team going to Mexico City for a conference. Pray for safe travels and profitable meetings for all involved. And look for further reports on this trip next month.
     

  • Prof. D. Kuiper has been teaching a special PRC history class (first 25 years, 1924-49) this summer in the West Michigan area (at Southwest PRC down the hill from seminary, held at 7:30 p.m.). Interest has been good and attendance steady. The classes will end on Aug.24 (with the next one on Aug.17). If you are interested in the videos of the classes, visit the seminary's YouTube channel.
     

  • Sem. Matt Koerner began his internship in Hope PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) under Rev. J. Mahtani last month. The internship will run to the end of the year and involve exposure to all aspects of the ministry - preaching, teaching, pastoral care, participating in consistory and council meetings, and more. We pray that this serves to further prepare Sem. Koerner for the gospel ministry as he enters his final year of training.
     
  • We also express congratulations to Sem. Matt Koerner and our secretary, Sharon Kleyn, who were engaged last month and who are planning a January 2023 wedding. We thank the Lord for leading them together and pray that God will bless them as they prepare for marriage in their Lord.
     
  • The Spring 2022 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now out - in both digital formats (pdf and ePub) and in print (end of July).  The Spring 2022 issue features the speeches from the seminary's fall conference on preaching. To learn more about the content of this latest issue, read this blog post on the website. If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org).

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
     

One of the additions this summer is a beautiful patio in the back of seminary

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July 5, 2022

July 2022 Updates

 

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One of the two PRTS 2022 graduates - Marcus Wee from the Covenant ERC in Singapore

  • As we enter this month of July, the PRTS continues its summer break.  While we are not on our regular schedule, there is still plenty of activity in and about seminary. Instead of daily classes with teaching and studies, professors will keep busy with class preparation, research, and writing. Some of the students will return to summer jobs, while others have special assignments. This summer's plans include mission trips for two of our professors and for two of our students (Mexico and the Philippines). Plus, there are regular preaching assignments on Sundays for professors and students. But, in addition, there are times for rest and relaxation as well, as vacation times are planned.
     

  • On June 16 our two foreign students graduated after completing their programs.  Marcus Wee and Isaac Peters were honored at the seminary's commencement program held in Zion PRC (see photo above and below). We pray for them as they take their ministerial training back to their churches in Singapore and Australia respectively. May the Lord strengthen and equip them for the work He has in store for them. They - and their wives and children - will be deeply missed!
     

  • On June 20, the Theological School Committee (TSC), with help from Byron Center PRC, held a special retirement dinner for Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol at Georgetown PRC. A wonderful meal was enjoyed and special remarks were made by Rev. W. Langerak (representing the TSC) and Prof. B. Gritters (representing the faculty). We again take the opportunity to thank the Lord for the 26 years that Prof. Dykstra served in our denominational seminary.
     

  • From June 26-July 4 Prof. C. Griess was part of a delegation to Tabasco, Mexico sponsored by First PRC-Grand Rapids, MI. He spoke at two conferences on Christian education and also preached in a Presbyterian church.
     

  • Prof. B. Huizinga is participating in the British Reformed Fellowship Conference in Northern Ireland from July 9-16. He is speaking on the theme of Union with Christ and also preaching.
     

  • Now that he has been licensed to speak a word of edification in the churches, Sem. Arend Haveman has a busy summer of assignments throughout the churches, both out West and in the East. He will also spend about three weeks in the Philippines in late June and into July, and will participate in a mission trip to Mexico with Prof. R. Cammenga in late August.
     

  • Sem. Matt Koerner begins his internship in Hope PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) under Rev. J. Mahtani this month. The internship changed due to Rev. E. Guichelaar of Randolph (WI) PRC accepting a call from Grace PRC in Grand Rapids, MI. The last week of June Sem. Koerner was involved in a mission trip to Mexico with Prof. C. Griess and others, where he also gave speeches.
     
  • At the PRC Synod 2022 (June 14-17) and at the recommendation of the TSC Bruce Feenstra was approved for entrance into the PRTS this Fall. Bruce is spending the summer with family in Redlands, CA, where he grew up in Hope PRC. He is currently a member of Hope PRC in Grand Rapids, MI. We rejoice with him in this important step as he anticipates beginning the four-year program in late August.
     
  • The History of the Protestant Reformed Churches: 1924-1949.  The 100th anniversary of our denomination approaches. Prof. D. Kuiper (professor of church history and NT Studies) will teach an evening class, open to friends of the PRC who are interested in learning about the first 25 years of our existence. The class will be held at Grandville PRC on July 6, and at Southwest PRC (down the hill from the seminary) on July 13 and 20, and August 10, 17, and 24 (all Wednesdays) at 7:30 p.m.  Please call the seminary, (616) 531-1490, or email Sharon at seminarysecretary@prca.org if you have any questions.
     
  • The Spring 2022 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now out! It is currently available in digital formats while we wait for the print copies to arrive (hopefully, the end of this month).  The Spring 2022 issue features the speeches from the seminary's fall conference on preaching. To learn more about the content of this latest issue, read this blog post on the website. If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org).

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
     

The second PRTS 2022 graduate - Isaac Peters from the EPC of Australia

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June 7, 2022

June 2022 Updates

 

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Group photo taken at the end-of-the-year seminary picnic at Prof. Brian & Michelle Huizinga's home - May 14, 2022

  • As we enter this month of June, the PRTS enters its summer break with all the changes that it brings to the daily life at seminary. Instead of daily classes with teaching and studies, professors will keep busy with class preparation, research, and writing. Some of the students will return to summer jobs, while others have special assignments. This summer's plans include mission trips for two of our professors and for two of our students (Mexico and the Philippines). Plus, there are regular preaching assignments on Sundays for professors and students. And there are times for rest and relaxation as well, as vacation times are planned.  
     

  • Two of our foreign students completed their programs last month and will be graduating on June 16 at the seminary's commencement program held in Zion PRC (Jenison, MI). We rejoice with Marcus Wee and Isaac Peters in the goodness of God, enabling them to prepare at the PRTS for the ministry in their churches back in Singapore and Australia respectively. May the Lord go with them, continuing to strengthen and equip them for the work He has in store for them. They - and their wives and children - will be deeply missed!
     

  • This past semester marked the end of Prof. R. Dykstra's teaching in the PRC Seminary. That makes 26 years of faithful service to the PRC in her seminary, for which we are deeply thankful. The Theological School Committee is planning a special dinner on June 20 to commemorate this retirement from seminary. As the rector noted in a recent "Monday Note," we bid him a fond farewell and are thankful to God for the many years of service to the churches in the seminary.  May the Lord bless his ministry in Byron Center PRC."
     

  • The professors will also serve as advisors at the PRC Synod this month. They will be examining one of our senior students, Marcus Wee, at the opening sessions of this meeting the week of June 13. May the Lord give them guidance and give brother Wee the grace he needs to sustain his examination.
     

  • With joy the faculty announces that it has licensed student Arend Haveman to speak a word of edification in the churches. We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training. All scheduling of Mr. Haveman must be done through the seminary, either by sending a request to the seminary secretary, Miss Sharon Kleyn, or the rector, Prof. R. Cammenga. Sem. Haveman has begun leading services in the churches and will have a busy summer of assignments throughout the churches. He will also spend about three weeks in the Philippines in late June and into July.
     

  • Sem. Matt Koerner will begin his internship in Randolph (WI) PRC under Rev. E. Guichelaar in early July through the end of the year.  Just prior to that he will be involved in a mission trip to Mexico with Prof. C. Griess and others.
     
  • On May 20 the PRTS welcomed over 90 high school students from Covenant CHS in Grand Rapids, MI along with their church history teachers and other aids (see photo below). After a pizza lunch, they enjoyed presentations on the seminary by Prof. Gritters, on the library by Prof. Huizinga, on the PRC archives by Mr. C. Terpstra, and on seminary student life by Sem. M. Koerner. It was another profitable visit for all of us! 
     
  • The History of the Protestant Reformed Churches: 1924-1949.  The 100th anniversary of our denomination approaches. How well do you know the early history of our churches? Prof. Kuiper will teach an evening class, open to any and all members of the PRC, who are interested in learning about the first 25 years of our existence. The class will be held at the seminary on July 6, 13, and 20, and August 10, 17, and 24 (all Wednesdays) at 7:30pm. Preregistration is NOT necessary, but is helpful for us to know how best to accommodate you. Please call the seminary, (616) 531-1490, or email Sharon at seminarysecretary@prca.org, to preregister.
     
  • The Spring 2022 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now out! It is currently available in digital formats while we wait for the print copies to arrive (hopefully, the end of this month).  The Spring 2022 issue features the speeches from the seminary's fall conference on preaching. To learn more about the content of this latest issue, read this blog post on the website. If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org).

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
     

  • Profitable quote from Prof. R. Cammenga's final "Monday Notes" of the semester: “Hypocrites are pretenders, people who wear a mask, who present themselves as more pious according to the measure that they hide more secret evil, who like to run after the most profound ministers, without repenting.  That is who hypocrites are: piety with an aftertaste.”  (Herman Veldkamp, Children of the Lord’s Day, exposition of Heidelberg Catechism, Q.A. 81, 2:289.)

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May 4, 2022

May 2022 Updates

 

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  • As we enter this beautiful month of May, the PRTS  moves into the final weeks of the second semester, with classes ending May 6 and then exams held from May 9-13. We will celebrate the completion of another semester with our end-of-year picnic on Saturday, May 14. God has been abundantly good to us this year and we praise Him for His sustaining and strengthening grace. ​
     

  • There will be plenty of activity yet for faculty, students, and staff in the months ahead - regular preaching in the churches, speaking engagements, mission trips, internships, fall course preparation, writing projects, PRC Synod meeting in June, and more. ​Continue to pray for them as these labors continue.
     

  • With joy the faculty announces that it has licensed student Arend Haveman to speak a word of edification in the churches. We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training. All scheduling of Mr. Haveman must be done through the seminary, either by sending a request to the seminary secretary, Miss Sharon Kleyn, or the rector, Prof. R. Cammenga.
     

  • This semester marks the end of Prof. R. Dykstra's teaching in the PRC Seminary. That makes 26 years of faithful service to the PRC in her seminary, for which we are deeply thankful. The Theological School Committee is planning a special dinner to commemorate this retirement from seminary. As the rector noted in a recent "Monday Note," We bid him a fond farewell and are thankful to God for the many years of service to the churches in  the seminary.  May the Lord bless his ministry in Byron Center PRC."
     

  • Two of our foreign students are completing their programs this month and will be graduating in June - Marcus Wee and Isaac Peters. We rejoice with them in the goodness of God, enabling them to prepare at PRTS for the ministry in their churches back in Singapore and Australia respectively.
     

  • Last month Prof. B. Gritters received a call from Grace PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) to serve as her pastor. He was led to decline this call (May 1), for which we are thankful as we continue to go through the professor transition period.  
     

  • Last month Prof. D. Kuiper  spoke twice for chapels and on May 4 Rev. J. Maatman (SE PRC-GR - 2019 PRTS graduate) spoke for the final chapel of the semester.
     
  • Sem. Matt Koerner will begin his internship in Randolph (WI) PRC under Rev. E. Guichelaar in early July through the end of the year. 
     
  • On April 29 the PRTS welcomed 45 high school students from Heritage CHS in Dyer, IN  along with two of their teachers (see photo below). They enjoyed a presentation on the seminary by Prof. Cammenga and a tour of the building, sat in on two classes, and then had lunch and fellowship with faculty and students. 
     
  • The History of the Protestant Reformed Churches: 1924-1949.  The 100th anniversary of our denomination approaches. How well do you know the early history of our churches? Prof. Kuiper will teach an evening class, open to any and all members of the PRC, who are interested in learning about the first 25 years of our existence. The class will be held at the seminary on July 6, 13, and 20, and August 10, 17, and 24 (all Wednesdays) at 7:30pm. Preregistration is NOT necessary, but is helpful for us to know how best to accommodate you. Please call the seminary, (616) 531-1490, or email Sharon at seminarysecretary@prca.org, to preregister.
     
  • Work is being finalized on the Spring 2022 issue of the PRT Journal, which will feature the speeches from the seminary's fall conference on preaching (see the next news item). The Fall 2021 issue of the PRT Journal is available in print and in digital forms. If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org).
     

  • Special note for future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2022 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

 

  • At the end of October, the PRTS held a special conference on preaching under the theme, "The Lord Gave the Word."  Four speeches were given by our professors on a variety of subjects - from its power and message to its commands and applications. If you would like to hear the messages, they are available here and here. The videos have also now been posted to the seminary YouTube channel.
     

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
     

  • Profitable quote from Prof. R. Cammenga's recent "Monday Notes": “Moreover, one should not, to fit human judgments, twist what the Holy Spirit, who is certainly the best practitioner of speaking, has without doubt dictated to the prophets and the apostles.”  (John Calvin, The Bondage and Liberation of the Will, p. 80.)

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April 4, 2022

April 2022 Updates

 

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  • With the arrival of April the PRTS will enjoy her spring break (4-8) and then move into the final weeks of the second semester this month (ends May 6, then exams). God is good to give us breaks in our schedules, but also to supply grace and strength for the final weeks. (The schedule and calendar are posted here.) ​Continue to pray for us.
     

  • The second round of Practice Preaching will be completed on April 11. The Lord has used this again for the spiritual growth of the students and for the development of their gifts through the careful guidance of the professors. 
     
  • Last month Rev. R. Kleyn (First PRC-GR - 2002 PRTS graduate) spoke twice for the seminary's Wednesday chapels.
     
  • Student Club met Thursday evening, March 31, at Prof. Cammenga's home to discuss the topic “Gender Roles in the Church.”
     
  • The Theological School Committee met on March 17 at seminary. Pre-sem student Bruce Feenstra (Hope PRC-Redlands and now Hope PRC-Grand Rapids, MI) had made application to enter the seminary this Fall; he was interviewed at this meeting by the TSC and approved for entrance into seminary. Now the PRC Synod must act on this recommendation at its annual meeting this June. We rejoice with this brother in God's leading to this point and pray that He will continue to pave the way for Bruce's training for the ministry of the Word in the PRC.
     
  • Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor of the PRC in Pittsburgh, spoke for Prof. B. Gritters' missions class on March 24 (see photo above). Zion PRC's Council was also in attendance as she is the new calling church for PRC home missions.
     
  • The PRTS welcomed the fourth-grade class from Hope PR Christian for a visit on March 30 (see photo below). And on April 29 the high school students from Heritage CHS in Dyer, IN will pay a visit. These are good ways to introduce the seminary to younger students and sow seeds for potential seminary students.
     
  • The Fall 2021 issue of the PRT Journal is available in print and in digital forms. Visit the link provided to read and download this latest issue. Work is being done on the Spring 2022 issue, which will feature the speeches from the seminary's fall conference on preaching (see the next news item).  If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org).

 

  • At the end of October, the PRTS held a special conference on preaching under the theme, "The Lord Gave the Word."  Four speeches were given by our professors on a variety of subjects - from its power and message to its commands and applications. If you would like to hear the messages, they are available here and here. The videos have also now been posted to the seminary YouTube channel.
     

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
     

  • Profitable quote from Prof. R. Cammenga's recent "Monday Notes": “Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church.  How could anyone know where Christ is and faith in Him is unless he knew where His believers are?”  (Martin Luther)

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March 4, 2022

March 2022 Updates

 

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  • With this month of March, we will pass the mid-point of the second semester. The snow is gradually departing and signs of Spring abound. Things go well - 'normal'! - with faculty, students, and staff all busy with their respective duties. We thank the Lord for His faithfulness to us to this point in the year of our Lord 2022.
     
  • The first round of Practice Preaching  was completed last month, with the second round scheduled for the end of March and the beginning of April.  Pray for the students as they prepare these new sermons and for faculty as they guide them in this all-important aspect of their training.
     
  • Last month Revs. M. McGeown (Providence PRC - 2010 PRTS graduate) and J. Holstege (Zion PRC - 2017 PRTS graduate) spoke for the seminary's Wednesday chapels.
     
