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Edinburgh Summer School

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Edinburgh Theological Seminary

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Covenant Theological Seminary is again partnering the Chalmers Institute (St. Andrews), to deliver a week-long Summer School combining the best theological resources with application to the Church’s discipleship and mission. Students will choose one of two tracks. This year, the Theology/biblical studies track will focus on Psalms & Wisdom Literature. The apologetics track will address Engaging Contemporary Challenges to Christianity. Our speakers will challenge us to gain a deeper understanding of who God is, what he has called us to do as his people, and how to engage our neighbors with his life-giving message. All of this comes with the Summer School distinctive: learning in fellowship with instructors who embody what they teach and students who walk away transformed, serving Christ more faithfully wherever He has called them to be.

We'd love to have you join us. There are two easy steps to registration. You''ll just need to decide:

1. Which track you'd like to study

2. Which ticket type to purchase


1. Two tracks to choose from:

Track #1 – Theology/Biblical Studies Track: Psalms and Wisdom Literature

In this class we aim to get a grasp of how the Psalms and Wisdom Books of the Old Testament — Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs — serve to shape the people of God. More specifically, in this MA version of the class, we hope to explore such questions as:

• How do these books function as Scripture?

• How do these books address us in our brokenness?

• How do these books offer God’s hope to his human creatures?

• How do these books help to shape our hearts and form our discipleship?

• What are some wise ways to use these books in our ministries?

Instructor: Dr. Jack Collins

Before coming to Covenant Seminary in 1993, Dr. Collins served as a church planter in Spokane, Washington. His background also includes advanced studies in linguistics and biblical languages, and practical experience in Bible study and discipleship ministry. He has written extensively on biblical languages and interpretation, and on science and the Christian faith. Dr. Collins has received grants from the John Templeton Foundation and from the Center for Science and Culture for his work in science and faith. He is the author of Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?: Who They Were and Why You Should Care; The God of Miracles: An Exegetical Examination of God’s Action in the World; Science and Faith: Friends or Foes?; and Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary. Professor Collins also served as Old Testament chair on the translation committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, and Old Testament Editor for the ESV Study Bible.


Track #2 – Apologetics Track: Engaging with Common Objections to the Christian Faith

The goal of this course is to help participants engage in a Christ-like way with their non-believing friends and neighbors and with their objections to Christian faith. Participant will be helped in understanding why people (both the Christian and unbeliever) raise the objections they do and how we may better respond to these questions. This course will first lay a foundation for thinking about what apologetics is, developing a Biblical definition of the apologetic task. Common areas of objection will then be considered in depth, e.g. ‘How can prayer be meaningful when God does not speak to me?’ ‘Why should I serve a god who wants to interfere with my personal life?’ ‘How can anyone believe a religion that insists on dictating to people on the issues of gender, sexuality, and marriage?’ ‘What about those who have never heard the Gospel?’ We will then turn our attention to one of the most frequently raised objections: the problem of evil and suffering: ‘How can you believe in a good God in a world of such evil and misery?’

Instructors: Professor Jerram Barrs and Dr. Mark Stirling

A student of the late Francis A. Schaeffer, Professor Barrs joined the Seminary faculty in 1989 after 18 years with L’Abri Fellowship in England, where he also served as a pastor in the International Presbyterian Church. Upon his return to St. Louis, Professor Barrs helped to plant a PCA church in the city. Professor Barrs brings to his teaching a special sensitivity toward those outside the Christian faith and is in great demand as a speaker in the United States and abroad. Other interests include the arts and literature. His publications include Being Human, Shepherds and Sheep, Who Are the Peacemakers?, The Great Rescue, The Heart of Evangelism, Through His Eyes, Learning Evangelism from Jesus, The Heart of Prayer, and Echoes of Eden (forthcoming), as well as the video series Building Up Bridges, Breaking Down Walls. Professor Barrs and his wife, Vicki, have three sons and seven grandchildren.

Dr. Mark Stirling is a former medical doctor who pioneered work amongst university students with the Navigators in Edinburgh from 1998 to 2004. In 2007 he completed an MA in Exegetical Theology at Covenant Seminary in St Louis and in 2011 gained a PhD in Biblical Studies from St Andrews University, his thesis examining issues of discipleship and maturity in Ephesians. He, his wife Jenny, and their four children now live in St Andrews, Scotland, where they have been involved in planting and pastoring a new church (Cornerstone St Andrews). Mark is the director of Chalmers Institute which exists to resource and equip men and women to exercise faithful biblical leadership in the church and in society.


2. Ticket Type

There are limited spaces available, so register soon! There are three groups of ticket buyers:

1. Waged (employed) – £175

2. Vocational ministry and trainees - £150

3. Students and unwaged (unemployed) - £125


Questions? Contact Rebecca Giles (rebecca.giles@chalmersinstitute.org) who can guide you through the registration process.

PLEASE NOTE: Costs listed do not include textbooks, travel expenses or accommodation. A list of recommended accommodation of a variety of price points will be provided.

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