Thursday, July 7, 2016

President Pipa Protests PCA Study Committee on Women in Ministry


Greenville Seminary President Joseph Pipa Jr. lodged a formal protest last month against the decision of the Presbyterian Church in America to appoint a committee to study the role of women in church ministries.

The study committee was approved by the 44th General Assembly of the PCA in Mobile, Ala., against the recommendation of an oversight Committee of Commissioners which reviewed a proposal from the denomination's Cooperative Ministries Committee. The Committee of Commissioners, voting 31-7 against the CMC proposal, argued that the issue had already been thoroughly studied and that the proposal should have come to the Assembly by different means. It also objected to some of the areas the proposal calls on the new committee to study.

The hastily prepared Pipa protest, which was handily received by the Assembly, reads as follows:

We, the undersigned, humbly protest the establishment of a committee to study the issue of woman serving in the ministry of the church based on the following grounds:

  1. The committee having women as well as men [is] contrary to 1 Tim. 2:12-13.
  2. The committee is to reflect the diversity of opinion in the denomination with no apparent respect to Scriptural or Confessional parameters.
  3. It appears, with the suggestion of a pastoral letter, that there is a goal already in mind prior to the study committee being formed.
  4. Hebrews 6:1-2 states that the laying on of hands (ordination) has been established and further study hinders the progress of the gospel.

[Join the Unofficial Protest Here]


In an 11th-hour move after Dr. Pipa left the hall shortly before midnight during the closing session, progressives favoring the study lodged a strenuous objection to receiving the protest on grounds that it included "intemperate language." Assembly rules allow protests against its actions as long as the protest does not include intemperate language. The objectors, led by World magazine founder and former G.A. moderator Joel Belz of Asheville, N.C., charged that Dr. Pipa's claim that the study committee was being created "with no apparent respect to Scriptural or Confessional parameters" was intemperate. The Assembly overwhelmingly accepted the objection, while still registering the Pipa protest, the result being that both the protest and the objection to it were accepted by the Assembly.

Conservatives opposing the study committee charged that a paragraph in the study committee proposal calling for a "pastoral letter" to be sent to churches showed that the conclusions of the study committee have been largely predetermined. This was the point raised by the third ground in Dr. Pipa's protest. The study committee proposal calls for:
A Pastoral Letter to be proposed by the ad interim study committee and approved by the General Assembly be sent to all churches, encouraging them to (1) promote the practice of women in ministry, (2) appoint women to serve alongside elders and deacons in the pastoral work of the church, and (3) hire women on church staff in appropriate ministries.
Progressives and other supporters of the study committee argued that the proposal merely calls for a study of Scripture, and that the outcome actually may be that practices now being employed by some PCA churches will be found to be unbiblical, including women serving communion, reading scripture and receiving offerings; the commissioning of deaconesses,; women laying hands on deaconesses during commissioning services, and more. Conservatives cited the required pastoral letter as evidence that unbiblical practices were peremptorily being advocated through the adopted recommendation. They claimed that scripture and past decisions of the General Assembly already prohibit some of the practices being proposed for inclusion in the pastoral letter.

Hebrews 6:1-2, cited by Dr. Pipa, says: "Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment."

On his personal web site, Dr. Pipa said following the action, "Because of time constraints the grounds are not spelled out as fully as they ought to be. One grounds I omitted in my haste is that the committee is to study ordination in the context of the role of women. I will be writing later on the grounds, as well as an exegetical discussion of the role of women and ordination."

The Cooperative Ministries Committee recommended and the Assembly agreed, on a vote of 767-375, that:
The Assembly form a study committee on the issue of women serving in the ministry of the church. The Assembly authorizes the Moderator to appoint the study committee. The study committee should be made up of competent men and women representing the diversity of opinions within the PCA [citations omitted here] 
The committee should give particular attention to the issues of:
(1)   The biblical basis, theology, history, nature, and authority of ordination;
(2)   The biblical nature and function of the office of deacon;
(3)   Clarification on the ordination or commissioning of deacons/deaconesses;
(4)   Should the findings of the study committee warrant BCO [Book of Church Order] changes, the study committee will propose such changes for the General Assembly to consider. 
The committee will have a budget of $15,000 that is funded by designated donations to the AC from churches and individuals. 
A Pastoral Letter to be proposed by the ad interim study committee and approved by the General Assembly be sent to all churches, encouraging them to (1) promote the practice of women in ministry, (2) appoint women to serve alongside elders and deacons in the pastoral work of the church, and (3) hire women on church staff in appropriate ministries.
The Committee of Commissioners which recommended against the adoption of the Cooperative Ministries Committee's proposal, gave as grounds for its rejection: "The Cooperative Ministries Committee may not make recommendations directly to the General Assembly but must do so through an appropriate committee or agency [assembly rules cited here]. The CMC has had a subcommittee on the role of women and has sent several recommendations to the AC [Administrative Committee] (including a proposal for a study committee on the issue women serving in the church) and CDM [Committee on Discipleship Ministries] to bring to the Assembly.

