Panelists: David Mathis, Mark Futato, Scott Redd, Derek Thomas, Miles Van Pelt
On the road to Emmaus, Jesus helped two disciples see him in the Old Testament: "And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself" (Luke 24:27). Christians affirm that all of Scripture points to Jesus but often have difficulty seeing how the pieces fit together. This panel will show us Christ in each part of the Old Testament, tracing the crescendo that builds in God's plan of redemption and leads directly to him.
Panelists: Justin Taylor, Bruce Baugus, John Currid, Chuck Hill, Michael Kruger
Even as they affirm the inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility of God's Word, Christians sometimes struggle to have confidence in the Scriptures. The Bible is attacked from outside the church and often minimized within the church. This panel will strengthen our confidence in the truthfulness and trustworthiness of the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments.
A packed out house at Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando gathered to hear renowned preacher Dr. John Piper deliver the Inaugural Spurgeon Lecture on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Piper, the author of more than 50 books, is the founder and a teacher of desiringGod.org as well as chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. For more than 30 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Piper, a native of Greenville, SC, studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.) and the University of Munich (D.theol.).
“John Piper and Desiring God Ministries has been a huge blessing to the church—celebrating God’s grace in Christ, uniting head and heart, and pointing us to deep satisfaction and joy in God,” said Dr. Don Sweeting, president of RTS Orlando. “In this respect, I think Dr. Piper represents the best of the reformed tradition.”
The Spurgeon Lecture is a hallmark of the Nicole Institute of Baptist Studies, which was established on the Orlando campus of RTS in 2012 to honor the legacy of Dr. Roger Nicole (1915-2010). Nicole, a founding editorial board member of Christianity Today, was a distinguished visiting faculty member at RTS from 1989 to 2000. The Spurgeon Lecture, named after the great Reformed Baptist preacher Charles H. Spurgeon, is designed to equip and inform the audience on a broad range of theological, historical and cultural issues.
This series of lectures will deal with the question of how the Christian church can live faithfully in a world of religious pluralism. In the first lecture we will sketch our pluralistic context and the urgency of the issue, and then look at a variety of responses offered by the Christian church. The second lecture will develop the outlines of a theology of religions that is shaped by the Reformed tradition. The third lecture will treat the question of how to approach the truth claims of the world religions. Is there truth to be found in world religions? The final lecture will pose the question of the church's mission in the midst of religious pluralism. All four lectures will proceed with Islam in view as an illustration of the issues.