Monday, January 9, 2017

Conference Early-bird Discount Deadline February 3rd!

From Ecclesiastical Tyranny to Gospel Freedom

"Martin Luther ushered in the Reformation, not by doctrinal criticism but by the imperative of religious experience. ... Luther presented Christianity as believing assurance of the living God, who reveals Himself and opens His heart in Christ to sinners. Luther thus became instrumental in releasing the sixteenth-century church from a systematic denial of salvation’s certainty and directed it toward the freedom of justification by gracious faith alone." — Dr. Joel Beeke, Conference Speaker.


Don't miss the deadline for Early-bird Discounts on registration rates for the 2017 Greenville Seminary Spring Theology Conference to be held March 14-16. Early-bird discounts end February 3!

Registrations are now open for this historic conference to commemorate the 500th anniversary Martin Luther's initiation of the Protestant Reformation under the theme “Trumpet Call: 500 years of Gospel Freedom.” The conference will be held at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church, Simpsonville, S.C. Evening sessions (7 p.m.) are free and open to the public.

For complete information about the conference, including a schedule, travel and lodging information, meals, bookstore, child care and more, visit our conference web site.

Three noted Luther scholars are slated to deliver four lectures during the conference. In addition, five other speakers will address the so-called "Five Solas" of the Reformation.

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 scholar Dr. Robert Kolb is emeritus missions professor of systematic theology and director of the Institute for Mission Studies at the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church's 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 "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. Discounts are available to members of churches that support Greenville Seminary (special discount code required; see your church office or leadership for the code).

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.