Richard L. Pratt Jr. (Th.D., Harvard University) is President and Founder of Third Millennium Ministries, an organization formed in 1997 to provide free biblical education "for the world." Many around the world have benefitted from his decades of cognitively stimulating and incisive teaching, ministry, and scholarship. He is Adjunct Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando; an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America; and the author of a number of books, including Every Thought Captive: A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth.
This volume in honor of Richard broadly covers his lifelong themes of biblical studies, theological studies, hermeneutics, the kingdom of God, ministry training, missions, evangelism, and biblical education for the world.
Essays by Michael Briggs, Stephen W. Brown, David M. Correa, William Edgar, John M. Frame, Justin S. Holcomb, Reggie M. Kidd, Jongho Kim, Glenn Lucke, Gregory R. Perry, Scott Redd, Monica Taffinder, Simon Vibert, and Bruce K. Waltke.
For the World is rich with biblical insight, love of missions, pedagogical savvy, and sheer Christian wisdom. It's not only a pleasure to read, but also an adventure.
-Cornelius Plantinga Jr.,
President (Emeritus), Calvin Theological Seminary
This celebratory volume skillfully combines enlightening scholarship with captivating biography. In so doing, it not only honors the theologian but also introduces us to the man, Richard Pratt. The delightful result is a smorgasbord of articles that will arouse your intellectual curiosity and satisfy your spiritual appetite.
-Jason P. Van Vliet,
Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary, Hamilton, Ontario
Richard Pratt has always drawn my admiration: as a remarkable lecturer, a faithful and profoundly believing expositor of Scripture, and thus a remarkable theologian. In addition to these foundational qualities, he has the ability to penetrate the culture of our times; he gets down to the roots of what motivates and shapes the thinking of masses of normal people and attracts their close attention, and in so doing, he challenges them to consider at the deepest personal level the eternal message of Christ. He does so with love and humor, and - for all his depth - he is easy to listen to. All these essays on Pratt and his ministry are well worth close reading. Especially on a personal level, Steve Brown's and Jonglo Kims chapters on what Richard is really like stand out in my mind. Also, Scott Redds 'Saying It Anew...' and William Edgar's 'Prayer and Mission' take us to the heart of the way he has spent the many decades of his ministerial life.
-Douglas F. Kelly,
Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte
This is a book in honor of an all-star - Dr. Richard Pratt - by all-stars. I didn't have the privilege of studying under Dr. Pratt, but after reading this book, I wish I had. This is, simply speaking, a very fine work; it covers the waterfront in a comprehensive, holistic way - biblical, ministerial, educational. Read it well and learn, even if you weren't one of Dr. Pratt's students.
Dallas Baptist University
At the end of my first semester of seminary, I was overwhelmed with all the work I needed to get done. So when Richard Pratt offered my class the option of a fasting and prayer retreat instead of a final, I signed up thinking it was an easy way to get out of an exam. Instead, I found the retreat to be just what my anxious heart needed. That retreat was just one of the many things Richard taught me through his life and ministry that continue to impact my life and ministry. I am extremely thankful for Richard and his influence in my life.
"Here is a fitting tribute to one of the great theological educators of our time. These essays trace the many facets of its honoree, whose gifts are remarkably diverse and whose global impact has been uncommonly broad. Some of us were transformed by his teaching in the context of traditional theological education, others in frontier zones beyond Christian borders. Richard Pratt has been a gift to us all."
Amid the current preoccupation with the pursuit or rejection of celebrity, the honoring of a brother and scholar so quietly given to the spread of Christs kingdom in the majority world is most welcome. Here, professorial and ministerial colleagues and former students laud Gods grace in Dr. Pratts biblical, theological, missionary, and pedagogical attainments. Their essaysof scholarly, practical, and testimonial genresreflect a servant of Christ rare in visionary foresight and pioneering abilities.
If you want to know a scholar, read his books and listen to his lectures. However, that does not present the context of the man. If you want to know a scholar, read what others have to say about him. Dr. Richard Pratt, Jr. is not only a man who needs to be read and listened to; he is a man that needs to be known in context as to his commitments as pastor, professor, educator, and missionary; these are the things that will help define his person, life, and ministry. This is exactly what For the World will do for the reader. Here is your opportunity to know Dr. Pratt, through the eyes of his collogues, students, and friends. I highly recommend this book.
Richard Pratt is a master teacher. He has blessed many students at RTS and around the world. These essays from his friends reflect his interests and tell us more about him. Bottom line: For the World celebrates Gods goodness in his teaching and missionary ministry. But it also offers those who never sat under him a kind of distillation of Pratt, with many helpful echoes from the classroom.
No one can listen to Richard Pratt preach or teach without being captivated by his passion for God and His word; the Bible lives to him and it comes alive in his capable and reliable hands. This volume is a worthy expression of appreciation for his work and gratitude to God for his faithful service of the gospel and the church.
This celebratory volume skillfully combines enlightening scholarship with captivating biography. In so doing, it not only honours the theologian but also introduces us to the man, Richard Pratt. The delightful result is a smorgasbord of articles that will arouse your intellectual curiosity and satisfy your spiritual appetite.
In this book, seasoned scholars and practitioners honor an internationally recognized educator, motivator, researcher, mentor, but most of all servant--of others, of the church, and of God. These essays sound familiar themes yet also break new ground. They are a fitting tribute to Richard Pratt's own drive continually to grapple with current ideas, refresh the Christian faith, and stimulate the church in all nations to work together for Christ's glory.
