Broadcasts to Date

Broadcasts to Date:
Revised April 22, 2016

#1 – 25 years of God’s Goodness
Dr. Pipa was my guest as we discussed the previous twenty-five years of the seminary.  This year is the 25th anniversary of the school and we had a good discussion, looking back over the past years and, briefly, looking forward to the future.

 

#2 – The Decision to Attend Seminary
For many, the decision to follow a call to the gospel ministry is frightening.  The decision to pack the family and move to a different and, usually, unknown city, can be a daunting task.  Sit in and listen to this round table discussion with two first year seminary students of Greenville Seminary.  This was a good, enjoyable, and, at times, entertaining discussion.

 

#3 – The Demise of the PCUS and the Formation of the PCA
My guest was Rev. Paul G. Settle.  We discussed some of the events that led to the forming of the Presbyterian Church in America.

 

#4 – The Old Testament and Princeton Seminary
Dr. Benjamin Shaw, Old Testament professor at Greenville Seminary, was my guest as we discussed his spring theology conference paper relating to aspects of the Old Testament and Old Princeton.

 

#5 – The Hodge-Thornwell Exhange
Dr. Nick Wilborn, professor of church history at Greenville Seminary, was my guest as we discussed the debates between the Northern Presbyterian, Charles Hodge and the Southern Presbyterian, James Henley Thornwell.

 

#6 – I Have a Dream: The Future of Greenville Seminary
Dr. Joseph Pipa was my guest as we discussed his dream for the future of Greenville Seminary as well as some practical elements for the church of Jesus Christ.  This discussion followed his 20-minute speech given at the 25th anniversary dinner on Monday, March 12th.

 

#7 – Metanoia Prison Ministries
Mark Casson, Director at Metanoia, was my guest as we discussed this particular ministry specifically and prison ministry generally.  This was a good conversation about an often overlooked ministry in the church that more people need to focus on.

 

#8 – Prison Ministries and the Local Church
Rev. Daniel Jarstfer was my guest as we discussed more about prison ministry, especially as it pertains to the local church.

 

#9 – Church Planting
Nick Batzig was our guest as we discussed the various and challenging aspects of church planting.  This was a very informative and interesting discussion on the topic Nick is also a panel member of the Reformed Forum.

 

#10 – The Experience of a Divinity Education
Fourth year students Jim Stevenson and Steve Walton were our guests as we discussed their four years of seminary education.  Topics of discussion were related to the call to the ministry, education, life in seminary as it relates to family and church as well as other related topics.

 

#12 – Samuel Miller and Old Princeton
Pastor Andy Webb was our guest as we discussed the life and work of Samuel Miller, especially as it relates to Old Princeton Seminary.

 

#13 – The Creation Issue and the PCA
Rev. Wes White was our guest as we discussed the topic of creation as well as the trend in Reformed circles towards the bio-logos position.

 

#14 – The Solid Ground and the Word of God
Gabe Fluhrer was our guest as we discussed a book he edited titledSolid 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.

 

#15 – 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.

 

#16 – 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.

 

#17 – 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).

 

#18 – Day One Publications 
Colin Jones, chairman of the board for Day One Publications, was our guest this week as we talked about the work and ministry of this publication house.  Take a look at what they have to offer at their website at http://www.dayone.co.uk/

 

#19 – SermonAudio.com
In this edition of Confessing Our Hope we interviewed Stephen Lee, founder and owner of SermonAudio.com, a widely popular website that houses a plethora of sermons, lectures and videos to listen to.  If you ever wondered how SermonAudio.com got its start and what the plans are for the future you will want to listen to this broadcast.

 

#20 – Galatians and the Lectio Continua Commentary Series
Dr. J.V. Fesko was our guest as we discussed his latest work in the book of Galatians in the Lectio Continua Commentary Series.

Dr. Fesko is a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He was ordained as a church planter in 1998 and was installed as a pastor in 2003, thus serving in pastoral ministry for over ten years. He has also taught systematic theology for Reformed Theological Seminary for over eight years as a part-time professor. He has served on two committees appointed by the General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. His present research interests include the integration of biblical and systematic theology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Reformed theology.

 

#21 – Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons
Thabiti Anyabwile was our guest as we discussed his book Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons.  This was a very informative and practical discussion on the topic.

 

About the Author: Thabiti M. Anyabwile is senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Grand Cayman Islands. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. A former high school basketball coach and bookstore owner, Anyabwile is a contributing writer to 9Marks. He and his wife, Kristie, have two daughters.

#22 – When a Pastor Leaves His Church
What happens to a pastor when he believes that God is calling him to leave one congregation to pastor another congregation? What are some of the pitfalls and problems associated with it?  Are there any fundamental processes that a pastor can use to help him determine if this is the will of God?  In this broadcast we examine these questions, and many more, with a man who labored over this exact issue.  Our guest is Rev. Ryan McGraw.

Rev. McGraw is a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (M.Div, Th. M) and was the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Conway SC for seven years.  He is now transitioning to an Orthodox Presbyterian congregation in Sunnyvale, California.  He is married with three covenant children.

