Friday, March 8, 2013

Spring Conference Time!

Greenville Seminary's 2013 Spring Theology Conference on "The Doctrine of Man" is upon us! The conference will be held March 12-14 at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church, Simpsonville, S.C. Although the advance reservation deadline has passed, registration opportunities will be available at the door on Tuesday, March 12.

The full roster of conference speakers and their topics is as follows:
  • Dr. Richard Belcher — "The Supernatural Creation of Man" (including examination of modern theories of theistic evolution)
  • Dr. Guy Waters — "The Covenant of Works"
  • Dr. Joel Beeke — "Temptation and Fall" (free Tuesday evening service)
  • Mr. Matthew Holst — "Red in Tooth and Claw? An Exegetical Evaluation of the Doctrine of Death Before The Fall"
  • Dr. Bill Vandoodewaard — "Thomas Boston and the Four-fold State"
  • Dr. Nelson Kloosterman — "Imago Dei – Man, the Image of God"
  • Dr. Joseph Pipa — "Original Sin" (free Wednesday evening service)
  • Dr. Nelson Kloosterman — "The Cultural Mandate and the Great Commission – An Integrationist Model"
  • Mr. Gabriel Fluhrer — "Beware Lest Any Man Spoil You: Questioning the Philosophy of Science Used to Question the Bible's Doctrine of Man"
Dr. Beisner
This year's events will include a return to the practice of a preconference chapel on the GPTS campus at 10:30 a.m. Guest speaker for the pre-conference chapel is Dr. E. Calvin Beisner of the Corwall Alliance for Stewardship of Creation. Dr. Beisner will speak on "Reclaiming the Blessings of Genesis 1:28."

An Open House Reception in the seminary's Commons will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. A prospective student luncheon will be held in the Commons at 11:15 a.m. Senior students and faculty members will be on hand to greet prospective students and answer questions.

All young adults (high school and college), along with their parents, are invited to meet at the Seminary Commons on Tuesday, March 12th after the evening lecture (9:00 p.m.) for a time of fellowship, games and refreshments. For further information or questions, contact Pastor Fred Hofland at 910.538.1404.

Dr. Beeke, Tuesday
evening service speaker
Tuesday and Wednesday evening sessions at the conference site are open to the public and will be broadcast live on the Internet through SermonAudio facilities. (Click on the red Webcast icon.) In past years, some conference-goers have indicated they had difficulty hearing speakers in the church sanctuary. Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church recently has made significant technical improvements to its sound system. We expect these improvements to enhance listening ability for those with hearing impairments. Video and audio recordings will be made of the entire conference and will be available on DVD and audio disks in two audio formats following the conference.

We see the Doctrine of Man as an increasingly important topic at this time as the biblical understanding of man's origins, nature and purposes is under concerted attack. It is critical for all believers and especially leaders in the church to examine these issues thoughtfully. We hope to see many turn out for this conference and ask that you encourage your pastors and elders to consider attending.

Don't forget the post-conference Golf Tournament on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. If you wish to play, contact Garry Moes immediately. More information here.

The 2013 Summer Institute

The Greenville Seminary Summer Institute was originally conceived as an educational opportunity for pastors. In recent years, topics have chosen with a broader appeal to Christian laymen and professionals. This year's Summer Institute will again be of particular interest to pastors as we focus on effective preaching. Churchmen of all sorts will find this subject interesting, but if you are a minister of the Word, this five-day Institute will be a source of great inspiration and instruction.

GPTS President Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. will lead an examination of the sermons of 10 great preachers who have been effective proclaimers of the Word of God. The template for our discussion will be sections out of R.L. Dabney's Sacred Eloquence and John Carrick's The Imperative of Preaching. Watch our web site ( in coming months for details and registration.

Financial Report for February 2013

The revised tables below show our overall financial condition as of the end of February 2013. We praise God for this strong showing of support by His people. For the month of February, contributions totaling $158,597 from churches and individuals were $84,514 above what was budgeted ($74,083). Total income for the month of $184,855 was $75,009 above the budget of $109,846. Expenses were $2,715 below budget ($91,946). Your gifts are tax-deductible and may include cash, securities, property or a variety of planned giving instruments. 

