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About Historical Theoblogy:

Right. Now that we have pronunciations out of the way, pardon the neologism. This is the occasional blog of one PhD student in historical theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI. Its focus is primarily the theology of the 16th and 17th century, and secondarily the patristic and medieval theology that led up to the Protestant Reformers and Protestant Scholasticism. Every now and then I will launch into research methodology and helpful research tools. My hope is to be thoughtful, insightful, occasionally witty, and hopefully helpful as we study the history of God’s Church and explore some of the rich history.

These are musings and thoughts on a variety of topics that are of interest for one odd reason or another - a class discussion, an assignment, observation, or some scholarly gap that has not been addressed yet. So take it for what it’s worth …

FYI you get what you pay for.

A request for the not-so Gentle Reader …

If you want to debate the points, injustices, or perceived short-comings of current denominations, and delve into the minutiae of recent denominational strife in some quarters, no offense, but that’s not what this blog is for, there are plenty of other blogs to spend your time (not mine) recounting and debating those points. Not to mention there are definitely people more current on the ins-and-outs of specific issues and revisionist interpretations of the New Testament than I. This blog is geared to the theological questions and pursuits of the 16th and 17th century and their concerns because those are my concerns for the immediate future as a PhD. student in a rather rigorous Historical Theology program.

So let’s keep it courteous with Christian decorum, shall we?

A little about me:

  • Husband of one wife (married 6 years, three kids under the age of 5, no pets (too busy with the kids).  Lovin’ every minute of it! God gave me the other half of my soul in the person of my wife.
  • My educational background
    • Currently in the doctoral program at Calvin Theological Seminary in Historical Theology
    • 2006 M.Div from RTS Jackson (Senior Award in Systematic Theology);
    • 1999 BS Marketing minor in Medical Technology (and almost a minor in koine Greek!)
  • Work Experience
    • Freelance Translator – Latin - (Aug. 2007 – present) -
      • Ames, William. A Sketch of the Christian’s Catechism, trans. Todd M. Rester, vol. 1 of the Classic Reformed Theology Series (Grand Rapids, Reformation Heritage Books, 2008)
      • “Commentary on Psalm 15″ by Wolfgang Musculus, trans. Todd M. Rester in Journal of Markets & Morality, volume 11, No. 2 Fall 2008, 349-460.
      • Currently translating volume 1 of a 4 volume work for the Dutch Reformed Translation Society, Petrus van Mastricht’s Theoretico-Practica Theologia from Latin and Dutch.
      • Other projects include collaborative proofreading/translating, editing, indexing, and other sorts of detail-oriented functions for theological scholars.
    • Camp Pastor (summers 2006 & 2007) @ Twin Lakes Camp & Conference center … one of the most therapeutic things a seminary grad can do – teach children the Gospel - if you can’t do that, please get out of the ministry!
    • Latin Instructor (Fall 2003 – May 2007) @ The Veritas School, Jackson MS – Latin Intro – Latin IV (AP)
    • Adjunct Professor – Belhaven College (2007) – taught two courses of Old Testament Survey to undergrads (February 2007 & June 2007)
    • Corporate Health Rep & Team Leader – MS Baptist Health Systems (2000 – 2003)
  • Member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (OPC), Ada, MI
  • Scholarly interests:
    • Theological Prolegomena,
    • Covenant theology,
    • the doctrine of adoption,
    • the development of Calvin’s 3rd use of the Law,
    • History of Exegesis,
    • Document Paleography,
    • 16th & 17th century Philology
    • and translating as much 16th & 17th century Protestant theology as I can get my hands on!
  • A penchant for Cajun cuisine, as it runs in my family, strong coffee, beignets, gumbo, and andouille sausage

More than you probably want to know about me (yeah, its a mini-life story but you will need to register and log in for this)