Courtship and Dating

richard phillipsDr. Richard Phillips is our guest as we discuss his GPTS Spring Theology Conference lecture on “Courtship and Marriage”.

Dr. Phillips is the Senior Minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville SC.

The topic of the conference this year is “Marriage, Family, and Sexuality” and is an important topic for our culture today.  Plan on attending!  It is always a great time of fellowship and learning. As usual, Reformation Heritage Books will be doing the bookstore.  The GPTS Spring Theology Conference will be held this year on March 8-10, 2016.

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Beginning in February, Confessing Our Hope will be releasing a weekly news broadcast on topics and items of interest in the theological world.  This is a new feature and the details are still being worked out but look for it at some point in February.

The History of Family Worship

ShawDr. Ben Shaw, professor of Old Testament at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, is our guest as we discussed the history of family worship as well as related issues surrounding this topic. Dr. Shaw will be delivering a fuller treatment of this subject at the 2016 GPTS Spring Theology conference March 8-10.  For more information about the conference please visit the GPTS conference web page.

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Live Broadcasts of the Podcast

podcastYou can now listen LIVE to the Confessing Our Hope podcast when a LIVE broadcast is being offered.  The current list of upcoming LIVE programs can be found here.  Typically, all in-studio guests will be a live program, especially the resident professors of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

When you tune in, you may hear some introductory music before the LIVE program stars.  We try to start on time, but there may be unexpected delays.  Please be patient as we will begin as close to the starting time as possible.

Listening LIVE is free and offered through the Mixlr website.  The GPTS page can be found at http://www.mixlr.com/gpts.  You can also listen live on the Confessing Our Hope homepage through the player in the sidebar.

MOBILE USERS: Apps are available through the Google Play and Apple stores.  Now you can listen LIVE wherever you go!  We hope you enjoy this new addition to the podcast of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

 

Marriage, Family, and Sexuality

gptsIn this edition of the podcast, GPTS President, Dr. Joseph Pipa gives an audio tour of the upcoming GPTS Spring Theology Conference on the topic of “Marriage, Family, and Sexuality.”  If you desire more information about this conference, then this broadcast is for you!  You can get more information about the conference at the conference website.

Registration:  Early Bird is due by January 29th.  Save!

The topic of the conference this year is “Marriage, Family, and Sexuality” and is an important topic for our culture today.  Plan on attending!  It is always a great time of fellowship and learning. As usual, Reformation Heritage Books will be doing the bookstore.  The GPTS Spring Theology Conference will be held this year on March 8-10, 2016.

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Faith and Practice #20

Pipa-BowtieIn this twentieth edition of the “Faith and Practice” segment Dr. Joseph Pipa sits down and interacts with questions from our listeners.

This is a monthly series of the Confessing Our Hope podcast.  For more information see the Faith and Practice menu item.

In this edition we dealt with the following topics:

Unions and Christians participating in unions, parachurch ministries, GPTS audio availability, special needs children, the definition of a missionary, baptism and apostasy and more.

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Cheaper in Dozens

gptsJim Holmes, the proprietor of a new venture called Cheaper in Dozens, was our guest as we talked about his goals and desires for people to read more books.

From the website:

COMPANY AND GOALS

I am James Holmes, a publishing professional, and I have served various publishers in an editorial and sales and marketing role. I am developing this site along the following lines:

  • My intention is to glorify God by providing biblically sound literature at affordable prices to people throughout the USA, encouraging them to use it as a means in evangelising unbelievers and edifying Christians.
  • The items for sale have been included on the basis that they may be helpful in introducing Christ or developing Christlikeness.
  • I aim to supply items which, in general, reflect the teaching of Scripture as understood and expressed in the historic Reformed creeds such as the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Catechisms.

MISSION STATEMENT

Cheaper in Dozens aims to promote and supply biblically based resources in higher-volume quantities at affordable prices, and to encourage people to read and live transformed lives to the glory of God.

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Confessional Presbyterian | Church History Tour

willbornDr. Nick Willborn was our guest as we discussed two topics.  First, we spent a few minutes talking about The Confessional Presbyterian, a theological journal of wide popularity. Second, we spoke about the Presbyterian Church History class that is offered every Winter term at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Education: B.S. Tennessee Technological University 1984; M.Div. Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary 1988; Ph.D. Historical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, 2003.