"The action of the PCA 37th GA [2009] is clear on this subject: 'Unlike most issues for which past general assemblies have erected study committees, the question of the role of women in the church is not a new or unstudied issue. As such, the proposed study committee is unlikely to break new ground or shed new insights.'

"Further, the decisions of the 36th and 37th General Assemblies, 'That presbyteries are reminded that appropriate ways to bring these issues before the Assembly are through presbytery overtures to amend the BCO, or by way of reference (BCO 41)', remind the Assembly that the preferred method of bringing changes to the BCO and the calling of study committees should be through the Presbyteries.”

Dr. Pipa has invited like-minded PCA members to join him in his protest by registering thoughts in the comment section of this page of his web site or by sending him an e-mail at jpipa@gpts.edu, stating: "I want to register my protest to the establishment of a committee to study the role of women serving in the ministry of the church." You may also join the protest by signing here. Please note that any such action is unofficial and informational only and cannot be formally registered with the Assembly at this point.

Greenville Seminary holds to biblical and confessional restrictions prohibiting women from holding authoritative offices in the church, those of elder (including pastors) and deacons. Therefore, it admits only males into its Divinity-degree programs, since those programs are intended only for men planning to enter into ordained offices in the church.

Women are eligible for admission into the Master of Arts program, which is designed to provide a theological education for persons called to non-ordained service in the church or those simply desiring deeper theological knowledge. The seminary web site and Academic Catalog states:

The Seminary is convinced that the Bible prohibits women from teaching or exercising authority over men in the Church. Therefore, only men will be admitted to the Seminary as candidates in programs which:

  1. prepare the student for the office of teaching elder, namely, the M.Div. or B.D.; or
  2. require ordination to the office of ruling elder (the M.M.R.E.) or deacon (M.M.D.).

On request the Seminary Board has reviewed its long-standing policy of permitting women to pursue a program of study not designed to lead to their ordination by the church. The Board reiterates that the primary purpose of the Seminary is the training of men for the teaching and ruling eldership, which is clearly limited to men. Based on a careful study of the Biblical place of women in the New Testament, particularly passages dealing with their receiving instruction both from our Lord and the apostles, no change in the policy has been found to be required. Thus, the Master of Arts (M.A.) is open to both men and women.

However, to guard against possible abuses of this policy by those who may transfer credits elsewhere, all women students registering for courses for credit shall be required to subscribe to the following statement, which shall become part of the transcript issued by the Seminary: "Recognizing the clear Biblical teaching that a woman is not 'to teach or have authority' in the church, I do promise and affirm that I will not apply credit for course work taken at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in any program that would be used toward ordination, or for ordination, to any office in any church to which I belong. I understand and approve of the fact that this statement will be part of my transcript for any work taken in this Seminary." (SIGNATURE)

It will further be expected that all women students, while not prohibited from engaging in classroom discussion, shall do so in recognition that their function is not to teach other class members, but to pursue knowledge and wisdom for the better carrying out of their Biblical calling. Private discussion with faculty members or others is, of course, always acceptable.

GPTS also has a formal four-year instructional course for wives of pastoral students. The Ladies Fellowship curriculum is designed to prepare wives of future ministers for their role and opportunities in the churches their husbands will serve.

