This special edition of Confessing Our Hope features a read sermon of John Lafayette Girardeau's, "Christ's Pastoral Presence with His Dying People." This sermon is on Psalm 23:4 and was published in a book of sermons entitled, "Southern Presbyterian Pulpit: A Collection of Sermons by Ministers of the Southern Presbyterian Church," produced and distributed in 1896 by the Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) Committee of Publication headquartered (at the time) in Richmond, Virginia. When the time comes to pass into glory, may you rest in Jesus Christ as Savior.
Podcast host Zack Groff welcomes GPTS student Zach Dotson into the studio to discuss the Federal Vision heresy. You might call this a "Zack/h Attack." Tune in for an overview, critique, and current appraisal of the Federal Vision movement and its influence in Reformed churches today.
President Emeritus Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. and Director of Advancement & Admissions Zack Groff field listener questions relating to creation care, mask mandates, the Westminster Standards, Christ's miracles, the Sabbath, women teaching in Sunday School, worship, and more!
In this episode of the podcast, Zachary Groff interviews Dr. Carl Trueman (Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Grove City College) about his recent book, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution (Crossway, 2020).
This special Thanksgiving edition of Confessing Our Hope features a read sermon of George Whitefield's, "Thankfulness for Mercies Received, a Necessary Duty - A Farewell Sermon." This sermon is on Psalm 107:30, 31 and was preached on board the Whitaker, at anchor near Savannah, GA on Sunday, May 17, 1738. From all of us at Greenville Seminary, may the Lord bless you with a very happy Thanksgiving!
In this edition of Confessing Our Hope, Zachary Groff interviews GPTS Professor of Systematic Theology Dr. Ryan McGraw on the subject of Pneumatology, the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit. For more information about GPTS, please visit gpts.edu.
In this edition of Confessing Our Hope, Zachary Groff interviews GPTS President Dr. Jonathan L. Master about "The Master Plan for GPTS" now that Dr. Master has been at the helm for a few months. For more information about GPTS, please visit gpts.edu.
In this episode of the podcast, Zachary Groff interviews Dr. Ryan M. McGraw (Academic Dean and Morton H. Smith Professor of Systematic Theology, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary) about the recently republished Complete Works of Thomas Manton (Banner of Truth, 2020). For more information about the set, or to purchase the set, please visit https://banneroftruth.org/us/store/collected-workssets/the-works-of-thomas-manton/
In this episode of the podcast, Zachary Groff interviews Dr. L. Michael Morales (Professor of Biblical Studies, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary) about his recent book, Exodus Old and New: A Biblical Theology of Redemption (IVP Academic, 2020). For Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 2020), InterVarsity Press is offering a 40% coupon code for book purchases through ivpress.com. The code is 915BD64.
This special edition of Confessing Our Hope contains audio from a Sunday School hour presentation delivered by podcast host and Director of Advancement & Admissions Zachary Groff entitled "The Mission & Mechanics of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary." This presentation and discussion was conducted at Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Vancouver, WA on August 2, 2020, and is reproduced here with some modification. For more information about GPTS, please visit gpts.edu. For more information about Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Vancouver, WA, please visit www.solochristo.org.
In this episode, host Zachary Groff interviews Charlie Nave (Executive Director, MOREinthePCA) and Bruce Kirby (Director, Firm Foundation Partnership) about their respective efforts of grassroots promotion of biblical fidelity in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). For more information about these efforts, please visit: moreinthepca.org and firmfoundationpartnership.com.
President Emeritus Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. and Director of Advancement & Admissions Zack Groff field listener questions relating to PCA General Assembly Ruling Elder participation, the function(s) of church officers, pastoral titles, the covenant of works, republication, qualifications of church officers, patriarchy, complementarianism, sabbath rest, pneumatology, sacraments, diaconal care, and more! For Dr. Pipa's recorded lecture critiquing Klinean Republication, please visit https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4615182462.
In this episode of the podcast, Zack Groff interviews Dr. George Grant (Senior Pastor, Parish Presbyterian Church PCA, Franklin, Tennessee) about his recently published three-volume Bible study and discipleship resource, Keystones: Make Disciples (Standfast Books, 2019). The books (and more information) are available from georgegrant.net.
In this episode of the podcast, Zack Groff interviews Dr. Mark Jones (Senior Pastor, Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church PCA, Vancouver, British Columbia) about his recent book, If I Could Speak: Letters from the Womb (Christian Focus Publications, 2019). The book is available from Reformation Heritage Books, Westminster Bookstore, and Amazon.
