Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Greenville Conference Trip: Day One (Part Two)

Image:  Sign in front of the host church announcing the conference.

The Greenville Presbyterian Seminary is an "old school" Presbyterian Seminary.  We are here for their annual Spring Theology Conference, hosted at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church.  This is my first year to attend.  This year's theme is "The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit."

The first afternoon session was by veteran theologian Dr. Morton Smith of GPTS on "The Person of the Holy Spirit."  Smith offered an extensive survey of key passages from the Old and New Testaments on the Holy Spirit.  Nice to see older men leading and speaking.  It seems too many evangelical conferences feature young men with little life or church experience.

The second session was by Dr. Joe Morecraft III of Chalcedon Presbyterian Church, near Atlanta.  His message was on "The Westminster Standards and the Spirit."

After Q & A, we had a tremendous catered supper of barbecue, ribs, baked beans, banana pudding, and real Southern sweet tea!  Got to talk to Dr. Pipa, president of GPTS, who spoke at the Keach Conference (aka, Evangelical Forum) in Charlottesville a few years back.

Then it was on to the book tables.  Reformation Heritage is doing the books.  There are great books at low prices.  My picks: John Trapp's A Commentary on the New Testament and Benjamin Keach's The Marrow of True Justification (guess it was an all-around Keach day; see Part One).

We also got to meet Steve Lee of sermonaudio.com.  BTW, he featured my reading of Andrew Fuller's sermon, The Obedience of Pastors to their Churches Explained and Enforced yesterday (3/7/11) and it got nearly 400 downloads.  He also gave me and Daniel free seromonaudio t-shirts!

The evening session was Ian Hamilton of Cambridge Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, England (Daniel's former pastor) on "Regeneration and Conversion" from John 3:1-15.  He focused on four questions:

1.  What is regeneration?
2.  Why is it necessary?
3.  How does God regenerate?
4.  How does regeneration evidence itself?

A few more pics:

Image:  Books!  Lots of them.  Puritan, Reformed, Theology!

Images Below:  Reformed Conferences makes for interesting bumper stickers in the parking lot:

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