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The 2015 Summer Institute


Find it difficult to grasp any sense of order in the Psalter? Have trouble locating the right psalm for a particular need? Since the time of Augustine until today, the Psalms have been read as individually wrapped treasures that stand alone rather than having inner connections within the book as a whole.

Greenville Seminary's 2015 Summer Institute will provide an in-depth look at "The Flow of the Psalms," with teaching by Drs. O. Palmer Robertson and Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. at the seminary. This week-long seminar is a greatly expanded version of a lecture presented by Dr. Robertson prior to our 2014 Spring Theology Conference. Dr. Palmer's lectures will take place during the morning sessions daily; during the afternoon sessions, Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr., will be lecturing on Preaching the Psalms. Pastors attending will be given the opportunity to submit sermons on the Psalms for critiquing.

THE FLOW OF THE PSALMS explores the fascinating structures of psalm groupings that will enable you to place as many as 80% of the psalms in their relationship to the whole of the book. Discovering groupings that feature psalms celebrating creation, psalms of corporate praise, psalms of the innocent sufferer, psalms of the guilty sufferer, psalms anticipating prosperity and long life, psalms of personal and national disaster, will enable you to "find your way" to the right psalm for a specific occasion. Understanding these inherent connections can only enrich the understanding of each individual psalm. Throughout the whole, the promised Messiah and his universal reign provide a unifying focus. Charts displaying the structure inherent in each of the five Books of the Psalter make it possible to visualize the progression in redemptive truth from Psalm 1 to Psalm 150.



Veteran theologian and missionary Dr. O. Palmer Robertson is principal and director of African Bible College in Uganda and Malawi. He has served pastorates in several states, spoken at many conferences, taught at several seminaries, and lectures in Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America. His books include Christ of the Covenants, The Genesis of Sex, The Israel of God, and Understanding the Land of the Bible. He taught at Reformed Theological Seminary, Westminster Theological Seminary, Covenant Theological Seminary, and Knox Theological Seminary, as well as at the African Bible College.

Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. is president and professor of systematic theology at Greenville Seminary. He received a B.A. from Belhaven College, 1968; M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary, 1971; Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, 1985. He served as pastor of Tchula Presbyterian Church, Tchula, Miss. and on the staff of Great Commission Publications. He was a guest lecturer at Westminster Theological Seminary, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Houston, Tex., associate professor of practical theology and director of advanced studies at Westminster Theological Seminary, Escondido, Calif. He previously served as pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA), Escondido. He is author and editor of and contributor to numerous books, articles and journals.


Tuition for the Summer Institute is $225. You may register by phoning (864) 322-2717 or online at www.gpts.edu/pastors. Please register by Friday, June 26th.

After June 26th, a $25 late registration fee will be applied. We offer a $25 discount off of additional registrations, should others in your church register to attend with you. This discount will be distributed as a cash refund when you arrive for class. Please be sure to list the name of your church in the Ministry/Organization field of the online registration.

GPTS students who want to take the course for graduate level (MDiv) credit must register by May 22nd. Non-GPTS students who want to register for credit must do so by June 26th. Pastors who take the course are eligible for 30 continuing education units.


Monday: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday:
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.