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Of Blogs and Books

31. May 2017

Features, Agency Features, Seminary,

  —Mark Sampson

For 207 years, the pastor/professors at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS) have instructed generations of pastors and others who have served in the kingdom of God. Shoulder-to-shoulder mentoring is one of the more unique features of the seminary. The practical outworking of “Study under Pastors,” the seminary’s tagline, takes place in many forms and utilizes several forms of media. Perhaps one of the less considered methods is the written word. Dr. C. J. Williams, Dr. Jeffrey Stivason, and Reverend Barry York are all active in using this method.

Christ’s Redemptive Suffering

“Writing is an important facet of ministry,” observes Dr. C. J. Williams. “Multiple generations of Christians and the unsaved can benefit from a pastor’s written work.” Williams, professor of Old Testament studies at RPTS, recently published The Shadow of Christ in the Book of Job. This work focuses upon the Christology found in Job. While many writers of the Patristic era devoted time to this aspect of the book, modern commentators have largely neglected this foreshadowing of Jesus.

Modern readers see the suffering of innocent Job, but they fail to recognize that this suffering is not the typical suffering of humans; rather, it prefigures the suffering of Christ. The book of Job is a reminder of how little Christians see God’s bigger picture in their own lives. The New Testament, reflects Williams, provides a ...

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