Wednesday, November 6, 2013

God's Works of Providence: the 2014 Spring Theology Conference



Plans are underway for Greenville Seminary's annual Spring Theology Conference to be held March 11-13, 2014, focusing on "God's Works of Providence."

The conference will be held at a new location this year, Grace Baptist Church, Taylors, S.C. The church is located only a few miles from the seminary at 5020 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors. Grace Baptist has been a friend of the seminary, and Pastor Bob Selph has been an occasional chapel speaker. For many years, the conference has been held at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville, S.C. Due to building renovations which will extend into our usual conference dates, WRPC will not be able to host next year's conference.

The roster of speakers has been announced by conference organizers. They include:
  • Dr. Derek Thomas, distinguished visiting professor of systematic and historical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. Topic: "Providence and the 'Middle Knowledge': A Question of 'Now You See It, Now You Don't."
  • Dr. Joel Beeke, president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Mich. Topic: "The Heidelberg Catechism: Its Gripping History and Teaching on Providence." Dr. Beeke will also preach during Tuesday's free public evening service on the subject, "The Definition and Beauty of Providence."
  • Dr. James McGoldrick, professor of church history at GPTS. Topic: "Calling All Christians: Calvin's Doctrine of Vocation."
  • Pastor Benjamin Miller, 2005 GPTS graduate and pastor of Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Huntington, N.Y. Topic: "Beautiful in Its Time: A Preacher's Journey through the Mists of Providence."
  • Dr. James N. Anderson, associate professor of Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary–Charlotte. Topic: "Calvinism & the Origin of Sin"
  • Dr. Joseph A. Pipa Jr., president of Greenville Seminary. Topic: "The Devil Made Me Do It." Dr. Pipa will also speak during the Wednesday evening free public service topic: "Providence or Fatalism." 
  • Dr. Benjamin Shaw, associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at GPTS. Topic: "Just a Lot of Noise: Providence and the Problem of Evil."

Watch the seminary's web site at gpts.edu for information about registering for this exciting conference. The cost will be $80 per person, spouses $35, and youths over age 12 for $20. GPTS graduates may attend for $55. These are "early bird" prices; later registrations will be higher. Online registration will be available beginning the first week of December. The early-bird rate deadline is Friday, January 31st.

Due to the change of location, it is anticipated that only one official meal will be available during the conference period, the Wednesday night barbecue dinner. Conference guests will be responsible for other meals.

Two evening sessions will again be open to the public to attend free of charge. The Tuesday and Wednesday evening services will also be streamed live on SermonAudio.com. Listeners may click on the red "Live Webcast" icon near the top of the page at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern time) each day.

Conference-goers are invited to attend a pre-conference chapel service led by Dr. Pipa at the seminary at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11.