From Rutherford Hall -- By: Barry J. York
From Rutherford Hall
President and Professor of Pastoral Theology
Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary
As this Spring issue of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Journal (RPTJ) is made available, one look around Rutherford Hall, home of RPTS, is all that it takes to show that we are in a time of transition!
Youth from a local Christian school came over one day and mulched our flower gardens, themselves a sign of the changes the spring weather has brought. Beautiful, newly crafted gables are being installed above the windows on the exterior, seemingly bringing our historic building to life. Plans are underway for this summer to begin renovations in our dining hall in the basement, restore some rooms on our main floor to their period décor, and develop a new office for our librarians.
Even more significantly, our new Church History Professor, David Whitla, newly granted his doctorate by Queens University, will move into his new office soon. New, talented staff are coming on board even as those who have served us wonderfully in the past are moving on to other assignments or into retirement.
As all these changes take place, they are not only a reminder to pray for RPTS in the midst of them. They also remind us that, like the articles in this issue of RPTJ, the kingdom of God we serve is always called upon to meet the challenges of this changing world in which we live. You can see that in each of the varied topics covered in this issue: how the universality of human languages can only be resolved theologically; the opposition to the doctrine of God’s simplicity found in the modern church that is reminiscent of the struggles of old; the modern need for discipleship that Biblical counseling can bring; the tectonic shift occurring in this generation brought by the transgender movement; and our Covenanter forefather’s vision for America as they immigrated here. You will see in these pages of our journal how God’s people are called upon to rise up by faith and bring the Scripture’s transformative truth in every age and to each situation.
So as you read these articles, may the Lord equip you further to do likewise!
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