Richard Pratt has always drawn my admiration: as a remarkable lecturer, a faithful and profoundly believing expositor of Scripture, and thus, a remarkable theologian. In addition to these foundational qualities, he has the ability to penetrate the culture of our times; he gets down to the roots of what motivates and shapes the thinking of masses of normal people, and to attract their close attention, and in so doing, to challenge them to consider at the deepest personal level the eternal message of Christ. He does so with love and humor, and - for all his depth - is easy to listen to. All of these essays on him and his ministry are well worth close reading. Especially on a personal level, Steve Brown's and Jonglo Kim's chapters on what Richard is really like stand out in my mind. Also Scott Redd's "Saying it anew..." and William Edgar's "Prayer and Mission" take us to the heart of the way he has spent the many decades of his ministerial life.
What a wonderful tribute to Dr Richard Pratt! His career has seen him involved with many different aspects of Christs kingdom, but especially in connection with apologetics and biblical study. This book, by colleagues and friends, represents something of the width of his interests, and also the creativity that has marked out his ministry. His writings show faithfulness to Scripture but also a devout willingness to follow where the text leads.
For the World, a wide-ranging collection of essays honoring Richard Pratt, is a delightful read, addressing such diverse topics as poetics in Deuteronomy 22, Paul and religion, prayer and revival, and the meaning of theological boot camp. In my favorite chapter, Steve Brown, tongue-in-cheek, tells what his friend is really like! This festschrift rightly honors Dr. Pratt as an innovative and faithful servant of the Lord. It is a worthy witness to his life and ministry.
Having known Richard since our Covenant College days and having benefited from his friendship and ministry throughout the years it is a privilege to endorse this volume. Richardâ·s varied vocations as Old Testament professor, Conference Speaker, Pastor, and the extraordinary missionary endeavor of Third Millennium are unified by his singular passion of exalting Christ and His Gospel to the nations by multiplying equipped indigenous leaders for our Lordâ·s church. The reader is in for an inspiring journey through each chapter and page.
the world, indeed! Richard has traversed Gods Word and Gods World in pursuit of Gods call to him to know, teach and apply all the Bible to all of life. Many Christians in our generation have studied, preached and gone out locally and faraway. But few have put the triad together and with such clarity and zeal. Please read these chapters and go and do likewise.
There is rarely a day in ministry in which I dont recall or restate something I learned from Richard Pratt. His biblical passion, theological insight, and blistering honesty have impacted young minds the world over. I count it a great blessing to have been one of those minds. I highly recommend this volume to you. It does what Richard has been doing for years, namely inspire theological and practical reflection while maintaining a focus on Christ the center of certainty. Thank you Richard! And thanks to all those who contributed to this volume and reminded us what a gift Richard is to the church. Soli Deo Gloria!
Richard Pratt is many things, including master communicator, insightful exegete, and global educator. Driven by a desire for Gods truth to inform and transform the Church throughout the world, Pratt has powerfully influenced the lives of countless people, a sampling of which contributed to this thoughtful book. This volume, which reflects some of Pratts diverse interest and contributions, is an appropriate honor given to this brilliant teacher.
As one who has, for decades, been a beneficiary of Richard's ministry, it is an honor to commend this festschrift. I had the opportunity years ago to teach a group of high school students the truth of Reformed apologetics using Richard's Every Thought Captive. When I was in pastoral ministry, our church enjoyed the advantages of Richard's book on prayer. Not only so, but in a time when Old Testament scholars who stand squarely on the self-attesting Word of God are rare indeed, Richard has been a faithful expositor of the riches of God's "stories" in the Old Testament. I am not surprised, but am thankful, for his ongoing ministry now with Third Millennium. I do hope this tribute to Richard will get the attention it deserves.
Twenty-plus years ago I met Richard Pratt and sat under his instruction. As a starting student of theology and apologetics in Melbourne, Australia, Pratt both fueled my mind and sparked my imagination. Today, as one who is now privileged to teach theology and apologetics in a variety of locations and settings, Pratts teaching and writing, in tandem with his trailblazing, Third Millennium Ministries, stirs my soul and reminds me to remain attentive to the worldwide church. May this volume honoring Richard Pratt Jr. encourage the next generation of reformed, missional educators; and may it move us all to give thanks to God for his gifts to His church.
"This is a book in honor of an All-star Dr. Richard Pratt - by All-stars. I didn't have the privilege of studying under Dr. Pratt, but by reading this book, I wish I had. This is, simply speaking, a very fine work; it covers the waterfront in a comprehensive, holistic way biblical, ministerial, educational; read it well and learn, even if you werent one of Dr. Pratts students."
"The essays in this collection underscore the integrity of highly rated Christian scholarship and a worthy Christian life as exemplified in the life of Richard Pratt. The ultimate goal of Christian theology is to impact and produce great saints, and this book is a testimony to that effect. I strongly recommend this book."
It is rare to find such a first-rate Bible scholar and theologian as Richard Pratt who stands consistently in the Reformed tradition with a passion for missions and evangelism. Third Millennium Ministries, which he founded, has made a tremendous contribution to providing theological education for the 21st-century church. For the World gives us the context of Pratts own ministry: a solid Biblical and theological foundation and a deep desire to spread the Gospel, within the bounds of the Reformed heritage.