Training for Godliness
Whatever you think of Mr. Bean's performance at the opening ceremonies, the entire world is glued to the London Olympics for these two weeks. We are often amazed at what human beings can do physically. I've been struck by the intensity of training that lies behind these amazing physical accomplishments. One Olympics-centered commercial highlights how an athlete "hasn't ordered dessert in two years"! Rigorous all-consuming discipline for years is dramatically displayed on the Olympic stage.
As Christians our minds are surely drawn, from time to time, to 1 Tim. 4:7-8, " ...train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way...." These words bring to mind brothers and sisters who reflect this god-centeredness every day in their ministries. I think of those who have come to Westminster, both past and present, to put themselves through rigorous training that the apostle surely intended to be the extension of well-trained godliness.I think of the alumnus ministering in another country in need of endurance as he has just narrowly avoided an attempt on his life by forces hostile to the gospel. I think of the retired alumnus in another state who is yet still running the race with a passion for bringing friends "across the line" to Christ and still training others to do so. I think of the college professor who draws on his Westminster training to faithfully coach the next generation how to think through questions of the Bible and science and philosophy in ways that lead to godliness. Then there are the handfuls of new summer Hebrew and Greek students passing me in the halls with expressions of intense engagement in the new regimens of weak verbs and paradigms.
Westminster has been and continues to be an instrument in the Lord's hands to train men and women to live and minister around the globe and across the generations in light of the "promise for the present life and also for the life to come" (1 Tim. 4:8) in Jesus Christ. We pray for you and would ask you to pray for us that the Lord would continue to give us grace to run with "endurance...looking to Jesus"! (Heb. 12:2)
Partnering with you for kingdom purposes,
Rev. John Currie, MAR, director of student development and alumni relations
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Bringing the Gospel Home
Joseph Dyaji, (M.A.R. ’04, Ph.D. ’12)
In 2004, shortly after graduating from Westminster with a Master of Arts in Religion, Joseph Dyaji sat in Dr. K. Scott Oliphint’s office, discussing the question of where to go for a Ph.D. While there were many questions on Joseph’s mind, Dr. Oliphint was confident and sure of what he thought: “Joseph, we have not finished training you.” With Dr. Oliphint’s guidance, Joseph applied and was accepted to Westminster for the Ph.D.
Honoring Dr. Gaffin
Dr. Lillback in WTJ
Dr. Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., began teaching at Westminster in 1965. Three years prior to that, he earned a Th.M. at Westminster. At commencement this past May, Dr. Gaffin was honored along with fellow 50-year graduates. This past June, Westminster's President, Dr. Peter Lillback, honored Dr. Gaffin with an article in the Westminster Theological Journal.
Westminster Theological Seminary is working hard to provide its alumni with the best opportunities for work. In the future, we will have a "Career Placement" page available exclusively for alumni. For now, if your ministry has any job openings, or if you are looking for work, please visit our Employment Opportunities page.
Rev. Watson with the Lord
Alumnus Rev. David Watson (M.A.R. '88) went home to the Lord on July 4.
Westminster alumnus David Watson died in Mt. Rainer National Park on Wednesday, July 4th. He is survived by his wife and four children, as well as his mother.
Narnia in the Park
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
Rev. Dr. Carl Trueman, professor of historical theology and church history and pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church will be reading The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis over five evenings, August 6th through the 10th, in Pickering Field Park, Ambler, PA.
This event is for all ages!
Providence OPC Theology Conference
Union with Christ: Suffering and the Christian Life
Rev. Dr. Lane Tipton, associate professor of systematic theology, will be speaking at the 2012 Providence Orthodox Presbyterian Church's Theology conference on August 17th and 18th. His topic will be "Union with Christ: Suffering and the Christian Life."
For more information and to register, visit the conference website.
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