 

#23 – Letters From the Front
Barry Waugh was our guest as we discussed the book he edited titled Letters from the Front: J. Gresham Machen’s Correspondence from World War 1  This was a very informative discussion on the life of J. Gresham Machen.

Publisher’s Description: Never before published, here is a glimpse into the formative years of a great campaigner for the faith … and a stirring example of how the faith of a seminary professor was refined and strengthened through the trials of war.

Barry Waugh adds commentary and footnotes to provide essential guidance for fully understanding Machen’s service and ministry.

 

#24 – Did God Really Say?
Dr. David Garner was our guest as we discussed a book he edited titled Did God Really Say?: Affirming the Truthfulness and Trustworthiness of Scripture.  David B. Garner has his Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary and  is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. Publisher’s Description: “Did God really say?” is a fundamental theological question. If God has not spoken clearly, truly, trustworthily, and in human words, then anything goes:

believe what you will, act as you wish—no one can fault you. The church’s historical belief in the truthfulness and trustworthiness of Scripture as God’s written Word is being assaulted from without and from within. In this book, seven scholars from Covenant Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary confront and repel many of these attacks. Reasoning clearly, cogently, and carefully, they show that the historical doctrine of Scripture is what Scripture teaches about itself, and that this teaching can meet and defeat the ungodly intellectual schemes brought against it.

 

 #25 – We Become What We Worship
This week we sit down and talk with Dr. G.K. Beale about his book titledWe Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry.  This was a very helpful and insightful discussion.

Publisher’s Description: The heart of the biblical understanding of idolatry, argues Gregory Beale, is that we take on the characteristics of what we worship. employing Isaiah 6 as his interpretive lens, Beale demonstrates that this understanding of idolatry permeates the whole canon, from Genesis to Revelation. Beale concludes with an application of the biblical notion of idolatry to the challenges of contemporary life.

About the Author: G. K. Beale (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. His books include The Book of Revelation (New International Greek Testament Commentary), 1-2 Thessalonians (The IVP New Testament Commentary Series), The Right Doctrine from the Wrong Texts?: Essays on the Use of the Old Testament in the New, John’s Use of the Old Testament in Revelation and The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God. He is also a contributor to the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology.

 

#26 – Parenting By God’s Promises
This week our guest was Dr. Joel Beeke, president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary as we discussed his book Parenting By God’s Promises.

Description: Parents are unable to give their children what they need most—new hearts that trust in Christ for forgiveness of sins. All belief is a work of God alone. But parents must not “hinder” their children from coming to Christ, as Jesus’ disciples sought to hinder mothers and fathers from bringing small children to Him (Mark 10:13–16). On the contrary, they must do everything in their power to “bring” their children to the Savior, which means raising their sons and daughters in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4).

In Parenting by God’s Promises: How to Raise Children in the Covenant of Grace, Dr. Joel R. Beeke explores what this nurture and admonition looks like and offers gems of practical wisdom for parents on topics such as instituting and leading family worship, teaching children, modeling faithful Christian living, and exercising discipline. However, he carefully puts parental responsibilities in their proper perspective and guides mothers and fathers to lean not on their own abilities but to trust more fully in the God who knits children together in the first place. Above all, he affirms, parents must look to the one true God, who promises to provide everything His people need and to bless them and their families.

Author  Joel R. Beeke (Ph.D. Westminster Theological Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of The Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth.

 

#27 – The Timeless Nature of the Bible’s Social Mandates
Dr. Joseph Pipa was our guest as we discussed social issues such as homosexuality, women’s ordination, head coverings and other  such issues in light of properly understood biblical hermeneutics.  This was a very informative and practical discussion.

Dr. Pipa is the president of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Education: B.A., Belhaven College, 1968; M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary, 1971; Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, 1985.

Positions: Pastor, Tchula Presbyterian Church, Tchula, MS, 1970-1977; Staff, Great Commission Publications, 1977-1979; Guest Lecturer, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1978-1979; Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX, 1979-1990; Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Advanced Studies, Westminster Theological Seminary, Escondido, CA, 1990-1997; Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA), Escondido, CA, 1991-1997.

#28 – The Election: Observations and Exhortations for God’s People
Dr. Joseph Pipa, president of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary was our guest as we discussed the recent general election that was held in the United States.  This discussion centered on the spiritual and cultural shift of our nation, a failure of the mega-church model, a need for reformation in the church and some practical and helpful exhortations from God’s Word.  You will not want to miss this discussion.

#29 – Warfield on the Christian Life
Dr. Fred G. Zaspel was our guest as we took a brief but informative look at his book on the Christian life through the eyes of B.B. Warfield.

#30 – Experiences of a New Minister
Rev. Seth Starkey, assistant pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, PCA in Greenville, SC was our guest as we discussed his personal experiences as a new minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

#31 – A Puritan Theology
Dr. Joel Beeke was our guest as we discussed what he has called his Magnum opus: A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life.

 

#32 – Questions to Ask When Candidating

This discussion centered around issues and questions that candidates for pastoral positions ought to consider when interviewed by a pastoral search committee or session.  Dr. Robert Cathcart, the pastor of Friendship Presbyterian Church (PCA) was our guest.

