Apologetics 

Dr. Carlton Wynne 

 

Class Details

Thursday, January 17, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Friday, January 18, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, January 19, 9:00am-5:00pm 

Location: First Evangelical Presbyterian Church (2101 Jefferson Street SW, Roanoke, VA 24014)

Course details: when available, further details and the Course Syllabus will be posted HERE. 

We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Carlton Wynne for our Second Annual Winter Seminar. Dr. Wynne is assistant professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.

In partnership with our friends at the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, this year’s conference/course will be on the theme “Apologetics: Defending the Faith; Proclaiming Our Hope.”

Come to the Blue Ridge mountains this winter as we study along with Dr. Carlton Wynne on the crucial subject of Christian Apologetics. Join us as we consider what we believe, why we believe it, and how to defend the historic, Christian faith as we engage with others. In a day and age like ours, it has never been more important to “give a defense for the hope that is in you” (I Peter 3:15). During our time together, we will ask what Scripture says about human knowledge, particularly the process by which a non-Christian comes to know Christ. We’ll think about how to do apologetics, discussing different apologetic schools of thought. We’ll discuss major issues under debate between Christians and non-Christians, such as the existence of God, the truth of Scripture, the problem of evil; and we’ll explore the popular and rampant currents of modern and postmodern thought.

Join with us as we learn how to better Defend our Faith and Proclaim our Hope.

This event is available for BRITE students to attend for course credit, as well as a conference open to the general public. Cost of registration is $75. Register HERE, selecting either the For-Credit registration option or the General Conference Registration option.

God’s Big Picture: Understanding the Theology and Storyline of the Bible (Covenant Theology)

Dr. Duncan Rankin

 

Class Details

Monday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning September 10. 

Location: 6226 University Park Drive, Radford | Suite 2215 — Christ Church Radford 

Course details: please view the Course Syllabus HERE.

 

BIO

Dr. Rankin is an Honorably Retired PCA minister living in SW Virginia who also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and now as an adjunct faculty member with BRITE. Raised in a Southern Presbyterian home with shared roots in the Moravian ministry, Dr. Rankin graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University in Ceramic Engineering, where he was founding president of the campus Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. After working for DuPont at the Savannah River Laboratory and Ph.D. studies in Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology, the Lord redirected Duncan’s steps from a successful career in the sciences towards the Gospel ministry in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). After completing his Master of Divinity studies at Covenant Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Jackson, Mississippi, he took his Ph.D. at the New College of the University of Edinburgh by writing on “Carnal Union with Christ in the Theology of T.F. Torrance.” Appointed to the Department of Systematic Theology at RTS-Jackson in 1993, Duncan served 10 years full time, teaching courses in dogmatic and historical theology. Active on the Theology and Strategy Working Group of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, Duncan was also a recipient of a John Templeton Foundation 1999 Science and Religion Course Prize and taught a course in Science and Theology at RTS.  At the Millennium, the Rankin family escaped the ravages of Y2K by sojourning in the quiet Scottish Highland village of Muir of Ord, before Duncan served as guest minister for Dr. David Robertson at St. Peter’s Free Church of Scotland in Dundee, home of the historic pulpit of Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne and current home of the SOLAS Ministry. Since 2003, Duncan has pastored churches in Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and most recently as the Associate Minister of Christ Church (PCA), Katy, Texas.  In addition to service at RTS, Duncan is also a member of the Board of Directors for GRACE—a Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment and a Visiting Professor for Ligonier Ministries’ Reformation Bible College, Sanford, Florida.  He and his wife Shirley have three fine children. Enroll Online

Systematic Theology I

Dr. Duncan Rankin

 

Class Details

Tuesday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning September 11. 

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2216 Peters Creek Road NW, Roanoke  

Course details: please view the Course Syllabus HERE.