Our Capital Funds report shows a $195,000 decrease this month in the balance due on our campus mortgage, thanks to large gifts to this program in February. The decrease means a significant drop in our monthly outlay for mortgage amortization, for which we are grateful.

Donation Income$158,597
Other Income$6,393
Total Income$184,855
Net Income+$95,624

Donation Income$634,771
Other Income$197,263
Total Income$832,034
Net Income+$85,463

Capital Campaign Goal*$3,500,000
Long-term Pledges Outstanding$588,246
Total Received and Pledged$3,705,272
Outstanding Obligations$35,000
Monthly Note$3,620
Remaining Mortgage$694,794

*Although the formal fund-raising campaign goal has been more than realized, additional funds are needed to amortize the balance of our mortgage.

If you would like to make a convenient online donation to Greenville Seminary, click the  "Donate Online" button above. Whether or not you can contribute financially, here is another way you can help the seminary: Spread the Word! Do you know someone that would be interested in learning more about our organization or supporting us? If so, fill out the form here and an e-mail message with a link to our website will be sent to them. Thank you for your continued support for Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. 

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Visit the GPTS Development Office web site for information on ways to support and spread the word about Greenville Seminary.

Visit GPTS During the PCA General Assembly

Seminary to Host Campus Tour and Dinner

The 41st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church is being held in Greenville June 17-21, giving leaders of the denomination a unique opportunity to become acquainted first-hand with Greenville Seminary.

The seminary will host a Southern Barbecue Dinner at our campus for assembly-goers on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Traditionally, GPTS sponsors a breakfast or lunch to provide an update on our ministry. This year, commissioners and their families are invited to have dinner on us at our Student Commons. Shuttle buses will be provided to bring guests to the campus at 200 E. Main Street, Taylors, from the TD Convention Center GA site (and back again).

Reservations are required for the dinner. To submit yours, GO HERE.

New at Katekōmen: The Eternal Christ

GPTS Alumnus Pastor Ryan M. McGraw offers another chapter from his new book Christ’s Glory, Your Good: Salvation Planned, Promised, Accomplished, and Applied.

"Some biblical truths are not revealed explicitly in any single passage of Scripture. While we learn some doctrines by discerning what lies virtually on the surface of the text of the Bible, we learn others by looking at the “big picture” presented by the book as a whole. To borrow an analogy from Jeremiah Burroughs (1600–1646), when we stand too close to a great work of art, we cannot adequately appreciate the beauty of the painting. It is only when we stand back and view the painting as a whole that it appears to be a brilliant piece of artwork. This is true with respect to the eternal plan of redemption of the triune God.

"The unfolding plan of redemption in the Bible is like a flower gradually coming to bloom in spring. Genesis begins with a promise of global redemption from sin in the bud (Gen. 3:15), the books of the Old Testament unfold this plan gradually in stages, and then the New Testament sets forth this same gospel in its full bloom and unveiled glory. However, when we step back and view the plan of redemption that is set forth in the entire Bible, we must realize at once that this plan carefully follows a divine and eternal blueprint. Redemption is planned, promised, accomplished, and applied to sinners according to this eternal blueprint.

"In order to understand the glory of God’s plan of redemption, we must begin with the glory of the eternal Son of God and His place in the plan of the triune God." Read full article.

Save Taxes, Bless GPTS and Your Heirs

Testamentary Charitable Lead Trust (CLT) allows your estate to eliminate estate taxes by benefiting Christian ministries such as Greenville Seminary during the life of the trust, then pass along the corpus of the trust to your family upon the trust’s termination. For this reason, CLTs are often utilized in an Estate Plan. 

Charitable Lead Trusts are sometimes also established during lifetime and can offer tax and other advantages to the donor. 

Our estate planning affiliate, The PCA Foundation, can establish and serve as trustee of a Charitable Lead TrustIf you would like to receive more information about Charitable Lead Trust, or how one may be established, please click here to request additional information.