A full list of questions that were written by our guest is available here

 

#33 – Paedocommunion
Dr. Joseph Pipa, president of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary was our guest as we discussed the topic of paedocommunion.  This discussion is a result of two articles that were posted on the ByFaith Online website on the topic.  You can access those articles here:

Historic Practice is Invisible in the Bible (Dr. Robert Rayburn)

Paedocommunion: Wrong View of Membership and Sacrament (Dr. Joseph Pipa)

 

#34 – By Good and Necessary Consequence
Rev. Ryan McGraw was our guest as we discussed his book “By Good and Necessary Consequence“.

Pastor Ryan M. McGraw was installed as pastor of First Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Sunnyvale, on November 9, 2012. Pastor McGraw is a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (GPTS. MDiv and ThM). He is the author of The Day of Worship: Reassessing the Christian Life in Light of the Sabbath; By Good and Necessary Consequence; and Christ’s Glory, Your Good: Redemption Planned, Promised, Accomplished, and Applied. Pastor McGraw has contributed numerous articles and book reviews to publications such as Puritan Reformed Journal, The Confessional Presbyterian, Westminster Theological Journal, Banner of Truth, Calvin Theological Journal, Katekomen» (GPTS’s online journal), and the Website, meetthepuritans.com». He is currently pursuing Ph.D. studies at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa) with respect to John Owen’s practical Trinitarian theology in relation to public worship. He is married to Krista, and they have three sons: Owen, Calvin, and Jonathan.

 

#35 – Reflections of Seminary Life
On this broadcast we welcome two students who will be graduating from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary after four years of study.  Mr. Joshua Sparkman and Mr. Mike Myers are our guests as we discussed life as seminary students and reflected back over the time spent here at GPTS.  This was a very helpful, edifying and challenging discussion from two men who have lived the grueling,  yet edifying life as seminarians.   Listen in as they share their heart and perspective of the last four years.

 

#36 – Faith and Practice #1
In this inaugural 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.

 

#37 – 41st PCA General Assembly
Dr. Ben Shaw sits down with us and discusses the events and issues of the 41st PCA General Assembly.

Education: B.U.S. University of New Mexico, 1977; M.Div. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 1980; Th.M. Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Bob Jones University.

Positions: Instructor in Old Testament and Ethics, Wofford College, 1989-1990; Librarian and Director of the Press, gpts, 1991-93; Dean of Students and Registrar, 1993-1999; Academic Dean 1999-present.

Author: Studies in Church Music (GPTS Press, 1993); The Prayer of Jabez,”Christianity and Society (April 2002); The Genealogies of Genesis 5 and 11 and Their Signifcance for Chronology (2005, Ph.D. dissertation).

Contributor: TableTalk magazine, Did God Create in Six Days?

Website: http://gptsrabbi.blogspot.com/

#38 – Faith and Practice #2
In this second 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.

#39 – A Philosophy of Missions
In this broadcast we sit down with Dr. Tony Curto, associate professor of practical theology in missions and apologetics to discuss a “philosophy of missions“.  This was an interesting and informative discussion.

Dr. Curto:

Education: B.A., Southern California College, 1978; M.A., Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, 1980: M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary, California, 1983; D.Min., Westminster Theological Seminary, California, 1996; OPC Committee on Ecumenity and Inter-Church relations, Class of 2010.

Positions: Pastor, Plymouth Congregational Church, Newport Beach,Ca, 1980-1988; Pastor, Covenant Community Church (OPC), 1988-1994; Regional Home Missionary, Presbytery of Southern California (OPC), 1994-1995; Missionary Evangelist in Uganda, East Africa, The Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 1995-2004; Missionary Evangelist in Ethiopia, 2002-present.

Author: Preaching in the Marketplace (1996, D.Min. project).

Contributor: New Horizons. Contributing Editor: Antithesis Magazine; The Dawning Light, A History of the Scottish Presbyterian Church, Antithesis, 1989.

#40 – Christ’s Glory, Your Good
Ryan McGraw was our guest as we discussed his book Christ’s Glory, Your Good: Salvation Planned, Promised, Accomplished and Applied.  This was a very helpful, encouraging and edifying interview that you will not want to miss.

From the publishers website:

The gospel of Jesus Christ is intimately bound up with the glory of Christ Himself. Moreover, all of the major themes of Christian theology are vitally informed by the person and work of our glorious Lord. Aware of these connections, Ryan McGraw gives us a big-picture view of the gospel that begins with the eternal plan of salvation, moves through the covenants of works and of grace, traces every stage of Christ’s incarnation and work, and concludes with His reign in the church. Throughout the book, careful attention is given to the importance of the Trinitarian nature of God and the believer’s union with Christ. Here is a call to faith in and fellowship with Jesus, demonstrating how the glory of Christ is truly the best news anyone can embrace.

Author  Ryan M. McGraw is the pastor of First Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Sunnyvale, California. He is married to Krista, and they have three sons. He is the author of The Day of Worship: Reassessing the Christian Life in Light of the SabbathBy Good and Necessary Consequence, and numerous articles and book reviews.  Ryan is a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Taylors SC.

