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March 3, 2020

Seminary Updates for March 2-7, 2020

 

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

January 29, 2020

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

 

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

January 11, 2020

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

 

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

December 16, 2019

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

 

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.

Time for intense study in preparation for exams

November 26, 2019

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

 

  • 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.

November 13, 2019

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

 

  • 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.

October 30, 2019

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

 

  • 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.

October 16, 2019

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

 

  • 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!

October 7, 2019

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

 

  • 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!

September 20, 2019

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

 

  • 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!

September 12, 2019

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

 

  • 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.

September 6, 2019

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

 

  • 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.

August 22, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of August 18-24

 

  • 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.

July 16, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of July 14-20

 

  • 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.

June 26, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of June 23-29

 

  • 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.

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  •  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.

June 8, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of June 2-8

 

  • 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.

May 18, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of May 12-18

 

  • 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)

May 8, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of May 5-11

 

  • 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.

May 2, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of April 29 - May 4

 

  • 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.

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  • 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.

April 24, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of April 22-27

 

  • 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.

April 17, 2019

Seminary Updates for the Week of April 15 - 20

 

  • 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.

April 10, 2019

 

 

 

 

Seminary Updates for the Week of April 8-13

 

 

  • 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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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

  • 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.

 

March 6, 2019​

 

Seminary Updates for the Week of March 4-9

  • 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.

 

February 26, 2019​

 

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

  • 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. 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: With improved weather last week, good progress was made on the seminary addition project (new archives and offices). The north wall brick-work was completed and the roof trusses were set and boards laid. For updates and pictures, visit this blog post.

 

February 19, 2019​

 

Seminary Updates for the Week of Feb.18 - 23

  • It appears that our most extreme wintry weather is finally coming to an end, although we are expecting a mix this Wednesday. But our daylight hours are increasing and the temperatures are becoming more normal for this time of year. Spring is in the air, even if it is officially a month away!

 

  • We are now in our fifth week of the second semester, and the instruction continues to go well. Our two seniors especially have a busy semester and are already beginning to prepare for their synodical (oral) exam in June. Next Monday, March 4, Sem.  J. Tan is scheduled for his first sermon in practice preaching.

  • The schedule of courses and calendar of events for the 2nd semester may be found on this page. We welcome visitors - prospective students and PRC members and friends. If there is a day or class you would like to visit, contact our rector (Prof. Gritters), registrar or secretary.

  • This week's profitable quote (from Prof. R. Cammenga's "Monday Note"):  "We may even say that only in the way of a sanctified walk can the elect child of God live in the assurance on his election in Christ.  Certainly no Christian would ever dare to say that a person can walk in sin, refuse to confess it, and experience the electing grace of God in Christ.  Yet saying this by no means implies conditional salvation."  (Prof. Herman Hanko, Corrupting the Word of God: The History of the Well-Meant Offer, p. 101.)

 

  • *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.

 

  •  On Tuesday, February 5, Prof. R. Cammenga was interviewed by Chris Arnzen on his national radio program "Iron Sharpens Iron." The subject was the book, Saved by Grace: A Study of the Five Points of Calvinism, that he co-authored with Rev. Ron Hanko. The podcast of that interview is now available, which you will find interesting and edifying.
     

  • 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: Due to the weather last week, only a little work was able to be done. But more brick was laid on the exterior of the north wall and on Monday the roof trusses were delivered (cf. photo below). Bosveld builders plan to set those in place later this week.

 

February 12, 2019​

 

Seminary Updates for the Week of Feb.11-16

  • Our wintry weather continues this week as we face another two-day storm of snow, sleet, and ice. Today our snowplowing provider brought in some larger equipment to handle the heavy snow and ice (see picture above). During these days we are reminded of the truth of Psalm 147:16: "He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes."

 

  • We are now in our fourth week of the second semester, and the instruction continues to move along. Dogmatics students have to choose the subject of their papers this week, and the first round of practice preaching was held Monday, with seniors M. Kortus and J. Maatman delivering Heidelberg Catechism sermons. On March 4 J. Tan is scheduled.

  • The schedule of courses and calendar of events for the 2nd semester may be found on this page. We welcome visitors - prospective students and PRC members and friends. If there is a day or class you would like to visit, contact our registrar or secretary.

 

  • Did you know that the seminary holds daily devotions (led by the students) and chapels (led by the professors and area ministers on Wednesdays)? This week Senior Jacob Maatman is leading the devotions and Prof. R. Cammenga will lead the chapel once again.

  • *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.

 

  •  On Tuesday, February 5, Prof. R. Cammenga was interviewed by Chris Arnzen on his national radio program "Iron Sharpens Iron." The subject was the book, Saved by Grace: A Study of the Five Points of Calvinism, that he co-authored with Rev. Ron Hanko. The podcast of that interview is now available, which you will find interesting and edifying.
     

  • 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): In spite of snow and cold, the Bosveld and Bouwkamp crews have continued their work in the last week. More prep work was done for the arrival of the roof trusses and the exterior brick on the west side was finished (cf. photo below). Today (Tuesday), the brick-layers began on the north wall.

