Reverend Rutledge E. Etheridge
Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology, 2007 to Present
In teaching the Introduction to Reformed Theology course, Rev. Etheridge presents the Reformed faith from a clear understanding and deep appreciation for its faithfulness to the Scriptures. The unity, integrity, and veracity of God’s Word shine forth as Reformed tenets are examined. Students benefit from Etheridge's pastoral perspective as doctrine is set forth for both mind and heart. His teaching experience beyond the pulpit—in youth, college ministry, and apologetics—applies Scriptural truths to a broad spectrum of Christian ministry and life.
My teaching Reformed Theology is a great privilege and somewhat of an irony, given my antagonism toward it when I first began to study it in college. But by God’s grace I’ve found what I hope to communicate to my students: When Christians begin to glimpse the glory of our sovereign, holy God who loves and adopts sinners to be His children through His Son Jesus Christ, and when they recognize the transcendent majesty and internal cogency of the Scripture which proclaims that God, the layers of pride peel away and we are left as we are meant to be: humbly adoring our Lord and zealous to serve Him. That’s the true heart of Reformed Theology, the Bible’s own theology. Reformed Theology expresses Scripture’s own view of itself, its structural framework, its content and its purpose; as such it is indispensable to the life of the individual Christian and the corporate body of Christ. It places before God’s people an exalted view of their Lord, His faithful character and His sure promises, His kingly reign and His shepherding care, His purpose for His church in this world and His sure return to bring them to glory. When believers’ hearts are ignited into worship and witness by the Words of their Shepherd, the church grows in grace, unbelievers are saved, and the Christian life is lived as it is supposed to be lived – to the glory of God alone.
- Pastor, Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church (6/06 to Present)
- Pastoral Internship, Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church (Summer 2005)
- Pastoral Internship—Church Plant, Second Reformed Presbyterian Church (Summer 2004)
Additional Teaching Experience
- Speaker, High School Students, 2008 RP International Conference
- Teacher/Counselor, RP Theological Foundations for Youth Program (7/05 to Present)
- Teacher, Bible Study at Carnegie Mellon University (2007-2008)
- Co-founder, Veritas, a Christian apologetics forum at Butler University, Indianapolis (2003-2004)
- Teacher, Junior Bible (Systematic Theology) and Senior Bible (Philosophical Apologetics and Hermeneutics) at Heritage Christian School, Indianapolis (1999 – 2004)
- Author, curriculum for both the above-mentioned classes
- Author, “The Phantom Wall” in The Christian Statesman, September/October, 2007
- Master of Divinity, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, 2006
- BA with honors, Comprehensive Bible with emphasis on pastoral studies and minor in philosophy of religion, Cedarville College, Cedarville, OH, 1999
Listen to one of Pastor Etheridge’s Sermons: “The Father’s Will”, on Ephesians 1:1-6 at: http://www.sermonaudio.com/providencerpc
Watch videos of Pastor Etheridge's seminar sereis on the Emerging Church Movement and Sola Scriptura given at RPTS on January 31, 2009:
- Seminar One: The Mechanics and Mission of the Church – A New Old Conversation
- Seminar Two: The Emerging Church – Reformation or Regression?
- Seminar Three: Sola Scriptura – Clarity Amidst the Confusion
- Seminar Four: Question and Answer Session
Or, listen to MP3 audio files of the complete lectures at www.reformationpittsburgh.org/Lectures.htm.
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