  • The seminary faculty and their wives participated in the annual PRC ministers' retreat in Shipshewana, IN in mid-February. It was a time of mutual encouragement in the gospel with many other PRC pastors and their wives.
     
  • The faculty and students will be attending the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology on March 11-12. This conference is held annually also in the Grand Rapids, MI area. This year's theme is "Made in God's Image."
     
  • The Fall 2021 issue of the PRT Journal is available in print and in digital forms. Visit the link provided to read and download this latest issue.  If you want to be added to our mailing list for the print copy, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org).

 

  • At the end of October, the PRTS held a special conference on preaching under the theme, "The Lord Gave the Word."  Four speeches were given by our professors on a variety of subjects - from its power and message to its commands and applications. If you would like to hear the messages, they are available here and here. The videos have also now been posted to the seminary YouTube channel.
     

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary (Psalters, Confessions and Church Order book, catechism materials, etc.). The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
     

  • Profitable quote from Prof. R. Cammenga's recent "Monday Notes": “Whoever departs from the article of justification does not know God and is an idolater.  For when this article has been taken away, nothing remains but error, hypocrisy, godlessness, and idolatry, although it may seem to be the height of truth, worship of God, and holiness.  The reason for this is that God neither wants to be known nor can be known in any other way except through Christ.”  (Martin Luther)
     

  • Last month Rev. David Higgs, a pastor in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia (PRTS 1994 graduate) joined us for a special luncheon while visiting in the States. A good number of other PRC pastors joined us for a special time of fellowship and renewal of friendship (photo below).

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February 8, 2022

February 2022 Updates

 

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  • With this month of February, we are now several weeks into the new semester. Things go well, with faculty, students, and staff all busy with their respective duties. We thank the Lord for His goodness and grace to this point in the new year and its labors.
     
  • The first round of Practice Preaching is scheduled for the Mondays of February 21 and 28. Pray for the students as they prepare for these new sermons.
     
  • Our two newest professors - Brian Huizinga and Cory Griess - are busy working on their theses and taking classes, and Prof. Huizinga has also begun to teach. And Prof. D. Kuiper continues to take over courses from Prof. R. Dykstra, who is in this final semester of teaching. Remember these men in prayer during this special time of preparation for their work.
     
  • On Thursday, January 27, a church history class from Covenant Christian High School taught by Scott Van Uffelen was finally able to make their visit. Besides a tour of the facility and an introduction to the PRC archives (see photo below), they also enjoyed a pizza lunch with us and conducted some personal interviews with the professors and students. And on February 4 two fifth-grade classes from Adams Christian School made a visit. After an introduction to the seminary and its work, they also toured the building, then joined the faculty and students for devotions and snacks. We are grateful for the interest in and support of the seminary through these visits.
     
  • The Fall 2021 issue of the PRT Journal has finally been printed and mailed as of this month! The digital editions are also available for online reading and download. The print copies should be available at the end of this month. If you want to be added to our mailing list, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary (seminarysecretary@prca.org).

 

  • At the end of October, the PRTS held a special conference on preaching under the theme, "The Lord Gave the Word."  Four speeches were given by our professors on a variety of subjects - from its power and message to its commands and applications. If you would like to hear the messages, they are available here and here. The videos have also now been posted to the seminary YouTube channel.
     

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary. The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
     

  • Profitable quote from Prof. R. Cammenga's recent "Monday Notes": “Free affection is the foundation and beginning of duly obeying the Law; for what is drawn forth [only] by constraint, or servile fear, cannot please God.”  (John Calvin, comments on Deuteronomy 11:1-7, in Harmony of the Law, vol. 1)
     

  • One of the seminary's favorite times of the week is our Friday "bratfest" lunches. Often family and friends can join us, as the photo at the top of this news section shows. Christian fellowship is a blessed thing, and we do not take it for granted.

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January 4, 2022

January 2022 Updates

 

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  • With this month of January, we enter the new year of our Lord 2022. Believing that He is our sovereign and saving King, we know and are assured that He is with us and will guide us for good in all that He has planned for us in this year. We commit our way unto Him and pray that He will supply all our needs, day by day. At the outset of this new year, join us in that hearty trust in the Lord and in that humble dependence on Him through daily prayer.
     
  • During the holiday break, the professors and licensed students kept busy leading worship services and preaching. Prof. R. Dykstra completed a sister-church visit with an elder to Covenant ERC in Singapore. Prof. B. Gritters and an elder will be gone this month to Northern Ireland on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee. Prof. R. Cammenga submitted to knee-replacement surgery in mid-December and is recovering slowly but surely, for which we thank the Lord. And On January 1 senior Sem. Marcus Wee completed his internship at Faith PRC in Jenison, MI under Rev. C. Spronk.
     
  • The 2022 Interim takes place from Jan.3-12, with Prof. R. Dykstra teaching his special course on "The History and Principles of Christian Education." Auditors are welcome and as of this date eight are attending in addition to the students (see photo below).
     
  • On Thursday, January 6, a church history class from Covenant Christian High School taught by Scott Van Uffelen will be making a visit. Besides a tour of the facility and an introduction to the PRC archives, they also plan to have a pizza lunch with us and conduct some personal interviews with the professors and students. Update: Unfortunately, due to a bad snowstorm in west Michigan that day, this visit had to be postoned.
     
  • The second semester of regular classes is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 18. The schedule and calendar may be found on this webpage. Two of Prof. R. Cammenga’s classes are open for auditors: NT History and Dogmatics. NT History will begin with the passion of Christ and conclude with the missionary journeys of the apostle Paul. Dogmatics will cover soteriology or the doctrine of salvation, including the critical doctrines of justification and sanctification. Prof. R. Dykstra’s class on Reformed Symbols (Creeds, Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession) is open as well. If you are interested in attending, please contact the seminary secretary at 616-531-1490 or seminarysecretary@prca.org to find out the day and time the class you are interested in will meet.
     
  • The Fall 2021 issue of the PRT Journal has been completed and the digital editions are available for online reading and download. The print copies should be available at the end of this month. If you want to be added to our mailing list, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary.

 

  • At the end of October, the PRTS held a special conference on preaching under the theme, "The Lord Gave the Word."  Four speeches were given by our professors on a variety of subjects - from its power and message to its commands and applications. If you would like to hear the messages, they are available here and here. The videos have also now been posted to the seminary YouTube channel.
     

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  And, of course, denominational publications are also available at the seminary. The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
     

  • Profitable quote from Prof. R. Cammenga's final "Monday Note" of 2021: “I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” (Martin Luther)

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December 7, 2021

December 2021 Updates

 

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  • With this month of December, the PRTS has entered the final weeks of the first semester of the 2021-22 school year. The final week of classes is Dec.6-10, with exams set for the week of Dec.13-17. We covet your prayers that we may finish this term well as good stewards of God's manifold grace.
     
  • In the last month the second round of Practice Preaching was completed; Student Club met at the home of Prof. B. Huizinga to discuss a book on narcissism in the church; Rev. J.Mahtani spoke once and Rev. G. Eriks twice (cf. photo below) for seminary chapels; and two wonderful lunches were provided by friends of the seminary.
     
  • December's special events include the Christmas and New Year break (Dec.19-Jan.2).  Two of our professors will be making special trips to sister churches during the break. Prof. R. Dykstra will be going to Singapore and Prof. B. Gritters to Northern Ireland on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee. Senior Sem. Marcus Wee will soon be completing his internship at Faith PRC in Jenison, MI under Rev. C. Spronk (Dec.31).
     
  • The 2022 Interim will take place from Jan.3-12, with Prof. R. Dykstra teaching his special course on "The History and Principles of Christian Education."
     
  • A recent post at Reformation21 featured an article by Prof. Cory Griess, newly appointed Professor of Practical Theology and New Testament Studies in the PRTS. The article relates to some advanced degree work he is doing and focuses on the covenant theology of the Puritan William Ames (1576-1633), specifically the unconditional nature of God's covenant of grace with His people in Jesus Christ. Follow the link here to read a post about it on the seminary's blog.

 

  • At the end of October, the PRTS held a special conference on preaching under the theme, "The Lord Gave the Word."  Four speeches were given by our professors on a variety of subjects - from its power and message to its commands and applications. If you would like to hear the messages, they are available here and here. The videos have also now been posted to the seminary YouTube channel.

 

  • The Fall 2021 issue of the PRT Journal is being put together and will go to the printer soon. If you missed the Spring 2021 issue, it is available in print and digitally on the journal webpage. If you wish to pick up a copy, stop in at the seminary. If you want to be added to our mailing list, contact Sharon, the seminary secretary.
     

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs.  The bookstore is a good place to find gifts for the Christmas season! The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.
     

  • Profitable quote from one of Prof. R. Cammenga's "Monday Notes": “The doctrine of justification is the head and the cornerstone.  It alone begets, nourishes, builds, preserves, and defends the church of God; and without it the church of God cannot exist for one hour.  For no one who does not hold this article—or, to use Paul’s expression, this ‘sound doctrine’ (Titus 2:1)—is able to teach aright in the church or successfully to resist any adversary.  This is the heel of the Seed of the woman that opposes the old serpent and crushes its head.  That is why Satan, in turn, cannot but persecute it.”  (Martin Luther)

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November 3, 2021

November 2021 Updates

 

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  • With this month of November, the PRTS has entered the final third of the first semester of the 2021-22 school year. We thank the Lord for His care and blessing thus far. The class schedule and semester calendar are posted on this page. We continue to covet your prayers that we may finish this term well as good stewards of God's manifold grace.
     
  • Did you know that in addition to their teaching and studies, our professors and students also keep busy teaching catechism classes and leading Bible studies in the Grand Rapids area? And, of course, our professors also preach weekly in area PRCs. Pray for them with regard to this important and practical part of their labors too.
     
  • November's special events include the Thanksgiving break on Nov.25 & 26. In addition, the second round of practice preaching will be held on Nov.8 & 15, with Sems. Matt Koerner, Isaac Peters, and Arend Haveman delivering their new sermons. Senior Sem. Marcus Wee continues his internship at Faith PRC in Jenison, MI under Rev. C. Spronk.
     

  • The first week of November the seminary welcomed the sixth-grade class of Hope PR Christian School for part of the morning (see photo below). Prof. R. Cammenga taught them a special class on the temple and its place in the OT church, as well as its significance for the NT church. Then the students and teacher and chaperones joined the faculty and students for devotions and break time - cider and donuts! It was wonderful to have some outside visitors at the seminary again.

 

  • At the end of October, the PRTS held a special conference on preaching under the theme, "The Lord Gave the Word." Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI hosted the event and served as gracious hosts. Four speeches were given by our professors on a variety of subjects - from its power and message to its commands and applications. If you would like to hear the messages, visit this blog post. The videos will be posted soon on the seminary's YouTube channel.
     

  • Some of the professors also gave special Reformation Day lectures in various PRC congregations. Prof. D. Kuiper spoke in Loveland, CO and in Hull, IA, while Prof. R. Cammenga spoke in Spokane, WA.

 

  • The Spring 2021 issue of the PRTS Journal is available in print and digitally on the journal webpage. Work has also begun on the Fall issue. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please call or email the seminary. 
     

  •  The seminary library and bookstore are open daily (M-F, 8-5) for any of your book and Bible needs. The staff is available to assist with any other needs you may have as well. Feel free to call in advance for help with any questions.

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October 4, 2021

October 2021 Updates

 

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  • The PRTS is already over a third of the way through the first semester of the 2021-22 school year. We thank the Lord for His care and blessing thus far. The class schedule and semester calendar are posted on this page. We continue to covet your prayers as we carry on a new season of instruction and study.
     
  • October's special events include the "reading recess" break on Oct.21 and 22 and the seminary's preaching conference on Oct.28 and 29 at Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI (see note below). In addition, the first round of practice preaching is going on, with Sems. Matt Koerner, Isaac Peters, and Arend Haveman delivering their new sermons. Senior Sem. Marcus Wee continues his internship at Faith PRC in Jenison, MI under Rev. C. Spronk.
     

  • On Sept.15 in a special worship service at Southwest PRC, Prof. Cory Griess was installed as our newest professor.  Prof. B. Gritters led the service, preaching from 2 Timothy 2:1,2 under the theme, "Seminary: Equipping Faithful Men."  Rev. G. Eriks read the form for installation of professors (see photo above). After the service the seminary hosted an open house for visitors to see the new addition (archives room) and the renovated library/professor offices. A wonderful crowd came up the hill from SW-PRC to join us (see photo below).

 

  • The Spring 2021 issue of the PRTS Journal is available digitally on the journal webpage. The printed copies are due in the first week of October and will be mailed out promptly. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please call or email the seminary. 
     

  • Coming this month - October 28-29! Seminary Conference on Preaching:  You sit under the preaching of the gospel every Lord’s Day. What do you hear? What do you desire to hear? What is God doing in your soul through the preaching? How do you respond to the preaching, to its admonitions, to the call of the gospel? The conference speakers will address these and other related questions. Four speeches will be given, at 4:00 and 7:30 on Oct. 28 and 29. Trinity PRC is hosting this event. Everyone who sits under the preaching of the Word is cordially invited to attend. See our events page for more details.

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September 6, 2021

September 2021 Updates

 

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  • The PRTS is already a few weeks into the first semester of the 2021-22 school year. We are allowing a few auditors this semester and are grateful to have some back. We thank the Lord for His goodness and blessing thus far. The class schedule and semester calendar are posted on this page. We covet your prayers as we have begun a new season of instruction and study.
     
  • September's special events include a Labor Day holiday break (Sept.6) and a day for faculty and students to attend on a conference of sanctification in Crete PRC, IL (Sept.28). And most importantly, Rev. C. Griess will be installed as our newest professor on Wednesday, Sept.15, the night of the annual seminary convocation as well. The worship service will be held in Southwest PRC at 7:00 p.m. Prof. B. Gritters will lead the service. The link to the live-streaming of the service can be found at southwestprc.org. After the service the seminary building will also be open for visitors who wish to see the new addition (archives room) and the library/professor offices renovation. Please join us for this very special evening!
     

  • Recent graduate Josiah Tan (Covenant ERC, Singapore) was examined at the PRC Synod (June 8-10) and approved as a candidate for the ministry in his home church in Singapore. He has since received and accepted the call from the CERC to serve as her pastor. He was ordained into the gospel ministry on August 22. We rejoice with the brother and his wife in God's goodness and pray that He will richly bless pastor Tan's ministry there. 
     

  • Senior seminarian Marcus Wee (Covenant ERC, Singapore) is doing his internship this summer and first semester (July - December). He has been assigned to Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) with Rev. C. Spronk serving as his mentor. 

 

  • The Spring 2021 issue of the PRTS Journal is at the printer and should be available later this month. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please call or email the seminary. 
     

  • Coming this Fall! Seminary Conference:  What is preaching?  What does it mean to preach the gospel?  How does one preach the commands of Scripture?  What is application in preaching?  Make plans now to hear four speeches by the seminary professors, under the conference theme "The Lord Gave the Word: Preaching the Gospel."  The conference will be hosted by Trinity PRC, on the late afternoon and evening of October 28 and 29.  More details will follow.​

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August 14, 2021

August 2021 Updates

 

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  • This month the PRTS will end its summer break and begin the first semester of the 2021-22 school year. The first semester of the new term will begin, Lord willing, on Monday August 23 with classes beginning on Tuesday August 24. The class schedule and semester calendar are posted on this page. We covet your prayers as we prepare the begin a new season of instruction and study.
     
  • The PRC Synod of 2021 called Rev. C. Griess to replace Prof. B. Gritters within five years as professor of NT Studies and Practical Theology. He accepted this call, finished his pastorate at First PRC, Grand Rapids on August 8, and has already begun his Th.M. studies in the Grand Rapids area. Pray for him as he transitions into this new position. 
     

  • In connection with the above, the following notice has gone out concerning Rev. Griess' installation as professor: "On Wednesday, September 15, a special worship service for the installation of Rev. C. Griess as professor of theology in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary will be held in Southwest PRC at 7:00PM. Prof. B. Gritters will lead the service. Seminary convocation will also be included with a time of fellowship afterwards. The link to the live-streaming of the service can be found at southwestprc.org."
     