In this episode of the podcast, Zack interviews Pastor Bill Hill (BDiv '16) and MDiv student Zach Dotson in a true Prince & the Pauper setting of two strangers in very different strange lands. Pastor Hill is from Rochester, NY, and he ministers at Fellowship PCA in Newport, TN. Mr. Dotson is from Wise County, VA, and serves as student supply at Coldenham-Newburgh Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPCNA) in Walden, NY. Tune in for an off-beat conversation about "a different kind of" cross-cultural ministry.
Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. and Zack Groff field listener questions relating to cloning, predestination, the final judgment, covenant theology, Reformed and Presbyterian denominations, humanism in the church, and theological books authored by women.
Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. and Zack Groff field listener questions relating to the current COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) pandemic which has so dramatically disrupted everyday life for Christians and churches around the world. Recommended article by Dr. Pipa: The Lion Roars, available at https://gpts.edu/the-lion-roars-thoughts-on-covid-19/
In this episode, Dr. Pipa addresses listener questions regarding ontological differences between men and women, the encroachment of feminism in Reformed denominations, heresy and error regarding the doctrine of the Trinity, demonology, best/biblical practices in worship, the second commandment, adult coloring books, and appropriate levels of political engagement for pastors.
In this edition of the podcast we talk with current ThM student Pastor Francisco Cardoso, presently serving in a missionary work of the Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church in Recife, Brasil. For more information about Pastor Cardoso's dynamic church-planting work, visit woodruffroad.com/missions-to-latin-america. To support financially the work, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this edition of the podcast we talk with recent GTPS graduate Florian Weicken, presently serving in a church planting work of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of England and Wales (EPCEW) in Zürich, Switzerland. For more information about the EPCEW plant in Zürich, please visit zuerichpres.ch. To support financially the work, please visit https://give.globalservicenetwork.org/51219002.
We continue our series highlighting the personal testimonies and ministries of the faculty of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary by catching Dr. Benjamin Shaw (Old Testament & Hebrew) before he moves to Sanford, Florida to take up a position at Reformation Bible College. In this episode, Dr. Shaw recounts his childhood in Roswell, New Mexico; seminary experience at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary under John Gerstner and Ford Lewis Battles; advanced degree-work at Princeton Theological Seminary and Duke Divinity School; seminary service at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; and hopes for the future at Reformation Bible College.
In this episode, longtime GPTS Professor of Hebrew & Old Testament Dr. Benjamin Shaw discusses his recent book, Ecclesiastes: Life in a Fallen World, published by the Banner of Truth Trust (2019). As of January 1, 2020, Dr. Shaw will be Professor of Old Testament at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, FL.
Building on an interview with Dr. James E. McGoldrick in May 2017, we are continuing a series highlighting the personal testimonies and ministries of the faculty of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In this episode, Dr. Pipa recounts his childhood, conversion to Christ as a young man in Pensacola, FL; seminary experience at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA; ministerial experience in Tchula, MS, Houston, TX, and Escondido, TX; and seminary service at Westminster Seminary California and Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
In this brief special feature, Zack describes the intensive GPTS course offerings available to students and the public in January and July 2020. For more information, visit gpts.edu/winter and gpts.edu/summer.
In this edition of the podcast, Dr. Kevin Backus (Bible Presbyterian Church of Grand Island, NY) and Zack discuss the 83rd General Synod of the Bible Presbyterian Church, held August 1-5, 2019 in Tacoma, WA.
In this special edition of Confessing Our Hope, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (GPTS) and the Blue Ridge Institute for Theological Education (BRITE) partnered together for a "Pastors' Panel" hosted over lunch during the 47th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Participants in the panel discussion included moderator Pastor Sean Morris (Westminster PCA & BRITE - Roanoke, VA), Pastor Richard "Dick" Davies (Grace PCA - Metairie, LA), Pastor Roland Barnes (Trinity PCA - Statesboro, GA), Pastor Carl Robbins (Woodruff Road PCA - Simpsonville, SC), and Pastor Robert "Bob" Davis (Draper's Valley PCA - Draper, VA).
In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Pipa sits down with his anticipated successor (as Seminary President), Dr. Jonathan Master. Dr. Master visited campus on Friday, September 6, 2019 to meet with different members of the seminary community (faculty, staff, and students). As part of his visit, he was happy to take some time to record this podcast episode. Please note that Dr. Master was suffering from a head cold, and that his voice was suffering from fatigue as a result.
In this edition of our monthly Faith & Practice segment, Dr. Pipa handles listener questions regarding elder rotation, cessationism, membership vows, pursuing reform, building a good reading list (for pastors, elders, and laypeople), forgiveness, and more!
