Painting by Ron Raasch. Used with permission.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary present the four-part broadcast series “Living in Christ, The Word of Truth: Spiritual Reflections on Themes from Colossians” Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, and 18, 2011 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Andrew Purves, Professor of Reformed Theology at PTS, will lead the discussions.

This course will be broadcast live from the Seminary to three off-site locations. Attendees at the off-site locales will see and be seen by all participants. Sites include First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa, Okla.; Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, Wheeling, W.Va.; and Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa. Please note that the Sept. 27 session will not be broadcast at Vance Memorial PC.

This class arises out of commentary and notes on the Letter to the Colossians that Purves wrote for The Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible, which was published in 2005. This series of evening reflections will be not so much lectures as notes on our formation in Christ. He wrote the material on Colossians just one year after cancer surgery and chemotherapy, and some of his thoughts relating to spiritual formation through reading the letter (not published, but intended for this event) will reflect that part of his journey.

Specific topics of discussion include “The Word of Truth” Sept. 27; “Living in Christ” Oct. 4; “Rejoice in Suffering” Oct. 11; and “Practical Matters” Oct. 18.

Registration fee is $45 at the Seminary and $35 at the off-site locations. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or with questions. Event Brochure. Register online.

A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Purves received degrees in philosophy and divinity from the University of Edinburgh, and a Th.M. from Duke Divinity School. His doctorate is from the University of Edinburgh. Purves came to the U. S. in 1978 and was ordained by Philadelphia Presbytery. He served as minister of the Hebron Presbyterian Church, Clinton, Pa. until 1983, when he was called to join the faculty of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has a long list of publications, both books and articles, academic and popular. Recent books include The Crucifixion of Ministry and The Resurrection of Ministry.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.