  • Prof. R. Dykstra was recently installed as pastor of Byron Center PRC (MI). He is committed to teaching his final year (2 courses) in the PRTS as Prof. D. Kuiper completes his transition into Prof. Dykstra's  position. 
     

  • Senior student Josiah Tan (Covenant ERC, Singapore) was examined at the PRC Synod (June 8-10) and approved as a candidate for the ministry in his home church, Covenant ERC in Singapore. He has since received the call from the CERC to serve as her pastor August 9). We rejoice with the brother and his wife in God's goodness and pray that he will soon begin to serve in Christ's church as a minister of the gospel. 
     

  • Seminarian Marcus Wee (senior from Covenant ERC, Singapore) is doing his internship this summer and first semester (July - December). He has been assigned to Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) with Rev. C. Spronk serving as his mentor. 

 

  • Work is being completed on the Spring 2021 issue of the PRTS Journal.  If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please call or email the seminary. 
     

  • Coming this Fall! Seminary Conference:  What is preaching?  What does it mean to preach the gospel?  How does one preach the commands of Scripture?  What is application in preaching?  Make plans now to hear four speeches by the seminary professors, under the conference theme "The Lord Gave the Word: Preaching the Gospel."  The conference will be hosted by Trinity PRC, on the late afternoon and evening of October 28 and 29.  More details will follow.​

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July 8, 2021

July 2021 Updates

 

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  • The PRTS is now in her summer break. Continue to pray for the seminary in all her needs. The faculty keeps busy with preparation for the next term as well as with other activities, and many of the students return to their summer jobs. The staff is present to assist with any needs you may have. The seminary, including the library and bookstore, will be open daily during the summer months, except for holidays (M-F, 8-5).
     
  • The PRC Synod (June 2021) extended a call to Rev. C.Griess (pastor of First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI) to serve as professor in the PRC Seminary, replacing Prof. B. Gritters in the area of Practical Theology and NT Studies. He plans to answer by July 11.
     

  • On May 30 Prof. R. Dykstra accepted the call to Byron Center (MI) PRC. On June 27 he was installed as pastor, with Prof. B. Gritters leading the service. We pray for Prof. Dykstra and his wife Carol as they transition to the pastoral ministry once again. In the Fall Prof. Dykstra will also be finishing his final year of teaching at the PRC Seminary (2 classes) as Prof. Kuiper prepares his final courses to replace him.
     

  • Senior student Josiah Tan (Covenant ERC, Singapore) was examined at the PRC Synod (June 8-10) and approved as a candidate for the ministry in his home church, Covenant ERC in Singapore, as well as in the PRC. We rejoice with the brother and his wife in God's goodness and pray that he will soon find a place to serve in Christ's church. He plans to leave the U.S. on July 13.
     

  • Junior Matthew Koerner has been licensed to speak a word of edification in the churches.  We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training and pray for him as he labors in the churches. He has already had a busy spring of assignments, and the same is true for this summer.
     

  • The internship of Seminarian Marcus Wee (Covenant ERC, Singapore) started this month and will run through the end of the year (July - December). He has been assigned to Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) with Rev. C. Spronk serving as his mentor. 

 

  • Work continues on collecting articles and book reviews for the Spring 2021 issue of the PRTS Journal.  If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please call or email the seminary. 
     

  • Coming this Fall! Seminary Conference:  What is preaching?  What does it mean to preach the gospel?  How does one preach the commands of Scripture?  What is application in preaching?  Make plans now to hear four speeches by the seminary professors, under the conference theme "The Lord Gave the Word: Preaching the Gospel."  The conference will be hosted by Trinity PRC, on the late afternoon and evening of October 28 and 29.  More details will follow.
     

Sem. Josiah Tan at his commencement program in Georgetown PRC on June 10. To watch the entire event, visit the PRTS YouTube channel.
 

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June 8, 2021

June 2021 Updates

 

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  • The PRTS has now completed its 2020-21 sessions and is on its spring/summer break. We are thankful to the Lord for a good semester of instruction in and preparation for the gospel ministry, as well as for the support of God's people. We covet your continued prayers during the spring/summer break.  There are some activities with speeches planned, but other travels and conferences are being postponed yet due to the pandemic. May we learn to wait on the Lord for open doors once again.
     
  • The seminary, including the library and bookstore will maintain regular hours during the spring and summer (M-F, 8-5), except for the holidays. Visitors are welcome, but we ask you to follow current covid guidelines when entering and using the building. Feel free to call or email the seminary if you wish to have your needs fulfilled in other ways.
     

  • The professors will be serving as committee advisors at the PRC Synod this week at Georgetown PRC. And this news concerning part of the synod's seminary business is out: The Theological School Committee is recommending to Synod 2021 the following aggregate list of ministers from which to call a replacement for Prof. B. Gritters as Professor of Practical Theology and New Testament Studies: Revs. N. Decker, J. Engelsma, C. Griess, and C. Spronk. 
     

  • On May 30 Prof. R. Dykstra accepted the call to Byron Center (MI) PRC. We pray for Prof. Dykstra and his wife Carol as they prepare to transition to the pastoral ministry once again. In the Fall Prof. Dykstra will also be finishing his final year of teaching at the PRC Seminary (2 classes) as Prof. Kuiper prepares his final courses to replace him.
     

  • Senior student Josiah Tan (Covenant ERC, Singapore) plans to be examined at the PRC Synod beginning on June 8 in Georgetown PRC. Seminary graduation will take place, D.V., on Thursday, June 10 in Georgetown PRC, at 7:30 P.M. Prof. D. Kuiper will give the address.
     

  • With joy the faculty announces that it has licensed student Matthew Koerner (sophomore) to speak a word of edification in the churches.  We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training. All scheduling of Mr. Koerner must be done through the seminary, either by sending a request to the seminary secretary, Miss Sharon Kleyn, or the rector, Prof. R. Cammenga.
     

  • The faculty announces that the internship of Seminarian Marcus Wee will take place this summer and fall (July - December) at Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) under Rev. C. Spronk.  Sem. Wee will be entering his senior year at PRTS.

 

  • Work continues on collecting articles and book reviews for the Spring 2021 issue of the PRTS Journal.  If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please call or email the seminary. 

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May 13, 2021

May 2021 Updates

 

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  • This month the seminary completed its fifteen weeks of classes and one week of exams. We are thankful to the Lord for a good semester of instruction in and preparation for the gospel ministry, as well as for the support of God's people. We covet your continued prayers during the spring/summer break.  There are some activities with speeches planned, but many travels and conferences are being postponed yet due to the pandemic. May we learn to wait on the Lord for open doors once again.
     
  • The seminary, including the library and bookstore will maintain regular hours during the spring and summer (M-F, 8-5), except for the holidays. Visitors are welcome, but we ask you to follow current covid guidelines when entering and using the building. Feel free to call or email the seminary if you wish to have your needs fulfilled in other ways.
     

  • Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol returned to the States in early May after serving Covenant ERC in Singapore for five months. We are thankful for their special service in that foreign land as well as for their safe return. This coming year, Prof. Dykstra will be teaching his final classes before he becomes emeritus. 
     

  • With sadness and yet rejoicing, the seminary reports that on May 5 one of our dear emeritus professors - Robert D. Decker - was delivered from this vale of tears into the glorious presence of His Savior Jesus Christ, after a brief battle with cancer (see photo below). Prof. Decker served in two pastorates in the PRC - Doon, IA and South Holland, IL - before serving for 33 years as professor of Practical Theology in the PRTS. He will be deeply missed by his colleagues and former students. We thank the Lord for his faithful service of over 40 years in the churches, and pray for the comfort of his widow, Marilyn, and family.
     

  • With joy the faculty announces that it has licensed student Matthew Koerner (sophomore) to speak a word of edification in the churches.  We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training. His first assignment is at First PRC, Holland MI, on May 30. All scheduling of Mr. Koerner must be done through the seminary, either by sending a request to the seminary secretary, Miss Sharon Kleyn, or the rector, Prof. R. Cammenga.
     

  • The faculty announces that the internship of Seminarian Marcus Wee will take place this summer and fall (July - December) at Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) under Rev. C. Spronk.  Senior student Josiah Tan is preparing to be examined at the 2021 PRC Synod (June 8ff. in Georgetown PRC, Hudsonville, MI) at the request of his home church, Covenant ERC in Singapore.

 

  • Work continues on collecting articles and book reviews for the Spring 2021 issue of the PRTS Journal.  If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please call or email the seminary. 
     

  • On May 12 Prof. David Engelsma discussed his commentary on the Belgic Confession on the national radio program "Iron Sharpens Iron" with Chris Arnzen. You can listen to the podcast version by using the following link: https://www.ironsharpensironradio.com/.
     

  • Special Notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2021 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st. 

Prof. Robert D. Decker, 1940-2021

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April 5, 2021

April 2021 Updates

 

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  • The seminary is open daily from 8-5 and staff is available for any needs our members and friends may have, including the library and bookstore. Just remember if you visit to follow the current COVID-19 guidelines (masks and social distancing).  Feel free to call or email the seminary if you wish to have your needs fulfilled in other ways.
     

  • In March Revs. C. Spronk and R. VanOverloop spoke for the Wednesday chapels. In April Rev. W. Langerak will lead two chapels. The daily devotions are led by the students.
     

  • On March 31 missionary-pastor D. Holstege (currently on furlough in the U.S.) gave a special presentation on missions in the Philippines for Prof. B. Gritters' foreign missions class.
     

  • On April 15 Dr. B. Looyenga (Theological School Committee member) will give a lecture on "The Central Flaw in Neo-Kuyperian Theology." This will be held at Southwest PRC, down the hill from seminary.
     

  • With joy the faculty announces that it has licensed student Matthew Koerner (sophomore) to speak a word of edification in the churches.  We are grateful for the brother’s progress to this point in his training.  All scheduling of Mr. Koerner must be done through the seminary, either by sending a request to the seminary secretary, Miss Sharon Kleyn, or the rector, Prof. R. Cammenga.
     

  • Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol are currently in Singapore until mid-May to serve our sister church there, Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church (into May 2021). Prof. B. Huizinga continues to work toward his ThM degree through Calvin Seminary while also taking advanced Dutch through Puritan Reformed Seminary. And, for the first time, he assisted in teaching an exegesis course this semester (see photo below).

 

  • The print version of the Fall 2020 issue of the PRTS Journal is currently available. The digital copies (pdf & epub) have been posted on the seminary website. Work has begun on collecting articles and book reviews for the Spring 2021 issue. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please call or email the seminary. 
     

  • The faculty announces that the internship of Seminarian Marcus Wee will take place this summer and fall (July - December) at Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) under Rev. C. Spronk.  Senior student Josiah Tan is preparing to be examined at the 2021 PRC Synod at the request of his home church, Covenant ERC in Singapore.
     

  • Prof. R.Cammenga's quote of the week on his weekly "Monday Note": “For whomsoever the Lord has adopted and deemed worthy of his fellowship ought to prepare themselves for a hard, toilsome and unquiet life, crammed with very many and various kinds of evil.”  (John Calvin, Institutes, 3.8.1)
     

  • Special Notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2021 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st. 

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March 4, 2021

March 2021 Updates

 

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  • The seminary is open daily from 8-5 and staff is available for any needs our members and friends may have, including the library and bookstore. Just remember if you visit to follow the current COVID-19 guidelines (masks and social distancing).  Feel free to call or email the seminary if you wish to have your needs fulfilled in other ways.

 

  • The first round of practice preaching recently took place. On Feb.22 Josiah Tan and Marcus Wee delivered their sermons and on March 1 Matt Korner and Isaac Peters delivered theirs.
     

  • For one of the Wednesday chapels in February, Rev. K. Koole spoke. The daily devotions are led by the students.
     

  • Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol are currently in Singapore for an extended stay to serve our sister church there, Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church (into May 2021). Prof. B. Huizinga continues to work toward his ThM degree while also taking Dutch this year

 

  • The print version of the Fall 2020 issue of the PRTS Journal came in last week and was mailed out Friday Feb.26. Look for your copy soon! The digital copies (pdf & epub) have now been posted on the seminary website. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please call or email the seminary.
     

  • The faculty announces that the internship of Seminarian Marcus Wee will take place this summer and fall (July - December) at Faith PRC (Jenison, MI) under Rev. C. Spronk. 
     

  • Prof. R.Cammenga's quote of the week on his weekly "Monday Note": The god whom the priests wave back and forth in all directions around the altar is not the true God come down from heaven, but the kind of god you pull from a flour sack.  And then what is offered to the faithful under the symbol of bread applies also to livestock who also eat the grain from which bread is made.  (John Calvin, God or Baal, p. 35.)
     

  • Special Notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2021 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st. 

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February 3, 2021

January-February 2021 Updates

 

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  • Seminary has now completed its 2021 Interim course on the life and theology of John Calvin, taught by Prof. R. Cammenga (Jan.4-13). The second semester started on Tuesday, Jan.19. For the schedule of classes, visit this page. Please pray for the faculty, students, and staff as we serve the cause of Christ by laboring to train men for the gospel ministry.

 

  • We are thankful that we can hold in-person classes as we begin the new semester.  And the seminary is open and staff is available for any needs our members and friends may have, including the library and bookstore. Just remember if you visit to follow the current COVID-19 guidelines (masks and social distancing).  Feel free to call or email the seminary if you wish to have your needs fulfilled in other ways.
     

  • Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol are currently in Singapore for an extended stay to serve our sister church there, Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church (into May 2021). The other professors are picking up his classes to assist him while he is gone for the second semester.
     

  • Prof. D. Kuiper is teaching three new courses this semester - Medieval Church History, NT Exegesis, and Reformed Symbols (creeds), as he continues to take over Prof. R. Dykstra's courses and helps him out this semester while he is in Singapore.
     

  • Seminarian Josiah Tan (senior) completed his internship at First PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) under Rev. C. Griess at the end of the year. He has returned to seminary for his final semester, with plans to return to his home church (CERC) in June. Both he and Sem. Marcus Wee are keeping busy speaking a word of edification in the West Michigan area PRCs at present - and at times beyond.
     

  • For the Wednesday chapels in January and February, Revs. J.Smidstra (First PRC, Holland) and J.Holstege (Zion PRC, Jenison) have spoken. The daily devotions are led by the students.

 

  • The Fall 2020 issue of the PRTS Journal has been prepared and sent to the printer. Look for the printed copy in mid-February and the digital copies on the Journal page (the pdf is now posted!). If you would like to be added the mailing list, please call or email the seminary.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Once again PRC Synod 2020 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher." And if you wish to read a profitable meditation on this subject, see Rev. A. Spriensma's on this page
     

  • Prof. R.Cammenga's quote of the week on his weekly "Monday Note": “Having entered a sanctuary not made with hands, he appears before the Father’s face as our constant advocate and intercessor.  Thus he turns the Father’s eyes to his own righteousness to avert his gaze from our sins.”  (John Calvin, Institutes, 2.16.16.)

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December 17, 2020

Mid-December 2020 Updates

 

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  • Seminary has now completed its fifteen weeks of the first semester. Exams are being held this week. Continue to remember the seminary in prayer as they finish this aspect of the first semester. Christmas/New years' break will be from Dec.19-Jan.3.
     

  • The seminary remains open for any needs our members and friends may have (We will be closed on the holidays). The library and bookstore are also open for use. Just remember if you visit to follow the current COVID-19 guidelines (masks and social distancing).  Feel free to call or email the seminary if you wish to have your needs fulfilled in other ways.
     

  • Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol left for Singapore the week of Dec.14 for an extended stay to serve our sister church there (into May 2021). The other professors will pick up his classes to assist him while he is gone for the second semester.
     

  • Prof. R. Cammenga will be teaching the special Interim course in January 2021 (4-13). It will once again be on the Life and Theology of John Calvin. Regretfully, the seminary will not be allowing auditors for this course this year. The course is being videotaped and will also be used in the seminary of the PRC's sister church in the Philippines.
     