 

February 6, 2019​

 

Seminary Updates for the Week of Feb.4 - 9

  • Last week we dealt with severe snow storms, and now this week it is ice from freezing rain and drizzle. The above photo of our ice-covered weeping crab tree was taken this afternoon (Wed., Feb.6). We are reminded of the truth of Psalm 147:17: "He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?"

 

  • We are now in our third week of the second semester, and things are going well. Besides their regular studies, the students are preparing for the first round of practice preaching, which is scheduled for Feb.11 and March 4 (Mondays). Pray for them as they busy themselves in this work.

  • The schedule of courses and calendar of events for the 2nd semester may be found on this page. We welcome visitors - prospective students and PRC members and friends. If there is a day or class you would like to visit, contact our registrar or secretary.

 

  • Did you know that the seminary holds daily devotions (led by the students) and chapels (led by the professors and area ministers on Wednesdays)?

 

 

  • Seminary addition project (archives and offices): With more moderate temperatures this week, the work could continue. Last Saturday the walls were water-proofed, and this week the first roof over the archive portion of the structure was completed and the exterior brick was started, as you will see from the photo below.

 

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Seminary Updates for the Week of Jan.28 - Feb.1

 
 
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  • The big news this week is the Monday storm and now the cold air mass that has settled over this area bringing lots of lake-effect snow (from Lake Michigan to our west). The above photo was taken this afternoon (Tues., Jan.29). Due to near-record low temperatures forecast for Wednesday and more snow, the faculty has decided to cancel classes for Jan.30.

 

  • We are now in our second week of the second semester, and we are off to a good start. Our two seniors are back for their final semester (Matt K. and Jacob M.) and our two Singaporeans (Josiah T. and Marcus W.) are adjusting to our west Michigan winter once again. 

  • The schedule of courses and calendar of events for the 2nd semester may be found on this page. In that connection the faculty sends out this note about auditing classes (it's not too late to join us!):

"The Seminary again welcomes members to attend classes in the coming semester.  Four different classes are open to the public.  For Prof. R. Cammenga: Dogmatics Locus Soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) and Old Testament History (Judges through the return from Captivity).  For Prof. R. Dykstra: Medieval Church History and New Testament Isagogics (introduction).  Class sessions are scheduled to begin on Tuesday January 22.  A schedule of the classes (for the days and times) is available on the Seminary website. If you would like to attend, please call the seminary (531-1490) to register with our secretary, Sharon Kleyn."

 

  • If you missed the Seminary's 2019 Interim course on "Heidelberg Catechism Preaching" (taught by Prof. B. Gritters), the videos from each session may be found on the seminary's YouTube channel.

  • Advance notice: The Reformed Free Publishing Association (rfpa.org) has sent out this notice involving one of our professors:

NEXT WEEK Tuesday, February 5, Prof. R. Cammenga will be interviewed by Chris Arnzen on his radio program Iron Sharpens Iron from 4:00-6:00 pm EST. 

The subject will be the book, Saved by Grace: A Study of the Five Points of Calvinism, that he co-authored with Rev. Ron Hanko. 

 

  • Seminary addition project: Due to cold and snow, no new work was done to the new archives/office addition in the last two weeks. The roof trusses are being made and the exterior brick has arrived. When the weather moderates, the work will continue. As you will see below, the snow has found a home on the inside of the new addition too. :)

 

January 22 , 2019​

Seminary Updates for the Week of January 21-25

  • The faculty and students returned home late Monday night from attending a Reformed conference on the Synod of Dordt at Westminster Seminary West (Escondido, CA) last weekend and additional time with the members of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA on Saturday and Sunday.

 

  • The second semester begins on Tuesday, Jan.22, D.V. The schedule of courses and calendar of events for the 2nd semester may be found on this page. In that connection the faculty sends out this note about auditing classes:

"The Seminary again welcomes members to attend classes in the coming semester.  Four different classes are open to the public.  For Prof. R. Cammenga: Dogmatics Locus Soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) and Old Testament History (Judges through the return from Captivity).  For Prof. R. Dykstra: Medieval Church History and New Testament Isagogics (introduction).  Class sessions are scheduled to begin on Tuesday January 22.  A schedule of the classes (for the days and times) is available on the Seminary website. If you would like to attend, please call the seminary (531-1490) to register with our secretary, Sharon Kleyn."

 

  • If you missed the Seminary's 2019 Interim course on "Heidelberg Catechism Preaching" (taught by Prof. B. Gritters), the videos from each session may be found on the seminary's YouTube channel.

 

  • Seminary addition project: Due to cold and snow, no new work was done to the new archives/office addition last week. The roof trusses are being made and the exterior brick has arrived. When the weather moderates, the work will continue.

 

  • Quote of the week (from Prof. Cammenga's Monday Note): "Cause us always to remember that to an extent strife is much better for us who are united with God, than peace which separates us from God.  Cause us to remember that truth and peace are two friends and twin sisters, so that peace shall not come to us if we do no cherish truth, her sister."  (Taken from "The Prayer of Balthasar Lydius" at the beginning of the sessions of the Synod of Dordt, 1618-19.  Confer the November 2018 issue of PRTJ for the prayer in its entirety.) 

