Thursday, February 6, 2014

Spring Conference One Month Away!

We live in times of great uncertainty. One of the comforts of the Bible is the truth that God is in control of all things. We call this His providence. The Westminster Larger Catechism Answer 18 gives a succinct definition of providence: "God's works of providence are His most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all His creatures; ordering them, and all their actions, to His glory."

Greenville Seminary's 2014 Spring Theology Conference will explore the profound subject of "God's Works of Providence," examining biblically what providence is and such topics as its relation to evil, sin, suffering, and prayer. See the program here.

The conference is just weeks away. Do not miss the opportunity to attend this popular and edifying conference to be held March 11-13, 2014. A distinguished roster of speakers has been compiled for this conference focusing on the Christian's assurance that all things are under the control of a loving, provident God. Click here to register now!

The conference will be held at a new location, Grace Baptist Church, Taylors, S.C. The church is located only a few miles from the seminary at 5020 Old Spartanburg Road. 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 the 2014 conference.

View a conference brochure here.

The roster of speakers includes:
  • 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."
  • 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. James McGoldrick, professor of church history at GPTS. Topic: "Calling All Christians: Calvin's Doctrine of Vocation."
  • Dr. Benjamin Shaw, associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at GPTS. Topic: "Just a Lot of Noise: Providence and the Problem of Evil."

Due to the change of conference location, it is anticipated that only one official meal will be available during the conference period, the Wednesday night barbecue dinner to be held in the Seminary Commons, 200 E. Main St., Taylors, S.C. 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.

Visit the seminary's web site at gpts.edu for information about registering for this exciting conference. The cost will be $110 per person, spouses $35, and youths over age 12 for $20. GPTS graduates may attend for $80.

Your registration must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 6th. After that, registration will be available only on-site: Regular $115, Graduate $85, and Student $30. Those unable to attend the entire conference may register on-site for one day for $40 (student, wife and/or child $10).


Conference goers and other members of the public also have a special opportunity to hear two pre-conference lectures by Dr. O. Palmer Robertson on Tuesday morning (Mar. 11) at the seminary. Dr. Robertson will deliver both lectures on the subject of "The Flow of the Psalms." Lecture times: 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The lectures which will be held in a second-floor classroom at the seminary, 200 E. Main St., Taylors, S.C.

Another major event associated with the conference is a gala banquet to be held on the eve of the conference, Monday, March 10, commemorating the retirement and 90th birthday of GPTS co-founder Dr. Morton H. Smith. Dr. Robertson will be speaking at that event as well. A silent auction will also be held at the banquet. Check out the items which have been donated so far.