Dr. Guy Prentiss Waters (New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary) is the guest on the podcast to discuss relevant biblical data regarding the diaconate, and whether or not Christ directs us in His Word to ordain women into the office of Deacon in the church.
In this special edition of "Faith & Practice," Dr. Pipa handles questions dealing with the various overtures before the 47th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (2019). Includes extended discussion of overtures dealing with sexual ethics, the role of women in the church, and supra-ecclesiastical organizations with which the PCA is affiliated/associated.
This special edition of Confessing Our Hope is a Q&A Session with various speakers from our 2019 Spring Theology Conference, "Amazing Grace: 400 Years After Dort." Dr. Kevin Backus (Board Member and Senior Minister of the Bible Presbyterian Church of Grand Island, NY) moderates the panel, which includes Dr. Ian Hamilton (EPCEW), Dr. Ryan McGraw (OPC), Dr. Tony Curto (OPC), Dr. Jonathan Master (OPC), Pastor Phil Proctor (OPC), Pastor Jeff Kingswood (ARP), and Dr. Joseph Pipa (PCA).
In this edition of our monthly Faith & Practice segment, Dr. Pipa handles listener questions regarding Christian observances of Jewish holidays, the place of blessings in the New Covenant community, demons, past experiences of charismatic gifts, Christ's healing of the leper in Luke 8:1-4, whether or not churches should pursue incorporation under federal law in the United States, elder rotation, and church athletic leagues.
Pastor Caleb Cangelosi (Associate Pastor, Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church, PCA in Richland, MS) joined us in the studio to talk about The Log College Press (https://logcollegepress.com). Pastor Cangelosi is the founder/owner of The Log College Press, a collaborative retrieval effort focused on the publication of 18th and 19th Century American Presbyterian works.
In this edition of our monthly Faith & Practice segment, Dr. Pipa handles listener questions regarding covenant theology, tithing, divorce, modernizing the language of the Westminster Standards, and more.
Dr. Christopher Yuan called in to the studio to discuss his new book, "Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God's Grand Story," published late last year by Multnomah. Dr. Yuan helps us to sort through the theologically important distinctions between attraction and desire as we seek to correct misunderstandings in the church as we seek to minister to those fighting against the sin of same-sex attraction.
In this important edition of "Faith & Practice," Dr. Pipa handles questions concerning the relationship between faith and reason, the denominational health of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), overtures facing the 47th PCA GA, biblical sexual ethics, whether to remain in or exit the PCA, and covenantal voting in the Reformed Church in the United States (RCUS).
Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. (President, GPTS) answers listeners' questions dealing with preaching, Scholasticism and Humanism, Serpents and Scorpions, doctrinal drift in the PCA, the Apostle Peter's family, Omniscience and the Problem of Evil, Covenant Theology, Theonomy, and more!
"Why would (or should) Christians prefer the Majority Text?" asked a podcast listener. Dr. Benjamin Shaw (Hebrew & Old Testament) and Dr. Sidney Dyer (Greek & New Testament) join forces to address this question, and discuss their shared preference for the Majority Text.
"What marks the ministry of the Reformed pastor?"
GPTS Trustee and Adjunct Professor of Applied Theology Dr. Ian Hamilton sits down for an interview about his January term intensive course, The Reformed Pastor.
Dr. Ryan M. McGraw steps into the studio to discuss his book "The Ark of Safety" (2018), published by Reformation Heritage Books in the Explorations in Reformed Confessional Theology series. In it, he explains, defends, and applies the doctrine expressed in Westminster Confession of Faith 25.2, which states that outside of the visible church there is "no ordinary possibility of salvation."
In this edition, we deal with listener questions concerning: the history of the PCA, ruling elders, republication, homosexuality, baptism, biblical interpretation, the attributes of God, and much more.
In this edition, Dr. Willborn discusses this year's edition of the Confessional Presbyterian Journal, with extended discussions of Rev. T.D. Witherspoon, family religion, the regulative principle of worship, and the late Dr. John R (Dick) de Witt.
In this edition of the podcast, Pastor Travis Grassmid (MDiv '08) discusses the 272nd Stated Meeting of the General Synod of the Reformed Churches in the United States, held May 21-24, 2018 in Golden Valley, MN.
In this edition, we deal with listener questions concerning: Two Kingdoms Theology, angels, postmillennialism, the Sabbath, divorce and remarriage, worship, the Revoice Conference, the mission of the church, and much more.
In this edition of the podcast, Pastor Andrew Dionne discusses the Revoice Conference, held at Memorial PCA in St. Louis from July 26 to 28. Pastor Dionne is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary, and pastor of Trinity PCA in Spartanburg, SC.
