The Master's Seminary opens the vault
By Bob Dickson
The Master’s Seminary (TMS) launched its Theological Resource Center last week, which will serve as an online hub for Bible-teaching resources that are available across ministries under the leadership of TMS and The Master’s College (TMC) President, Dr. John MacArthur.
Front and center is a growing collection of TMS lectures which are available for online viewing at no cost. These classes, which include titles such as Theology I, Theology II, Marriage and Family Counseling and Hebrew Grammar I and II, are identical to the classes made available to full-time TMS students. They are recorded live from actual lectures.
The seminary is also making other resources available, including complete archives of The Master’s Seminary Journal, which has featured articles from TMS staff since 1990, regular TMS chapel messages and also the TMS faculty lecture series, which is a collection of faculty chapel lectures aimed specifically at timely and often controversial subjects within the evangelical world.
The purpose of the Theological Resource Center is to make components of a seminary education available to the entire church. TMS leaders such as Executive Vice President and Dean, Dr. Dick Mayhue, acknowledge that most men will not have an opportunity to attend seminary. That, he argues, shouldn’t preclude them from gaining access to the resources that an education at TMS provides. The Internet provides the ideal delivery system; it reaches almost everyone.
The resource center also includes pages rich with resources from the ministries of TMC, Grace Community Church and Grace to You.
The TMC portion of the resource center offers links to audio of college chapel messages dating as far back as 1985, the year Dr. MacArthur was named president. It also features links to messages from the college’s annual Truth and Life Conference as well as video links to faculty chapel messages.
Visitors can also link to the Grace to You website, where they can access audio of all of Dr. MacArthur’s messages dating back to 1969. The Grace to You portion of the site also features blogs tackling current events, daily devotionals and links to what’s airing on Grace to You radio.
The Grace Community Church portion of the site is where visitors can find audio and video links to Shepherds’ Conference lectures and sessions, as well as church messages – both from the pulpit and from the church’s Sunday fellowship groups.
Four ministries under one roof is one way to look at the Theological Resource Center. It is a repository of teaching and preaching – decades of Bible-teaching resources all in one place.