Church Plant Incubator
373rd Synod of the Evangelical-Reformed Church of Lithuania, held in Birzai, June 2022
At Tolle Lege, we know that the benefits of Reformed doctrine are limited unless they find expression in the proper administration of Word and Sacrament within a faithful church body. We partner with the Evangelical-Reformed Church of Lithuania (in which Dr. Bryćko holds his ministerial credentials) to offer our space, rent-free, for the weekly worship services of the ERCL’s Warsaw church plant.
Often, individuals in Warsaw who are drawn to Tolle Lege’s books, podcast, or coursework are also searching for a biblically faithful congregation to attend. Your financial contributions directly enable Tolle Lege to create new Reformed resources in Polish. But they also indirectly sustain the church plant’s meeting place, so that the Word is proclaimed and sacraments rightly administered in Poland’s capital city Sunday after Sunday. Soli Deo Gloria!
If you would like to join us for worship service while in Poland, contact Brooke Bryćko.
Inauguration of the Academic Year
On October 2 we inaugurated the academic year at the College of Theology and Social Sciences. Dariusz has just become the Director of English Theological Studies and is developing the Reformed/Presbyterian Theology track, newly created in cooperation with Tolle Lege. Brooke teaches Research & Writing courses.
On September 30 we got our latest book from the printing house—A Friendly Conversation Between an Evangelical Minister and a Roman Catholic Priest. It is a Reformation-era work by Polish-Lithuanian minister Daniel Kałaj, now republished for a modern audience.
Development of the Reformed/Presbyterian Track at the College
In partnership with The College of Theology and Social Sciences in Warsaw, Dariusz was asked to develop a new Reformed/Presbyterian Theology track and serve as Director of English Theological Studies. Brooke will teach Research & Writing courses.
Official welcoming of our mission congregation
At the June Synod of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Lithuania, our church plant core group was welcomed as an official mission congregation.
A Conference on Puritans
On November 28 we hosted a conference on Puritans. The speakers were Rev. Dr. Dariusz Bryćko (Instytut Tolle Lege), Dr. Paul C. H. Lim (Vanderbilt Divinity School), Rev. Dr. Kamil Hałambiec (Wyższa Szkoła Teologiczno-Społeczna), and Rev. Dr. Bob Fuller (First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, TX). Because of the pandemic, all the lectures and the discussion panel were hosted online. More than 100 participants were able to grow in their knowledge of Biblical truth and Puritan piety.
All the lectures are available online for watching.
Calvin’s Institutes Book Promotion
On September 24 we hosted a book promotion for the first-ever translation of Calvin’s Institutes to Polish, published by HORN.
What does Tolle Lege Mean?
Tolle Lege is a Latin phrase meaning “take and read.” It is taken from St. Augustine’s account of his own conversion in his classic work Confessions. While weeping in his garden, overwhelmed by a sense of sin and separation from God, Augustine heard an audible voice, as of a boy or girl chanting in a neighboring house, “Take and read, take and read.” Startled by these words, Augustine interpreted it as a command from God to open the Bible and start reading the first passage he should find. The Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 13:13-14 confronted his most closely held sins – and the moment Augustine received God’s Word he was flooded with indescribable peace. He immediately confessed his faith to others and began a new life in Christ.
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