In this edition of the podcast, RE Mr. C. Fredric Marcinak and TE Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. discuss the 46th Stated Meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, held June 12-14, 2018.
In this edition, we deal with listener questions concerning: images of Christ, innovative ecclesiastical practices, God's decrees, ministerial practices of rest, Reformed catholicity, church summer camps, and much more.
In this edition of the podcast we talk with GTPS graduate Benjamin Wontrop, currently serving as a pastor in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of England and Wales, in partnership with Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship.
In this edition, we deal with listener questions concerning: reading the Old Testament for spiritual benefit, speaking the truth in love, the regulative principle of worship, hymnody and psalmody, holidays, counseling, preaching, traducianism, and more.
In this edition of the podcast, Mr. Charles "Charlie" Nave, Esq. introduces MORE in the PCA, an organization committed to encouraging Ruling Elders in the PCA to actively participate in the courts of the church at every level.
In this edition of the podcast, Rev. Peter Szabo of Budapest, Hungary discusses the ministry of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Central and Eastern Europe. There are 16 congregations and five preaching stations of the RPCCEE in Hungary, Ukraine, and Romania. Rev. Szabo pastors the Budapest congregation.
In this edition, we deal with listener questions concerning: Neo-Orthodox Covenant Theology, paid nursery workers for Sunday services, the wisdom of having a crush on an unbeliever, distinguishing between God's decree and Satan's devices, and much more.
In this edition of the podcast, Zach Dotson, originally of Wise, VA, shares about his choice of GPTS, experience as a first-year student, and other aspects of his service to Christ and His church. Zach currently serves as the Intern (and Pulpit Supply preacher) of Coldenham-Newburgh Reformed Presbyterian Church in Coldenham, NY.
In this edition of the podcast, Pastor Geoff Gleason discusses with us his latest book - "A Family Worship Guide to Luke." Pastor Gleason serves as the Pastor of Cliffwood Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Augusta, GA.
In this edition, we deal with listener questions concerning: demons, charismatic gifts, reformation, tongues, tithing, rhetoric, the fear of God, covenant benefits, preaching, Hosea and Gomer, marriage, and more.
In this edition of the podcast, author Rev. Dr. David Garner discusses with us his latest book - "Sons in the Son." Dr. Garner is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Vice President of Advancement at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA.
In this edition, we deal with listener questions concerning: Christmas, self-defense, parenting, comforting mourners, organ donation, cremation, Trinitarianism, eschatology, revival, spirituality of the church, and more.
In this edition of the podcast, author and pastor Rev. Dr. Bruce McDowell discusses with us two of his latest books - "Faith in the Mosaic," and "Christian Baptism." Dr. McDowell is the Minister of Global Outreach at Tenth PCA in Philadelphia, PA.
In this edition, we deal with listener questions concerning: commerce, the church, justification, salvation, the Pledge of Allegiance, patriotism, parachurch ministries, money management, revival, believing all things, and covenant theology.
In this special "field edition" of Confessing Our Hope, listen to Greenville Seminary graduate Michael Spangler (MDiv '17) present his work on Theodore Beza's Latin poetry, as well as its usefulness for personal worship, at Liberty University's Reformation 500 Conference.
In this special "field edition" of Confessing Our Hope, listen to Dr. Pipa defend and advance the biblical basis for and use of creeds and confessions at Liberty University's Reformation 500 Conference. Includes both Dr. Pipa's delivery of his paper as well as a brief Q and A Session with conference attendees.
In this edition, we deal with the following topics: prophecy in the Apostolic Age, the priesthood of all believers, so-called common grace, Sabbath, Christian hope, friendship, ecumenicity, Trinitarian worship, the mark of the Beast, the reliability of Scripture, Antichrist, confessional subscription, and textual bases of the Bible.
In this edition of the podcast, author and pastor Rev. Dr. Brian Cosby discusses with us his latest book, earlier publications, upcoming projects, and his work as Editorial Director for the Gospel Reformation Network. Dr. Cosby is the Senior Pastor of Wayside PCA in Chattanooga, TN, and a visiting professor in Church History at RTS-Atlanta.
In this edition, we deal with the following topics: corporate prayer, heresy, divorce, remarriage, communion, the Lord's Name, drunkenness, the parousia, headcoverings, devotions, corporate worship, works of necessity, the rights and duties of church members, and Calvin's prospects for ordination in the PCA.
In this edition, we deal with the following topics: the Lord's Supper, congregation sizes, liturgy in family worship, flags in the worship space, benedictions, presbytery-level relationships, Election and Lordship, prayer meetings, and faith.
