Monday, February 9, 2015

Still Time to Register for the Spring Conference and Prospective Student Open House

The deadline for "early bird" rates when registering for the Greenville Seminary 2015 Spring Theology Conference is past, but there is still time to sign up for this timely blockbuster conference. The final deadline for regular advance registration is March 5.

You may still be eligible for a discount if three or more families from your church sign up as a group. Contact Brenda Benson by e-mail at or by calling 864-322-2717 ext. 318 to receive a group registration link unique to your church. This link may be listed in your bulletin or distributed to members via e-mail. Church members (and regular attenders) may register online up until the online registration close date of Thursday, March 5th. To take advantage of the group discount a representative from your church must contact us by Wednesday, February 18th. The church group discount applies only to online registrations and will not be available for on-site registrations. 

Regular individual/family online registration is available for the three-day annual program on the timely and much-debated theme "The Law of God in a Lawless Age."

The conference will be held from Tuesday, March 10th, through Thursday, March 12th, at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville, S.C. The regular registration rate of $115 is still a bargain. You may also make reservations for a Tuesday evening dinner ($12) and Wednesday lunch ($9), both opportunities to fellowship and renew acquaintances with other conference-goers. On-site registration will be available: Regular $120, GPTS Graduate $90, and Prospective GPTS student or Non-GPTS student $30. Those unable to attend the entire conference may register on-site for one day for $45 (student, wife and/or child $10).

The issue of the place of the law of God in today's world is a critical  for the contemporary church. The conference will seek to answer such practical and theological questions as: What is the relationship between the Law and the Gospel? What is the place of the Ten Commandments in church and society today? More particularly, what is the role of the law in your life as a Christian?

Dr. Joseph Pipa Jr. was recently interviewed about the conference on the nationally syndicated Janet Mefford Radio Show. Listen here to Dr. Pipa's portion beginning at the 20-minute mark of hour 3 of the Feb. 6 broadcast.

Dr. Richard Barcellos, one of our guest conference speakers, spoke about his topic in a recent interview on Kevin Boling's radio program. Listen here for a preview of his subject "New Covenant Theology and the Law of God."

Speakers and their lecture subjects will include:
  • Dr. Richard Barcellos —  New Covenant Theology and The Law of God
  • Dr. Mark Jones — Antinomianism: The Golden White Devil
  • Dr. Ian Hamilton — What the Law Could Not Do (Rom. 8:3) (Tues. evening sermon)
  • Dr. Joseph Pipa Jr. — Third Use of the Law (Wed. evening sermon)
  • Dr. Pipa — Critique of Klinian Republication
  • Dr. Tony Curto — No Gospel Without the Law
  • Mr. Breno Macedo — Robert Rollock and the Covenant of Works
  • Dr. Sidney Dyer — Paul and Law in Galatians 3
  • Dr. George Scipione — The Principle of Equity and Counseling

Dr. Barcellos is pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Palmdale, Calif. He is the author of four books, co-author of another book and managing editor of the Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies. Dr. Jones is pastor of Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church of Vancouver, B.C. His latest book is Antinomianism: Reformed Theology's Unwelcome Guest?

The other speakers are faculty members or adjunct faculty at GPTS. Dr. Pipa is the seminary president. Dr. Curto is associate professor of practical theology in missions and apologetics at GPTS. Dr. Hamilton is a member of the GPTS Board of Trustees and pastor of Cambridge Presbyterian Church in England. Mr. Macedo is a 2011 graduate of GPTS and minister in the Presbyterian Church of Brazil. He is coordinator of historical theology at the Theological Seminary of Nordeste, Brazil. Dr. Dyer is professor of Greek and New Testament at GPTS. Dr. Scipione is adjunct professor of applied theology at GPTS, director of the Biblical Counseling Institute and adjunct professor of pastoral theology at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Penn.

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Prospective Student Open House

A special pre-conference Open House for prospective students will be held on Monday and Tuesday before the main conference opens. For details on this opportunity, see the separate story in the December e-newsletter. To register for the Open House, go here. If you are a prospective student attending the Open House, you may register for the main conference free of charge using this special dedicated link. (Do not use the regular conference registration form or you will be charged.)

Here is the schedule for the open house:
Monday, March 9:

  • 11:30 a.m. - Welcome luncheon in the Student Commons
  • 1:00-4:00 p.m. - Attend classes (Old Testament Biblical Theology, Dr. Morales; Medieval Church History, Dr. McGoldrick)
  • 4:00-4:30 p.m. - Panel discussion, Student Commons
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m. - Attend classes (Old Testament Introduction, Dr. Shaw)
Tuesday, March 10:
  • 9:00-10:45 a.m. - Attend classes (Hebrew I, Dr. Shaw; Eschatology, Dr. Pipa)
  • 11:00-11:45 a.m. - Chapel
  • 1:00 p.m. - Theology Conference begins at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church.