  • Notice of Licensure: The faculty has licensed student Marcus Wee to speak a word of edification in our churches.  Brother Wee is a member of our sister church, Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore.  We rejoice at this milestone in the brother’s preparation for the ministry of the gospel.  Any scheduling of him to lead worship services will be through the seminary faculty.  This also provides us with an opportunity to impress upon our churches and sister churches the great need that we have for students for the ministry.  Let us pray the Lord of the harvest to raise up laborers in His vineyard, Matthew 9:37-38.  For the faculty, Prof. Ron Cammenga, Rector.
     

  • Seminarian Josiah Tan (senior) is finishing up his internship at First PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) under Rev. C. Griess in the next few weeksHe has been busy preaching, teaching catechism, and leading Bible studies, as well as being exposed to other practical aspects of the ministry in that congregation. He will return to seminary for his final semester on Jan.19.
     

  • The Fall issue of the PRTS Journal is being planned and prepared. In the meantime, the Spring 2020 issue of the PR Theological Journal is available in print and digital forms (pdf and epub).  If you would like to be added the mailing list, please call or email the seminary.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Once again PRC Synod 2020 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher." And if you wish to read a profitable meditation on this subject, see Rev. A. Spriensma's on this page

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November 16, 2020

Mid-November 2020 Updates

 

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  • As of this date, the PRTS is already in its eleventh week of the semester and things continue to go well during these difficult pandemic times. In this Thanksgiving season, we thank the Lord for all His goodness to us in this year and in this time of year.  Our annual Thanksgiving break is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27. Join us in praising God for His manifold blessings: "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits" (Psalm 103:1,2).
     

  • The seminary remains open for any needs our members and friends may have. The library and bookstore are also open for use. Just remember if you visit to follow the current COVID-19 guidelines (masks and social distancing).  Feel free to call or email the seminary if you wish to have your needs fulfilled in other ways.
     

  • The second round of practice preaching is taking place this month (Nov.16 & 23), with Sems. M.Wee, I. Peters, and M. Koerner delivering their sermons. Remember these students as they prepare for  and conduct this vital part of their training.
     

  • Notice of Licensure: The faculty has licensed student Marcus Wee to speak a word of edification in our churches.  Brother Wee is a member of our sister church, Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore.  We rejoice at this milestone in the brother’s preparation for the ministry of the gospel.  Any scheduling of him to lead worship services will be through the seminary faculty.  This also provides us with an opportunity to impress upon our churches and sister churches the great need that we have for students for the ministry.  Let us pray the Lord of the harvest to raise up laborers in His vineyard, Matthew 9:37-38.  For the faculty, Prof. Ron Cammenga, Rector.
     

  • Over the last month several area pastors have led the chapels (held on Wednesdays) - Rev. Ken Koole and Rev. Cory Griess. On the other days the students take turns leading in devotions.
     

  • Seminarian Josiah Tan (senior) is busy with his internship this semester to the end of the year (July 1 - Dec.31) in First PRC under Rev. C. Griess. He is busy preaching, teaching catechism, and leading Bible studies, as well as being exposed to other practical aspects of the ministry in that congregation. Pray for him during this special time of labor and learning.
     

  • Besides their busy teaching and studying, the professors and students are also involved in preaching and teaching (catechism and Bible studies) in the local PRCs. Profs. B.Huizinga and D.Kuiper also gave Reformation Day lectures in three of the western churches. Remember them in prayer as they carry out these important labors too.
     

  • The Fall issue of the PRTS Journal is being planned and prepared. In the meantime, the Spring 2020 issue of the PR Theological Journal has now been printed and mailed (delayed because of the pandemic)! Remember that the digital copy is also available (pdf and epub) form. 
     

  • Need for Ministers: Once again PRC Synod 2020 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher." And if you wish to read a profitable meditation on this subject, see Rev. A. Spriensma's on this page.
     

It's the time of year when the deer love to roam and graze in the front and back of the seminary grounds.

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October 15, 2020

Mid-October 2020 Updates

 

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Fall always brings a special display of God's glory in the creation. 
 

  • As of this date, the PRTS is already on its eighth week of the semester (halfway point!) and things are going as well as can be expected during these difficult pandemic times. We thank the Lord that we have been able to continue with classes onsite and in person. For the Summer/Fall 2020 schedule and calendar visit this webpage. The annual "reading recess" is planned for Thursday and Friday, Oct.29,30.
     

  • The seminary is open daily for any needs our members and friends may have. The library and bookstore are also open for use. During this Reformation remembrance month, we have many resources for you to browse and read or purchase! Just remember if you visit to follow the current COVID-19 guidelines (masks and social distancing).  Feel free to call or email the seminary if you wish to have your needs fulfilled in other ways.
     

  • The first round of practice preaching was held this month (Oct.5 & 12), with Sems. M.Wee, I. Peters, and M. Koerner delivering their sermons. The next round is scheduled for Nov.16 & 23. Pray for these students as they prepare for this vital part of their training.
     

  • Over the last month several area pastors have led the chapels (held on Wednesdays) - Rev. John Marcus, Rev. R. Van Overloop, and Rev. D. Noorman. On the other days the students take turns leading in devotions.
     

  • Seminarian Josiah Tan (senior) is busy with his internship this summer and semester (July 1 - Dec.31) in First PRC under Rev. C. Griess. He is busy preaching, teaching catechism, and leading Bible studies, as well as being exposed to other practical aspects of the ministry in that congregation. Pray for him during this special time of labor and learning.
     

  • Besides their busy teaching and studying, the professors and students are also involved in preaching and teaching (catechism and Bible studies) in the local PRCs. And with Fall coming, there will be special lectures the professors will be giving also, especially around Reformation Day. Remember them in prayer as they carry out these important labors too.
     

  • The faculty and Theological School Committee have two special notices for this Fall term:

    • For several years, the seminary faculty have permitted auditors to some classes. The presence and input of the auditors has been appreciated. With regret, because of COVID restrictions, the faculty is not inviting any auditors this semester.​ [This will be reviewed at the beginning of 2021 with regard to the Interim course and second semester classes.]

    • Due to the current restrictions on indoor gatherings in the state of Michigan, the Theological School Committee has cancelled the 2020 seminary convocation (usually held in early September). Please continue to pray for the Lord’s blessing upon the work of our seminary, especially the labors of the professors and students.
       

  • The Spring 2020 issue of the PR Theological Journal has now been printed and mail (delayed because of the pandemic)! Remember that the digital copy is also available (pdf and epub) form. We are also at present planning and preparing the Fall issue.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Once again PRC Synod 2020 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men whom you observe to have the gifts to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher." And if you wish to read a profitable meditation on this subject, see Rev. A. Spriensma's on this page.
     

The seminary bookstore is stocked with valuable Reformation titles as well as

books for Bible study and other general reading (theology, church history, practical theology).

Feel free to visit it anytime during the week (M-F, 8-5).

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September 14, 2020

Mid-September 2020 Updates

 

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Special group photo taken last week.
Back row is the professors (l-r) - D.Kuiper, R. Cammenga, B.Huizinga, R. Dykstra, B. Gritters
Front row is the students (l-r) - Josiah Tan, Matt Koerner, Arend Haveman, Marcus Wee, Isaac Peters, Luke Bomers

 

  • The PRTS has completed three weeks of classes and all goes well with things onsite and in person, for which we are thankful! For the Summer/Fall 2020 schedule and calendar visit this webpage.
     

  • The seminary is open daily for any needs our members and friends may have. The library and bookstore are also open for use. Feel free to call or email the seminary if you wish to have your needs fulfilled in other ways.
     

  • Prof. R. Cammenga (rector) led two special chapels (held on Wednesdays usually) to begin the semester and last week Rev. John Marcus led the third. On the other days the students take turns leading in devotions.
     

  • The Student Club will meet for the first time on Thursday evening, September 17, 2020, at Prof. Kuiper’s house.  The discussion for the evening will be on the first contribution in The Rock Whence We Are Hewn, “The Idea of the Covenant of Grace,” by Rev. Henry Danhof.
     

  • Besides their busy teaching and studying, the professors and students are also involved in preaching and teaching in the local PRCs. And with Fall coming, there will be special lectures the professors will be giving also, especially around Reformation Day. Remember them in prayer as they carry out these important labors too.
     

  • The faculty and Theological School Committee have two special notices for this Fall term:

    • For several years, the seminary faculty have permitted auditors to some classes. The presence and input of the auditors has been appreciated. With regret, because of COVID restrictions, the faculty is not inviting any auditors this semester.​

    • Due to the current restrictions on indoor gatherings in the state of Michigan, the Theological School Committee has cancelled the 2020 seminary convocation (usually held in early September). Please continue to pray for the Lord’s blessing upon the work of our seminary, especially the labors of the professors and students.
       

  • Seminarian Josiah Tan (5th-year senior) is busy with his internship this summer and semester (July 1 - Dec.31) in First PRC under Rev. C. Griess. He is busy preaching, teaching catechism, and leading Bible studies, as well as being exposed to other practical aspects of the ministry in that congregation. We pray that the Lord will use this part of his training to further prepare him for the ministry of the Word in our sister church in Singapore.
     

  • The Spring 2020 issue of the PR Theological Journal is back from the printer and is being mailed out this week (delayed because of the pandemic)! Remember that the digital copy is also available (pdf and epub) form. We are also at present planning and preparing the Fall issue.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Once again Synod 2020 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher." And if you wish to read a profitable meditation on this subject, see Rev. A. Spriensma's on this page.

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August 29, 2020

A New Semester Begins, August 24-28

 

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  • The PRTS has finished its summer break and first semester classes have begun - onsite and in person, for which we are thankful! Orientation for the freshmen was held on Monday August 24, and  classes began on Tuesday, August 25. Prof. R. Cammenga (rector) led a special chapel on Tuesday. For the Summer/Fall 2020 schedule and calendar visit this webpage.
     

  • The faculty and Theological School Committee have two special notices for this Fall term:

    • For several years, the seminary faculty have permitted auditors to some classes. The presence and input of the auditors has been appreciated. With regret, because of COVID restrictions, the faculty is not inviting any auditors this semester.​

    • Due to the current restrictions on indoor gatherings in the state of Michigan, the Theological School Committee has cancelled the 2020 seminary convocation (usually held in early September). Please continue to pray for the Lord’s blessing upon the work of our seminary, especially the labors of the professors and students.
       

  • The seminary is currently open daily for any needs our members and friends may have. The library and bookstore are also open for use. Feel free to call or email the seminary if you wish to have your needs fulfilled in other ways.
     

  • Seminarian Josiah Tan (5th-year senior) began his internship last month (July 1 - Dec.31) in First PRC under Rev. C. Griess. He is busy preaching and being exposed to other practical aspects of the ministry in that congregation. May the Lord will use this part of his training to further prepare him for the ministry of the Word in our sister church in Singapore.
     

  • The seminary family was able to hold its annual Fall picnic on Friday, August 28 at Hagar Park in Jenison, MI (see photo below). It was a wonderful night of good food, Christian fellowship, and casual -and competitive - sports.
     

  • The Spring 2020 issue of the PR Theological Journal is at the printer and should be delivered soon! In the meantime, remember that the digital copy in available (pdf and epub) form. We are also at present planning and preparing the Fall issue.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Once again Synod 2020 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher." And if you wish to read a profitable meditation on this subject, see Rev. A. Spriensma's on this page.

In spite of a rainy forecast, the faculty, students, and staff (including wives, children, and friends) were able to gather for the annual Fall picnic at Hagar Park.

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August 13, 2020

Seminary Updates for August 2020

 

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  • The seminary is quickly wrapping up its summer break. Some of the plans the professors and students had for the summer have changed due to COVID-19 cancellations and postponements, but there are other activities that may still be held. Our professors are staying busy preaching in the churches this summer, in West Michigan and beyond. Continue to pray for faculty, students, and staff as they continue their labors this summer.

  • The seminary is currently open daily for any needs our members and friends may have. The library and bookstore are also open for use. Feel free to call or email the seminary if you wish to have your needs fulfilled in other ways.
     

  • The Summer/Fall 2020 semester schedule and calendar has been approved by the Theological School Committee and posted on that seminary's webpage. The first semester will begin, D.V. the week of August 24. At this point we are planning to have onsite, in-person classes.
     

  • The faculty and Theological School Committee have two special notices for this Fall term:

    • For several years, the seminary faculty have permitted auditors to some classes. The presence and input of the auditors has been appreciated. With regret, because of COVID restrictions, the faculty is not inviting any auditors this semester.​

    • Due to the current restrictions on indoor gatherings in the state of Michigan, the Theological School Committee has cancelled the 2020 seminary convocation (usually held in early September). Please continue to pray for the Lord’s blessing upon the work of our seminary, especially the labors of the professors and students.
       

  • Seminarian Josiah Tan (5th-year senior) began his internship last month (July 1 - Dec.31) in First PRC under Rev. C. Griess. He is busy preaching and being exposed to other practical aspects of the ministry in that congregation. May the Lord will use this part of his training to further prepare him for the ministry of the Word in our sister church in Singapore.
     

  • The PRC Synod 2020 approved the entrance of Luke Bomers (Hope PRC, Walker, MI) and Arend Haveman (Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI) into the seminary this Fall. Both are finishing their pre-sem studies this summer. Pray for them as they prepare to take up their studies for the ministry soon.
     

  • The Spring 2020 issue of the PR Theological Journal is currently available in digital (pdf and epub) form. We are currently working on getting the print edition produced. When that is ready, we will be mailing these out.  There are good articles on nineteenth-century Southern Presbyterians, Calvin's view of the reward of grace, a plea for biblical languages, and two book review articles besides other book reviews. Check it out on the seminary's journal page!
     

  • Need for Ministers: Once again Synod 2020 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

This summer we have been enjoying a doe and her three fawns on the seminary property.

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June 30, 2020

Seminary Updates for June 2020

 

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The library is open and available to visitors this summer
 

  • The seminary has completed its second semester and entered its spring/summer break. Some of the plans the professors and students had for the summer have changed due to COVID-19 cancellations and postponements, but there are other activities that may still be held. Continue to pray for faculty, students, and staff as they continue their labors this summer.

  • Now that the stay-at-home order has been lifted in Michigan, the seminary is open daily for any needs our members and friends may have. The library and bookstore are also open for use. Feel free to call or email the seminary if you wish to have your needs fulfilled in other ways.
     

  • The Spring 2020 issue of the PR Theological Journal is currently available in digital (pdf and epub) form. Our printer has informed us that it will be a few weeks before the print edition can be produced. There are good articles on nineteenth-century Southern Presbyterians, Calvin's view of the reward of grace, a plea for biblical languages, and two book review articles besides other book reviews. Check it out on the seminary's journal page!
     

  • The Fall 2020 semester schedule and calendar has been approved by the Theological School Committee and posted on that seminary's webpage. The first semester will begin, D.V. the week of August 24.
     
  • Seminarian Josiah Tan and his family recently returned safely to the States. Plans are for him to begin his internship July 1 in First PRC under Rev. C. Griess. Due to the tight restrictions in Singapore Sem. Marcus Wee and his family are staying in the States this summer

  • The PRC Synod 2020 approved the entrance of Luke Bomers (Hope PRC, Walker, MI) and Arend Haveman (Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI) into the seminary this Fall. Both are finishing their pre-sem studies this summer. Pray for them as they prepare to take up their studies for the ministry in a few months.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Once again Synod 2020 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

Picture of all the PRC Seminary professors at Synod 2020
L-R - Profs. R. Dykstra, R. Cammenga, B. Gritters, D. Kuiper, B. Huizinga

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May 5, 2020

Seminary Updates for May 4-9, 2020

 

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The 'new normal' at seminary: Prof. B. Gritters teaching students online from his office
 

  • The seminary is entering its fifteenth and final week of the second semester this week (exams are next week) with continued online classes. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, seminary is open only for essential operations at this time. No auditors or visitors should come until the restrictions are lifted. The staff can try to assist you with any needs, however. Call or email the seminary with your important needs.

  • Due to the extended "stay-at-home" order from the Michigan governor (now through May 15), the faculty and students have switched to all online classes for the rest of the semester. Some classes are using previously recorded videos while other classes are being live-streamed using Zoom. We are thankful to be able to continue instruction and learning in this way. Faculty and students remain well, content in God's will. Pray for the professors, students, and staff as they seek to carry on with their labors under these difficult circumstances.
     

