GPTS Mobile App Goes Live

As some of you may have heard by now, the GPTS Mobile app has gone live for Android and iOS.  We are very excited about this app and for partnering with Subsplash Consulting to make this happen.  The app is very much in its infancy and we are working to enhance it with other features that will benefit the end user.  These updates can now be pushed to your phone in real-time, as they happen.

Some of the features of the app:

1.  Ability to listen to the Confessing Our Hope podcast within the app itself.  No need for a 3rd party app/program to handle the audio.  We have it right there for you to enjoy.

2.  Ability to keep up news and other information about the seminary.

3.  Ability to listen to past Theology Conference lectures (covering 2010-2012).

4.  Ability to listen to past chapel sermons.

Some things we have planned:

1.  A video virtual tour of the campus.

2.  The addition of a video section featuring sermons and other material.
Get the app here (or scan the code in the upper left):

Coming Up on the Podcast

On Tuesday, July 10 Michael Brown will be our guest as we talk with him about his latest book Christ and the Condition: The Covenant Theology of Samuel Petto (1624-1711)

Publisher’s Description: Covenant theology is the “warp and woof” of Reformed theology, and its development was most seriously worked out during the seventeenth century. In Christ and the Condition, Michael Brown introduces us to an influential Puritan pastor who, though now largely forgotten, was a significant contributor to the covenantal debates of his day. Brown analyzes the covenantal thought of Samuel Petto and reveals a diversity of thought among the Puritans, especially concerning the Mosaic covenant. Brown’s assessment places Petto in the context of the covenantal debates and also demonstrated the implications of covenantal thought on the doctrine of justification.

160 Pages
Published January 2012

About the Author: Michael Brown is pastor of Christ United Reformed Church in Santee, California. He is co-editor and contributing author of Called to Serve: Essays for Elders and Deacons, and has published articles in several Reformed and Evangelical periodicals.

GPTS Mobile App Release Date

The NEW Mobile App of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will be officially released on Tuesday, July 10th for Android and iOS platforms (including all tablets and pads).  Be sure to stay tuned to this website or our Twitter account for more details, including the official announcement of when the app goes live in the Apple store and at Google Play.

Sneak Peek of the BUILT IN media player (featuring the most recently released Confessing Our Hope podcast)

An Analysis of the 40th PCA General Assembly

Dr. Richard Philips, Senior Minister of Second Presbyterian Church was our guest as we discussed the recent 40th PCA General Assembly.  In this candid discussion we discussed a number of issues that were debated and discussed at this year’s assembly including “intinction”, paedocommunion, and the creation issue.

The Reverend Richard D. Phillips was elected senior minister-elect by the congregation of Second Presbyterian Church, on April 15, 2007. He came to Greenville from First Presbyterian Church of Coral Springs/Margate, FL, where he served as senior minister since 2002. Previously, he served as minister of preaching at historic Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. He and his wife, Sharon, have five children: Hannah, Matthew, Jonathan, Ellie, and Lydia. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BA), the University of Pennsylvania (MBA), and Westminster Theological Seminary (M. Div. with first honors).


Listen Now:

#17 – An Analysis of the 40th PCA General Assembly

Additional Resources: 

Dr. Ben Shaw, professor of Old Testament at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, has written a number of articles covering the 40th PCA GA.  You can find them at his blog here:


Church Planting in Difficult Circumstances

Scott Moore was our guest as we discussed his desire to plant a PCA work in Trinity Gardens, an urban center outside Mobile, Alabama.  On this discussion we discussed a number of matters that impact a work of this nature including safety for his wife and family; elements related to gaining trust from the community; issues related to worship and much more.  This was a very informative discussion.

If you would like to find out more information about this work you can contact Pastor Moore at  Rev. Moore is the assistant pastor of Grace Community Church (PCA).  He desires the prayers of God’s people as he labors in this work as well as financial support.  We would encourage you to listen to this interview and discussion and consider helping this man as you are able.

TOPIC: Church Planting in Difficult Circumstances
GUEST: Rev. Scott Moore


#16 – Church Planting in Difficult Circumstances 


Rev. Scott Moore’s blog:

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Coming Up: PCA General Assembly Discussion

This Thursday, June 28, 2012 we will be sitting down with Dr. Richard Phillips, Senior Minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville SC and Dr. Ben Shaw, Professor of Old Testament at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to discuss the recent actions of the 40th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America.  This promises to be a good and informative discussion with two men who were present at the assembly and are ordained ministers in the PCA.

Some of the issues that we will discuss are: The overture on creation; the issue of “intinction”  as well as other matters.   We expect the discussion to be released some time that evening.

If you have questions relevant to this discussion please email them to confessingourhope [at]

UPDATE:  This interview has been moved to Friday at 1 PM ET.

The Day of Worship

Rev. Ryan McGraw was our guest as we discussed his book The Day of Worship: Reassessing the Christian Life in Light of the Sabbath.

AuthorRyan M. McGraw is pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Conway, South Carolina.