 

#41 – OPC General Assembly Report
On this broadcast we sat down with Rev. Jonathan Holst to discuss the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, her most recent General Assembly and other related items.

Pastor Holst is the pastor of Westminster Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Hamden CT and a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

 

#42 – A Neglected Grace
Our guest this week was Rev. Jason Helopoulos, as we discussed his book A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home.  This was an outstanding and edifying conversation on a subject of great importance.

Publisher’s Description

Whether your home includes a single mother with her children, three generations of a family, the immediate family and Uncle Bob, who is living in the spare room, or the traditional mother, father, and 2.5 kids, it is our joyful responsibility to lead our home in worshiping the Lord. In the history of the church, family worship has been one of the Christian family’s strongest characteristics. In the last century, however, this great tradition of the faith is vanishing.

In A Neglected Grace Pastor Jason Helopoulos graciously calls church leaders and individual members to reclaim the practice of family worship as a glorious expression of our Christian faith. This indispensable means of grace directs our families to seek and enjoy the love and beauty of Christ daily.

Includes a Foreword by Kevin DeYoung

About the Author

Jason Helopoulos is assistant pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, and a guest blogger at The Gospel Coalition. He and his wife, Leah, are parents of two young children, Gracen and Ethan.

 

#43 – Love Into Light
On this broadcast we sat down with Rev. Peter Hubbard as we discussed his book Love Into Light: The Gospel, The Homosexual and the Church.

From Amazon:

Homosexuality is one of most controversial moral issues of our day. Headlines teem with stories of athletes “coming out,” politicians changing positions and courts handing down same-sex marriage rulings. Sadly the church has often been afraid to talk about homosexuality. Many Christians feel confused and divided between the call to love and the call for truth. And many who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction feel alone and alienated by the church. The time is ripe for God’s people to think and speak about same-sex attraction in a way that is both biblical and beneficial. We must reject our fears and misunderstandings and see ourselves together in need of the grace of Jesus.  Love Into Light is designed to move the church toward that end. Written from the heart of a pastor with a love for people and a sensitivity to our culture, Love Into Light is your next step toward becoming more faithfully and helpfully engaged with people in your families, in your church and in your neighborhood.

About the Author:

Peter Hubbard is Teaching Pastor at North Hills Community Church in Taylors, SC, where he has communicated the truth of the scriptures since the church began in 1992. Peter appreciates the never- ending opportunities to engage with hurting people and to apply the hope of the gospel to the messy places of ourlives. He has earned two masters degrees and is currently completing a doctor of ministry degree in pastoral counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Peter and his wife Karen have been married for twenty-five years and have four children.

 

#44 – Faith and Practice #3
In this third 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.

 

#45 – Engaging With Keller
This week we welcome Dr. William Schweitzer, editor of the book Engaging With Keller: Thinking Through the Theology of an Influential Evangelical.  This is a very important discussion for the church today due to the giant influence of Pastor Tim Keller on a large number of Christians.

Dr. William Schweitzer is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America and serves as the church-planting minister of Gateshead Presbyterian Church (Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales).

 

#46 – The RPCNA and Sexual Orientation
This week we sat down with Howard Huizing and Ken Smith who were on the committee of the RPCNA that discussed and drafted the Contemporary Issues on Sexual Orientation report for the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America.  This was a very important discussion given the impact of this issue on the church today.  In this discussion we discussed the bulk of this report including the all important section regarding “pastoral implications”.

The report can be purchased here: The Gospel and Sexual Orientation

 

#47 – The Angel of the Reformation
This week we interviewed Tom Ertl, president of Zurich Publishing  on this book: Pierre Viret: The Angel of the Reformation.  This was an excellent discussion about a man who is not as well-known as Calvin and Luther (and others).  Yet, Viret was very influential in the life John Calvin.

About the Author

R.A. Sheats resides in Florida. She is currently engaged in the translation of Pierre Viret’s original works from 16th century French into modern English.

Endorsements 

“This new biography of the great French Swiss Reformer Pierre Viret is a groundbreaking venture. Not only has R.A. Sheats given is the first full (and exhaustively illustrated!) biography of Viret in English, but has achieved this feat with impeccable scholarship, making very generous use of the available sources. She has, in the manner of her great predecessor Merle d’Aubigné, entered into the very spirit of our Reformer, an achievement which she has rendered in a most engaging and attractive style.” – Jean-Marc Berthoud, Historian and Theologian, Lausanne

“R.A. has written a superb biography on our Swiss Reformer that is both warmhearted and scholarly. We anticipate a soon translation into French.” – Daniel Bovet, President of l’Association Pierre Viret, Switzerland

[HT: Reformation Heritage Books]

Pierre Viret (1511-1571), the son of a tailor, was born in the town or Orbe, eighteen miles north of Lausanne, Switzerland. Though raised in obscurity, he grew to become a crucial Reformed leader during the infancy of the Protestant Reformation in Frnch Switerzerland. Viret, together with his closest associates John Calvin and William Farel, formed the Swiss Triumvirate, the three leading Reformers in the French-speaking world. Know as theAngel of the Reformation because of extraordinary Christian character and temperament, Viret was a model pastor during his ministry in Lausanne, Geneva, and France. Most of his ministry was served in Lausanne where he developed the Lausanne Academy. That institution would later relocate and become the Genevan Academy. after almost thirty years’ ministry in Lausanne and Geneva, Viret spent his last ten years in fruitful ministry in France as the leader of the French Reformed Church. His theological output was immense, with over forty books to his credit. In his day he was a leading authority on political theory, applied Biblical law, economics, and apologetics.