  • Sem. Josiah Tan and his family remain in Singapore for the time being (his mother passed away there on April 11 after a long battle with cancer). He resumed online classes and is assisting in 'preaching' for his congregation (Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church). He plans to stay until mid-June, as he will start his seminary internship in First PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) on July 1, D.V.
     
  • Work continues on the Spring 2020 issue of the PR Theological Journal. Though we may have to wait for the print edition under the present circumstances, the seminary will produce and post the digital copy as soon as it is ready.

  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2020 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 30th. 
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

April showers bring May flowers - our happy daffodils in front of road sign

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April 15, 2020

Seminary Updates for April 12-18, 2020

 

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The new normal at seminary: Prof. R. Cammenga taping lectures for students working offsite
 

  • The seminary was on Spring break last week but has returned for its twelfth week of classes. Classes are continuing long distance at this time (see next note). Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, seminary is open only for essential operations at this time. No auditors or visitors should come until the restrictions are lifted. The staff can try to assist you with any needs, however. Call or email the seminary with your important needs.

  • Due to the extended "stay-at-home" order from our governor (now through April 30), the faculty and students have switched to all online classes until the restrictions are lifted. Some classes are using previously recorded or newly recorded videos and receiving assignments via email, while other classes are being live-streamed using Zoom (see photo above). So far this has worked well and we are thankful to be able to continue in this way.
     

  • We express our sincere sympathies to our student Josiah Tan and his family, whose mother passed away this past Saturday (April 11) in Singapore (a member of our sister church, Covenant ERC). The wake is today and her funeral tomorrow. May the Lord uphold them in His kindness and comfort them with the gospel of Jesus' victorious resurrection.
     
  • Work has begun on the Spring 2020 issue of the PR Theological Journal. Though we may have to wait for the print edition under the present circumstances, the seminary will produce and post the digital copy as soon as it is ready.

  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2020 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 30th. 
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

April can also brings its share of snow to West Michigan. This was the view today, April 15, after a snowy evening and morning.

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March 28, 2020

Seminary Updates for March 22-28, 2020

 

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Rev. K. Koole leading a chapel earlier this month
 

  • The seminary has finished its tenth week of the second semester. Due to the latest "stay-at-home" order from our governor, the faculty and students have switched to all online classes until the restrictions are lifted. Some classes are using previously recorded videos and receiving assignments via email, while other classes are being live-streamed using Zoom. So far this has worked well and we are thankful to be able to continue in this way.
     

  • Other functions and activities of the seminary have also been cancelled or postponed for the time being. The second round of practice preaching has been put on hold for the time being. And this month's Student Club meeting also had to be postponed.
     

  • Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, seminary is open only for essential work at this time. No auditors or visitors should come until the restrictions are lifted. The staff can try to assist you with any needs, however. Call or email the seminary with your important needs or requests.
     

  • Sem. Josiah Tan (CERC-Singapore) has returned home to Singapore with his family due to the declining health of his mother. Remember them in prayer as they face this difficult time.
     

  • A few weeks ago the seminary hosted four young men from Covenant CHS in Grand Rapids who show interest in pursuing the ministry. They joined faculty and students for devotions, sat down with Profs. B. Huizinga and D. Kuiper to talk about the call to the ministry, visited Prof. R. Dykstra's church history class, and enjoyed lunch with us. We are thankful for this opportunity and pray that it encourages others to do the same.

  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2020 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 30th. 
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

Last week we awakened to an end-of-winter wonderland - not unusual in mid-March in West Michigan. By the end of the day it was all gone.

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March 3, 2020

Seminary Updates for March 2-7, 2020

 

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Sem. Matt Koerner leading devotions this week
 

  • The seminary is now in its seventh week of the second semester. The class schedule and calendar have been posted on the seminary's website. The first round of practice preaching was held on Monday (Feb.24) with Sems. J. Tan and M.Wee delivering sermons. Remember to pray for the faculty, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of this new semester.
     

  • This week Sem. Matt Koerner is leading in daily devotions. Rev. A. Spriensma will lead our Wednesday chapel once again.
     

  • Prof. R. Dykstra and his wife Carol spent a week in the Philippines visiting the PRCP (sister churches) and are now spending two Sundays in the Covenant ERC in Singapore (another sister church) on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee. Profs. B. Gritters and D. Kuiper will cover his seminary classes while he is gone.
     

  • Did you know that the seminary wives also meet from time to time to discuss various matters relating to the ministry? Last week they met at Prof. Doug and Teresa Kuiper's home and discussed the relationship of the minister’s wife to the congregation in which her husband serves.
     

  • Last week's quote from the Monday note contains good food for thought:

Those most certainly are the farthest from glorifying the grace of God according to its greatness who declare that it is indeed common to all men, but that it rests effectually in them because they have embraced it by faith.”  (John Calvin, God’s Eternal Predestination and Secret Providence, p. 20 in Calvin’s Calvinism)
 

  • The Fall 2019 issue of the PRT Journal is available; the pdf and ePub versions may be found online. Read an excerpt from Prof. D. Kuiper's thesis on G. Ophoff and 1953, articles based on presentations given in Mexico this past summer (eschatology!), and plenty of profitable book reviews. If you would like a copy or wish to be added to the mailing list, please contact the seminary secretary.
     

  • Sem. Josiah Tan (CERC-Singapore) has been licensed to speak a word of edification in the churches and has begun preaching in the West Michigan area and beyond. Contact Prof. B. Gritters (rector) for scheduling.
     

  • Looking for some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials, or seminary publications to use? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new - for our members and friends. And you may also make use of our library - here's the link to our online catalog if you wish to search for something to read or use.
     

  • Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2020 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 30th. 
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

 

  • The library renovation is now finished, with the custom furniture completed earlier this year (new main library desk and patron work station as well as periodical kiosks);  work is also now completed in the new archives room with new cabinets and cupboards installed for the work area (see photo below).  The PRC archives are now in their new home!

A view of the newly completed PRC archives work area

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January 29, 2020

Seminary Updates for the Week of January 27-February 1, 2020

 

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Rev. J. Mahtani addressing the faculty and students for chapel this week
 

  • The seminary began its second semester last week (Tuesday Jan.21).  The class schedule and calendar have been posted on the seminary's website. Commit to praying for the faculty, students, and staff as they busy themselves in the work of this next semester.
     

  • This week Sem. Isaac Peters is leading in  daily devotions. On Wednesday, Jan.29, Rev. J. Mahtani returns to lead chapel once again.
     

  • On Thursday, January 30,at 1:00 pm the PRTS welcomes Dr. Robert Swierenga (Van Raalte Institute, Holland, MI) to the lectern. He will be speaking about the degeneration of CSI schools from being confessional and Reformed schools to non-denominational schools that are not governed by the Reformed confessions.  The title of his speech is, “From Dutch Reformed to Non-Denominational: Transitions at Timothy Christian Schools.” If you are interested in this subject, please join us at 1 pm in the large conference room at the seminary.
     

  • This week's quote from the Monday note contains good food for thought:

It is agreed by all that eternal punishments can never come upon any of those whom Christ has freed from sin, those whom, He has justified.  From other punishments that have something of eternal punishment in them, believers are also freed.  Nothing in the nature of Divine wrath can touch them.  I grant that God does afflict those whose sin He pardons, but there is a great deal of difference in respect of the hand from which the afflictions proceed, the persons who bear the afflictions, the reasons for afflicting, and the ends that God aims at in sending the afflictions….  (Samuel Bolton, The True Bounds of Christian Freedom, p. 24-5.)
 

  • The Fall 2019 issue of the PRT Journal was mailed the end of 2019; the pdf and ePub versions are available online. Read an excerpt from Prof. D. Kuiper's thesis on G. Ophoff and 1953, articles based on presentations given in Mexico this past summer (eschatology!), and plenty of profitable book reviews. If you would like a copy or wish to be added to the mailing list, please contact the seminary secretary.
     

  • Sem. Josiah Tan (CERC-Singapore) has been licensed to speak a word of edification in the churches and has begun preaching in the West Michigan area and beyond. Contact Prof. B. Gritters (rector) for scheduling.
     

  • Looking for some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials, or seminary publications to use? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new - for our members and friends. And you may also make use of our library - here's the link to our online catalog if you wish to search for something to read or use.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

 

  • The library renovation is now finished, with the custom furniture recently completed (new main library desk and patron work station as well as periodical kiosks - see photo below);  work is also nearly done in the new archives room with just the work area yet to be finished.  The PRC archives are now in their new home!

A view of the newly completed main library desk and patron work station

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January 11, 2020

Seminary Updates for the Week of January 6-11, 2020

 

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Interim 2020 - Prof. R. Dykstra teaching his class this week, with a good number of auditors taking it in too
 

  • The seminary has now completed its two-week holiday break and began the ten-day Interim this week. The second semester begins Tuesday Jan.21. The class schedule and calendar have been posted on the seminary's website.
     

  • The Interim class in the seminary this year is “The Schism of 1953” taught by Prof. R. Dykstra. It will meet January 6-10 and 13-15 from 9:00-11:30 AM. Auditors are welcome. If you would like to attend, please call Sharon at the seminary (616-531-1490) between 7AM and 3PM.
     

  • The Fall 2019 issue of the PRT Journal was mailed the end of 2019; the pdf and ePub versions are available online. Read an excerpt from Prof. D. Kuiper's thesis on G. Ophoff and 1953, articles based on presentations given in Mexico this past summer (eschatology!), and plenty of profitable book reviews.
     

  • Sem. Josiah Tan (CERC-Singapore) has been licensed to speak a word of edification in the churches and has begun preaching in the West Michigan area. Contact Prof. B. Gritters (rector) for scheduling.
     

  • Remember the Seminary's Dordt400 Conference in April of 2019? The speeches and presentations given at this event have now been compiled, expanded, and edited (by Prof. R. Cammenga) and form the newly published RFPA book, For God's Glory and the Church's Consolation: 400 Years of the Synod of Dordt. Visit the website to order your copy, or come to the seminary bookstore to find one! And if you are looking for the videos and audios of the speeches, visit this page.
     

  • Looking for some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials, or seminary publications to use? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new - for our members and friends. And you may also make use of our library - here's the link to our online catalog if you wish to search for something to read or use.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

 

  • The library renovation is about finished, with a few pieces of custom furniture still to be completed;  work is also nearly done in the new archives room with just the work area to be finished yet.  The PRC archives have been moved into their new home!

A view of the new library periodical kiosks and entrance to archives room

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December 16, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of Dec.16-21, 2019

 

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Final Friday lunch fellowship of the semester - Dec.13, 2019
 

  • The seminary has now completed its regular class schedule in the first semester and exams will be held this week. It is a busy time for faculty, students, and staff. Continue to pray for the seminary in your daily prayers. The weeks of Christmas and New Years the seminary will enjoy its two-week holiday break. Seminary will be open daily (except on the holidays themselves) and staff will be available to asssist with any needs.
     

  • The Fall 2019 issue of the PRT Journal has been sent to the printer and the pdf will be available online this week. Watch for an excerpt from Prof. D. Kuiper's thesis on G. Ophoff and 1953, articles based on presentations given in Mexico this past summer (eschatology!), and plenty of profitable book reviews.
     

  • Next year (2020) the January Interim course will be taught by Prof. R. Dykstra. His subject is "The PRC Schism of 1953" and the class will run from Monday Jan.6 to Wednesday Jan.16, from 9-11:30 AM daily. If you are interested in sitting in on this class, call the seminary and register with the secretary.
     

  • The faculty announces that Sem. Josiah Tan (Covenant ERC-Singapore) has been licensed to speak a word of edification in the churches. Contact the rector, Prof. B. Gritters, if you would like to schedule Sem. Tan.
     

  • Looking for some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials or seminary publications to use, or perhaps some gifts for the holiday season? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new - for our members and friends. And you may also make use of our library - here's the link to our online catalog if you wish to search for something to read or use.
     

  • Remember the Seminary's Dordt400 Conference in April of this year? The speeches and presentations given at this event have now been compiled, expanded, and edited (by Prof. R. Cammenga) and form the newly published RFPA book, For God's Glory and the Church's Consolation: 400 Years of the Synod of Dordt. Visit the website to order your copy, or come to the seminary bookstore to find one!
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

 

  • The moving of the PRC archives into their new home continues. Last week the rest of the main boxes were moved into the new room, while other items (tapes, pictures, etc.) are also gradually being moved. A few finishing touches await the library (custom furniture) and the archives room (work area and carpet) yet, but they should be completed soon.

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November 26, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of Nov.25-30, 2019

 

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  • The seminary is now in its thirteenth week of the first semester, and both faculty and students remain busy with their various activities and tasks. The second round of practice preaching  was held last week Monday (Nov.18). We will enjoy the Thanksgiving Day break this weekend (Nov.28-29). Continue to include the seminary in your daily prayers.
     

  • Even though the first semester is drawing to an end, if you are interested in visiting a class or classes, please contact the seminary. The schedule has been posted on the seminary's website.
     

  • The faculty announces that Sem. Josiah Tan (CERC-Singapore) has been licensed to speak a word of edification in the churches. His first service was led at Southwest PRC this past Sunday (Nov.24). We rejoice with the brother in this important milestone in his preparation for the ministry. Contact the rector, Prof. B. Gritters, if you would like to schedule Sem. Tan.
     

  • Last Friday over our brat lunch, Mr. Rick Noorman (administrator at Covenant Christian HS in Grand Rapids, MI)  gave a talk on teacher training and the new mentoring program being implemented for new PR teachers (see photo above). It was a profitable talk and discussion afterward.
     

  • The Fall 2019 issue of the PRT Journal is being put together and should be available in early December. Watch for articles based on presentations given in Mexico this past summer and plenty of good book reviews.
     

  • Remember the Seminary's Dordt400 Conference in April of this year? The speeches and presentations given at this event have now been compiled, expanded, and edited (by Prof. R. Cammenga) and form the newly published RFPA book, For God's Glory and the Church's Consolation: 400 Years of the Synod of Dordt. Visit the website to order your copy, or come to the seminary bookstore to find one!
     

  • Looking for some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials or seminary publications to use, or perhaps some gifts for the holiday season? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new - for our members and friends. And you may also make use of our library - here's the link to our online catalog if you wish to search for something to read or use.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

 

  • This week the final building inspection was held on the new addition and we passed! A start was made on moving things in to the new archives room (see photo below of our archivist and his helper, Kevin Rau) and more will be completed during the Thanksgiving break. A few finishing touches await the library and the archives room yet, but the new offices are set up and being used.

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November 13, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of Nov.11-16, 2019

 

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  • The seminary is now in its twelfth week of the first semester, and both faculty and students remain busy with their tasks of teaching and studying, as well as preaching, lecturing, leading Bible studies, and teaching catechism in area churches. Soon the second round of practice preaching  will be held (Nov.18). During the last week of this month we will enjoy the Thanksgiving Day break (Nov.28-29). Continue to include the seminary in your daily prayers.
     

  • The schedule for the first semester has been posted on the seminary's website. If you are interested in visiting, please contact the seminary.
     

  • During the semester students take turns leading devotions mid-morning and often Wednesdays are reserved for special chapels led by area PRC pastors. This week, first-year student Isaac Peters (EPC of Australia) is leading them. These devotions consist of a Psalter number, reading of a passage of Scripture, and a prayer. Rev. H. Bleyenberg (Providence PRC, Hudsonville, MI) spoke for the Wednesday chapel this week and last.
     

  • The Fall 2019 issue of the PRT Journal is being put together and should be available in late November. Watch for articles based on presentations given in Mexico this past summer and plenty of book reviews.
     

  • Remember the Seminary's Dordt400 Conference in April of this year? The speeches and presentations given at this event have now been compiled, expanded, and edited (by Prof. R. Cammenga) and form the newly published RFPA book, For God's Glory and the Church's Consolation: 400 Years of the Synod of Dordt. Visit the website to order your copy, or come to the seminary bookstore to find one!
     