Benjamin & Anna Wontrop
Anna Wontrop, wife of 2016 GPTS graduate Benjamin Wontrop, eye-witnessed the General Assembly's deliberations and posted this comment on her Facebook page afterwards:
One presbyter announced to the floor that ‘our daughters are confused’ and that women up and down the PCA would thank the GA for their decision to study this issue for them. Not this daughter. Not this woman (who, by the way, is in her twenties and of average education). This daughter had a pastor who faithfully and lovingly expounded the word of God to her, and therefore, never felt the need to be worried or frustrated about what she could and couldn't do. And I know I’m not alone in this either. Perhaps some of the women in the PCA are confused about their role in the church, but it is not fair to the rest of the women (and their pastors) in the denomination to make such a sweeping statement. 
Dr. Pipa and Dr. Johnson lead Commencement processional
Among the conservatives troubled by the formation of the study committee was Dr. Terry Johnson, prominent pastor of Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Ga. and the 2016 Commencement speaker at GPTS. In a post-assembly analysis of the G.A. actions, he wrote:
...[W]hat I deemed to be ominous was the approval of a study committee on women's issues that includes, in its scope, a reevaluation of ordination. This is more than disturbing. This threatens the future of the PCA, a denomination born in part in opposition to the ordination of women. The outlook of the progressive wing of the PCA was revealed in debate. One individual said, "The ladies at your church will love you for voting in favor of this." Another said, "I guarantee our women are listening very carefully to what we are saying right now." Are these men assuming that all PCA women disagree with the denomination's position on women's ordination? That women are a monolithic block with uniform opinions and voting patterns? Mind you, this was said by those who present themselves as the champions of women. I blush for the lack of self-awareness. Clearly there is ordained leadership that believes that the PCA must bend with the times, beginning with ordaining of women as deaconesses, based, it seems, on the perception that this is what all women want. 
Another conservative, Pastor Andy Webb from a PCA church in Fayetteville, N.C. has announced he will ask his Session to consider calling a convocation of conservatives to explore, among other options, the possibility of leaving the PCA and forming a new "continuing PCA" denomination.

Dr. Richard Phillips, conservative pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, in Greenville, S.C., and a friend of GPTS, took a cautiously balanced view in the end, saying "Given the way that gender roles have served as a battering ram against the walls of biblical authority in so many Protestant denominations, progressives should not be surprised that conservatives feel threatened by this initiative. Moreover, conservatives were alarmed that this motion originated not from a presbytery but from the denominational headquarters and were distressed when the moderator overruled a procedural objection against the action. Actual events should relieve much of this anxiety, however, as our well-respected moderator appointed a study committee that is amply stocked with complementarian stalwarts."


Further reading:

A Troubling Turn: PCA General Assembly 2016
See this article from Christianity Today.
byFaith magazine on Twitter
byFaith report
Transcript of the Floor Debate, Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV (Part IV includes Pipa statement on the assembly floor)



July Stewardship Report: The Importance of Operating Reserves



Greenville Seminary has just concluded its "GPTS Impact 372" financial campaign, closing out the 2015-16 fiscal year with gifts totaling nearly $220,000 during the two months of the campaign! The seminary administration set an ambitious, but reality-based goal of raising more than $372,000 during the two closing months of the fiscal year. That goal had two components:

  1. $172,300 to meet FY-end budget levels, and
  2. $200,000 to replenish our fully depleted reserve fund.

By God's gracious providence and the commitment of His people, including members of our own Board of Trustees who provided substantial gifts, the first goal was more than fully achieved, as contributions from May 1 through June 30 totaled $219,988. That means that $47,688 could be accounted as contributing to goal No. 2 — reserve fund replacement. However, as the financial charts below show, we ended the fiscal year with a negative net income figure (actual income minus actual expenses) of $9,038, meaning that only $38,650 of the above-budget campaign proceeds could be counted toward restoring the reserve. All future above-budget income, if any, will be used to continue restoration of the reserve in the coming year.

As our monthly financial reports in this e-newsletter indicated during fiscal 2015-16, more than $16,000 was withdrawn each month from a reserve fund made possible by a $200,000 bequest received by the seminary about the time the fiscal year began (see green portion of the bars in the financial report chart below). These reserve funds were critical to our ability to cover budgeted expenses. That reserve was depleted by the end of the fiscal year.

Why are reserves so important to the operation of non-profit institutions?


According to CPA Amy Boland, "Nonprofit reserves are more important now than ever in today’s economy. It is a common misunderstanding that nonprofit organizations should not make a profit.

"In fact, the goal should be to build a solid base for the organization by accumulating unrestricted net asset balances and investing them in the organization’s programs. Accordingly, the greater the unrestricted net asset balance, the greater the organization’s ability to enhance and expand current programs and further promote the organization’s tax-exempt purpose," she said, writing for the Greater Washington Society of CPA's Educational Foundation.

