THE LOG COLLEGE PROSPECTUS
I. PURPOSE STATEMENT OF THE LOG COLLEGE
THE LOG COLLEGE exists as a ministry for the training of men for the gospel ministry as pastors and missionary church planters. All teaching and training will be in accordance with the Bible as the sole, final, authoritative and sufficient Word of God and the 2nd London Baptist Confession of 1689 as the faithful guide to what we believe God’s Word teaches. Men so trained to be pastors and missionary church planters will be equipped to offer effective service to Christ and His churches.
II. ADMISSIONS POLICY OF THE LOG COLLEGE
1. The Log College will admit only men to its diploma-granting courses and training.
2. The Log College will admit only men who are members in good standing of local evangelical churches (cf. Walter Chantry’s MISSIONARIES SHOULD BE ‘IMMERSED’ IN CHURCH; RB Publications).
3. The Log College will admit only men whose spiritual maturity is moving the guidelines laid out in the Word of God for the office of Elder/Overseer (cf. I Timothy 2:11-3:7 & Titus 1:5-9).
4. The Log College will admit only men who believe they are called to the gospel ministry and whose local church has objectively recognized God’s call upon them as pastor/preachers and/or missionary church planters (cf. Acts 13:1-3 and 14:26).
5. The Log College will admit only men who can give evidence that God the Holy Spirit has set His seal upon their calling by blessing their service for Christ. Such evidence of God’s seal would be faithful, Spirit-filled witnessing and/or preaching which has resulted in conversions, or which has been marked by clear and compelling preaching of the Gospel and teaching of the Word of God; and hearers whose lives have been changed for the better.
6. The Log College will admit and train only men who have the necessary physical and mental powers to perform the work of the gospel ministry and the training leading to it.
7. AUDITING CLASSES IN THE LOG COLLEGE: The Log College will from time to time offer courses open to Christians who are not currently qualified for the gospel ministry or who may not be assured that they are called to the gospel ministry but who still want to gain greater biblical understanding. In such instances, individuals will be admitted on a case by case basis. Because they are present to hear (“audit”), observe and take notes, they are not to comment, ask questions or otherwise effect the class. They may take tests and do all the assigned work and receive a grade. Audited classes may be retroactively changed to classes for credit should the student’s status in the college change and they be admitted to the diploma-granting program.
III. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ORIGINAL LOG COLLEGE
In 1727, Presbyterian pastor William Tennent of Neshaminy, Pennsylvania established a theological academy for his own sons and other young men for training for the gospel ministry. Prior to the establishment of THE LOG COLLEGE men heading for the ministry were trained one or two at a time by local pastors in their homes. The on-going revival called “The Great Awakening” moved Tennent to train this group of young men in a log cabin he and his sons built. Their detractors dubbed it “The Log College”. The name stuck but so did Tennents students. They went on to become useful vessels of God during the Great Awakening and beyond. The school only lasted 20 years but its legacy endured, eventually evolving into what we now know as Princeton! (For those wanting to read more about the original “Log College”, Princeton Seminary’s first president, Archibald Alexander, wrote a faithful narrative of The Log College in the early 19th century. It has been reprinted by the Banner of Truth and more recently by Solid Ground Books.)
THE LOG COLLEGE
REQUIRED READINGS FOR ENTERING STUDENTS
The “Log College” requires the following books (or their equivalent) to be read prior to taking classes. Theological education requires ministerial students to be a “Jack of all trades” (i.e. familiarity with various intellectual disciplines) but “Master of one”–historic, biblical Christianity. Therefore, the following bibliography reflects a study of the English Bible AND the basic building blocks of Christian knowledge. Books should be read in the order they are listed.
The student should read through the entire Bible.
1. Alec Motyer, ROOTS: LET THE OLD TESTAMENT SPEAK; Christian Focus
2. J. Gresham Machen, THE NEW TESTAMENT: AN INTRODUCTION TO ITS HISTORY AND LITERATURE; Banner of Truth
3. Mark Dever, THE MESSAGE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT (Promises Made); Crossway
4. Mark Dever, THE MESSAGE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT (Promises Kept); Crossway
5. ESV STUDY BIBLE and/or REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE
6. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, GREAT DOCTRINES OF THE FAITH; Crossway
HISTORICAL AND THEOLOGICAL LITERATURE:
The following give the student a grasp of basic doctrines, ideas, men & movements of the Christian church.