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Seminary Updates for the Week of January 14-18

  • The Seminary's 2019 Interim course on "Heidelberg Catechism Preaching" (taught by Prof. B. Gritters) will conclude Tuesday, Jan.15. The class has been live-streamed (not the final day) and the videos from each session may be found on on the seminary's YouTube channel.

  • The faculty and students will be attending a Reformed conference on the Synod of Dordt (400th anniversary) this weekend at Westminster Seminary West (Escondido, CA). They will spend Saturday night and Sunday in fellowship and worship with the members of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA.

  • The second semester is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan.22, D.V. The schedule of courses and calendar of events for the 2nd semester may be found on this page. In that connection the faculty sends out this note about auditing classes:

"The Seminary again welcomes members to attend classes in the coming semester.  Four different classes are open to the public.  For Prof. R. Cammenga: Dogmatics Locus Soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) and Old Testament History (Judges through the return from Captivity).  For Prof. R. Dykstra: Medieval Church History and New Testament Isagogics (introduction).  Class sessions are scheduled to begin on Tuesday January 22.  A schedule of the classes (for the days and times) is available on the Seminary website. If you would like to attend, please call the seminary (531-1490) to register with our secretary, Sharon Kleyn."

  • The Fall 2018 issue of the PR Theological Journal is now available. The digital versions (pdf, ePub, Mobi) may be found here. The print version was mailed out the week of Christmas. If you would like a copy, you may stop by the seminary and pick one up If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the seminary.

  • Prof. R. Cammenga and his wife Rhonda are finishing their stay and labors today in Singapore for our sister church, Covenant ERC, on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee.

  • Work continues on the seminary addition project that will house the new PRC archives and two offices during the professor transition period in the next few years. Last week the final courses of block were laid on the walls (cf. image below). This week the exterior brick will begin to be laid.

January 5, 2019

Seminary Updates for New Year's Week

  • The Seminary's two-week Christmas/New Year's break ended on Thursday, Jan.3 and the 2019 Interim course began on Friday, January 4.  Prof. B. Gritters is teaching his course on Heidelberg Catechism Preaching (cf. photo above), and the following note was sent out concerning it (which still applies):

 

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

 

You may also find the course YouTube videos saved from the live-stream at this link. Look for them in the top of the list.

  • Of special note this week is also that the internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman were completed. Sem. Kortus interned at Trinity PRC (Hudsonville, MI) under Rev. N. Decker (now pastor at Grandville PRC) and the Council there. Sem. Maatman interned at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and the Council there. Both seniors have returned for the Interim course and will soon begin their final semester.

  • Our Fall Journal was mailed out the week of Christmas and the digital version (pdf) may be found on our Journal page. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive the Journal twice a year free, please contact the seminary.

  • Prof. R. Cammenga and his wife Rhonda left on Dec.19 for Singapore for four weeks of service in our sister church, Covenant ERC, on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee. They have two more Sundays to fulfill (Jan.6 and 13) and will then be returning in time for the start of the second semester.

  • Work continues on the seminary addition project that will house the new PRC archives and two offices during the professor transition period in the next few years. This week the spancrete roof was set (cf. photo above).

December 25, 2018

Seminary Updates - Christmas Week

  • Seminary has now completed its first semester and will take a two-week Christmas/New Years break.  Pray for rest and refreshment before faculty and students take up their work again in January. 

 

  • The seminary will be open and staff available during the break, except for the holidays themselves (Christmas Day and New Year's).

  • The internships of Seminarians Matt Kortus and Jacob Maatman are rapidly drawing to a close. Sem. Kortus is interning at Trinity PRC under Rev. N. Decker (now pastor at Grandville PRC) and the Council there. Sem. Maatman is interning at Hudsonville PRC under Rev. G. Eriks and his Council. The internship program runs from July 1 to December 31.

  • Prof. R. Cammenga and his wife Rhonda left on Dec.16 for Singapore for four weeks of service in our sister church, Covenant ERC, on behalf of the PRC Contact Committee.

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


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

  • Work continues on the seminary addition project that will house the new PRC archives and two offices during the professor transition period in the next few years (cf. photo above).

December 12, 2018

Fall 2018 PRT Journal Now Available

The PRC Seminary faculty announces that the Fall 2018 issue of the Protestant Reformed Theological Journal is now available in pdf form. Visit our resources page to download this new edition.

 

The print issue will be mailed the week of Christmas and the other digital formats (mobi and epub) will be available in a few weeks, but you can begin to read this new issue now in its pdf form.

December 5, 2018

Convocation 2018

The PRC Seminary held its annual Convocation on Wednesday, September 5, as faculty and students marked the beginning of a new season of instruction.

 

The program was held at Providence PRC (picture above) in Hudsonville, MI at 7:00 p.m. Prof. B. Gritters spoke on Acts 20:24 “None of these things move me…”

For more information, visit this page on the PRC website.