This publication, undertaken in honor of the five hundredth anniversary of the birth of Pierre Viret, marks the first time of the availability of a full biography of Pierre Viret to the English speaking world. In this biography R.A. Sheats brings to light the fascinating history and life of this important early reformer of the Protestant Reformation. Also contaminating a lengthy chronology of Viret’s life, a detailed listing of his books, and over sixty pages of illustrations and maps, Pierre Viret: the Angel of the Reformation will be an excellent tool for researchers, scholars, and those interested in the Swiss and French Reformation.

 

#48 – ARP General Synod
This week we talked with Jeff Kingswood, moderator of the ARP General Synod, about news and events related to the Associate Reformed Church, particularly items discussed at the 2013 General Synod.   Mr. Kingswood is the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church

 

#49 – Resisting Gossip
This week we talked with Rev. Matthew Mitchell about his book Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue.  This was a very beneficial and practical discussion on a subject that many people struggle with.

Editorial Reviews

With clarity and the precision of a spiritual physician, Matt cuts deep into the cancerous disease that produces words that hurt and defame. Not only will this book help you keep your tongue in check, but it will also be a helpful navigational tool in guiding your speech toward the joyful discipline of using words to help and heal others to the glory of God! Put the principles of this book into practice, and you, your family, friends and colleagues will all be better off! –Dr. Joseph M. Stowell, president of Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MichiganGossip is a spark that starts countless relational fires every day. Matt provides practical, biblical guidance on how believers can reduce this insidious problem by bringing their tongues under the lordship of Christ. –Ken Sande, president of Relational Wisdom 360, Billings, MontanaIn Resisting Gossip experienced pastor Matt Mitchell skillfully tackles one of the most overlooked and destructive sins within the church. Dr. Mitchell s wise, biblical approach carefully defines gossip (no one excluded here!) and gets to the heart of both the causes and cures of this problem. Full of scriptural insight, practical examples and thoughtful questions for group discussion, this one-of-a-kind book aims to do nothing less than transform the way we speak to and about one another. Whether you are a perpetrator of gossip or a victim of gossip (invariably both!), you will surely find tangible help and Christ-centered hope in its pages. –Michael R. Emlet, M.Div., M.D., counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), Glenside, Pennsylvania, author of CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet [HT: Amazon]

About the Author

Pastor of Lanse Evangelical Free Church in Lanse, PA, since 1998, Mitchell received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in Biblical Counseling under the leadership of the faculty of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF).
#50 – Mission to Italy
In this broadcast we sit down and speak with Rev. Michael Cuneo, missionary to Viterbo, Italy.  Mr. Cuneo is a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and has been working in Italy for quite a few years.Mission To Italy is a ministry of Calvary Presbyterian Church (PCA).  Calvary Presbyterian Church is a congregation of thePresbyterian Church in America (PCA). The PCA’s doctrinal standards are the Westminster Confession of Faith and Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Futhermore, the PCA is a member of N.A.P.A.R.C. (North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council).

#51 – RCA Report
In this broadcast we sit down and speak with Rev. Ben Kappers, a Teaching Elder in the Reformed Church in America.  We discuss the current state of the denomination and other related issues and topics.

#52 – Faith and Practice #4
In this fourth 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.

#53 – URC Report
Dr. Cornelis Venema was our guest as we discussed the united Reformed Church, the issues and topics surrounding this denomination.

While studying at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1979-1981, Dr. Venema was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Theology. He served as pastor of the Christian Reformed Church of Ontario, California, for six years before coming to Mid-America.

Dr. Venema serves as President of Mid-America Reformed Seminary in addition to his systematic theology teaching responsibilities. He has served as an elder in his church and preaches on a regular basis. Dr. Venema also speaks and teaches in a variety of church and conference settings.

His special interest lies in Reformation theology, particularly the work of the Reformers John Calvin and Heinrich Bullinger. Dr. Venema’s books, Heinrich Bullinger and the Doctrine of Predestination: Author of “The Other Reformed Tradition”? andAccepted and Renewed in Christ: The “Twofold Grace of God” and the Interpretation of Calvin’s Theology, reflect this interest. He is the author of several other books including But for the Grace of God: An Exposition of the Canons of Dort;What We Believe: An Exposition of the Apostles’ CreedThe Promise of the FutureGetting the Gospel RightChildren at the Lord’s Table?Christ and the FutureThe Promise of the Future Study Guide; and The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ. Dr. Venema is a co-editor and frequent contributor to The Outlook and the Mid-America Journal of Theology.

#54 – Housewife Theologian
Mrs. Aimee Byrd was our guest as we discussed her book Housewife Theologian: How the Gospel Interrupts the Ordinary.  This was a very informative and thought provoking broadcast.

