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.