"Operating reserves are the portion of unrestricted net assets designated for use in emergencies. The reserves sustain financial operations in the unanticipated event of significant unbudgeted increases in operating expenses or reductions of operating revenues. ...

"The operating reserves may be the difference that allows the organization to continue when faced with these unexpected situations — such as the economic downturn. Reserves can carry nonprofits through tumultuous periods to times of greater stability when anticipated revenue is received or important decisions are made based on the new circumstances facing the nonprofit."

For an institution such as GPTS, which depends upon voluntary support for more than 70 per cent of its operating income, maintaining a reserve is a matter of responsible stewardship of the investments made by those who so highly value our unique conservatory contribution to the orthodox future of the church.

We, like most non-profits, typically face major cash-flow fluctuations from day to day and month to month in gifts to our ministry, to the point where (only rarely) we have been unable to meet payroll and other outstanding obligations in a timely manner. Faithful monthly or other automatic regular giving goes a long way toward alleviating fluctuations, but a healthy reserve fund is critical in this regard.

Some organizations meet operating fund deficits by temporarily tapping or "borrowing" funds given by donors for restricted or earmarked programs or projects. Generally accepted accounting practices warn against this approach. As Amy Boland puts it, "Using the funds in this way can be very serious for an organization since the funds are restricted for a different purpose. This situation will affect cash flow because ultimately these 'borrowed' funds will have to be paid back to the restricted net asset accounts, or the organization will run the risk of defaulting on donor wishes."

GPTS desires to honor the intentions of donors who give to restricted programs, and therefore we seek to avoid this approach, as well as tapping lines of credit offered by banking institutions.

As we begin our new fiscal year, with a new academic year looming at the end of this summer, we renew our appeal for help in realizing the rest of our GPTS Impact 372 campaign goal. You may make your gift by tapping the online giving links below or mailing your check to PO Box 690, Taylors SC 29687.


HERE'S YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO ADD YOUR IMMEDIATE SUPPORT FOR GPTS IMPACT: GO HERE





Financial Report

FY16 Wrapup

The tables below indicate our general operating fund financial situation as of the end of June 2016 and the 2015-16 fiscal year. Unrestricted general fund donations from churches and individuals during June totaled $133,379, which was $65,421 above the $67,958 budgeted for such income. Total income for June was $172,069, including $16,667 from a reserve stemming from an unbudgeted bequest. Expenses of $106,758 were $90 above the $106,668 budgeted for expenses.

Income from unrestricted contributions during all of FY2016 was $805,852, down from $1,038,649 in the previous fiscal year, which included a $200,000 bequest and two last-minute gifts of $100,000 each. Without these three extraordinary gifts, ordinary non-earmarked giving in FY2015 would have been $638,649. Total FY2016 income of $1,229,928 compares with FY2015 total income of $1,314,379. Expenses for FY2016 totaled $1,238,965, compared to $1,087,640 the previous fiscal year.

FY17 Budget Preview

Our preliminary budget (still subject to revision) for the 2016-17 Fiscal Year contemplates income of $1,147,200 and expenses of $1,207,929. The income side of the ledger calls for $810,000 in unrestricted general-fund donations and $882,500 total donations for all purposes, both general and earmarked. Thus anticipated contributions make up 77 per cent of budgeted revenue. By contrast, according to both the National Center for Charitable Statistics and the National Philanthropic Trust, gifts and grants typically provide about 21 per cent of non-profit organizations' revenue stream.


GENERAL OPERATING FUND – JUNE 2016
Donation Income (Unrestricted)
$133,379
Other Income*
$38,692
Total Income
$172,069
Expenses
$106,758
Net Income
$65,311

GENERAL OPERATING FUND – FISCAL YEAR 2015-16
Donation Income (Unrestricted)
$805,852
Other Income*
$424,076
Total
$1,229,928
Expenses
$1,238,965
Net Income
($9,038)

*Includes a $16,667 monthly draft from a 2015 bequest reserve (see graph below).



 CAPITAL FUND
 Capital Campaign Goal
$3,500,000 
 Received
$3,465,927 
 Long-term Pledges Outstanding
$237,235 
 Total Received and Pledged
$3,703,162 
 Outstanding Obligations
$0 
 Monthly Payment (Interest Only)
$2,263 
 Remaining Mortgage
$570,817 


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Remember, gifts to GPTS are tax-deductible and may include cash, securities, property or a variety of planned giving instruments. (The tax deduction is reduced by the fair market value of any premium received in return for a donation.) See here for information about planning your last will and testament with the Kingdom of God in mind.

