RTS Update 2019
by Josh Reagan
This semester is drawing to a close for me, and it has been very humbling in many ways. In Church History we have been learning about the first 1,000 years of the church and this has included: the martyrs that suffered under harsh Roman rule, Constantine’s rise and his toleration of Christianity, the councils and creeds formulated to combat heresy, and many other things. I believe that we should all study church history because it will give us an appreciation for the men and women that God has used throughout the years to preserve the faith; it also serves as a warning for us to not repeat the doctrinal and practical errors of the past.
I also took Covenant Theology with Dr. Ligon Duncan, and this class was a real treat. Dr. Duncan is a theological, historical heavyweight with the heart of a pastor. His lectures on Covenant Theology really stirred my affections for the Lord, and really helped me see how the Bible fits together as a whole. My last and perhaps favorite class is Systematic Theology I with Dr. Scott Swain. This class has covered the doctrine of scripture, the doctrine of God, and the doctrine of man. Dr. Swain has a great gift for bringing very difficult topics down to my level and I am thankful! My favorite section of this class was on the doctrine of the Trinity especially the discussion on how our salvation is accomplished by all three persons of the one Godhead. This is one doctrine that I believe many people take for granted; I know I have.
That is just a little bit of what I have been doing this semester. I want to thank everyone at WPC for your support in this training, and I want to thank anyone that gives to RTS especially, because without your contributions our education wouldn’t be possible. There are men and women from all over the world that are engaged in rigorous study at RTS because they want to be faithful in teaching God’s word to the generations to come.
Book recommendations from my courses:
The Christ of the Covenants by O. Palmer Robertson
Original Sin by Henri Blocher
Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves
Augustine of Hippo by Peter Brown