1. S. M. Houghton, SKETCHES FROM CHURCH HISTORY; Banner of Truth
2. John Hannah, OUR LEGACY (The History of Christian Doctrine); NavPress
3. John D. Woodbridge, Mark Noll and Nathan Hatch, THE GOSPEL IN AMERICA; Zondervan
4. Archibald Alexander, THE LOG COLLEGE; Banner of Truth or Solid Ground Christian Books
5. James Packer, KNOWING GOD; InterVarsity Press
6. James Packer, 18 WORDS; Christian Focus/Mentor (formerly called GOD’S WORDS; IVP)
7. Sinclair Ferguson, DISCOVERING GOD’S WILL; Banner of Truth or Kevin DeYoung, JUST DO SOMETHING (A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will); Moody Press
8. Don Whitney, SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE; NavPress
9. Iain H. Murray, MARTYN LLOYD-JONES: THE FIRST FORTY YEARS; Banner of Truth
10. David Hegg, APPOINTED TO PREACH (Assessing a Call to the Ministry);Christian Focus
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE LITERATURE:
Students must know how to think in two worlds: the Kingdom of God and this fallen world. Mastering the following books aids the student to begin to think biblically, theologically and analytically across various spectrums of knowledge.
1. R. C. Sproul, THE CONSEQUENCES OF IDEAS; Crossway
2. Francis Schaeffer, HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE ?; Revell/Baker
3. C. John Sommerville, HOW THE NEWS MAKES US DUMB (The Death of Wisdom in an Information Society); IVP
4. Paul Johnson, MODERN TIMES (The World From The 20’s to the 90’s); Harper-Collins
5. Paul Johnson, INTELLECTUALS; Harper-Collins
6. Neil Postman, AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH (Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business); Viking/Penguin
7. Diane West, THE DEATH OF THE GROWN-UP; St. Martin’s Press
8. Gene Veith, READING BETWEEN THE LINES (A Christian Guide to Literature); Crossway
9. Gene Veith, LOVING GOD WITH ALL YOUR MIND; Crossway
10. John Piper, THINK (The Life of the Mind and the Love of God); Crossway
NOTE : Almost all of the above mentioned books are available from Cumberland Valley Bible Book Service
[1-800-656-0231] or if out of print, check AMAZON BOOKS or BOOKFINDER.COM for the remaining books.
THE CURRICULUM OF THE “LOG COLLEGE”
I. BIBLICAL THEOLOGY (BT)
OLD TESTAMENT COURSES
BT 1. The Pentateuch
BT 2. The History, Poetry and Wisdom Books of the O.T.
BT 3. The Prophets
NEW TESTAMENT COURSES
BT 4. Introduction to New Testament Greek (2 Terms)
BT 5. Biblical Exegesis
BT 6. The Gospels
BT 7. The Book of Acts and the Pauline Epistles
BT 8. The General Epistles and The Revelation
BT 9. Romans and the Gospel of the Righteousness of God
II. SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY (ST)
ST 1. BIBLIOLOGY–the doctrine of God’s Word written; divine revelation and its unique inspiration, canonicity, inerrancy, sufficiency and authority.
ST 2. THEOLOGY PROPER–the study of God; the doctrine of the Trinity; the attributes of the Deity; the doctrines of creation, and providence.
ST 3. ANTHROPOLOGY AND HAMARTIOLOGY–the doctrines of man and sin
ST 4. CHRISTOLOGY AND SOTERIOLOGY–the doctrine of the person of Jesus Christ and His saving work of redemption, accomplished and applied.
ST 5. PNEUMATOLOGY–-the doctrine of the person of the Holy Spirit and His work in creation, providence, salvation, sanctification and glorification
ST 6. SANCTIFICATION AND CHRISTIAN ETHICS–Christian behavior; the place of the Law of God and the Gospel in Christian ethics; attention is given to attacks on the perpetuity of the moral law and other misunderstandings of sanctification.
ST 7. ESCHATOLOGY—the doctrine of the “Last Things”–death, the return of Christ, final judgment, heaven and hell; examination of various schemes of prophetic interpretation, examined historically and biblically.
ST 8. REFORMED BAPTIST COVENANT THEOLOGY
The role of covenants in the theology of the Bible; the unfolding history of redemption in the O.T. & N.T., the New Covenant and the consummation of the plan of redemption
ST 9. APOLOGETICS–the defense of the Gospel and the ways of God in the Bible and in the history of the Christian church. Various apologetic systems will be analyzed.
