Friday, May 6, 2016

Broadcast and Publishing Notes

New broadcasts on the seminary's Confessing Our Hope podcast were aired in April. These included:
  • "The Heart is the Target" — In this edition of the podcast, Dr. Murray Capill was our guest as we discuss his book The Heart is the Target. This was an outstanding discussion on the importance of application in preaching.
  • "Faith & Practice #23" — Dr. Joseph Pipa Jr. answers listener questions related to the GPTS Spring Theology Conference on Marriage, Family & Sexuality.
  • "Faith & Practice #22" — Dr. Pipa answers listener questions on the 9th commandment, Galatians 5:14, amending the Westminster Standards and the PCA BCO, woman counselors, and much more.
  • "The Pastor's Family" — Our guest was Pastor Bian Croft. Pastor Croft has written extensively on pastoral ministry and blogs regularly at “practical shepherding.” Rev. Croft is senior pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the founder of Practical Shepherding, a non-profit organization committed to equipping pastors all over the world in the practical matters of pastoral ministry.
You may now download archived "Faith and Practice" podcasts from a new page on the Confessing Our Hope web site. The archived broadcasts are arranged in volumes of five editions each in a compressed "zip" file. Upcoming shortly, each archived volume will have a list of topics and questions discussed.

Dr. Ryan McGraw, associate professor of systematic theology and a prolific published writer, has penned an article at the Alliance for Confessing Evangelicals' Meet the Puritans blog entitled "Why Write New Books When There are Good Old Ones."

Acknowledging the monumental contributions great thinkers and writers of the past have made, Dr. McGraw concludes there is still benefit in our times for new writers with spiritual insights: "Writing books is not for every pastor, but we can be sure that Satan will continue to flood the presses with bad books. Let us not under-appreciate the value of good books, however short their life-span. Who knows but that Christ will use our work in some measure as the Spirit blesses it to keep believers in joyful subjection to the Father’s will.

Read the full article here.

Also at Meet the Puritans, Dr. MGraw has recently contributed "Have We Undervalued the Sufferings of Christ?"

"Sometimes the only effective means of cultivating spiritual joy under hardship and persecution is to consider that we have fellowship with Christ in his sufferings and that it is granted to us not only to believe in Christ, but to suffer for his name," he writes.

"So no, it is not likely possible to overemphasize the importance of Christ’s cross. However, is it possible to diminish the depths of divine love to us in Christ by limiting his vicarious suffering to the cross."

Read the full article here.