Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Spring Conference Convenes March 8

Greenville Seminary's annual Spring Theology Conference opens March 8, and there is still opportunity to register at the door. The three-day conference will address the highly charged contemporary subject of "Marriage, Family and Sexuality."

The conference will be held again at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church, 2519 Woodruff Rd, Simpsonville, S.C. Registration rates are as follows:
  • On-site registration rate of $120, GPTS, Graduate $90, Student $30.
  • Youth 12 and under attending with parents: Free; Over age 12: $20. *(SEE NOTE BELOW)
  • Prospective GPTS students who attend the pre-conference open house may attend the main conference without charge.
  • Those unable to attend the entire conference may register on-site for one day. Tuesday or Thursday rate: $35; Wednesday rate: $55; student, wife and/or child: $10. 

With marriage, family and sexuality severely under attack in America, Greenville Seminary has never offered a more timely conference. The church and the world need biblical answers to the sexual perversions rampant in our culture. More importantly, the church needs to demonstrate the powerful, biblical alternative.

In this conference, we will deal with some of the difficulties faced today: homosexuality, transgenderism, and pornography, but our main goal is to defend the biblical standards for marriage, courting, and relationships between husband and wife and parents and children. The godly home is a powerful antidote to the perversions of our day. Of course, the greatest antidote is the Gospel, and we will review the life and something of the thought of one of the great Gospel preachers and theologians of the past.

Tuesday and Wednesday evening services (7 p.m.) are free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend the Spring Theology Conference, you may listen to live webcasts of the Tuesday and Wednesday evening services on the GPTS Channel on SermonAudio. Look for the small red "Live Webcast" icon near the top of the page.

*PARENTS NOTE: Because of the nature of the topics to be discussed during some of the lectures, alternative programming will be available for children age 12 and under. Three of our speakers (Mr. Bates, Dr. Beeke, and Dr. Backus) have requested that during their lectures we provide an alternative activity for children 5-12 years of age. Here is the schedule of activities we have planned, which will be led by GPTS students, student wives, and community volunteers.

1. Wed, Mar 8, 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Indoor Games & Crafts - Youth Room
2. Tue, Mar 9, 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Lesson & Singing - Choir Room
3. Tue, Mar 9, 10:35 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Outdoor Games - Soccer Field

If you prefer, you are welcome to keep your children in the lectures. However, if you would like your children to join the activities, they should gather in the foyer of the sanctuary five minutes before the lecture begins, or simply meet in the indicated location once the lecture has begun. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Kathleen Curto at

Listen to President Dr. Joseph A. Pipa Jr. preview this conference.

Also on tap is the second annual Encounter GPTS: Campus Preview for Prospective Students on March 7-8. Prospective students who attend the Encounter GPTS open house may attend the Spring Theology Conference for free.

Speakers and their topics for the main conference are:
  • God's Design for Marriage — Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr., GPTS president
  • Gay Marriage: Right or Wrong? — Gary Bates, Creation Ministries International
  • The Maker's Instructions — Dr. Ian Hamilton, pastor Cambridge Presbyterian Church (UK), GPTS trustee and adjunct professor. (Evening worship service, free and open to the public. Live webcast on SermonAudio)
  • Nurturing Sexual Intimacy in Marriage — Dr. Joel Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
  • Free at Last: Counseling Those Dominated by the Sin of Pornography — Dr. Kevin Backus, pastor, Bible Presbyterian Church, Grand Island, N.Y.; Fellow - National Association of Nouthetic Counselors
  • Family Worship in the Reformed Tradition — Dr. Benjamin Shaw, GPTS associate professor
  • God's Nursery — Dr. Pipa. (Evening worship service, free and open to the public. Live webcast on SermonAudio)
  • Biblical Wisdom for Courtship and Dating — Dr. Richard Phillips, pastor, 2nd Presbyterian Church, Greenville
  • Special lecture on The Life and Theology of John Owen: A 400th Anniversary Appreciation — Dr. Ryan McGraw, GPTS associate professor and Owen scholar