Positions: Pastor Stanton Baptist Church, 1985-1987; Associate Pastor Open Door Bible Church, 1989-1991; Arab World Ministries, 1991-1996; Pastor Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1996-2000. Associate Professor of Historical and Biblical Theology (2000-2009); Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (2009-present); Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (2009 – present). In addition to his pastoral labors, Dr. Willborn is a frequent conference speaker and serves as the co-editor of The Confessional Presbyterian.

Author: John L. Girardeau, (1825-98): Pastor to Slaves and Theologian of Causes (2003, Ph.D. Dissertation); “Adoption: A Historical Perspective with Evangelical Implications,” in Sanctification: Growing in Grace (2002); “The Diaconate: God’s Office of Temporal Affairs,” in Confessing Our Hope (2004); and “The ‘Ministerial and Declarative’ Powers of the Church and In Thesi Deliverances,” in The Confessional Presbyterian (2005); “Gilbert Tennent” in Colonial Presbyterianism (Wipf & Stock, 2007); “Biblical Theology in Southern Presbyterianism” in The Hope Fulfilled (P&R 2008); “The Deacon: A Divine Right Office with Divine Uses,” in The Confessional Presbyterian (2009); “Hodge and Thornwell: ‘Princes in Israel'” in The Confessional Presbyterian(2012), “James Henley Thornwell: An American Theologian” in The Confessional Presbyterian (2013) and The Selected Writings of Benjamin Morgan Palmer, (Banner of Truth Trust, 2014).

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Faith and Practice #19

Pipa-BowtieIn this nineteenth edition of the “Faith and Practice” segment Dr. Joseph Pipa sits down and interacts with questions from our listeners.

This is a monthly series of the Confessing Our Hope podcast.  For more information see the Faith and Practice menu item.

In this edition we dealt with the following topics:

elders and elder training, physical handicaps, the immortality of Adam, general and special revelation, ordination and more.

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Faith and Practice #18

Pipa-BowtieIn this eighteenth edition of the “Faith and Practice” segment Dr. Joseph Pipa sits down and interacts with questions from our listeners.

This is a monthly series of the Confessing Our Hope podcast.  For more information see the home > faith and practice menu item.

In this edition we dealt with the following topics:

apologetics, women and learning of theology, women blogging, the use of social media by Christians and more.

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Self-Denial

mcgrawDr. Ryan McGraw was our guest as we discussed his book Why You Should Deny Yourself

“Self-denial is one of the fundamental principles of the Christian life. It is Christianity 101,” writes author Ryan McGraw. Christians, regardless of personal cost, must believe and do whatever Christ teaches them and reject and flee from whatever He forbids them. McGraw helps readers develop an understanding of this essential principle of Christian living by providing an in-depth explanation of what self-denial is and why it is important, and then giving examples of what it looks like in practice.

 

Endorsement

“‘Deny yourself.’ This is one of the hardest biblical commands for Christians to implement practically. Our selfish sinful nature wants and wants even more. Ryan McGraw’s pamphlet is a powerful call to the twenty-first-century church to be more like Jesus and less like the world; to be transformed by the Spirit rather than conformed to the world. We need this exhortation today, and I’m glad to commend this pamphlet for issuing that call.” — Daniel R. Hyde, pastor, Oceanside United Reformed Church, Carlsbad, California

 

Cultivating Biblical Godliness Series  

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said, “The world today is looking for, and desperately needs, true Christians. I am never tired of saying that what the Church needs to do is not to organize evangelistic campaigns and attract outside people, but to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’”

Many people who are new to the church need instruction in the most basic aspects of godly living. Even where churches are engaged heavily in discipleship, visitors and members often have gaps in their understanding and practice. One of the greatest needs of our time is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the glory of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of God the Father.

For these reasons, Joel Beeke and Ryan McGraw are coediting a series of booklets titled Cultivating Biblical Godliness. These booklets treat matters that are vital to Christian experience, and each contribution aims to address a wide variety of people and circumstances at a fundamental and introductory level. This includes teaching people what to believe in order to practice personal holiness as well as specific directions on how to cultivate biblical godliness in relation to issues that are common to God’s people.