  • Looking for some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials or seminary publications to use, or perhaps some gifts for the holiday season? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new - for our members and friends. And you may also make use of our library - here's the link to our online catalog if you wish to search for something to read or use.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

 

  • The finishing touches are being put on the seminary addition and library renovation projects (new archives and offices). The other custom library desks and magazine kiosks will be finished soon, along with the work area for the archives room (countertops, cupboards, and shelves). After the final building inspection, the PRC archives can be moved into their new home.

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October 30, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of Oct.27-Nov.2, 2019

 

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  • The seminary is now in its tenth week of the first semester, and both faculty and students remain busy with their tasks of teaching and studying, as well as preaching and teaching catechism in area churches. This week Thursday and Friday (Oct.31-Nov.1) will be the "reading recess" break for the semester. Soon the second round of practice preaching  will be held (Nov.18). Continue to pray for the seminary.
     

  • The schedule for the first semester has been posted on the seminary's website. If you are interested in visiting, please contact the seminary.
     

  • During the semester students take turns leading devotions mid-morning. This week, first-year student Jeremy Helms led them. These devotions consist of a Psalter number, reading of a passage of Scripture, and a prayer.
     

  • It is also the time of year when our professors deliver special Reformation Day lectures. Prof. Gritters spoke Oct.25 in Kalamazoo PRC on "Evangelicals and Catholics Together? Reconciling the Unreconcilable." On Nov. 1 he will speak in NW Iowa on "The Sabbath Command: The Law That Christians Love to Keep." On that same date, Prof. R. Dykstra will be in Spokane, WA to speak on “Blessed Assurance: Reaffirmed by the Canons of Dort” in Covenant of Grace PRC. On Nov.8 Prof. R. Cammenga will lecture in Wingham, ON PRC on "What Was the Reformation?" and Prof. D. Kuiper will lecture on "Ulrich Zwingli: The First Reformed Reformer" in Lynden (WA) PRC.
     

  • The Fall 2019 issue of the PRT Journal is being put together and should be available in late November. Watch for articles based on presentations given in Mexico this past summer and plenty of book reviews.
     

  • Remember the Seminary's Dordt400 Conference in April of this year? The speeches and presentations given at this event have now been compiled, expanded, and edited (by Prof. R. Cammenga) and form the newly published RFPA book, For God's Glory and the Church's Consolation: 400 Years of the Synod of Dordt. Visit the website to order your copy, or come to the seminary bookstore to find one!
     

  • Looking for some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials or seminary publications to use? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new - for our members and friends. And you may also make use of our library - here's the link to our online catalog if you wish to search for something to read or use.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

 

  • The finishing touches are being put on the seminary addition and library renovation projects (new archives and offices). More of the wall accents were hung recently in the library and work continues in the archives room (fire alarms and suppression systems). The other custom library desks and magazine kiosks will be finished soon, along with the work area for the archives room. Final inspections are taking place and then the PRC archives can be moved into their new home.

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October 16, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of October 13-19, 2019

 

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  • The seminary is now entering its eighth week of the first semester in the new school year, and both faculty and students remain busy with their tasks of teaching and studying, as well as preaching and teaching catechism in area churches. The students are taking mid-term exams in some of the classes.
     

  • The schedule for the first semester has been posted on the seminary's website. If you are interested in visiting, please contact the seminary.
     

  • During the semester students take turns leading devotions mid-morning. This week, second-year student Marcus Wee is leading them. These devotions consist of a Psalter number, reading of a passage of Scripture, and a prayer.
     

  • It is also the time of year when our professors deliver special Reformation Day lectures. Prof. Gritters will be speaking Oct.25 in Kalamazoo PRC on "Evangelicals and Catholics Together? Reconciling the Unreconcilable." On Nov. 1 he will speak in NW Iowa on "The Sabbath Command: The Law That Christians Love to Keep." On that same date, Prof. R. Dykstra will be in Spokane, WA to speak on “Blessed Assurance: Reaffirmed by the Canons of Dort” in Covenant of Grace PRC.
     

  • Last Thursday and Friday, October 10 and 11, the PRTS hosted Dr. Nick Willborn, senior pastor of the Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and adjunct professor of church history at Greenville Presbyterian Seminary in Taylors, SC (see photo above). Dr. Willborn presented two speeches dealing with Southern Presbyterian theologians of the 19th century: "The Theological Distinctives of the 19th-Century Southern Presbyterians"  and "The Pastoral Qualities of the 19th-Century Presbyterians." Both presentations will soon be available on the seminary's YouTube channel.
     

  • Looking for some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials or seminary publications to use? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new - for our members and friends.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry. If you wish to listen to a couple of sermons by our professors that address this need, listen to "The (Suffering) Minister's Steadfast Confession" and "The Beautiful Feet of the Gospel Preacher."

 

  • The finishing touches are being put on the seminary addition and library renovation projects (new archives and offices). More decorating is to be done in the library this week and more work continues on the archives room. The other custom library desks and magazine kiosks will be finished soon, along with the work area for the archives room. A special display case for archives was installed in the hallway last week. Final inspection should be soon - and then an open house is being planned!

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October 7, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of October 7-12, 2019

 

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  • The seminary is already in its seventh week of the new semester, and both faculty and students are busy with their work of teaching and studying, besides all the other labors they perform (teaching catechism, leading Bible studies). The first practice preaching session was held on Monday October 7, with Sems. Tan and Wee delivering their first sermons of the new year.
     

  • During the semester students take turns leading devotions mid-morning. This week, fourth-year student Josiah Tan is leading them. These devotions consist of a Psalter number, reading of a passage of Scripture, and a prayer.
     

  • On Thursday and Friday of this week, October 10 and 11, the PRTS will host Dr. Nick Willborn, senior pastor of the Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and adjunct professor of church history at Greenville Presbyterian Seminary in Taylors, SC. Dr. Willborn will present two speeches dealing with Southern Presbyterian theologians of the 19th century.  Thursday's presentation will be on "The Theological Distinctives of the 19th-Century Southern Presbyterians."  Friday's presentation will be on "The Pastoral Qualities of the 19th-Century Presbyterians." Both presentations begin at 1:00 PM.

  • Our two recent graduates, Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman, both recently sustained their examinations at PRC Classis meetings and were ordained and installed in the congregations that called them - Rev. Kortus in Hope PRC (Redlands, CA) and Rev. Maatman in Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI). We praise God for His goodness and grace to these men and to the churches for enabling them to reach this longtime goal in their lives.
     

  • Looking for some good Reformed books to read, Bible study materials or seminary publications to use? Come and visit the seminary's bookstore! We have a variety of Bibles, commentaries, and good books - used and new - for our members and friends.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Nine of our 39 active ministers are 63 years of age and older. The next prospect for seminary graduates in our churches is not for another four years. Then those nine ministers will be 67 and older. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry.

 

  • The finishing touches are being put on the seminary addition and library renovation projects (new archives and offices). Some of the custom furniture is still to be finished for the library (see photo above) and the archives room is nearly done, with the new shelving now in place (see photo below). Please feel free to stop by and see the new look - it is truly beautiful!

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September 20, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of September 15-21, 2019

 

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  • The seminary is already in its fourth week of the new semester, and both faculty and students are busy with their work of teaching and studying. The first practice preaching session is only two weeks away, as Josiah T. and Marcus W. will deliver their first sermons of the new year. Pray for them and for the staff as they busy themselves in these kingdom labors.
     

  • During the semester students take turns leading devotions mid-morning. This week, first-year student Jeremy Helms led them (see photo above). These devotions consist of a Psalter number, reading of a passage of Scripture, and a prayer.
     

  • One of our new professors, Douglas Kuiper, has begun teaching for the first time this semester, starting with the early morning pre-seminary Greek grammar course, as well as Hermeneutics and a new Research and Methodology course. Our other new professor, Prof. B. Huizinga, was installed as the new professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament Studies on Sept.4 and has begun work on his advanced degree (ThM) at Calvin Theological Seminary.

  • The Theological School Committee, which oversees the PRC Seminary, met this past Thursday. Pray for these ministers and elders who give of their time to care for the building and all the functions of the seminary.
     

  • This past Tuesday Sem. Marcus Wee and his wife celebrated the arrival of their second child, Silas Wee An Sheng. We rejoice with them and pray that God will give them grace to surround him with their love and God's and train him in the nurture of the Lord.
     

  • Our two recent graduates, Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman, sustained their synodical examinations at the PRC 2019 Synod (June 11-13) and were declared candidates for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. Both have now received and accepted calls from vacant congregations - Cand. Kortus to Hope PRC (Redlands, CA) and Cand. Maatman to Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI). On Sept.11 pastor-elect Maatman was examined at the meeting of Classis East and approved for ordination. That will take place, D.V., Friday evening, Sept.27, at 7 p.m. in Southwest PRC. Pastor-elect Kortus is scheduled to be examined at the meeting of Classis West on Sept.25.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Nine of our 39 active ministers are 63 years of age and older. The next prospect for seminary graduates in our churches is not for another four years. Then those nine ministers will be 67 and older. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry.

 

  • The finishing touches are being put on the seminary addition and library renovation projects (new archives and offices). A new glass barrier, granite in the main window, and some more furniture is due in the library yet, but the first shipment is in place (see photo below). In the archives room all is ready for the special flooring and shelving, which is scheduled for next week. Please fell free to stop by and see the new look - it is truly beautiful!

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September 12, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of September 9-14, 2019

 

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  • The seminary is already in its third week of the new semester, and both faculty and students are busy with their work. The student body is truly international, with two Americans, one Mexican, one Australian, and two Singaporeans. Pray for them and for the faculty as they busy themselves in their teaching and studies.
     

  • During the semester students take turns leading devotions mid-morning. This week, first-year student Doner Bartolon is leading them (see photo above).
     

  • One of our new professors, Douglas Kuiper, has begun teaching for the first time this semester, starting with the early morning pre-seminary Greek grammar course, as well as Hermeneutics and a new Research and Methodology course. We thank the Lord for enabling him to reach this point in his career as professor. Over the course of the next few years he will also take over the church history courses and others from Prof. R. Dykstra (see photo below of Prof. Dykstra teaching his Reformation church history course this term).
     

  • On Sept.4 Rev. B. Huizinga was installed as the new professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament Studies during a worship service at Grandville PRC. Prof. R. Cammenga, whom he will be replacing over the course of the next few years, preached  fitting sermon from Acts 27:23b, "Whose I am, and whom I serve." Prof. Huizinga has begun work on his advanced degree (ThM) at Calvin Theological Seminary.

  • This past Tuesday Prof. R. Dykstra gave a timely  lecture on sexual abuse in Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI. Look for the recordings of that in the near future and a printed form as well.
     

  • Our two recent graduates, Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman, sustained their synodical examinations at the PRC 2019 Synod (June 11-13) and were declared candidates for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. Both have now received and accepted calls from vacant congregations - Cand. Kortus to Hope PRC (Redlands, CA) and Cand. Maatman to Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI). This past Wednesday pastor-elect Maatman was examined at the meeting of Classis East and approved for ordination. That will take place, D.V., Friday evening, Sept.27, at 7 p.m. in Southwest PRC. Pastor-elect Kortus is scheduled to be examined at the meeting of Classis West on Sept.25.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Nine of our 39 active ministers are 63 years of age and older. The next prospect for seminary graduates in our churches is not for another four years. Then those nine ministers will be 67 and older. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry.

 

  • Work continues on the seminary addition and library renovation projects (new archives and offices). There are some finishing touches to be done in the library yet, including new furniture - but the first shipment came this week. In the archives room all is ready for the special flooring and shelving, which is scheduled for later this month.

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September 6, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of September 2-7, 2019

 

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  • The seminary's first semester has now begun (August 26) with an opening chapel on that first day (picture above) and classes that began on Tuesday August 27. There is one 4th-year student (Josiah Tan), one 2nd-year student (Marcus Wee), and four freshman (Doner Bartolon, Jeremy Helms, Matt Koerner, and Isaac Peters). The student body is truly international, with two Americans, one Mexican, one Australian, and two Singaporeans. Pray for them and for the faculty as they busy themselves in their teaching and studies.
     

  • This past Wednesday night (Sept.4) was a special evening as Rev. B. Huizinga was installed as the new professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament Studies during a worship service at Grandville PRC. Prof. R. Cammenga, whom he will be replacing over the course of the next few years, preached a wonderful sermon from Acts 27:23b, "Whose I am, and whom I serve." Prof. Huizinga has begun work on his advanced degree (ThM) at Calvin Theological Seminary.
     

  • Our other new professor, Douglas Kuiper, has begun teaching for the first time this semester (see photo below), starting with the pre-seminary Greek grammar course, as well as Hermeneutics and a new Research and Methodology course. We thank the Lord for enabling him to reach this point in his career as professor. Over the course of the next few years he will also take over the church history courses and others from Prof. R. Dykstra.

  • Our two recent graduates, Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman, sustained their synodical examinations at the PRC 2019 Synod (June 11-13) and were declared candidates for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. They are eligible for a call on or after July 13, 2019. Both have now received and accepted calls from vacant congregations - Cand. Kortus to Hope PRC (Redlands, CA) and Cand. Maatman to Southeast PRC (Grand Rapids, MI). We praise God for this evidence of the confirmation of the Lord's call.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Nine of our 39 active ministers are 63 years of age and older. The next prospect for seminary graduates in our churches is not for another four years. Then those nine ministers will be 67 and older. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry.

 

  • Work continues on the seminary addition and library renovation projects (new archives and offices). There are some finishing touches to be done in the library yet, including new furniture. In the archives room all is ready for the special flooring and shelving, which should some later this month. Prof. Huizinga's office also awaits new furniture, which is due next week.

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August 22, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of August 18-24

 

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  • The seminary's summer break is nearly over, as the second semester begins soon - August 26 (freshman orientation is this week Friday, Aug.23).  In addition to all the other activities and the renovation project of the summer, faculty and staff continue preparing for the new semester, the schedule for which has been posted on the seminary's website. The seminary is open daily (M-F, 8-5) and staff is available to assist with any needs.
     

  • Note to seminary course auditors: Seminary classes begin for the first semester on Tuesday, August 27. Three classes are open for auditors. For Prof. R. Cammenga: NT History (the intertestamental period to the Passion Week) and Dogmatics (Ecclesiology, the doctrine of the church). For Prof. R. Dykstra: Reformation Church History.  If you are interested in attending, please contact the seminary secretary for the meeting times, at 616-531-1490.
     

  • The PRC of 2019 Synod called Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA) to replace Prof. Cammenga as Professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament. On June 30 he accepted this appointment. We thank God for this provision of another new professor and pray God's blessing on him and his family as they make this transition. They have now moved into the West MI area, will soon settle into their new home, and he will begin working on his advanced degree (ThM) at Calvin Theological Seminary in September.
     

  • A worship service for the the installation of Rev. B. Huizinga as professor of theology and OT Studies in the PRC Seminary will take place on Wed., Sept.4 at 7 PM in Grandville Protestant Reformed Church. This will also be the seminary's convocation program, with the students introduced. All are invited to attend this significant event. For those who cannot attend, the evening will be live-streamed from Grandville PRC's Sermonaudio channel.

  • Our two recent graduates, Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman, sustained their synodical examinations at the PRC 2019 Synod (June 11-13) and were declared candidates for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. They are eligible for a call on or after July 13, 2019. Both have now received calls from vacant congregations. We praise God for this evidence of His confirmation of the call they felt when they began seminary.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Nine of our 39 active ministers are 63 years of age and older. The next prospect for seminary graduates in our churches is not for another four years. Then those nine ministers will be 67 and older. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry.

  • The Spring 2019 issue of the PR Theological Journal is currently available, and it is once again filled with profitable articles and stimulating book reviews! Find it on our Journal page in several formats. For back issues, visit the seminary journal page. In addition, a new index to all past issues has been posted on the Journal's archives page. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, contact the seminary's secretary.