Or contact another GPTS-affiliated investment advisor, Sam Head of ING Financial Advisors/Carolinas Wealth Management at for a personal consultation on all aspects of your personal needs or charitable planned giving.

Attention: Book Bargain Hunters!

The seminary's 2013 Spring Book Sale will be held on May 10-11 in the Student Commons. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. 

We are now collecting books for the sale. If you will be traveling to our Theology Conference in March by car, please consider bringing some items with you for the sale. All proceeds from this sale will benefit the seminary’s Smith/Singer Library. Donations of theological literature as well as general literature (including children's books, homeschool materials, coffee-table books, etc.) are all welcome. We do not, however, have room for magazines and sets of general encyclopedias (World Book, National Geographic, etc.). 

All donations need to be received by Saturday, May 4th. We plan to make this an annual event, so if you are unable to contribute books at this time, please keep us in mind through the year for future donations. If you are willing to help with the sale (by collecting donations, setting up shelving and moving books the week of the sale, helping with checkout the day of the sale, etc.), please contact Andy Wortman at 864-322-2717 ext. 308 or

In any event, come and shop for some great book bargains!

ARTS Names New Board Chairman

Chris Hanna, director of development and marketing at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, has been named chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Reformed Theological Seminaries (ARTS).

Greenville Seminary is a charter organizing member of ARTS, an accrediting association for member institutions. GPTS also maintains a fraternal relationship with PRTS and its leadership, including President Dr. Joel Beeke, who will speak at this month's GPTS Spring Theology Conference.

The Association of Reformed Theological Seminaries exists to bring glory to God, to contribute to the building-up of His Body and the progress of His Kingdom, and to preserve and advance the Reformed tradition by providing a context where member institutions can hold one another accountable for fulfilling their individual stated purposes. This mission is accomplished through accreditation of member institutions and the provision of opportunities and services for mutual edification and encouragement among those schools. Hanna previously served as vice chairman of ARTS.

In his capacity as PRTS development director, he works with churches, donors, and friends of the seminary to promote and support its vision and mission. He also manages the Grand Rapids, Mich., seminary's annual conference and a number of marketing pieces.

Youth Worldview Conference June 3-8

Greenville Seminary is pleased once again to endorse the Biblical Worldview Student Conference (BWSC) held annually at Milligan College in Johnson City, Tenn. This year’s conference will be held June 3-8. Sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, Tenn., the conference is designed to train young men and women for leadership roles in society and the church.


“Christian students know life is more than fun and games,” say conference organizers. “They need and welcome access to answers to life’s issues through God’s wisdom. Increasingly the favorite sport of many college professors and those speaking loudest in society is to ridicule the Christian faith and its application to all of life. Through the BWSC, Christian young people will be better trained to be discerning, thoughtful, ready and able to handle the intellectual warfare of a culture increasingly hostile to Christianity. God’s Spirit is working to prepare the next generation to use God’s Word toward building God-honoring change in the world.”

Each year, outstanding instructors with the gift of communication challenge students. Their desire is to equip and encourage youth, not only with answers of truth, but a life walk abiding in the Truth, the Lord Jesus Christ. The keynote speaker for this year is Dr. Joel Beeke, who will be speaking on “Living Fully for Christ.” Also speaking is Douglas Bond, author of more than 20 books, including many acclaimed works of historical fiction. Sye Ten Bruggencate is an Christian apologist from Ontario, Canada, who runs the website and will be lecturing on engaging unbelievers. Dr. Erik Anderson is a Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution investigator and an engineering professor at Grove City College. Also on the speaker roster is Matt Bell, associate editor at Sound Mind Investing, a Christian company providing biblical counsel on a range of financial topics and investment advice.

“Students profit through personal interaction with instructors and fellowship with those their own age from across North America,” says Debby Bailey, assistant to the conference director. “Quality friendships are formed that will last a lifetime.”

Get more information about BWSC at or phone 423-247-7341. E-mail:

Attendees: Be sure to visit the GPTS information table during the conference. The sponsoring church, Westminster Presbyterian in Kingsport, is a major supporter of Greenville Seminary.