III. CHURCH HISTORY (CH)
CH 1. THE EARLY (0-500 A.D.) & MEDIEVAL CHURCH ERAS (500-1500 A.D.)
From the time of the Apostles to the time just before the Reformation and how God prepared medieval Europe for the Reformation.
CH 2. THE REFORMATION ERA (1500-1600 AD)
God’s providence in raising up the Reformers, their insights and battles; the doctrines, documents and people who made up the greatest outshining of spiritual light since the N.T.
CH 3. THE PURITAN ERA (1600-1700 AD)
How the generations after the Reformers sought to maintain and reapply the truths recovered at the Reformation to the changed contexts of the 17th century.
CH 4. THE MODERN ERA (1700-2000 A.D.)—The advent of the ‘Enlightenment’, the Evangelical Awakening, the birth of the modern missionary movement, the 19th century decline of Calvinism, development of ‘Liberalism’, ‘higher criticism’, and “Neo-orthodoxy”, the recovery and struggle of Reformed theology since WW II, et al.
CH 5. AMERICAN CHURCH HISTORY
An overview of the history of Christianityin America from colonial times to the end of the 20th century. Emphasis will be on the American ethos shaping the gospel and vice versa, Charles Finney and the ‘New Measures’, Liberalism vs. Fundamentalism, post-modernism, etc.
CH 6. BAPTIST HISTORY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY
This study begins by examining how Baptists have tried to understand and write their own history; it moves on to examine various claims about Baptist origins and then covers Baptist history from the Puritan era until the 21st century.
IV. PASTORAL THEOLOGY (PT)
PT 1. HERMENEUTICS–the role of the interpreter’s heart, the ministry of the Holy Spirit as well as principles of biblical interpretation, understanding various biblical genres, etc.
PT 2. INTRODUCTION TO PREACHING–sermon preparation and delivery; basics of expositional preaching; illustration, application, calling men to Christ; choosing series; making biblical texts clear; pulpit speech and mannerisms; et al.
PT 3. ADVANCED PREACHING–evangelistic preaching and sermon preparation; pleading with sinners; aiming for conviction of sin; keeping the gospel clear; making Christ plain. (The student is to be actively involved in evangelistic preaching in this course.)
PT 4. ECCLESIOLOGY AND PASTORAL LEADERSHIP–the doctrine of the church, its membership, sacraments, nurture, worship and discipline. Study will be made of the offices in the local church and especially the ministry of the pastor and elders, Christian leadership, education, discipleship, small groups, biblical counseling, the pastor’s private life and biblical leadership)
PT 5. EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS--the theology and methodology of evangelism and missions from the Gospels and Acts to the modern missionary movement; Charles Finney and the “new measures” of the 19th century “Revivalism”, to Billy Graham and the ‘Invitation System’ and ‘stadium evangelism’; evangelizing the churched vs. the unchurched.
PT 6. BIBLICAL MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE —Orthodoxy in the pulpit must be matched by orthopraxy in the pews (and marriage and family life!); the biblical doctrine and practice of Christian marriage, the role of the husband and wife in marriage, the biblical view of children, child-nurturing and discipline, the theology of being single for the glory of God (celibacy) and the Bible’s theology of aging and our treatment of the elderly, et al.
THE LOG COLLEGE
(TYPICAL THREE YEAR COURSE OF STUDY)
YEAR ONE: YEAR TWO:
1st Term 1st Term
1. Introduction to Biblical Greek, Pt. 1,2 1. Reformed Baptist
2. Bibliology 2. The Pentateuch
3. Theology Proper (Doctrine of God) 3. Christology and
2nd Term 2nd Term
1. The Gospels 1. The Puritan Era
2. Early and Medieval Church History 2. Introduction to
3. Hermeneutics 3. Romans & The
Gospel of the
Righteousness of God
3rd Term 3rd Term
1. Acts and Pauline Epistles 1. O. T. Prophets
2. Reformation Era 2. Theology and History
of the 1689 Baptist
3. Anthropology and Hamartiology 3. Pneumatology
FIRST TERM SECOND TERM
1. Apologetics 1. Eschatology
2. Christian Marriage and Family Life 2. Evangelism/Missions
3. Modern Church History (1700-2000) 3. Advanced Preaching
1. Ecclesiology and Pastoral Leadership
2. American Church History
3. The Law and the Gospel in Christian Ethics