TOPIC: The Day of Worship
GUEST: Rev. Ryan McGraw

#15 – The Day of Worship 

Book Endorsements  

“In the last fifteen years, there has been renewed interest in the nature and purpose of the fourth commandment and what many refer to as the Puritan Sabbath. By God’s grace a conversation has begun that is helping many come to a fuller appreciation for and use of the Lord’s Day. Pastor Ryan McGraw’s voice in the conversation needs to be heard. As he says, ‘I have sought to address what I believe to be the primary underlying issues behind the widespread neglect of the Sabbath day.’ Pastor McGraw’s book is chock-full of biblical insights, freshly applied to the issue of the Christian Sabbath. I have been helped by the book and know that each one who reads it will be as well.” — Joseph A. Pipa Jr., President, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

“Far too many Christians only believe in nine commandments. The command to keep a day of rest on which to worship our triune covenant Lord is deemed as irrelevant or no longer binding. Providing helpful exegesis and theological consideration, Ryan McGraw gives the church important reasons to recover the abiding validity and necessity of the fourth commandment. Far from being legalistic, McGraw’s treatment encourages all Christians to find worship, rest, and a foretaste of heaven to come on each and every Lord’s Day.” — J. V. Fesko, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology Westminster Seminary California

“Ryan McGraw has written a very fresh pastoral teaching on Sabbath observance in his new book, The Day of Worship. He gives us important principles from Scripture for understanding the Christian Sabbath. The book is convincing in its argument that much of what lies behind a dislike of the Sabbath is a tragic love of this world. Practical helps abound for the keeping of the fourth commandment.

“The Day of Worship does not merely rehash other works on the topic that are available today. If you are well-read on the Sabbath you will find here supplemental material to strengthen your own godliness.” — Walter J. Chantry, author of Call the Sabbath a Delight

Additional Resources

Coming Soon!

GPTS Mobile App Sneak Peek

I have included a sneek peek screen shot of the soon-to-be released mobile app for Android and iPhone.  These screen shots are from the perspective of the Android operating system but it will not be much different for the iOS.

I am hopeful that this will be released in about one-week from today.  Stay tuned to this website for more information and updates as I get them.  There are some things remaining to do to finalize things in the production stage but we are getting very close.


Coming Soon: GPTS Mobile App

I have been busy working on a brand new mobile app for Android and iPhone.  This app will be fully integrated in to your mobile device including the iPad and Android powered devices.  Some of the features that will be included in this app are:

  • Access to all the “Confessing Our Hope” podcasts.
  • Access to chapel sermons that are preached throughout the semester.
  • Access to the past three years of the Spring Theology conference lectures.
  • News items related to the seminary and ability to sign up for various conferences, institutes and special lectures that are held at the seminary.
  • Blog related items (i.e. items that are posted on the Confessing Our Hope website)
  • Video of various lectures as well as a virtual video tour of the seminary capturing a “day in the life” of seminary operations.

We hope you will enjoy this new app.  It will be a free download for those who are interested.

The Solid Ground of the Word of God

Gabe Fluhrer was our guest as we discussed a book he edited titled Solid Ground: The Inerrant Word of God in an Errant World.  This was an extremely practical conversation about the sufficiency of Scxripture in the life of the believer.  Gabe is also the pastor of Shiloh OPC in Cary, NC.

To purchase this book you can do so at the Greenville Presbyterian Bookstore.


#14 – The Solid Ground of the Word of God


The Creation Issue and the PCA

Rev. Wes White was our guest as we discussed the issue of creation, especially in light of the current trend toward the bil-logos perspective.  Mr. White regularly blogs over at Johannes Weslianus.  The subject of our discussion was related to an article that Wes put together discussing the The PCA General Assembly’s 10 Declarations on Creation and Evolution

Rev. White is also doing a series of articles looking at the early days of the founding of the PCA and it is well worth the time to review and study.


The Validity of the Sacrament

This is a sermon preached by Ryan McGraw, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Conway SC.  He is also a graduate of Greenville Seminary


This sermon seeks to answer the question of what makes a baptism valid in light of the teaching of Scripture. The primary thrust of the sermon is what it means that ministers of the Word are “stewards of the mysteries of God” and why this is important. Pastor McGraw preached this sermon at the baptism of a former Roman catholic and, in part, it makes a case against the validity of Roman Catholic baptism. A single sermon cannot address every issue that is relevant in this connection and the tone of the message is positive rather than polemical. However, by the blessing of the Spirit, we hope that this resource might be useful to some in thinking through an important and very practical issue that confronts the local church.

Confessing Our Hope Podcast

As many of you have heard by now, Greenville Seminary has a new podcast that can be accessed through RSS (iTunes, Google Reader, etc.).  This is going to be a weekly podcast of the seminary and we have many exciting topics lined up for discussion.

If you are interested in following the podcast simply subscribe to it by plugging in in to your existing RSS reader and you will get all the current broadcasts as well as the new ones as they are released.  This blog will update often as it relates to the podcast itself.  Stay tuned.

Media Arm of Greenville Seminary

We have started a new venture of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary by offering a distinct and separate website as the “media arm” of the seminary.  This site will house all of the Confessing Our Hope podcasts as well as book reviews, articles written by staff, faculty and alumni of the seminary.  While this site is very much in its infancy, we are looking forward to bringing many things to it as a resource for everyone.

Some of the various categories that will be included are:

The Confessing Our Hope podcast
Book Reviews and Notes
Articles (written by current students, faculty, staff, and graduates of the seminary)
Other Media (audio and video, including all sermons and lectures that are also on the Sermon Audio site)

Please note that these items will all be under the individual tabs located at the top of the page.


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