Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Save on Early-bird Registration for the GPTS Reformation Conference

"Martin Luther's thought continues to challenge people throughout the world in the twenty-first century. His paradigmatic shift in defining God and what it means to be human left behind a foundation for viewing human creatures that was anchored in Aristotle's anthropology. Luther defined the Revealed God in terms of his mercy and love for human beings, based not on their merit and performance but rather on his unconditioned grace. He placed 'fearing, loving, and trusting God above all else' at the heart of his definition of being human." — From a description of Robert Kolb's book, Martin Luther: Confessor of the Faith (Christian Theology in Context)

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Registrations are now open for the 2017 Greenville Seminary Spring Theology Conference to be held March 14-16 next year. The conference will commemorate the 500th anniversary Martin Luther's initiation of the Protestant Reformation under the theme “Trumpet Call: 500 years of Gospel Freedom.” 

Three Luther scholars are slated to deliver four lectures during the conference, including Greenville Seminary's own Dr. James McGoldrick, professor of church history.
Planned lectures include:

  • Luther’s Providential God (Dr. Robert Kolb)
  • Luther’s Preaching on the Parables (Dr. Robert Kolb)
  • The Law as Friend and Foe in the Theology of Luther (Dr. Michael Whiting)
  • Luther on Life without Dichotomy (Dr. James McGoldrick)
  • The “Solas” of the Reformation (Dr. Michael Morales, Rev. Cliff Blair, Dr. Joseph Pipa, Dr. Joel Beeke, and Rev. Carl Robbins)

Luther expert Dr. Robert Kolb is emeritus missions professor of systematic theology and director of the Institute for Mission Studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. His publications include some twenty-five books, including Martin Luther: Confessor of the Faith; Luther and the Stories of God; and Martin Luther and the Enduring Word of God.

Dr. Michael Whiting is author of Luther in English, in which he argues that scholars have often oversimplified Luther's theology of Law and Gospel and have thus wrongly diminished his very significant, even principal, influence upon first-generation evangelicals William Tyndale, John Frith, and Robert Barnes during the English Reformation.

Dr. James McGoldrick will focus on Luther's doctrine of the priesthood of all believers, which, he says, Luther regarded as the proper basis for the understanding of the Christian life. Among Dr. McGoldrick's many publications is Luther's English Connection and Luther's Scottish Connection.

Addressing the so-called "Five Solas" of the Reformation are:
  • Soli Deo Gloria: Life that Glorifies God — Dr. Michael Morales, professor of biblical studies at Greenville Seminary.
  • Sola Gratia — Dr. Joseph Pipa, Jr., president of Greenville Seminary.
  • Sola Scriptura — Dr. Joel Beeke, president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
  • Solus Christus — Rev. Cliff Blair, GPTS alumnus; pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N.C.; and faculty member of Greyfriars Classical Academy, Matthews, N.C.
  • Sola Fide: What Saving Faith Will Do — Rev. Carl Robbins, pastor of conference host church Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church, Simpsonville, S.C.
Visit the GPTS web site for full details and registration opportunities. "Early bird" discounted registration fees are available to those who register on or before January 17. Discounts are also available to members of churches that support Greenville Seminary (special discount code required).

Prospective students who attend the pre-conference GPTS Encounter 2017 open house may attend the main conference free (See story in this E-newsletter). Register here.