The distinctive feature of this series is its experiential tone. While some booklet series aim to enlighten the mind, these booklets aim to warm the affections as well. The goal is to promote communion with the triune God and to transform the entire person in thought, speech, and behavior. To this end, we intend to include a wide range of authors whom the Spirit has blessed to skillfully stir up the church to personal holiness and affection to Christ through their preaching and writing ministries.

We need a Christianity that puts the transformative power of God in the gospel on display through developing a communion with God that is visible to the world. Our prayer is that through this series, the Lord would revive His church by producing Christians who are full of love for Christ, who deny themselves in order to follow Him at great personal cost, and who know the joys of walking with the triune God. This is the kind of Christianity that we need. This is the kind of Christianity that the triune God has used to turn the world upside down. May He  be pleased to do so again.

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Faith and Practice #17

Pipa-BowtieIn this seventeenth edition of the “Faith and Practice” segment Dr. Joseph Pipa sits down and interacts with questions from our listeners.

This is a monthly series of the Confessing Our Hope podcast.  For more information see the home > faith and practice menu item.

In this edition we dealt with the following topics:

divorce, covenantal abadonment, Rahab and the spies, marks of a true church and more.

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Faith and Practice #16

Pipa-BowtieIn this sixteenth edition of the “Faith and Practice” segment Dr. Joseph Pipa sits down and interacts with questions from our listeners.

This is a monthly series of the Confessing Our Hope podcast.  For more information see the home > faith and practice menu item.

In this edition we dealt with the following topics:

Issues of conscience, politics and Christian involvement, the Lord’s day, evening worship, and more.

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Biblical Theology

moralesOur guest this week is Dr. L. Michael Morales, professor of biblical studies at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  Our topic is Biblical Theology — what is it and why is it important in the study of the Scriptures and preaching.

Education: B.A., Bus. Admin., Palm Beach Atlantic University, 1996; M.A., Religion, Emmanuel School of Religion, 2000; M.Div. with awards in Old Testament, New Testament, systematic theology, church history, Christianity & culture, and pastoral promise, Knox Theological Seminary, 2007; Ph.D., Pentateuch, Trinity College/University of Bristol, UK, 2011.

Positions: Chair of Biblical Studies and professor of Old Testament and Great Works at Reformation Bible College, 2011-2014; teaching elder, Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA), Stuart, Fla., 2010-2014. Member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Dante Society of America. Adjunct instructor at Reformed Theological Seminary.

Author:”The Tabernacle Pre-Figured: Cosmic Mountain Ideology in Genesis and Exodus,” in the Biblical Tools and Studies Series of Peeters Publishers.

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Faith and Practice #15

gptsIn this fifteenth edition of the “Faith and Practice” segment Dr. Joseph Pipa sits down and interacts with questions from our listeners.

This is a new series for the Confessing Our Hope podcast.  For more information see the home > faith and practice menu item.

 

In this edition we dealt with the following topics:

evening worship, sabbath, eschatology, and more.

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Preaching and Corporate Prayer

prayerDr. Ryan McGraw was our guest as we discussed his small book on the topic of prayer. How Do Preaching and Corporate Prayer Work Together? is part of the Cultivating Biblical Godliness Series  This was a very helpful discussion.

Ryan McGraw writes numerous articles, review articles, and book reviews for a variety of journals and magazines. These include topics related to systematic theology, the Trinity, historical theology, preaching, and practical theology. He has also done some translation work from 17th century Latin Reformed literature. A representative list of these is available from the author’s Linkedin profile. Many of the author’s reviews are republished at katekomen.gpts.edu.

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Faith and Practice #14

150x150-PipaIn this fourteenth edition of the “Faith and Practice” segment Dr. Joseph Pipa sits down and interacts with questions from our listeners. This is a new monthly feature of the podcast and you can get more information about this feature here.

In this edition we dealt with the following topics:

Divine impassibility, marriage and divorce, the church and culture, the marrow of modern divinity, excommunication, the doctrine of Scripture.

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