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A Summer of Enrichment:Three Study Opportunities at GPTS



Still Time to Register for Summer Institute on Pastoral Ministry



The 2016 Greenville Seminary Summer Institute will focus on an important chapter in the history of pastoral care. The years 1643-1653 mark the one decade of English Puritanism where godly divines could serve as architects for the remodeling of a national church. Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn will narrate the Westminster Assembly’s debates and discussions about preaching, pastoral care, and church governance. The class will examine the ideals and realities of the Puritan experiment and consider how lessons from the past can impact our ministries today.

Register now for Greenville Seminary's 2016 Summer Institute, a week-long seminar for pastors and Christian laymen that will delve into the unique topic, "Ambassador, Physician, Shepherd: The Westminster Assembly and Pastoral Ministry." The study will be held on the GPTS campus Aug. 1-5. The schedule is as follows:
  • Monday, August 1: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday–Thursday, August  2–4: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 5: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pastors who take the course are eligible for continuing education credits. Others may receive credits for an M.Div. degree. Tuition for the institute is $225. Take $25 off additional registrations should anyone from your church attend with you. Designated GPTS presbytery representatives may receive a $50 discount. To become a presbytery rep, contact Garry Moes. Lunch will be offered to any presbytery reps attending the Institute on a day to be announced.

Register and pay individual tuition online here. For Group Rate registrations, call Brenda Benson at (864) 322-2717 ext. 318.




Make a vacation out of this trip to South Carolina by tying this institute in with the seminary's course on Southern Presbyterian Theology, Aug. 8-12, which includes exciting excursions to historical sites in beautiful Charleston and Columbia. More info


Also on tap in the GPTS Summer Program is Dr. Ryan McGraw's course on Reformed Scholasticism. This course will be offered Aug. 16-19 on the GPTS campus. More info




Dr. Van Dixhoorn, a Canadian-born theologian and historian, is editor of the five-volume "The Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly: 1643-1652," published by Oxford University Press in 2012.

He is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.) and the University of Cambridge (Ph.D,). He has taught theology at the University of Nottingham and has held three fellowships at Cambridge, where he researched the history and theology of the Westminster Assembly and taught on the subject of Puritanism.

Dr. Van Dixhoorn has lectured since 2008 at Reformed Theological Seminary - Washington, where he teaches church history and practical theology. He has served as Associate Professor of Church History at RTS-Washington since 2013 and as Chancellor's Professor of Historical Theology since 2015. He has previously lectured at Greenville Seminary.

He served as pastor at Cambridge Presbyterian Church (UK) and then at Grace Presbyterian Church in Vienna, Va. for nine years.



Select Program
 

Trinitarian Doxology: A Paper by Dr. Ryan McGraw

Dr. Ryan McGraw, GPTS's recognized expert on the Puritan theologian John Owen, has published a paper entitled "Trinitarian Doxology: Reassessing John Owen's Contribution to Reformed Orthodox Trinitarian Theology."

The paper was published in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, the journal of the Church History Society of South Africa, late last year. It was first published in the Westminster Theological Journal.

Dr. McGraw is professor of systematic theology at Greenville Seminary and a research associate at University of the Free State in South Africa. His lecture on Owen at the 2016 GPTS Spring Theology Conference has been configured as an article in an upcoming issue of Reformation Today. The article is entitled "John Owen’s Trinitarian Legacy: A 400th Anniversary Appreciation."