 

  • In view of the start of the new semester, work progresses rapidly on the seminary addition/library renovation project (new archives and offices). The past two weeks the carpeting was installed in the library, new offices, and hallways, the books and shelves began to be moved back into the library, Prof. R. Dykstra was moved into his new office, and Rev. B. Huizinga's office further prepared.

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July 16, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of July 14-20

 

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  • The PRC of 2019 Synod called Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA) to replace Prof. Cammenga as Professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament. On June 30 he accepted this appointment. We thank God for this provision of another new professor and pray God's blessing on him and his family as they prepare for this transition. He plans to preach his farewell in Hope PRC on July 21. The Theological School Committee has begun making plans for his move to the Grand Rapids, MI area at the end of this month.
     

  • A worship service for the the installation of Rev. B. Huizinga as professor of theology and OT Studies in the PRC Seminary will take place on Wed., Sept.4 at 7 PM in Grandville Protestant Reformed Church. This will also be the seminary's convocation program, with the students introduced. All are invited to attend this significant event.
     

  • The seminary is now enjoying its spring/summer break. Besides their work at the PRC Synod in June, the faculty is busy with various trips and speaking engagements.  With the construction project and library renovation continuing, there is still plenty of activity at the seminary (see note below). In addition, faculty and staff continue preparing for the new semester in the Fall.

  • Just a reminder that the seminary is open daily (8 am - 5 pm) during the summer (except for holidays) and staff is available to assist with any needs.

  • Our two senior seminarians, Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman, sustained their synodical examinations at the PRC 2019 Synod (June 11-13) and were declared candidates for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. They are eligible for a call on or after July 13, 2019. Both of them are currently on several PRC trios awaiting a call.
     

  • One of the new students entering seminary this Fall is Isaac Peters from the EPC of Australia. Isaac and his wife Rebecca and four children arrived safely in Grand Rapids, MI this past week (July 10). Grace PRC is assisting in their needs while here. We pray for a smooth transition for the Peters into life in West Michigan.
     

  • Need for Ministers: Synod 2019 took a decision to place the urgent need for seminary students before our churches. Nine of our 39 active ministers are 63 years of age and older. The next prospect for seminary graduates in our churches is not for another four years. Then those nine ministers will be 67 and older. Please remember in your prayers to petition the Lord of the harvest for pastors, and please encourage young men, whom you observe to have the gifts, to consider the ministry.

  • The Spring 2019 issue of the PR Theological Journal is back from the printer and now available! For those on our mailing list, your issue should have arrived by now. For back issues, visit the seminary journal page. In addition, a new index to all past issues has been posted on the Journal's archives page. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, contact the seminary's secretary.

 

  • In the weeks after the second semester ended, the entire library was emptied and moved into other areas of the building. The library renovation project has begun, but the main portions of the library are accessible, as well as the magazines. If you need any help finding a book or resource, do not hesitate to ask for help. Don't forget that you can access the library through our online catalog. The seminary bookstore is also open daily.

 

  •  Work continues on the seminary addition project, both inside and out (new archives and offices). This past week new lighting was installed in the offices and archives. Doors are being installed and the floor prepped for new carpeting. In the library, the focus is on the trim work.

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June 26, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of June 23-29

 

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  • The seminary has now entered its spring/summer break. Besides their work at the PRC Synod in June, the faculty will be busy with various trips and speaking engagements.  With the construction project and library renovation continuing, there is still plenty of activity at the seminary (see note below). In addition, faculty and staff continue their end-of-semester work and preparing for the new semester in the Fall.

  • Just a reminder that the seminary is open daily (8 am - 5 pm) during the summer (except for holidays) and staff is available to assist with any needs.

  • Our two senior seminarians, Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman, sustained their synodical examinations at the PRC 2019 Synod (June 11-13) and were declared candidates for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in the PRC. They are eligible for a call on or after July 13, 2019. Seminary commencement was held Thursday night, June 13, in First PRC (cf. photo above). We rejoice with them and their wives and families and thank God for the gift of two more candidates.

  • Synod 2019 has called Rev. Brian Huizinga to replace Prof. Cammenga as Professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament. Rev. Cory Griess was chosen to be the alternate. May the Lord guide Rev. Huizinga that he may know God's will regarding this call. Let us remember him in our prayers.

  • The Spring 2019 issue of the PR Theological Journal is back from the printer and now available! For those on our mailing list, your issue will be mailed this week. For back issues, visit the seminary journal page. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, contact the seminary's secretary.

  • If you missed the speeches at the seminary's Dordt400 conference, or want to refresh your mind, now's your chance to listen to them! The audio files of the speeches and historical presentations from the conference are now available on Trinity PRC's Sermonaudio channel (the host of the conference). Soon the videos will also be available. *If you are interested in CD's or DVD's of the recent Dordt 400 Conference, please send your request to trinityprc1@gmail.com.

 

  • In the weeks after the second semester ended, the entire library was emptied and moved into other areas of the building. The library renovation project has begun, but the main portions of the library are accessible, as well as the magazines.

 

  •  Work continues on the seminary addition project, both inside and out (new archives and offices). This past week the drywall work was finished and primer paint was applied in the new offices and archives room. In the library, the old carpet was torn out and the rest of the ceiling tiles removed. The new LED lights are being installed this week (see photo below). On the outside, final grading was done in the yard area outside the new addition.

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June 8, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of June 2-8

 

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  • The seminary has now entered its spring/summer break. Besides preparing for the PRC Synod 2019, the faculty will be busy with various trips and speaking engagements. Our seniors (Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman) are busy prepping for their synodical exam to be held at First PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) on June 11-13, while our Singaporean students (Josiah Tan and Marcus Wee) have returned home. There is still plenty of activity at the seminary as faculty and staff continue their end-of-semester work as well as preparing for the new semester in the Fall.

  • Just a reminder that the seminary is open daily (8 am - 5 pm) during the summer (except for holidays) and staff is available to assist with any needs.

  • Seminary graduation will take place, the Lord willing, Thursday, June 13, in First church at 7:30 p.m. Prof. R. Dykstra will give the address.

  • The Spring issue of the PR Theological Journal is completed and at the printer! It should be ready in the next few weeks. For back issues, visit the seminary journal page. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, contact the seminary's secretary.

  • If you missed the speeches at the seminary's Dordt400 conference, or want to refresh your mind, now's your chance to listen to them! The audio files of the speeches and historical presentations from the conference are now available on Trinity PRC's Sermonaudio channel (the host of the conference). Soon the videos will also be available. *If you are interested in CD's or DVD's of the recent Dordt 400 Conference, please send your request to trinityprc1@gmail.com.

 

  • In the weeks after the second semester ended, the entire library was emptied and moved into other areas of the building. Soon the library renovation project will begin, but first some demo work will take place (removal of ceiling tiles, lights, etc.). The main portions of the library are accessible, as well as the magazines.

  • Don't forget to follow and read the seminary's blog posts! Each week a new subject is treated - from items on teaching and preaching to library books and Journal book reviews! Read the latest post here.

 

  • Seminary addition project (archives and offices) update: In the past few weeks the wall between the new addition and the library was opened up and a tent made around it while work goes on inside and in the library (see picture below). Drywall has begun to be hung in the offices and hallway following the approval of the electrical and HVAC rough-ins.

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May 18, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of May 12-18

 

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  • The seminary has now completed its second semester, following the week of exams this past week. Our seniors (Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman) are busy prepping for their synodical exam in mid-June, while our Singaporean students (Josiah Tan and Marcus Wee) will return home this week. The end-of-semester picnic was held Thursday night at the Gritters' home (see photo above).

  • On Thursday morning, May 16, the high school students from Faith Christian HS in Randolph, WI made their first visit to the seminary. The students took a tour of the building, sat in on a special presentation on the seminary by Prof. D. Kuiper, and then joined us for coffeetime and donuts. We appreciate the time taken for these visits and pray God uses them to encourage these students to remember the seminary in their prayers.

  • We extend hearty congratulations to Prof. Doug Kuiper who successfully defended his ThM thesis at Calvin Theological Seminary on Monday, May 6. His graduation ceremony was held this past Saturday, May 18. We give thanks to God for strengthening him to achieve this goal over the last two years. He will begin his teaching responsibilities this Fall.
     

  • Seminary graduation will take place, the Lord willing, Thursday, June 13, in First church at 7:30 p.m. Prof. R. Dykstra will give the address.

 

  • Don't forget to follow and read the seminary's blog posts! Each week a new subject is treated - from items on teaching and preaching to library books and Journal book reviews! Read the latest post here.

  • *Special notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

 

  • Seminary addition project (archives and offices) update: This past week the exterior metal work (siding and trim) was completed and more work was done in the offices (framing, drywall preparation); the old AC units that were stored inside over the winter were moved and prepped for operation (warm weather is coming!). Work was begun on relocating the library into the multipurpose room and other areas; Monday May 20 the main stacks will be moved (see picture below)

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May 8, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of May 5-11

 

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  • We are now in our fifteenth and final week of the second semester, before the week of exams. Our seniors are busy prepping for their synodical exam in mid-June, while the underclassmen are busy preparing for finals and their major papers. Pray for the faculty and students that they may finish the semester well.

  • Senior Matt Kortus is leading our mid-morning devotions this week. No special chapel was held as local PRC ministers were occupied with a Classis meeting.

  • On Thursday morning , May 9,a group of students from Hope Christian School in Walker will be visiting the seminary. The students will take in a special presentation on the seminary and then join us for coffeetime and snacks. We appreciate the time these visits and pray God uses them to encourage these students to remember the seminary in their prayers.

  • Listen to another (the second!) special interview on the "great Synod" of Dordt - Friday, May 10 from 4-6 pm (ET) involving one of our seminary professors! Prof. Doug Kuiper, our new professor of Church History and NT, will be interviewed on the live Internet program Iron Sharpens Iron. Host Chris Arntzen will interview Prof. Kuiper on the subject of the Synod of Dordt, its history and its work, in connection with the 400th anniversary. This interview will take place FRIDAY May 10, from 4-6 pm (ET). Visit the "Iron Sharpens Iron" link above and follow the instructions to the live-stream of what is sure to be another instructive and edifying interview.

  • We extend hearty congratulations to Prof. Doug Kuiper who successfully defended his ThM thesis at Calvin Theological Seminary this past Monday. Lord willing, he will participate in the graduation ceremony next Saturday, May 18. We give thanks to God for strengthening him to achieve this goal over the last two years. He will begin his teaching responsibilities this Fall.
     

  • Last week Wednesday and Friday Rev. Daniel Kleyn, PRC missionary-pastor to the Philippines, came and spoke for Prof. B. Gritters' Foreign Missions class (see image below). He gave two presentations on the life and work on a foreign field in the Far East.

  • Don't forget to follow and read the seminary's blog posts! Each week a new subject is treated - from items on teaching and preaching to library books and Journal book reviews! Read the latest post here.

 

  • *Special notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

 

  • Seminary addition project (archives and offices) update: Work continues on the project day by day. Work was done on the exterior (more steel siding installed, shingling completed on the roof) while interior office work also continued - framing and insulating and HVAC work has begun. Meanwhile, planning and preparation for work on the library renovation part of the project is ramping up. The library will be moved to other parts of the building on Monday, May 20.

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May 2, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of April 29 - May 4

 

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  • Last weekend's Dordt400 Conference at Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI was a huge success! There were good crowds each day, edifying speeches, and wonderful Christian fellowship. Look for the speeches to be posted on the special website soon. For pictures and more information, visit the seminary blog and the PRCA website.
     

  • We are now in our fourteenth week of the second semester, with one week of classes to go before the week of exams. Our seniors are busy prepping for their synodical exam in mid-June, while the underclassmen are busy preparing for finals and their major papers. Pray for the faculty and students that they may finish the semester well.

  • Marcus Wee is leading our mid-morning devotions this week. And Rev. C. Griess led our Wednesday chapel this week.

  • On Thursday morning a group of students from Heritage Christian High School in Dyer, IN visited the seminary as part of a church history tour (see picture below). The students brought donuts for coffee, sat in on two classes, and enjoyed pizza with us for lunch. We appreciate the time they took to include the seminary in their plans.

  • Don't forget to follow and read the seminary's blog posts! Each week a new subject is treated - from items on teaching and preaching to library books and Journal book reviews! Read the latest post here.

 

  • *Special notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

 

  • Seminary addition project (archives and offices) update: Work continues on the project day by day. Work was done on the exterior (more steel siding installed, shingling on the roof) while interior office work went on when the weather was rainy - framing and insulating. Meanwhile, planning and preparation for work on the library renovation project this summer is increasing.

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April 24, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of April 22-27

 

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  • We are now in our thirteenth week of the second semester, with two weeks to go. Besides their daily labors, the professors are busy preparing for the Dordt400 Conference coming up THIS weekend (April 25-27). Students are busy preparing for the second round of practice preaching scheduled for this week (April 15) and next (April 22).

  • Josiah Tan is leading our mid-morning devotions this week. Due to practice preaching on Monday, there was no chapel this week.

  • The BIG NEWS this week is, of course, the seminary's Dordt400 Conference, planned for this Thursday (April 25) through Saturday morning, (April 27) at Trinity PRC (photo above) Here is the latest bulletin announcement concerning it:
     

The Dordt 400 Seminary Conference has finally arrived. This week, Thursday through Saturday, April 25-27 at TRINITY PRC, Hudsonville, MI.  Thursday's meeting starts at 7:00 pm; Friday at 8:30 am and 7:00 pm (with the PRSO!); Saturday at 8:30 am.  Speakers are our seminary professors; Revs. B. Huizinga and W. Langerak; and Rev. A. Stewart (CPRC NI) and Rev. M. Shand (EPC Australia). The conference will be live-streamed via Trinity’s website for those unable to attend.  For more, see www.dordt400.org.   Please join us, along with our guests from South Africa, Singapore, Korea, Mexico, India, Myanmar, the Philippines, Northern Ireland and Australia.

  • On Wednesday morning Dr. Sungho Lee addressed faculty, students, PRC ministers, and visitors in town for the Dordt conference on the state of the Reformed faith in S. Korea. It was an instructive and profitable presentation (cf. photo below).

  • Don't forget to follow and read the seminary's blog posts! Each week a new subject is treated - from items on teaching and preaching to library books and Journal book reviews! Read the latest post here.

 

  • *Special notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

 

  • Seminary addition project (archives and offices) update: Progress continued on the project in the last week. Work was done on the exterior (more steel siding installed, shingles started - while interior office work went on when the weather is not as nice outside - framing and insulating. Meanwhile, planning and preparation for work on the library renovation project this summer is increasing.

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April 17, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of April 15 - 20

 

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  • We are now in our twelfth week of the second semester, and even though the calendar says it is Spring, we had a taste of winter last week and again this week Sunday and Monday! But God created a beautiful landscape again, as trees and shrubs were coated with His white coat of snow - a reminder of the truth of Isaiah 1:18, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." As we approach Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, we are pointed to the powerful work of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We praise God for His redeeming and renewing love through our Lord!

  • The second round of practice preaching began this Monday, with seniors M. Kortus and J. Maatman delivering their final seminary sermons. Next week (April 22), Junior J. Tan will deliver his final one of the semester.  Matt and Jacob also continue to prepare for their synodical exams in June.

 

  • The schedule of courses and calendar of events for this semester may be found on this page. If you would like to visit for a day or a specific class, call or email the seminary secretary, Sharon Kleyn.

 

  • Jacob Maatman is leading our mid-morning devotions this week. Due to practice preaching on Monday, there was no chapel this week.

  • This week's "Monday Notes" by Prof. R. Cammenga contained this profitable quote from John Calvin:

"Now among the elect we regard the call as a testimony of election.  Then we hold justification another sign of its manifestation, until they come into the glory in which the fulfillment of that election lies."  (John Calvin, Institutes 3.21.7; 2:931.)

