The Legacy of Princeton Lives at Westminster
Walking around the town of Princeton, NJ on a crisp, October day when the leaves are changing and the campuses of both the university and the seminary are at their most picturesque, a Westminster graduate can't help but be impressed. Princeton Seminary is host to several beautiful, historic buildings sprawled out over a quaint, well-landscaped campus. A quick walk includes Miller Chapel, the historic Princeton Seminary library, Albert Einstein's old house, and the cemetery where Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, B.B. Warfield, and Jonathan Edwards (among others) are buried. The area's physical appearance and atmosphere just seems to convey a charged current of both history and learning coursing through it.
On Wednesday, October 17, Academic Dean and Professor of Church History Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Jue gave a historical tour of Princeton to alumnus Steve Casselli (M.Div. '94, Ph.D. ‘07) and his wife, alumnus and Regional Alumni Representative Dustyn Eudaley (M.Div. ‘02) and his wife, along with their three guests. The group heard Dr. Jue explain the history of Princeton's founding, its world-premiere faculty and publications throughout the 19th century, and its eventual turn toward liberalism in the early 20th century. With this story in mind, the tour continued back on the campus of Westminster Theological Seminary, guided by Director of Admissions Jonathan Brack (M.Div. ‘12). While sincere gratitude to God was expressed for our historic Westminster campus, the contrast with Princeton's campus made it clear that, materially speaking, there was much to give up in departing from Princeton Seminary to start a new, modest, yet forthright seminary.
What was lost materially in the move from historic Princeton to Westminster was more than made up for by passing the teaching of Scripture set forth in the Reformed tradition to future generations of ministers. Securing the integrity of the Christian faith, by God's grace and in his providence, over against liberalism is worth doing at any material cost, including the cost of an ideal seminary campus setting backed by significant wealth. As you labor in your ministry, may the material sacrifices for Scripture's teaching pale in comparison to the rich treasures Christ has graciously gained for us.
Partnering with you for kingdom purposes,
Jared Oliphint (M.A.R., '05), Regional Coordinator
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Knowledge and Humility
Max Benfer, M.A.R. ‘06
Rev. Max Benfer graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in May of 2006, and since then he has been working in his hometown church, Severna Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, MD. He is currently the pastor of assimilation, men’s ministry and adult education. “Westminster was the perfect combination for preparing me for a pastoral role. I say that because I left there both more knowledgeable and more humble at the same time.”
The Solas of the Reformation
Rev. Drs. K. Scott Oliphint and Carl Trueman will be speaking at the upcoming Quakertown Regional Conference on Reformed Theology on November 9th and 10th. The theme of the conference is "Alone: The Solas of the Reformation," and the Westminster professors will be joined by Drs. Steve Lawson and Derek Thomas.
Click here for more information and to register.
A Sense of Place
by Steve Carter, CAO
Most Westminster students eventually feel this strong sense of place. It can begin the first time you set foot on campus. The most common approach is on Church Road (aptly named!) from the west, up the gradual hill most first-time visitors climb after leaving the Pennsylvania Turnpike. You’re getting close when Church Road bends to the right and the hill becomes much steeper; near the summit you see the crimson sign behind the border of the ivy-covered wall, “Westminster Theological Seminary”!
Dr. Edgar in Credo
Spiritual Reality: Francis Schaeffer on the Christian Life
Rev. Dr. William Edgar, professor of apologetics, recently contributed an article to Credo Magazine on Francis Schaeffer's teaching on the Christian life. Dr. Edgar knew Dr. Schaeffer well, as he was led to Christ through his teaching and mentorship at l'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland.
Click here to read the October 2012 issue of Credo.
Union League Bible Studies
Fridays this Fall at noon.
Each year Westminster professors lead a weekly Bible study at the Union League of Philadelphia that takes place September through May. The Union League Bible Study for this Fall will focus on what theologians call the "history of redemption." This is God’s unfolding, progressive message of man’s salvation in Christ that unifies the Bible from Old to New Testaments.
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