Course description: This course will cover theological prolegomena (introduction to theology and theological method), the doctrine of Scripture (revelation, inspiration, inerrancy, authority, canon), theology proper (God, Trinity, creation, providence), and anthropology (man, Fall, sin). Our study will be based on the exegesis of Scripture, but with continual reference to historical theology as well. We rely upon the Bible as our ultimate authority in matters of faith and life, but we also remember that we “stand on the shoulders” of approximately 2000 years of history in interpreting and applying the Bible. 

BIO

Dr. Rankin is an Honorably Retired PCA minister living in SW Virginia who also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and now as an adjunct faculty member with BRITE. Raised in a Southern Presbyterian home with shared roots in the Moravian ministry, Dr. Rankin graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University in Ceramic Engineering, where he was founding president of the campus Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. After working for DuPont at the Savannah River Laboratory and Ph.D. studies in Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology, the Lord redirected Duncan’s steps from a successful career in the sciences towards the Gospel ministry in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). After completing his Master of Divinity studies at Covenant Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Jackson, Mississippi, he took his Ph.D. at the New College of the University of Edinburgh by writing on “Carnal Union with Christ in the Theology of T.F. Torrance.” Appointed to the Department of Systematic Theology at RTS-Jackson in 1993, Duncan served 10 years full time, teaching courses in dogmatic and historical theology. Active on the Theology and Strategy Working Group of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, Duncan was also a recipient of a John Templeton Foundation 1999 Science and Religion Course Prize and taught a course in Science and Theology at RTS.  At the Millennium, the Rankin family escaped the ravages of Y2K by sojourning in the quiet Scottish Highland village of Muir of Ord, before Duncan served as guest minister for Dr. David Robertson at St. Peter’s Free Church of Scotland in Dundee, home of the historic pulpit of Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne and current home of the SOLAS Ministry. Since 2003, Duncan has pastored churches in Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and most recently as the Associate Minister of Christ Church (PCA), Katy, Texas.  In addition to service at RTS, Duncan is also a member of the Board of Directors for GRACE—a Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment and a Visiting Professor for Ligonier Ministries’ Reformation Bible College, Sanford, Florida.  He and his wife Shirley have three fine children.

New Testament: Gospels

Rev. Timothy Decker 

 

Class Details

Tuesday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning September 11. 

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2216 Peters Creek Road NW, Roanoke  

Course details: please view the Course Syllabus HERE.

Course description: Attention is given to each writer’s literary art, theological teaching, pastoral purpose, and message for today’s church and world.

Course Objectives:

  • To gain familiarity with the contents of the four Gospels.
  • To gain acquaintance with the main theories of authorship, origin, and compositional relationship of the Gospels.
  • To understand and evaluate, discerningly, the main lines of historical criticism of the Gospels in the modern period.
  • To understand the main elements of the message of Jesus, revealed in word and deed, as reflected in the unified witness of the Gospels.
  • To recognize the distinctive emphases of each of the four Gospels, and the implications of their diversity for interpretation and proclamation.
  • To grow in personal responsiveness to the Gospel’s message of faith, repentance, humility, obedience, joy, etc.

Biblical Counseling

Mr. Michael Gembola

 

Class Details

Thursday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning September 13. 

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2216 Peters Creek Road NW, Roanoke

Course details: please view the Course Syllabus HERE.

Course Description This class is a general introduction to biblical pastoral counseling, including an overview of current trends in counseling theory and practice and the role of counseling in public, private and church settings. The approach to soul care that will be taught relies upon the sufficiency of Scripture and is centered in the gospel. The class will present a basic counseling methodology that will be applied to common counseling situations including biblical peacemaking, anger, fear, worry, and depression.

Course Objectives

  • To help the student to apply the Scriptures to counsel himself.
  • To inform the student about various approaches to soul care.
  • To build the student’s confidence in Christ and the Scriptures to meet people’s spiritual needs.
  • To teach the student a basic methodology of biblical counseling.
  • To show the student how to use the Scriptures to help in the most common pastoral counseling situations.