Graduate Spotlight #1 – Lowell Ivey

GreenLowell_Ivey_Familyville Seminary graduate Mr. Lowell Ivey is our guest as we launch the first “Graduate Spotlight” edition of the podcast. In this edition, we talk with Lowell about the work God has called him to in Virginia Beach, VA.

Lowell is the organizing pastor of Reformation Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, VA.

 

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A Sad Departure

saddepartDavid Randall is our guest as we discuss his book A Sad Departure.

Book Description (from the publisher):

If you care at all about the Christian church you must brace yourself for a roller coaster of emotions as you read A Sad Departure.

The title contains a double entendre. On the one hand, it alludes to the departure from the Church of Scotland of about forty ministers and many members. On the other hand, it refers to the catalyst of these actions – the departure of the Kirk from its moorings in the authority of Scripture by its decisions on ‘the gay question’.

A Sad Departure tells a dark story, almost novelesque in character. A church’s Theological Commission reaches a unanimous conclusion on the teaching on marriage given in its ultimate authority, the Bible. But then its General Assembly acts in a way that ignores, demeans, and rejects that teaching. Thus behind these sad departures lies the prior and much sadder departure of the Kirk from its sacred constitution.
This is a thoughtful, honest and solemnising book written out of a deep personal and pastoral concern for the cause of the gospel.
– From the Foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson

About the Author (from the publisher):

David J. Randall was born in Edinburgh in 1945 and attended Leith Academy Primary School and George Heriot’s Secondary. He graduated in arts and divinity at Edinburgh University and then studied for a Th.M. at Princeton Theological Seminary. After assistantships in Broomhouse and Carrick Knowe, he served as minister of Macduff Parish Church in Aberdeenshire from 1971 to 2010, where he preached through the whole Bible. He has served the wider church in various capacities, including a term as convener of the Church of Scotland’s Apologetics Committee (now ‘Why Believe?’). He is now retired from full-time pastoral ministry and serves as chairman of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity based in Dundee.

David’s publications include Believe It or Not! – answering objections to the Christian faith, and Grace Sufficient (a biography of missionary Elizabeth Mantell of Malawi). He contributed a regular newspaper column, ‘It Makes You Think’ for the Banffshire Journal for 26 years, and more recently has edited Why I Am not an Atheist: Facing the Inadequacies of Unbelief, published in 2013.

David is married to Nan and they have two sons who are pastors, another son who died suddenly in November 2013, one daughter, and six grandchildren. They live near Broughty Ferry, Scotland.

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Presbytopia

presbytopiaKen Golden is our guest as we discuss his book Presbytopia.  Mr. Golden is a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

From the publisher: 

When people visit churches, they come with questions. What do you believe about the Bible? How are you different from the church down the street? Why should I become a member of a Presbyterian Church? These are important questions, and questions that sometimes Presbyterians don’t even know the answer to! Ken Golden considers the distinctives of being a presbyterian, the basis for making a profession of faith and the role of the church as a means of grace.

About the author:

Ken Golden is organizing pastor at Sovereign Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Iowa.

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Faith and Practice #30

Pipa-BowtieIn this 30th 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: Union with Christ, church nurseries, modernization of the Westminster Standards, systematic theology, republication and the OPC study report, Eastern Orthodoxy and more.

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Faith and Practice #29

Pipa-BowtieIn this 29th 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.

NOTE: Due to technical issues the audio is not as good as we would like it to be.

In this edition, we dealt with the following topics: choirs, repentance, leadership in the church, confessional subscription, licensure and ordination exams, racial reconciliation and more.

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The Federal Vision and Historic Christianity

gptsDewey Roberts is our guest as we discuss his book Historic Christianity and the Federal Vision.

From the website:

The purpose of this book is to respond to a new twist on the old problem of legalism and to defend the unchanging gospel. The Federal Vision teaches salvation by both moral works and ceremonial works. It is leading the church back into Catholicism and the views opposed by the Protestant reformers. The author carefully exposes and dismantles the views of the Federal Vision in twenty-two distinct chapters. The false teachings of the Federal Vision on regeneration, grace, baptism, justification by faith, perseverance, election, and several others are elucidated herein.

About the author: 

Dewey Roberts is pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Destin, Florida. He is a retired chaplain in the rank of Colonel. He is Executive Director of Church Planting International. He and his wife, Jane, have two children and four grandchildren.
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Faith and Practice #28

Pipa-BowtieIn this 28th 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.

NOTE: Due to technical issues the audio is not as good as we would like it to be.

In this edition, we dealt with the following topics: vitals of religions, the Lord’s supper, preaching, God’s leading, the Sabbath Day, and more.

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Faith and Practice #27

 

Pipa-BowtieIn this 27th 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: vitals of religion, the correct interpretation of Jude 1:9, excommunication, and more.

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Is The Trinity Practical?

mcgrawDr. Ryan McGraw, professor at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will be on the program to discuss his book Is the Trinity Practical?

From the publisher:trinity-p

The Trinity is an important doctrine, yet many Christians perceive it as difficult to understand and irrelevant to their Christian lives. Author Ryan McGraw explains that the Trinity is the foundation of the gospel, which we must come to understand as the work of all three divine persons—Father, Son, and Spirit. He shows us, in practical application, the ways that we grow in grace and piety as we learn to apply the truths of the Trinity to our daily walk with God.

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The Biblical Languages

ShawdyerGreenville Seminary professors Dr. Ben Shaw (left) and Dr. Sid Dyer (right) were our guests on the program to discuss the importance and value of learning the biblical languages. This program will help students who are entering seminary to prepare for the hard work of learning Hebrew and Greek and offer some practical guidance to those who are currently learning the languages.

Dr. Shaw is professor of Old Testament and Dr. Dyer is professor New Testament at the seminary. For more information about both of these men, see this page.

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Donate to Support the GPTS Mobile App

gptsExpenses to run a seminary vary. In order for Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to offer the Confessing Our Hope podcast through the GPTS Mobile app it takes money. For two years,  the seminary has gladly provided this free service to the listeners of the podcast. This will continue, Lord willing, into the future. However, if you have been blessed by the podcast and enjoy listening to the various media related items made available through the mobile app, please consider donating to help defray the costs associated.

The cost for providing the GPTS Mobile App is $99 a month, (that is only $3.19 a day!). If 20 listeners donate $5 per month it will go a long way to the continued functionality of this service.

If you would like to help support this particular outreach of the seminary, please donate here. When doing so, please indicate “other” and note “GPTS App” before making your payment to ensure your donation is applied to this item.

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Fall Schedule of Faith and Practice

Pipa-BowtieThe Fall schedule of Faith and Practice with Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary president Dr. Joseph Pipa is now available:

September 5, 2016 at 3 PM ET

October 3, 2016 at 3 PM ET

November 7, 2016 at 3 PM ET

December 5, 2016 at 3 PM ET

You can listen live right here on the confessingourhope.com website by clicking the play button on the media player to the right.

Don’t forget to send your questions! If your question is used you will get a $10 discount code to the Banner of Truth store.

A Way Forward for PCA Peace, Health, and Unity

gptsDr. David Hall was interviewed on an article he wrote on one particular decision of the PCA GA.  This article is titled “A Way Forward for PCA Peace, Health, and Unity.”  The full article can be found here. Dr. Hall is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and is the Senior Pastor of Midway PCA in Powder Springs, Ga.

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