In this edition, we welcome Rev. Mark Robinson into the studio to discuss the Theology of Work as he prepares to speak at a conference on the theme at Trinity PCA in nearby Spartanburg, SC. Tune in for a thoughtful dialogue, information about the conference, and a slew of book recommendations.
In this edition, we deal with the following topics: effects of the Fall, textual preferences, raising a son, family worship, union with Christ, exclusive psalmody, the regulative principle of worship, Federal Vision, and confessional subscription.
In this edition, we welcome Dr. James McGoldrick into the studio to discuss 500 years of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther's role, Roman Catholic responses, and Dr. McGoldrick's personal interest in the subject.
In this edition, we deal with the following topics: prayer and law-keeping, transitions to Presbyterianism, British preachers in American pulpits, error and heresy, worldly wealth, paedobaptism, cessationism and charismania, sabbatarian issues, and Theonomy in the WCF.
In this edition, we deal with the following topics: Ruling Elders, Just War Theory, Church Discipline, the Church's Mission, WSC Q4, Baptism, Eschatology, Musical Instruments in Worship, and Justification.
In this edition, we deal with the following topics: every member ministry, Romans 7, personality systems, textual issues in the NT, Paul's journey to Jerusalem, ceremonial laws, praying for our leaders, and others.
In this edition, we deal with the following topics: worship, careers on the Lord's Day, the subject of prayer, divorce and remarriage, the exegesis of Matthew 13:24-30, church calendars and Halloween, the sacred name of God, and others.
In this edition, we deal with the following topics: Union with Christ, church nurseries, modernization of the Westminster Standards, systematic theology, republication and the OPC study report, Eastern Orthodoxy and more.
In this edition of the podcast, Dr. Pipa answers questions related to choirs, repentance, leadership in the church, confessional subscription, licensure and ordination exams, racial reconciliation and more.
In this edition of the podcast, PCA minister Dr. David Hall talks with us about his article written in response of a decision made at the 2016 PCA General Assembly to erect a study committee regarding woman's ministry in the church.
In this edition of the podcast, Pastor Geoff Gleason of Cliffwood Presbyterian Church PCA discusses the 2016 edition of the Evening of Confessional Concern and PRayer being held at the PCA General ASsembly on June 20th.
Pastor Geoff Gleason (Cliffwood Presbyterian Church, Augusta GA) and Pastor Ken Pierce (Trinity Presbyterian Church, Jackson MS) joined us to discuss the upcoming "Evening of Confessional Concern and Prayer" at the 43rd PCA GA.
Dr. Pipa answeres questions related to Double imputation of Christ, intimacy in marriage and the Lord's Day, theonomy, sexual abuse in the church, sin in the church and church discipline, exclusive psalm singing, tithing, and others.
On this program we discuss the topic of church membership. Is it biblical? Is it important? We answer these questions and many more as we sit down with two pastors and discuss this vital and important subject.
Pastor Geoff Gleason (Cliffwood Presbyterian Church, Augusta GA) and Pastor Ken Pierce (Trinity Presbyterian Church, Jackson MS) joined us to discuss the upcoming "Evening of Confessional Concern and Prayer" at the 42nd PCA GA.
Dr. James Anderson, Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte NC was our guest as we discussed his GPTS Spring Theology Conference lecture topic: "Calvinism and the Origin of Sin".
In this broadcast we sit down and speak with Rev. Michael Cuneo, missionary to Viterbo, Italy. Mr. Cuneo is a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and has been working in Italy for quite a few years.
This week we sat down with Howard Huizing and Ken Smith who were on the committee of the RPCNA that discussed and drafted the Contemporary Issues on Sexual Orientation report for the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America
In this second segment of "Faith and Practice" Dr. Pipa deals with questions regarding honoring civil authorites, cessationism, church membership, music in worship, the Puritan doctrine of assurance, paedocommunion and the basics of Christianity.
In this first segment of "Faith and Practice" Dr. Pipa deals with questions regarding the Lord's Day, two-kingdom theology, differences between the OPC and PCA as well as God's sovereignty in the face of disasters.
What happens to a pastor when he believes that God is calling him to leave one congregation to pastor another congregation? What are some of the pitfalls and problems associated with it? Are there any fundamental processes that a pastor can use to help him determine if this is the will of God? In this broadcast we examine these questions, and many more, with a man who labored over this exact issue. Our guest is Rev. Ryan McGraw.
Dr. Rick Phillips was our guest as we sat down and discussed the recent 40th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America. In this discussion, held in the Gresham Conference Room of Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Greenville, SC.
Scott Moore was our guest as we discussed his desire to plant a PCA church in urban Mobile, Alabama. We discussed numerous issues related to this topic including the difficulty associated with planting a church in an urban center.