 

 

 

  • We hope you are preparing to attend the Dordt400 Conference sponsored by the PRC Seminary! The three-day event is scheduled for next week Thursday to Saturday, April 25-27. Visit the conference website for more information - and be sure to check out the blog, where Prof. D. Kuiper is posting fascinating reports on the sessions of the "great Synod" of 1618-19. Here's the latest bulletin announcement about the event:

The seminary-sponsored conference celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Great Synod will be held April 25-27, at Trinity PRC! Please make plans to come to hear important speeches, see displays of 400-year-old artifacts from Dordt, learn the winners of the writing contest, and meet PRC friends coming from at least 10 different countries! Speakers are our seminary professors; Revs. B. Huizinga and W. Langerak; and Rev. A. Stewart (CPRC NI) and Rev. M. Shand (EPC Australia). The conference will be live-streamed via Trinity’s web-site for those unable to attend. For more information, see Dordt400.org.

  • Don't forget to follow and read the seminary's blog posts! Each week a new subject is treated - from items on teaching and preaching to library books and Journal book reviews! Read the latest post here.

 

  • *Special notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

 

  • Seminary addition project (archives and offices) update: Progress continued on the project in the last week. Work was done on the exterior (more steel siding installed) while interior office work went on during the rainy days - framing and insulating (cf. picture below). Meanwhile, planning and preparation for work on the library renovation project this summer is increasing.

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April 10, 2019

 

 

 

 

Seminary Updates for the Week of April 8-13

 

 

 

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  • We are now in our eleventh week of the second semester, and classes have resumed after our Spring break last week. And, as you can see from the picture above, the daffodils have bloomed at seminary - another sure sign of Spring!

  • Besides the regular class schedule, students are busy preparing for the second round of practice preaching, which is scheduled for the Mondays of April 15 and 22. The schedule of courses and calendar of events for this semester may be found on this page. If you would like to visit for a day or a specific class, call or email the seminary secretary, Sharon Kleyn.

 

  • Matt Kortus will lead our mid-morning devotions. Our chapel speaker for this week was Rev. Clay Spronk (Faith PRC). 

  • This week's "Monday Notes" by Prof. R. Cammenga contained this profitable quote from J.C. Ryle:

Commenting on Luke 12:43, "Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing," J.C. Ryle says:  "It is not the servant who is found wishing and professing, but the servant who is found 'doing,' whom Jesus calls 'blessed.'  The lesson is one which many, unhappily, shrink from giving, and many more shrink from receiving.  We are gravely told that to talk of 'working,' and 'doing,' is legal, and brings Christians into bondage!  Remarks of this kind should never move us.  They savour of ignorance or perverseness.  The lesson before us is not about justification, but about sanctification,--not about faith, but about holiness; the point is not what a man should do to be saved,--but what ought a saved man to do.  The teaching of Scripture is clear and express upon this subject.  A saved man ought to be 'careful to maintain good works.' (Titus 3:8.)  The desire of a true Christian ought to be, to be found 'doing.'"  (Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of Luke, vol. 2, p. 90.)

  • If you missed last week's two special interviews of Prof. D. Kuiper and Prof. D. Engelsma on  "Iron Sharpens Iron" radio, you may find the podcast here. Host Chris Arntzen interviewed Prof. Kuiper on the subject of his upcoming Dordt400 Conference speech, “The Doctrine of the Covenant in the Canons of Dordt,” while his interview with Prof. Engelsma was on the subject of “The Great War: What Led to the Synod of Dordt?”

 

 

 

  • We hope you are preparing to attend the Dordt400 Conference sponsored by the PRC Seminary! The three-day event is scheduled for April 25-27. Visit the conference website for more information - and be sure to check out the blog, where Prof. D. Kuiper is posting fascinating reports on the sessions of the "great Synod" of 1618-19. Here's the latest bulletin announcement about the event:

The seminary-sponsored conference celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Great Synod will be held April 25-27, at Trinity PRC! Please make plans to come to hear important speeches, see displays of 400-year-old artifacts from Dordt, learn the winners of the writing contest, and meet PRC friends coming from at least 10 different countries! Speakers are our seminary professors; Revs. B. Huizinga and W. Langerak; and Rev. A. Stewart (CPRC NI) and Rev. M. Shand (EPC Australia). The conference will be live-streamed via Trinity’s web-site for those unable to attend. For more information, see Dordt400.org.

  • Don't forget to follow and read the seminary's blog posts! Each week a new subject is treated - from items on teaching and preaching to library books and Journal book reviews! Read the latest post here.

 

  • *Special notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

 

  • Seminary addition project (archives and offices) update: Progress continued on the project in the last week. Work was done on the exterior (steel siding - see picture below) and interior office work also goes on (demolition of brick wall, framing, etc.). Meanwhile, planning and preparation for work on the library renovation project this summer continues.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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April 3, 2019

 

 

 

 

Seminary Updates for the Week of April 1-6

 

 
 
 
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  • We are now in our eleventh week of the second semester - and it is our Spring break week! Faculty and students are still around, though on a relaxed schedule. Staff is also present and the library is open daily from 8-5 for all your needs.

 

  • The schedule of courses and calendar of events for this semester may be found on this page. If you would like to visit for a day or a specific class, call or email the seminary secretary, Sharon Kleyn.

  • Here's something you don't want to miss:

Listen to two special interviews TODAY - Wednesday, April 3 - (from 4-6 pm (ET)) involving two of our seminary professors!

Both Prof. Doug Kuiper (Church History and NT) and Prof. David Engelsma (emeritus, Dogmatics and OT) will be interviewed on the live Internet program Iron Sharpens Iron.

 

Host Chris Arntzen will interview Prof. Kuiper on the subject of his upcoming Dordt400 Conference speech, “The Doctrine of the Covenant in the Canons of Dordt,” while he will interview Prof. Engelsma on the subject of “The Great War: What Led to the Synod of Dordt?”

Visit the "Iron Sharpens Iron" link above and follow the instructions to the live-stream of these instructive and edifying interviews.

 

  • We hope you are preparing to attend the Dordt400 Conference sponsored by the PRC Seminary! The three-day event is scheduled for April 25-27. Visit the conference website for more information - and be sure to check out the blog, where Prof. D. Kuiper is posting fascinating reports on the sessions of the "great Synod" of 1618-19. Here's the latest bulletin announcement about the event:

The seminary-sponsored conference celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Great Synod will be held April 25-27, at Trinity PRC! Please make plans to come to hear important speeches, see displays of 400-year-old artifacts from Dordt, learn the winners of the writing contest, and meet PRC friends coming from at least 10 different countries! Speakers are our seminary professors; Revs. B. Huizinga and W. Langerak; and Rev. A. Stewart (CPRC NI) and Rev. M. Shand (EPC Australia). The conference will be live-streamed via Trinity’s web-site for those unable to attend. For more information, see Dordt400.org.

  • Don't forget to follow and read the seminary's blog posts! Each week a new subject is treated - from items on teaching and preaching to library books and Journal book reviews! Read the latest post here.

 

  • *Special notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

 

  • Seminary addition project (archives and offices) update: Good progress was made on the project in the last week. Bosveld finished some exterior work and is now doing some interior work (firewalls and insulation). Kleyn Electric installed some temporary power and lights. Meanwhile, planning and preparation for work on the library renovation project this summer is picking up.

 

 
 
 
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March 27, 2019​

 

 
 
 
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Seminary Updates for the Week of March 25-30

 
 
 
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  • We are now in our tenth week of the second semester.  The schedule of courses and calendar of events for this semester may be found on this page. If you would like to visit for a day or a specific class, call or email the seminary secretary, Sharon Kleyn.

  • There is no chapel this week.  Instead we will have devotions as usual - led by Sem.M. Wee this week.  Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) will lead our chapel service on the Wednesday after Spring Break, April, 10, 2019.
     

  • Did you know that our pre-sem Greek students have their classes early in the morning (6:50 AM!), ahead of all the seminary classes? That is so they can get to work or school on time, depending on their schedules. Prof. Gritters and Dykstra are teaching Greek grammar and reading this year at that time (cf. picture above).

  • This week's profitable quote (from Prof. R. Cammenga's "Monday Note"):
     

"What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God.  We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and work flow."  (Martin Luther)

  • Don't forget to follow and read the seminary's blog posts! Each week a new subject is treated - from items on teaching and preaching to library books and Journal book reviews! Read the latest post here.

 

  • *Special notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

  • We hope you are preparing to attend the Dordt400 Conference sponsored by the PRC Seminary! The three-day event is scheduled for April 25-27. Visit the conference website for more information - and be sure to check out the blog, where Prof. D. Kuiper is posting fascinating reports on the sessions of the "great Synod" of 1618-19. Here's the latest bulletin announcement about the event:

The seminary-sponsored conference celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Great Synod will be held April 25-27, at Trinity PRC! Please make plans to come to hear important speeches, see displays of 400-year-old artifacts from Dordt, learn the winners of the writing contest, and meet PRC friends coming from at least 10 different countries! Speakers are our seminary professors; Revs. B. Huizinga and W. Langerak; and Rev. A. Stewart (CPRC NI) and Rev. M. Shand (EPC Australia). The conference will be live-streamed via Trinity’s web-site for those unable to attend. For more information, see Dordt400.org.

  • Related to that is this note in the seminary "inside news" this week:
     

"On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (the Wednesday before the Synod of Dordt conference), Dr. Sung-ho Lee will address the seminary faculty and students, along with area clergy, on the state of the Prebyterian (Reformed) church in Korea.  The speech will be given during 4th hour.  That day, Catechetics will be cancelled and 4th hour classes will be moved to 3rd hour.  There will be a brief Q & A session after the speech.  Mark your calendars and plan on attending."

 

  • Seminary addition project (archives and offices) update: Good Spring weather continued in the last week and with it the ongoing construction on the project. Bosveld has returned to work on finishing the roof. Some interior work has also started. Below Jon Hop makes a temporary platform and stairs for getting in and out of the addition (until the opening is made between library and archives). Meanwhile, planning and preparation for work on the library renovation project this summer is picking up.

 

 

 
 
 
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March 19, 2019​

 

Seminary Updates for the Week of March 18 - 23

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  • We are now in our ninth week of the second semester. Mid-term exams in Dogmatics (doctrine of salvation this semester) and OT History are planned for this week. The schedule of courses and calendar of events for this semester may be found on this page. If you would like to visit for a day or a specific class, call or email the seminary secretary, Sharon Kleyn.

  • Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC) will lead our chapel this week Wednesday. Daily devotions are being led by Sem. J. Tan this week.

  • This week's profitable quote (from Prof. R. Cammenga's "Monday Note"):  "[T]he beginning, and even the preparation, of proper prayer is the plea for pardon with a humble and sincere confession of guilt.  Nor should anyone, however holy he may be, hope that he will obtain anything from God until he is freely reconciled to him; nor can God chance to be propitious to any but those whom he has pardoned.  Accordingly, it is no wonder if believers open for themselves the door to prayer with this holy key...."  (John Calvin, Institutes, 3.20.9.)
     

  • Don't forget to follow and read the seminary's blog posts! Each week a new subject is treated - from items on teaching and preaching to library books and Journal book reviews! Read the latest post here.

 

  • *Special notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

  • We hope you are preparing to attend the Dordt400 Conference sponsored by the PRC Seminary! The three-day event is scheduled for April 25-27. Visit the conference website for more information - and be sure to check out the blog, where Prof. D. Kuiper is posting fascinating reports on the sessions of the "great Synod" of 1618-19.
     

  • Related to that is this note in the seminary "inside news" this week: "On the Thursday before the conference, April 24, Dr. Sungho Lee will speak to the students and faculty, as well as the area ministers, on the state of the Reformed church in S. Korea.  It should be a very informative and profitable speech."

 

  • Seminary addition project (archives and offices) update: Spring weather has finally arrived and construction has been renewed. Bosveld has returned to work on enclosing the roof and shingling it. Meanwhile, planning and preparation for work on the library renovation project this summer is picking up.  For updates and pictures, visit this blog post.

 

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March 6, 2019​

 

Seminary Updates for the Week of March 4-9

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  • We are now in our seventh week of the second semester. The schedule of courses and calendar of events for this semester may be found on this page. If you would like to visit for a day or a specific class, call or email the seminary secretary, Sharon Kleyn.

  • Rev. R. Van Overloop (Grace PRC) led our chapel this week Wednesday. Daily devotions are being led by Sem. M. Kortus this week.

 

  • On Wednesday afternoon, Dr. E. Wm. Kennedy (Van Raalte Center in Holland, MI) spoke to a group of interested men and women at seminary on "The RPDC/RCA, Dutch-Speaking, 'Mother' Classis of Holland in the Era of A. C. van Raalte (1848-1876)."  (cf. photo above)

  • This week's profitable quote (from Prof. R. Cammenga's "Monday Note"):  "Hence, it is perfectly ridiculous to represent works as conditions of salvation, since the ability and disposition to perform good works are blessings which we receive from our Saviour in fulfillment of his office as our Redeemer.  Holiness is a benefit received, and not a price paid; it is our meetness for heaven, not our title to it.”  A bit later, Thornwell grants that it is possible that some use “condition” without intending to teach error, in his words “conveying no dangerous idea.”  Nevertheless, “as an ambiguous word liable to be abused, it should be laid aside by all sound ministers of the gospel.”  And, when “a condition is prescribed…God’s favour ultimately turns upon man’s will.”  (James Henley Thornwell, “Antinomianism,” in The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, vol. 2, pp. 387, 393, and 394.)

 

  • *Special notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

  • We hope you are preparing to attend the Dordt400 Conference sponsored by the PRC Seminary! The three-day event is scheduled for April 25-27. Visit the conference website for more information - and be sure to check out the blog, where Prof. D. Kuiper is posting fascinating reports on the sessions of the "great Synod" of 1618-19.

 

  • Seminary addition project (archives and offices) update: It has been a cold and snowy again in West Michigan, so work has come to a stand still the last week. But planning and preparation continues. Look for more progress next week!  For updates and pictures, visit this blog post.

 

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February 26, 2019​

 

Seminary Updates for the Week of Feb.25 - March 2

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  • We are now in our sixth week of the second semester - one third of the way. Besides their regular studies, the students have been busy making sermons for the first round of practice preaching this semester.  Sems. M. Kortus and J. Maatman delivered theirs on Monday, Feb.11; Sem. J. Tan delivered his on Monday, Feb.25. Pray for them as they busy themselves in this work, and prepare for round two - April 15 and 22. Did you know that these sermons are delivered in the sanctuary of SW PRC just down the hill from seminary? They are also recorded (video), so that the students may benefit from the critique they receive from the professors and their peers.

  • Due to the practice preaching session Monday, there is no chapel this week Wednesday. Daily devotions are being led by Sem. M. Wee this week.

 

  • The schedule of courses and calendar of events for this semester may be found on this page. If you would like to visit for a day or a class, call or email the seminary secretary, Sharon Kleyn.

  • The faculty has planned a special event for next Wednesday, March 6:

Plan on attending the special presentation by Dr. E. Wm. Kennedy on Wednesday, March 6, at 2:00 PM.  He will be speaking to us on "The RPDC/RCA, Dutch-Speaking, 'Mother' Classis of Holland in the Era of A. C. van Raalte (1848-1876)."  He will be bringing out some salient aspects of the people, events, ideas, etc., of those years, including the mini/major secession of 1856-57 that became the CRC.  Dr. Kennedy is the author of the three-volume Commentary on the Minutes of Classis Holland, 1848-1876.  Students are expected to attend the presentation.  It promises to be an informative presentation in an area in which Dr. Kennedy is an expert. 

  • This week's profitable quote (from Prof. R. Cammenga's "Monday Note"):  "The natural vibration of the mind is from the extreme of legalism to that of licentiousness, and nothing but the grace of God can fix it in the proper medium of Divine truth.  The Gospel, like its blessed Master, is always crucified between two thieves--legalists of all sorts on the one hand and Antinomians on the other; the former robbing the Savior of the glory of his work for us, and the other robbing him of the glory of his work within us."  (James Henley Thornwell, "Antinomianism," The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, p. 386.)

 

  • *Special notice for Future Teachers and Ministers: Information for the 2019 PR Scholarship Fund essay competition is now available. Please email prcscholarship@gmail.com to receive the essay topics and submission requirements. Completed essays must be submitted by May 31st.

  • We hope you are preparing to attend the Dordt400 Conference sponsored by the PRC Seminary! The three-day event is scheduled for April 25-27.