Junius Institute

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Todd Rester, Director of the Junius Institute How do you make rare 16th century theological treasures available to students and scholars in the twenty first century? The innovative answer at the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research (www.juniusinstitute.org) sounds like the whir of a robot, the click of a camera, and the rustle of 1,500 pages an hour. … [Read more...]

Planting Seeds

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I grew up on a fifty-acre hog farm where we grew most of our own corn. If you travel in farm country, you will see signs advertising what seed and even “test seed” has been planted in that field. Calvin Theological Seminary is in the ministry of planting seeds. A “seminary” is a school specializing in theological training especially for those entering into pastoral … [Read more...]

A Few Pictures from the Road

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One of the blessings of being President of Calvin Theological Seminary is having the privilege to connect with a number of people and places. The last five weeks have been particularly rich with those experiences. Here is a list of a few of my most recent “road stops”: Edmonton, Alberta – West End Christian Reformed Church Denver, Colorado – Third CRC and a … [Read more...]

Preview Day

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Calvin Symposium on Worship 2014

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PhD Celebration 2013

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The Ministry of Showing Up

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This past weekend (October 5-6), I had the privilege of attending the Presidential Inaugurations of Dr. John Knapp of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and of Dr. Melanie Humphreys of King’s University College in Edmonton, Alberta. (Yes – one was by car and the other by plane!) These events gave me an opportunity to wear my academic regalia, but why go to such events … [Read more...]

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Deep Skimming: What Would You Recommend?

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In the last few weeks, we have been focusing on beginnings. We have begun a new academic year at Calvin Seminary. One of those days began with faculty processing in their academic regalia for Convocation and ended with some of those same faculty members wearing shorts for a seminary-wide picnic. It has been a good beginning. Last month I asked for your help in … [Read more...]

Tears and Joy

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At the Synod of 2010, I was interviewed and affirmed as the 7th President of Calvin Theological Seminary.  That Synod was held at Trinity Christian College which is about a half-hour drive from the church where I was the founding pastor – New Life Church in New Lenox, Illinois. At the morning session of Synod after I was affirmed as President-Elect, the children of New … [Read more...]