ABSTRACT
John Owen
Reformed orthodox theologian Gisbertus Voetius (1589-1676) referred to the doctrine of the Trinity as ‘the foundation of fundamentals’. Richard Muller notes that if any dogma comes close to achieving such status, it is the doctrine of the Trinity. It is thus surprising that most modern treatments of trinitarian theology assume that sixteenth and seventeenth century Reformed orthodoxy had virtually nothing to contribute to this vital doctrine. The recent Cambridge Companion to the Trinity and the Oxford Handbook of the Trinity both reflect this assumption. This article addresses how Reformed authors tried to harmonise the historical doctrine of the Trinity with their principle of sola scriptura. It does not treat positive developments or applications of the doctrine. The void left in the secondary literature has not adequately probed the bold claims of Voetius or the scholarly reflections of Muller. John Owen (1616-1683) is a growing exception to this trend. Both historians and theologians are starting to recognise his significance as a theologian in general and a trinitarian theologian in particular, but they often stop short of observing how he intertwined his trinitarian theology and piety throughout his writings. This article will reassess Owen’s contribution to Reformed trinitarian theology in two major segments. The first does so by critiquing two recent treatments of his work. The remaining material explores the theological foundations of Owen’s trinitarian doxology followed by the theological and practical conclusions that he drew from his theology in relation to Scripture, spiritual affections, covenant theology, and ecclesiology. Owen illustrates that one of the primary contributions of Reformed orthodoxy to trinitarian theology lies in its integration into Reformed soteriology and piety. This article reassesses Owen’s contribution to trinitarian theology and provides clues for scholars to trace the significance of the Reformed contribution to trinitarian theology in other authors within that tradition.


30th Anniversary Year Upcoming with August Convocation


Greenville Seminary will be entering our 30th anniversary year with the start of the 2016-17 academic year on Aug. 18th. Here are key academic dates for the coming year.

2016-17 Academic Calendar



2016-2017
Fall 2016 Semester

Registration/Orientation
Aug 18-19
Convocation
Aug 19
Fall 1st Day of Classes
Aug 24
Last Day to Add
Sept 2
Last Day to Drop
Sept 9
Fall Break
Oct 10–14
Winter Registration
Nov 2
Thanksgiving
Nov 23-25
Term Papers Due
Dec 2
Spring Registration
Dec 2
Reading Days
Dec 5-9
Examinations
Dec 12-16
Winter 2017 Term

Winter Classes
Jan 2-13
Winter Reading/Exams
Jan 16-20
Spring 2017 Semester

Spring 1st Day of Classes (p.m.)
Jan 24
Last Day to Add
Feb 3
Last Day to Drop
Feb 10
Spring Theology Conference
Mar 14-16
Spring Break
Mar 20-24
Term Papers Due
May 5
Reading Days
May 8-12
Examination Period
May 15-19
Fall Semester Reg. Due
May 5
Commencement
May 19

Podcast News


Among the new broadcasts recently released on Greenville Seminary's web broadcast channel Confessing our Hope is an interview with Geoff Gleason, pastor of Cliffwood Presbyterian Church (PCA). The topic was the annual Evening of Confessional Concern and Prayer that was held before the PCA General Assembly in June.

Listen here.

GPTS President Joseph Pipa Jr. returned to the microphone for the 25th edition of the podcast's popular question-and-answer program "Faith and Practice." In this edition, Dr. Pipa answered questions related to the prayer meetings and women praying, head coverings and veils, praying to the Father and prayer in general, "name it and claim it" theology and Mark 11:24, the WCF and Psalms in corporate worship and more.

Listen to this broadcast here.

Dr. Nick Willborn was our guest as we discussed the upcoming Southern Presbyterian Theology class held at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary August 8-12. The course is another opportunity for pastors to gain continuing education credits. The program also includes a fascinating tour of historic Presbyterian sites in beautiful Charleston and Columbia, S.C. In addition to talking about the class, we also talked about Southern Presbyterian Theology in general.

Hear this broadcast.

Live broadcasts of new editions of "Faith and Practice" will be aired on July 29 and August 16, both at 9:15 a.m. Tune in here.




Host Bill Hill continues his role with the podcast following his graduation from GPTS in May. Mr. Hill was recently ordained as pastor of Landis Presbyterian Church in Marion, N.C.

Effective immediately, the GPTS Mobile App will no longer be updated and will eventually be phased out of circulation. However, you can continue to access the podcast from its own web site (confessingourhope.com); and you can get the SermonAudio mobile app from your respective smart phone store and download it and then listen to the Confessing Our Hope podcasts.

The seminary's SermonAudio account is Greenville Seminary and Mt. Olive. The podcast can be found at SermonAudio here: Confessing Our Hope.

The seminary's regular web site (gpts.edu) also has a mobile version (see left). Click on the menu bars on the right, then Media/Books, then GPTS Podcast to access Confessing Our Hope

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Amazon's second-annual Prime Day is on July 12 and will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate to Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. GPTS is a registered charity with Amazon Smile.

Even if you are not a Prime member, you can still use smile.amazon.com anytime and choose GPTS as the charity to support. It costs you nothing more; Amazon makes the donation.