About the Book:

This book is for women—for all women who want to explore beneath the superficial and get to know God, and themselves, better.

While striving to find meaning amid the mundane and ordinary, many women find themselves swallowed up by culture’s expectations, trying to escape the labels that trap and define them. But Aimee Byrd is determined to reclaim terms like housewife, which have divided many women, to unite them instead in their common calling.

What is this calling, and how can women rise above what the world offers? By taking back another term—theologian—and knowing God intimately. Aimee will help you evaluate your Christian life and see your world from a different perspective. (Source: Amazon)

About the Author:

I’ve been married to my husband, Matt, for 16 years. We can often be found at a softball field, baseball field, or volleyball court cheering our three active children on. We are members of Pilgrim Presbyterian church (PCA). I am a women’s Bible study teacher there… ooh, and I’m the crazy librarian who is always stalking down members (and unassuming visitors) with the perfect date, I mean, book for them. I like my coffee strong, my rollerblades fast, and my chocolate dark. I’m a porch sitter and an exceptional barista. And I love to get women talking about theology.

Visit Aimee’s blog: housewifetheologian.com

#55 – Faith and Practice #5
In this fifth 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.

#56 – Calvinism and the Origin of Sin
Dr. James Anderson was our guest as we discussed his upcomingGPTS Spring Theology Conference lecture scheduled for March 12 at 9 AM ET.

Dr. James Anderson is an ordained minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Dr. Anderson came to RTS from Edinburgh, Scotland, and specializes in philosophical theology, religious epistemology, and Christian apologetics. His doctoral thesis at the University of Edinburgh explored the paradoxical nature of certain Christian doctrines and the implications for the rationality of Christian faith. His research and writing has also focused on the presuppositionalism of Cornelius Van Til, particularly his advocacy of the transcendental argument. Dr. Anderson has a longstanding concern to bring the Reformed theological tradition into greater dialogue with contemporary analytic philosophy. Before studying philosophy, Dr. Anderson also earned a Ph.D. in Computer Simulation from the University of Edinburgh. He is a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Prior to joining RTS Charlotte, Dr. Anderson served as an assistant pastor at the historic Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh where he engaged in regular preaching, teaching, and pastoral ministry. He is active now in service at Ballantyne Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. He is married to Catriona and they have three children. (Source: RTS-Charlotte)

Resources:

Website of Dr. Anderson (Analogical Thoughts)
What’s Your Worldview?

#57 – Providence and Middle Knowledge

This week our guest was Dr. Derek Thomas as we discussed his GPTS Theology Conference lecture Providence and Middle Knowledge.

Dr. Thomas became Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church (ARP) on August 11, 2013. He originally joined the staff in 2011, coming from Jackson, MS, where he was Chairman of the Theology Department at Reformed Theological Seminary and Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church. He is from Wales. He is a graduate of the University of Wales (Bc.S), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div), and University of Wales/Lampeter (Ph.D.). He was ordained in the Evangelical Church of Ireland, where he served Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Belfast for 17 years before going to Mississippi. He is the Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at RTS Atlanta and is Editorial Director, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He is also a well published author.

He is married to Rosemary. They have two grown children, one granddaughter, and one grandson.

– See more at: http://www.firstprescolumbia.org/pastoral-staff#sthash.JzITNa8S.dpuf

 

#58 – Providence the Problem of Evil

Dr. Ben Shaw was our guest as we discussed his GPTS Spring Theology 2014 conference lecture: Just A Lot of Noise: Providence and the Problem of Evil.

Dr. Shaw is the Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Education: B.U.S. University of New Mexico, 1977; M.Div. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 1980; Th.M. Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Bob Jones University.

Positions: Instructor in Old Testament and Ethics, Wofford College, 1989-1990; Librarian and Director of the Press, gpts, 1991-93; Dean of Students and Registrar, 1993-1999; Academic Dean 1999-present.

Author: Studies in Church Music (GPTS Press, 1993); The Prayer of Jabez,”Christianity and Society (April 2002); The Genealogies of Genesis 5 and 11 and Their Signifcance for Chronology (2005, Ph.D. dissertation).

Contributor: TableTalk magazine, Did God Create in Six Days?

Website: http://gptsrabbi.blogspot.com/

 

#59 – Seminary Life: An Interview with Two First Year Students

In this edition of the podcast we sat down and talked with two first year students of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Mr. Sam Ketcham and Mr. Michael Spangler.  Mr. Ketchum is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America and Mr. Spangler is a member and ordained deacon in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church

 

#60 – Providence or Fatalism?

In this edition of the podcast we sat down and talked with Dr. Joseph Pipa about his upcoming GPTS Spring Theology conference lecture: Providence or Fatalism?

Dr. Pipa is the president of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Education: B.A., Belhaven College, 1968; M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary, 1971; Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, 1985.

Positions: Pastor, Tchula Presbyterian Church, Tchula, MS, 1970-1977; Staff, Great Commission Publications, 1977-1979; Guest Lecturer, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1978-1979; Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX, 1979-1990; Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Advanced Studies, Westminster Theological Seminary, Escondido, CA, 1990-1997; Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA), Escondido, CA, 1991-1997.

