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2016 GPTS Conference

This years GPTS conference is on the theme “Marriage, Family, and Sexuality.” Below is the list of topics and speakers:

u>Tuesday, March 8
“God’s Design for Marriage” Dr. Joseph Pipa, Jr.
“Gay Marriage: Right or Wrong” Mr. Gary Bates
*7-8:30pm (EDT) “The Maker’s Instructions” Dr. Ian Hamilton

Wednesday, March 9
“Nurturing Sexual Intimacy in Marriage” Dr. Joel Beeke
“Free at Last: Counseling Those Dominated by the Sin of Pornography” Dr. Kevin Backus
“Family Worship in the Reformed Tradition” Dr. Benjamin Shaw
*7-8:30pm (EDT) “God’s Nursery” Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr.

Thursday, March 10
“Biblical Wisdom for Courtship and Marriage” Dr. Richard Phillips
“The Life and Theology of John Owen: A 400th Anniversary Appreciation” Dr. Ryan McGraw

*The two evening sessions will be broadcast live on Sermon Audion here

For further information on the conference click here

“He Never Began Loving Us”

If you have not listened to Pastor Ian Hamiliton’s message from this year’s Ligonier Conference, “Chosen in Christ: God’s Eternal Plan of Redemption” I would encourage you to do so.

Click on the title to listen: Chosen in Christ: God’s Eternal Plan of Redemption.

“Few subjects provoke debate like the doctrine of election. As a result, many struggle to see the value of it for Christian living. Yet from a biblical perspective, the doctrine of election is intended to comfort God’s people as well as magnify God’s grace. In this session, Dr. Ian Hamilton shows why God’s eternal plan to redeem His people for His glory is the basis for the work of Christ as our mediator, the foundation for the historical unfolding of the covenant of grace, and the ground for our hope in the gospel.”

Why Keep the Old Testament?

“Why Keep the Old (Testament) When We Have the New (Testament)?” was the question that Dr. Benjamin Shaw answered during the second Learning at Lebanon Seminar held today at Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Abbeville, SC.

The audio is now online:

The seminar for next month will be on March 26 with Mr. Dustin Segers addressing, “Man Cannot Live Without God: or Why There is No Good Reason to be An Atheist”. If you know of people in the area, please pass this information along.

Roman Meme Theology, Data Mining the Bible and Qur’an, Wael Ibrahim, and a Live Viewing of Kent Hovind

Started off with a Meme Theology segment looking at a Roman Catholic meme discussing authority and history, then moved on to an article pretending to compare the Old and New Testaments with the Qur’an regarding violence, based upon textual “data mining,” and then returned to examining the Wael Ibrahim/Lincoln Loo debate.  But then someone tweeted the newest Kent Hovind video which made reference to me, so we grabbed it and watched it live on the air.  Proved…interesting!

Don’t miss Thursday’s program!  We will have a special guest on to make a special announcement!

Here is the YouTube link:

OT & NT Books

This is going to be a good year for readers of reformed works, especially as it relates to the Bible. I simply want to make you aware of three books that are coming out this year.

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament: The Gospel Promised, Edited by Miles V. Van Pelt. Due out May 31, 2016.
The Old Testament is not just a collection of disparate stories, each with its own meaning and moral lessons. Rather, it’s one cohesive story, tied together by the good news about Israel’s coming Messiah, promised from the beginning. Covering each book in the Old Testament, this volume invites readers to teach the Bible from a Reformed, covenantal, and redemptive-historical perspective. Featuring contributions from twelve respected evangelical scholars, this gospel-centered introduction to the Old Testament will help anyone who teaches or studies Scripture to better see the initial outworking of God’s plan to redeem the world through Jesus Christ.

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospel Realized, Edited by Michael J. Kruger. Due out May 31, 2016.
Introductions to the New Testament often take a defensive stance, focusing on historical-critical issues but failing to address the interests and needs of pastors and Bible teachers. However, with an emphasis on the theology, key themes, and overall message of each book in the New Testament, this collaborative effort of nine biblical scholars takes a more positive and pastorally relevant approach. Written from a distinctly Reformed, covenantal, and redemptive-historical perspective, this theologically rich, expositional resource will equip readers to study and teach each book in the New Testament with clarity and insight.

A Peculiar Glory: How the Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Complete Truthfulness, by John Piper. Due out March 31, 2016.
Through the centuries, Christians have declared the Bible to be the Word of God. But why? What foundation do Christians have for believing that the Bible contains the very words of the living God? In his first major book since Bloodlines, best-selling author and popular preacher John Piper makes the case for why it is not just reasonable but crucial that we view the Bible as absolutely perfect and totally reliable. Exploring what Scripture teaches about itself from Genesis to Revelation, its unique “self-authenticating” nature, and its unparalleled ability to showcase God’s peculiar glory, Piper lays a solid foundation for Christians’ unshakable confidence in the Bible.

Michael Kruger said that Piper’s book is “One of the Most Unique Books on the Authority of Scripture in Generations”

I’m looking forward to these publications. Thank you Crossway.