Listen to audio from recent events at the Seminary including Continuing Education lectures, workshop series, and worship sermons.

2012 McClure Lecture

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary hosted the annual W. Don McClure Lectures in Mission and Evangelism Sept. 24-25, 2012. Anne-Marie Kool, Professor of Missiology at Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, and president of Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies, Budapest, will address “European Churches’ Perspectives on Mission Among the Roma People.”

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The Brain Technique for Preaching without Notes

The Rev. Dr. William Carl III, president and professor of homiletics, has lectured on the brain at medical schools and medical conferences around the country. From his research on neuroscience, he has developed a technique for learning sermons and lectures that creates a ‘virtual teleprompter’ for the speaker. Learn from him a sure-fire method to “preach without notes”.

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2011 Kelso Lecture

The 2011 Kelso Lecture in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. was held Feb. 9. The Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray Jr. presented “Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and the Post-Racial Society.” Ray is the Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Systematic Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

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Great Themes in Paul’s Letter to the Romans

During a recent four-part lecture series Dr. Robert A.J. Gagnon, associate professor of New Testament at PTS, discussed “Great Themes in Paul’s Letter to the Romans”. Lectures included the following: 

Lecture 1 - The Magnificence and Purpose of Romans as Disclosed in Romans 1, 12-16 

Lecture 2 - The Grand Unfolding of God’s Saving Righteousness in Romans 1-4 

Lecture 3 - The Case for Boasting in God, Moral Transformation, and Redemptive Suffering in Romans 5-8 

Lecture 4 - The New Perspective on Paul and Interpreting the Fate of Israel in Romans 9-11

The Belhar Confession: Its Relevance for Today 

The Rev. Dr. Joseph D. Small, director of theology, worship, and education ministries of the Presbyterian Church (USA), led a discussion on “The Belhar Confession: Its Relevance for Today”. The Confession of Belhar, adopted by the Dutch Reformed Mission Church in South Africa in 1982, expressed that church’s response to the system of apartheid. As a significant confession from the global South, the confession is being considered by at least three Reformed communions, including the Presbyterian Church (USA), for inclusion in their books of confessions. This workshop gave participants the opportunity to learn about Belhar prior to votes in local Presbyteries regarding its adoption by the PC(USA).

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Evolution Today

During a recent three-part series, the Rev. Dr. Ronald Cole-Turner, H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics, presented “Evolution Today: The New Challenge to Christian Faith.” In addition to these lectures presented on campus, this series on theology and science was broadcast to three locations. This course sorted through the main claims of evolution from Darwin to today to asked how Christians can affirm a rich faith while living in an age of evolutionary biology. Lectures included: 

The Evolution of Evolution: A Changing Challenge for Christianity

Christianity’s Answers: The Amazing Variety of Christian Responses

Evolution and Christianity Today: Living Options for a Living Faith

McClure Lectures

The Seminary hosted the annual W. Don McClure Lectures in September. Jonathan J. Bonk, executive director of Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven, Conn. addressed “Christian Faith in a Post-Christendom World.” Read his lectures: “Thinking Small: Toward a Missiology of Interruptions”, “Missions and Money: Affluence as a Western Ministry Problem…Revisited”, "Africa, the Gospel and Ethics: Pre-Christendom Faith in a Post-Christendom World” and “Ambassadors for Christ” based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. Click on the lecture title to read more.

Baccalaureate Sermon

The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes, Robert Meneilly Professor of Leadership and Ministry at PTS and pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, preached the baccalaureate sermon. Listen to his sermon.

Professor Tuell Installed

The Rev. Dr. Steven S. Tuell was recently installed into the James A. Kelso Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Chair. Watch the video from this event.


Schaff Lectures

Keynote speaker Dr. Daniel Aleshire, executive director of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, presented the annual Schaff Lectures. This year's lectures addressed “Finding Our Way in the Wilderness: Theological Education and Ministry in a Changing Church and Society”. Specific lectures titles included "Egypt: The Past that We Think the Seminary Served”, “Wilderness: The Changing Seminary and Church” , “Promise: A Faithful Future for Theological Education for the Church” .

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