Office Hours: What’s Up Down Under?

Office Hours 2016 full sizeFor Americans, where the Reformed theology, piety, and practice is a fraction of the number of Christians, it is easy to overlook the presence of the Reformed faith in other parts of the world. There are Reformed Christians and churches across the globe, in Nigeria, in South Korea, in Brazil, in New Zealand, and in Australia. This fall we had the pleasure of hosting two representatives from the Reformed Theological College in Melbourne. Formerly located in Geelong, and recently relocated to the Central Business District of Melbourne, the RTC is a theological seminary that was founded in 1954 by the Reformed Churches of Australia. They confess the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, and the Westminster Standards. The Rev Dr Murray Capill is Principal of of the college. Originally from New Zealand, where he pastored a church in Auckland for 10 years, he came to Australia in 2001 to teach part-time at the college and continued in pastoral ministry in the Christian Reformed Church of Australia. Since 2006 he has taught practical theology full-time and in 2008 he became principal. He is the author of Preaching with Spiritual Vigour (2004) and The Heart is the Target (2014). Murray is married to Wendy and they have five children and one grandchild. Also joining us for the interview was Mr John Bylsma, an Australian and a member of the board of directors of the seminary.

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