Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Preacher Hall of Fame: The 2013 GPTS Summer Program


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, to be held Aug. 5-9, 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 (gpts.edu) in coming months for details and registration.

Breath of Life: Living in an Ecclesiastes World


Speaking of "the words of the Preacher," the GPTS summer program also includes our annual week-long intensive theology course, this year featuring a study of the Book of Ecclesiastes by Old Testament/Hebrew Associate Professor Dr. Benjamin Shaw. The class will be held the week prior to the Summer Institute, July 29-Aug. 2.

The course is entitled "The Breath of Life: Living in an Ecclesiastes World." This will be an exposition of the Book of Ecclesiastes based on the Hebrew text. 

"The first class session will be devoted to the discussion of introductory matters: who, what, when, where, and why. The remainder of the class will simply move through the book sequentially, with discussion focusing on preaching the book," says Dr. Shaw. He suggests that students read a couple of Ecclesiastes commentaries and, if possible, do a rough translation of the book for themselves before attending.

The class schedule is as follows: Monday 1-4 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m, and Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Pastors who take either course are eligible for 30 continuing education units. A certificate will be awarded at the end of the course upon its completion. GPTS students taking either course must register and pay tuition and fees at regular rates. Costs and registration deadlines to be announced soon.