Author:Root & Branch; William Perkins and the Development of Puritan PreachingThe Lord’s DayThe Westminster Confession of Faith Study Book: A Study Guide for ChurchesGalatians: God’s Proclamation of Liberty

Articles (selected): “Operation Rescue and the Bible”; “Adult Education in the Church”; “The Principle of Sabbath Keeping”; “Biblical Reformed Piety”; “Preparing for Your Pastor to Visit”, “Seminary Education”; “What is the PCA?: Some Thoughts for the Presbyterian Church in America”; “The Confessing Church”‘ “Dearest Ashley, Chid of the Covenant”; “Out of Order: A Critique of the Framework Hypothesis”; “The Infinity of God: God’s Incommunicable Attributes”; “The Face of Death.”

ContributorWhatever Happened to the Reformation?Onward Christian SoldiersThe Auburn Avenue Theology, Pros and Cons : Debating the Federal VisionInterpreting and Teaching the Word of Hope: Essays in Honor of Jack Brown Scott on His Seventy-Seventh BirthdayThe Hope Fulfilled: Essays in Honor of O. Palmer RobertsonTableTalk magazine; Sunday School materials for Great Commission Publications.

EditorDid God Create in Six Days?; Written for our Instruction: The Sufficiency of Scripture for All of LifeSanctification: Growing in GraceReformed Spirituality; The Worship of GodConfessing Our Hope: Essays in Honor of Morton Howison Smith on His Eightieth BirthdayThe Covenant: God’s Voluntary Condescension.

 

#61 – Studies in Suthern Presbyterian Theology

Dr. Nick Willborn was our guest as we discussed his upcoming class in Studies of Southern Presbyterian Theology.

For the past 50 years no one has taught more students about the theology of Southern Presbyterians than Dr. Morton H. Smith. This summer the legacy continues in South Carolina under the tutelage of Dr. C. N. Willborn, a student and colleague of Dr. Smith for the past several years. Recognized for his own contributions to American and Southern Presbyterianism, Dr. Willborn will survey the great doctrines of the Christian faith as set forth by the Southern luminaries. The contributions of R.L. Dabney, J.H. Thornwell, J.L. Girardeau, B.M. Palmer and Stuart Robinson will be highlighted along with those of their many students. These men were international Calvinists and continue to offer the church marvelous insight into the truths of God’s Holy Scriptures. Many of these studies will be offered on location in some of American Presbyterianism’s most historic sites, including two days in Columbia and Charleston. Consider this a vacation for those in love with truth.

The dates and times for the course are as follows:

  • Monday, July 28: 1-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 29: 8:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Columbia and ending at John Island Presbyterian on Johns Island.
  • Tuesday evening in Charleston (information available on housing)
  • Wednesday, July 30: all day in some of Charleston’s most historic Presbyterian sites.
  • Thursday, July 31: 9 a.m.-12 noon; 1-4 p.m.
  • Friday, August 1: 9 a.m.-12 noon.

Tuition for the summer theology class is $400.00 (tuition and fees), or $60 to audit. Please register by June 27 for both the Summer Institute and the Summer Theology Course. Enrolled GPTS students taking the summer elective theology course must register by May 16. More details will follow.

 

#62 – Faith and Practice #6

In this sixth 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.

 

#63 – Selected Writings of B.M. Palmer

Dr. Nick Willborn was our guest as we discussed the book he edited,Selected Writings of Benjamin Morgan Palmer.  Dr. Willborn is an adjunct professor of church history 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.

 

#64 – Confessional Concern and Prayer

Pastor Geoff Gleason (Cliffwood Presbyterian Church, Augusta GA) and Pastor Ken Pierce (Trinity Presbyterian Church, Jackson MS) joined us for a candid discussion about an event that is scheduled to be held prior to this year’s 42nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America.  They are two of the four men that are hosting “A Call for an Evening of Confessional Concern and Prayer“.

In this broadcast we “have highlighted four of the more significant issues that will be considered at this GA: The Overtures on the Standing Judicial Commission, The Role of Women in Church Offices, Erroneous Views of Creation, and The Insider Movement.” (HT: Aquila Report).  We also discussed the purpose and goals of this gathering.

#65 – Faith and Practice #7

In this seventh 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.

#66 – Cultivating Biblical Godliness

This week our guest was Dr. Ryan McGraw, pastor of First Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Sunnyvale CA and adjunct professor of systematic theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  The topic of discussion is a new series released by Reformation Heritage Books on the subject of godliness.  Dr. McGraw is one of the contributing editors of this new series.

#67 – Mission Work to Particularization

Pastor Matt Figura was our guest as we discussed the process and work involved when a mission work moves to becomign a particularized church.  This was an excellent discussion. 

#68 – Faith and Practice #8

In this eighth 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.

#69 – The Faith-Shaped Life

Dr. Ian Hamilton was our guest as we discussed his book The Faith Shaped Life.  Ian Hamilton has been the minister of Cambridge Presbyterian Church since 1999. Prior to that he served as minister of Loudoun Church of Scotland, Newmilns. He serves on the Board of The Banner of Truth Trust as well as on the Board of Trustees of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

#70 – Faith and Practice #9

In this eighth 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.

