Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What to Expect from Life

“They seem to think that each proverb is a promise and then become angry with God when things do not work out the way they expected. Ecclesiastes tells the reader of Proverbs, 'That book tells you how to live. My book tells you what to expect from life…There will be times when it all seems meaningless. But fear God, because he is the judge of all things, and the judge of all the earth will do right.'” So writes Dr. Benjamin Shaw in “On Reading Ecclesiastes,” in The Hope Fulfilled: Essays in Honor of O. Palmer Robertson.

The Book of Ecclesiastes will be the focus of Greenville Seminary's week-long intensive theology course by Dr. Shaw, GPTS Old Testament/Hebrew associate professor. The class will be held 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. See below for registration information and deadline.

The 2013 Summer Institute

Following on the heels of the summer theology course is our annual Summer Institute, this year examining the art and gift of preaching.

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. 

Visit our web site (gpts.edu) for details and registration. To read a brochure about both programs, go here. Download a brochure with registration form from here.

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. Cost for the Summer Institute is $225.Tuition for the summer theology class on Ecclesiastes is $380.00 (tuition and fees), or $60 to audit.

Please register by Friday, June 28th for both the Summer Institute and the Summer Theology Course.