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.

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 


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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!

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.


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.

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