#71 – Church Membership

Dr. Ryan McGraw and Rev. Ryan Speck were our guests as we discussed the important topic of church membership.  What is church membership?  Is it biblical?  Why is it so important in the life of the believer and the church?  Perhaps you have had these questions or have heard them from others.  If so, this broadcast will be very helpful to you.

#72 – Confessing the Faith

Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn was our guest as we discussed his bookConfessing the Faith: A Readers Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith

A Canadian by birth, Chad Van Dixhoorn is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv, ThM) and the University of Cambridge (PhD). He has taught theology at the University of Nottingham, and has held three fellowships at the University of Cambridge, where he has researched the history and theology of the Westminster assembly and taught on the subject of Puritanism. A former British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, in 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of his five-volume work on the Westminster assembly, published by Oxford University Press. Van Dixhoorn has lectured at RTS DC since 2008 where he teaches church history and practical theology.

Van Dixhoorn has served as associate minister of Cambridge Presbyterian Church and Grace Presbyterian Church in Vienna, VA, where he preaches weekly. He and his wife Emily have five children. He organizes his free time by coaching little league, losing tennis matches against all comers, and reading NYT bestsellers.


#73 – Faith and Practice #10

In this tenth 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.

#74 – Ruling Elders

Pastor Bill Shisko was our guest as we discussed the all important office of Ruling Elder, specifically the identifying and training of these men for service in Christ’s church.


#75 – Robert Rollock and the Covenant of Works

Pastor Breno Macedo was our guest as we previewed his topic lecture for the upcoming GPTS Spring Theology conference on the Law of God.  The topic was on Robert Rollock and the Covenant of Works. Pastor Macedo is the assistant pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Teresina, Brazil and a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.


#76 – Faith and Practice #11

In this tenth 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.


#77 – Faith and Practice #12

In this tenth 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.


#78 – Skipped / Deleted


#79 – The NT Use of the OT

Dr. Ben Shaw was out guest as we discussed the “New Testament Use of the Old Testament”.  This discussion is based on the Advanced Exegesis class that Dr. Shaw teaches at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Dr. Shaw is the associate professor of Old Testament at Greenville Seminary. He also actively blogs at http://gptsrabbi.blogspot.com/


#80 – Faith and Practice #13

In this tenth 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.


#81 – An Evening of Confessional Concern and Prayer 2015

Pastor Geoff Gleason (Cliffwood Presbyterian Church, Augusta GA) and Pastor Ken Pierce (Trinity Presbyterian Church, Jackson MS) joined us for a candid discussion about an event that is scheduled to be held prior to this year’s 43rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America.


#82 – The Trinitarian Piety of John Own 

From the publisher:
“The Foundation of Communion with God” introduces readers to the Trinitarian piety of John Owen (1616–1683). Ryan McGraw’s introduction to Owen sketches the major events of this important theologian’s life and shows how his circumstances shaped his thought on the themes of the Trinity and public worship. The second part of the book presents forty-one brief selections from Owen’s writings that trace his thoughts on knowing God as triune, on Scripture and worship, on heavenly-mindedness, and on covenant and the church. Appendixes provide readers with a chronological list of Owen’s writings and a guide to them for those who wish to delve deeper into this great theologian’s thoughts.

Dr. McGraw is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and a faculty member at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.


#83 – The Confessional Presbyterian

Dr. Nick Willborn, an adjunct professor at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, sits down and talks about The Confessional Presbyterian journal.

 


#84 – Faith and Practice 14

In 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.


#85 – Preaching and Corporate Prayer

Dr. 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.


#86 – Faith and Practice 15

In 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.


#87 – Biblical Theology

Our guest this week is Dr. L. Michael Morales, professor of biblical studies atGreenville 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.


#88 — Faith and Practice 16

In this sixteenth 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 top

politics and the Christian, matters of conscience, evening worship, and more.


#89 – Faith and Practice 17

In this seventeenth 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

Rahab and the spies, Marks of the true church, Divorce, and more.


#90 – Self-Denial

Dr. 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.


#91 – Faith and Practice 18

In this eighteenth 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

Social Media and the Christian, Women blogging, Women and Theological Studies and more.


#92 – Faith and Practice 19

In 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.


#93 – Confessional Presbyterian – Church History Tour

Dr. 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.


#94 – Cheaper in Dozens

Jim 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.


#95 – Faith and Practice 20

In 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.


#96 – Marriage, Family, and Sexuality

In 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.


#97 – The History of Family Worship

Dr. 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.


#98 – Courtship and DAting

Dr. 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.


#101 – Homosexual Marriage: Right or Wrong?

Dr. 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.

 


#102 – Faith and Practice 21

In 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.


#103 – From the Pen of Pastor Paul

Rev. 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.


#104 – Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord?

Dr. Michael Morales was our guest as we discussed his new book Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord?  A Biblical Theology of the Book of Leviticus

Dr. Morales is the professsor of Biblical Studies at Greenville Presbyerian Theological Seminary.

 


#105 – The Pastor’s Family

 

This 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.


#106 – Faith and Practice 22

In 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.

 


#107 – Faith and Practice 23

In 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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