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After much waiting and anticipation, Matthew Barrett’s new book Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary (Crossway) has just been released in the UK. Five hundred years ago, the Reformers were defending doctrines such as justification by faith alone, the authority of scripture, and God’s grace in salvation – some to the point of death. Many of these same essential doctrines are still being challenged today, and there has never been a more crucial time to hold fast to the enduring truth of scripture.

In Reformation Theology, Matthew Barrett has brought together a team of expert theologians and historians writing on key doctrines taught and defended by the Reformers centuries ago. With contributions from Michael Horton, Mark Thompson, Robert Kolb, Graham Cole, Peter Lillback, and...

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Oak Hill
Oak Hill
24 April 2017

 
 
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Although many students arrive at theological college eager to learn the biblical languages, some students (and some sending churches) have lingering questions over the value of learning Greek and Hebrew for pastoral ministry. Most of these questions are not new.

J Gresham Machen was one of several who found himself addressing what he called the ‘widening breach between the minister and his Greek New Testament’, as modernism and pragmatism began to impact seminaries and theological training a century ago. This was Machen’s diagnosis:

The modern minister objects to his Greek New Testament or is indifferent to it, first, because he is becoming less interested in his Greek, and second, because he is becoming less interested in his New Testament.

As to the first objection, that...

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Brad Bitner
Brad Bitner
10 April 2017

 
 

I’m excited to announce that the Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy formally launches as Crosslands. Crosslands aims to provide excellent in-context theological training and resources for churches and church leaders in the UK, Europe and 10:40 window.

In recent months, I hope you will have noticed in all our communications, that Oak Hill College has never been as committed to the importance of immersive residential theological training which serves Christ’s church by preparing leaders to pastor, teach and evangelise in a diverse and changing world. However, we recognise the need for theological training at all levels so that our churches develop an instinctive culture for training and formation.

Crosslands is a new kind of organisation, a Flexicademy™, that offers flexible learning and...

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Dan Strange
Dan Strange
03 April 2017

 
 
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Ryan Glomsrud recently offered a historically-informed and attractive vision for theological education: living and learning in community.

Communal life of all sorts, academic, social, and residential, existed at these institutions both formally and informally. Formally, one thinks of the familiar routine of school-life: lectures, seminars, colloquies, chapels, conferences and activities that take up much of the day. But informal life together was almost as formative and important as the formal, existing alongside of and in support of the academic experience. At the time of the Reformation, countless students, aspiring Protestant pastors, and Reformed scholars exchanged personal letters, travelled extensively, and lived together in shared spaces, cultivating piety and the life of the...

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Brad Bitner
Brad Bitner
30 March 2017

 
 
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Paul Woodbridge reflects on the recent death of Rudi Heinze, who taught church history at Oak Hill in the 1980s and 90s.

Rudi Heinze was a tutor at Oak Hill College from 1982-1998, and vice principal from 1994. He taught church history, and made it come alive! Countless students testify about how they came to Oak Hill wondering why they had to do this subject, but soon appreciated its importance. Rudi made the subject exciting and relevant, as his love and enthusiasm for church history, and his great ability to teach it, came through.

He even devised a board game which students played called A Mighty Fortress. According to the blurb for the game on the BoardGameGeek website, A Mighty Fortress ‘simulates the conditions which made possible the spread of the Lutheran Reformation and the...

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Paul Woodbridge
Paul Woodbridge
24 March 2017

 
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