The Genuine Theologian
“The genuine theologian” wrote Herman Witsius, is one “imbued with the knowledge of God and divine things, under the teaching of God himself; who celebrates his adorable perfections, not by words alone, but by the ordering of his life, and is thus entirely devoted to his Lord.” Witsius went on to describe the soul of the theological student as “like a little sanctuary, in which God dwells by his Spirit and where the Spirit, when sought unto by ardent prayer, often reveals those things which the princes of this world, with all their efforts, are unable to attain.” The task of the genuine theologian is to “give all diligence to keep the mirrors of the soul untarnished, and spiritually pure, that it may be fitted to receive that pure Spirit, and his spiritual communication.”
I find these thoughts inspiring and instructive as Westminster engages a new season of forming students for ministerial and theological leadership. Our desire is to teach and study theology under God and unto God. That’s why we begin every class with prayer. It’s why we have professors who instinctively point their students to the doxological and ministerial implications of their content. And it’s why we intentionally provide opportunities for students to engage with God and translate the classroom into communion with their Lord.
I thought I’d mention just one of those opportunities in this issue. At its last meeting the faculty voted to set aside October 11 as a day of prayer and fasting. On that day we will be seeking God for the spiritual life of our community, thanking him for the ways in which he has sustained us in the last year, and laying our needs and requests before him together. Throughout the day there will be a prayer room open where students and faculty can gather privately or in groups to pray through requests. The focal point of the day will be at 10:30am when we will gather in the chapel to be lead in prayer as a body.
I wonder if you might consider joining us in prayer at that time, even from a distance. Could you mark 10:30-11:00 on 10/11 out on your calendar as a time to pray specifically for Westminster? If you live near campus would you like to come to Rust Auditorium and join us? This could be a great opportunity for current and former students to approach the throne of God together thanking God for what he has done through Westminster and asking him to continue that work for generations to come.
 Herman Witsius, “The Character of the Genuine Theologian,” in Princeton and the Work of the Christian Ministry, ed. James M. Garretson, trans. Archibald Alexander (Edinburgh, UK: Banner of Truth Trust, 2012), 214, italics added.
 Witsius, “Genunine Theologian,” 222.
 Witsius, “Genunine Theologian,” 222.
Partnering with you for kingdom purposes,
Rev. John Currie, MAR, dean of student development and alumni support
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2012 Preaching Conference
Stories that Change Lives
Join us for the 2012 Preaching Conference with Dr. Philip Graham Ryken, president of Wheaton College and Westminster alumnus (M.Div. '92) on October 23rd and 24th. The theme for this year's conference is "Stories that Change Lives: Applying Old Testament Narrative."
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At the preaching conference, October 24th
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Time: Immediately following the 10:30 Plenary Address by Dr. Ryken
Place: The Carriage House (formerly the Westminster Bookstore)
RSVP: Please RSVP for lunch by calling Jeffrey Shamess at (215) 935-3876 or email email@example.com
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.
Meet a Current Student
Dr. Daniel Luan, M.A.R. student
At 62, M.A.R. student Dr. Daniel Luan proves that education is a life-long journey. Dr. Luan came to the United States from Taiwan in 1977 to attend graduate school at Yale University where he received his Ph.D. in 1982. For 25 years he worked in a part of Bell Labs, which later would become AT&T Labs. During that time, he sensed a calling to something more meaningful, and at the end of his time at AT&T, a major event in his life changed his path.
Together for Adoption
Conference for Pastors
Rev. Dr. David B. Garner, associate professor of systematic theology, will be speaking at three breakout sessions at this year's Together for Adoption conference for pastor's on October 4th and 5th in Louisville, KY. The title for this conference is Our Triune God and the Pastor: a Theology of Adoption for the Church.
Visit their website for more details and to register.
Adam in the New Testament
Mere Teaching Model, or First Historical Man?
Rev. Dr. Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., has translated a book written in 1977 by former New Testament professor at the Theological University of the Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerken in Nederland (in Apeldoorn), J. P. Versteeg.
Order your copy from the Westminster Bookstore.
Perspectives: Millenial Reign of Christ
Rev. Dr. Greg Beale, professor of New Testament Interpretation and author of the NIGTC commentary on the book of Revelation, will be speaking at the Future Kingdom Conference, hosted by Criswell College on October 12th. Dr. Beale will be one of six speakers presenting different views on the meaning of the millenium described in Revelation 20:6.
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