The Heart is the Target

heart-bookIn this edition of the podcast, Dr. Murray Capill is our guest as we discuss his book The Heart is the Target. This was an outstanding discussion on the importance of application in preaching.

Publisher’s Description:

God’s Word is powerful, and when preached clearly and applied pertinently it can change lives. Yet preaching does not always have this impact. When it is concerned merely with teaching information, it can leave congregations unmoved, and when it sacrifices substance for relevance, it shortchanges the power of the text.

For preaching to truly change lives, biblical faithfulness and insightful application must work together—a powerful combination.

Murray Capill helps preachers to shape sermons that impact lives with lasting application. He takes preachers through the “living application” preaching process—moving the Word of God, via the life of the preacher, to the lives of the hearers. His model avoids the pitfalls of tacked–on application and enables preachers to aim at the heart from start to finish, and he outlines how they can do so in some specific preaching challenges.

Here are the tools to systematically explore the application potential of any text, in any situation.

About the Author

Murray Capill (DMin, Westminster Seminary, California) has pastored churches in New Zealand and Australia and is principal at the Reformed Theological College in Geelong, Australia, where he lectures in preaching and pastoral ministry.

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Listening LIVE to the Podcast

podcastFrom time to time we broadcast the Confessing Our Hope podcast LIVE.  Usually, the popular “Faith and Practice” editions with Dr. Joseph Pipa are done this way, but we also try to include others. Of course, we always record them so that you can listen at your leisure. A few items regarding the LIVE broadcasts to note:

  1. You can always listen right here on the confessingourhope.com website by clicking the “play” button in the media player at the top right of the homepage.
  2. You can also listen LIVE at mixlr.com/gpts where you can participate in the live chat room with other listeners and also reach the host of the program with follow-up questions.
  3. Live listeners can also tweet follow-up questions to @GPTSPodcast.

Which broadcasts are planned to be LIVE?  Visit this page to find out. http://confessingourhope.com/podcast/live-broadcasts/

Faith and Practice #23

Pipa-BowtieIn this 23rd 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:

GPTS Spring Theology conference questions.

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Faith and Practice Update

podcastMany of you know that each month Dr. Joseph Pipa, president of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, takes questions sent in by the listeners on the “Faith and Practice” segment of the podcast.  What you may not know are the multiple ways in which you can submit questions.  Here is a list:

  1. The easiest way is to use this form.  Fill it out and we will get it.
  2. You can submit questions through Twitter using hashtag #gptsfp aimed @GPTSPodcast.  Of course, you are restricted to 140 characters, but that’s fine.  Short questions are acceptable. 🙂
  3. You can also submit questions directly to the podcast. Use the email address confessingourhope(at)gpts.edu (replace the at with the proper symbol).

It is very easy. Now, the bonus part…

If you send in a question in one of the three ways, and Dr. Pipa answers the question on the air, you will get a $10 off discount code to the Banner of Truth store. What an easy way to get money for books! So, fire up your web browser, Twitter account, or email and fire off those questions.

Thanks for listening to the Confessing Our Hope podcast.

Faith and Practice #22

Pipa-BowtieIn this 22nd 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:

9th commandment issues, Galatians 5:14, Amending the Westminster Standards and the PCA BCO, Woman Counselors and much more.

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The Pastor’s Family

croft-bookThis week our guest is Pastor Bian Croft.  Pastor Croft has written extensively on pastoral ministry and blogs regularly at “practical shepherding.”

Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Brian is the founder of Practical Shepherding, a non-profit organization committed to equipping pastors all over the world in the practical matters of pastoral ministry.

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From the Pen of Pastor Paul

hydeRev. Daniel Hyde was our guest as we discussed his new commentary on the books of 1 and 2 Thessalonians.  Daniel R. Hyde (Th.M., Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary) is the Pastor of Oceanside United Reformed Church in Carlsbad, California. He is author of over a dozen books including Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims and co-author of A Well-Ordered Church (EP Books). He also serves as an adjunct instructor at Mid-America Reformed Seminary and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.

Reviews:

Danny Hyde’s new book on Paul s letters to the Thessalonians strikes a unique balance. It has depth so as to assist the pastor as he prepares to preach but is also accessible to any Christian seeking to understand and apply God’s Word to their daily lives. From the Pen of Pastor Paul will be a great blessing to all who read it! –Dr. Tim Witmer, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA

The Reverend Danny Hyde has given us what should be expected from him: attention to the text of Scripture with attention to the church and world to which the gospel is addressed. This volume offers a welcome addition to books on 1 & 2Thessalonians for its care to be true to Scripture, its regard to lean on exegetical masters, and its devotion to apply the Word of God to a needy and hurting pew. It also stirs up many useful ideas for teaching and preaching these materials. Pastors will especially want this volume on their shelf to assist them in preaching and teaching these two letters of Paul. –Dr. J. Mark Beach, Professor of Ministerial and Doctrinal Studies, Mid-America Reformed Seminary, Dyer, IN

Danny Hyde unpacks the teaching of Paul s letters to the Thessalonians with a keen eye on the text, a sure grip on the witness of the scriptures as a whole, an awareness of the history of interpretation in the church,and above all with a pastoral heart for people. I warmly commend this stimulating exposition. –Dr. Lee Gatiss, Director of the Church Society, Cambridge.

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Faith and Practice #21

Pipa-BowtieIn this 21st 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:

Islam, the Nicene Creed, covenant children, baptism and apostasy and more.

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Homosexual Marriage: Right or Wrong?

batesDr. Gary Bates is our guest as we discuss his upcoming GPTS Spring Theology Conference lecture on the topic “Gay Marriage: Right or Wrong?” Dr. Bates is the CEO of Creation Ministries International.

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.

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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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New Feature

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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