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Sunday, 29 November -0001 19:00

From Our Theological Instructor

Written by Dr. G.M. Bilkes
As I write this, we are now a month into a new academic year at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. The Lord has mercifully preserved us all through the summer months. To him be all the praise.
The work is in full swing. Presently, I am teaching a course on the Pentateuch, the five books of Moses. We study the original text as well as certain exegetical problems, and important themes. For example, when we dealt with Genesis 1 and 2, we tried to address the various theories that go against a literal reading of the text. Many today happily bend Scripture to suit modern science or hold theories that do not reckon with the inerrancy of Scripture. There are so many such attacks that it is hard to know them all and all the arguments. Nevertheless, we try to deal with as much as we can. We also try to mine the text positively, for all that it contains. How important it is not to just stay with the surface of the text, but prayerfully to listen to the text until we can be sure that this is what the Lord says in his Word.

I am also teaching a course called Introduction to the New Testament. Here we take the background of the New Testament, as well as each book in turn and analyze and evaluate all the issues surrounding the composition and basic structure of each book.

Again this year, we are scheduled to have many visiting lecturers, including Dr. Haykin, Mr. James Beeke, Rev. Elshout, Rev. Schoeman, Rev. DenButter, Rev. VanderMeyden, Dr. L. W. Bilkes, Rev. Procee, D.V. Moreover, we have our usual weekly practice preaching, an opportunity for the students to preach and receive critique on a sermon. We also have our usual Homiletics seminars scheduled for our Free Reformed students with Rev. Schouls for January and May. All in all, this should prove an enriching year for the students.

This year will also mark an important transition for the seminary. We are a month or two away from occupying our new building. We are so thankful to the Lord for enabling everything to go as smoothly as it has. Not only will the new building give us all considerably more room, but it will help us with various important permits. The actual dedication of the building is scheduled for December 22, D.V. This will be a special milestone. We hope that this building will serve for many generations to come and that each year men would leave this place to proclaim GodÕs word faithfully throughout our world.

We are thankful that so many of you remember us daily in your prayers. We sense the LordÕs enabling grace, which comes so undeservedly. We are also deeply thankful to you for the outpouring of love and support we have received. Pray also that the Lord of the harvest would raise up more faithful men to proclaim the unsearchable riches of Christ.

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