An Overview and Assessment of the OPC General Assembly in The Appeal of John Carrick
Confronting and overcoming a culture of skepticism about disability in the church
I maintain that at the heart of this case is Linda Carrick and her disability and chronic illness and that we cannot, we must not forget that. When an event like this takes place, we bear a responsibility to seize the opportunity to stop, to reflect on and to reform our attitudes towards fellow believers... Continue Reading
Racial Reconciliation: Action of the 30th PCA General Assembly (2002)
In 2002, the 30th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America adopted a resolution on racial reconciliation that included a confession of past actions.
We therefore confess our involvement in these sins. As a people, both we and our fathers, have failed to keep the commandments, the statutes, and the laws God has commanded. We therefore publicly repent of our pride, our complacency, and our complicity. Furthermore, we seek the forgiveness of our brothers and sisters for the reticence... Continue Reading
PCA General Assembly Report 2015
May God keep the PCA true to the Scriptures, true to the Reformed Faith, and obedient to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.
As was true of the 42nd General Assembly, so is true of the 43rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, this Assembly won’t create headlines around the world or be noted in histories of the Presbyterian Church. In many ways, I am thankful for that. It was a good Assembly as the church... Continue Reading
Report on Racial Questions from the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod (1966)
In 1966, the RPCES Synod adopted a Report on Racial Questions
God commands all men everywhere to repent of their sin, trusting in Jesus Christ, the only name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. The church is entrusted with the proclamation of this saving message to all nations, for God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come... Continue Reading
PCA Hotly Debates Delaying Formal Acknowledgement Of Racism And The End Is EPIC
The debate on the Personal Resolution On Civil Rights Remembrance at the PCA General Assembly
We went into a time of prayer. And prayed and prayed and prayed. And then we prayed some more. Men poured put their hearts God, praying for repentance and transformation – expressing sorrow and grief for the sufferings of our Black brothers and sisters and acknowledging our sin as a part of it. Men wept... Continue Reading
The RPCNA & ARP Synods: A Family Reunion of Churches
The Synods of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church met concurrently at the Bonclarken Conference Center in North Carolina.
This meeting served as something of a family reunion of churches that have been separated as they are since 1782. We have rich theological similarities, a shared history (evidenced by many shared surnames), and similar visions for ministry that tie us more closely than other denominations. Most of all, we have an organic union in... Continue Reading
2015 PCA General Assembly Roundup
A brief overview of the PCA 43rd General Assembly held June 9-12, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The main issue in the debate on the personal resolution offered by TE Sean Lucas and TE Ligon Duncan III on racial reconciliation hinged on whether the PCA ought to repent now of its racial sins in a less-than-perfect manner, or wait a year and perfect the language and accuracy of the language (and... Continue Reading
ARP and RPCNA Synods Meet Concurrently
The Synods met concurrently at the ARP Bonclarken conference grounds in Flat Rock, NC
I like to think of our goals in two areas. First, we have a goal of celebrating the unity that we already have in Christ. And second, we have a goal of furthering our relationship with the ARP church by promoting dialogue and interaction on a variety of levels. To be clear, this is not... Continue Reading
PCA General Assembly Refers Resolution on Civil Rights Remembrance to the 44th GA
The Overtures Committee recommended unanimously to the General Assembly that the personal resolution be referred to the 44th General Assembly.
A personal resolution on civil rights was presented to the 43rd PCA General Assembly and referred to the Overtures Committee (OC). After a lengthy debate, the OC recommended unanimously to the General Assembly that the personal resolution be referred to the 44th General Assembly that will meet in Mobile, Ala., June 21-24, 2016. The recommendation... Continue Reading
PCA General Assembly Answers Six Overtures in the Negative
The Presbyterian Church America 43rd General Assembly is meeting in Chattanooga June 9-12, 2015
At its June 11 session, the 43rd PCA General Assembly considered recommendations from the Overtures Committee regarding overtures that had been sent to the GA. In what was considered unusual, all six overtures were answered in the negative. The Overtures Committee also presented reasons for each of its recommendations. At its June 11 session,... Continue Reading