Wednesday, July 10, 2013

How to Spend Some Rewarding Summer Days

A perfect summer day, according to writer James Dent, is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.

An even more perfect summer day is one spent being enriched during one of Greenville Seminary's two back-to-back summer programs — The Summer Institute and the Summer Theology Course.

This year's Summer Institute, to be held Aug. 5-9, will be of particular interest to pastors as we focus on effective preaching, although the program will be of interest to laymen as well.

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 ( for details. To read a brochure about both programs, go here. Download a brochure 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.

Just prior to the Summer Institute, Dr. Benjamin Shaw will conduct a unique study of the Book of Ecclesiastes, using the Hebrew text. 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.