Confessing Sin One Church Officer at a Time

A call for PCA members to confess their sin of racism by the book — that is, by the Book of Church Order.

I would like for this year’s PCA Assembly to answer all the related overtures [on the sin of racism] by sending them back to the courts from which they originated to be dealt with according to our rules of discipline. Fully a third of our BCO is devoted to how our courts should deal with... Continue Reading

Overtures Take Different Approaches on Race

These overtures will be considered by the Overtures Committee

“The overture also calls the PCA to lament the decades it took to address the issue and its failure to preach and embody the full truth of Scripture on race-related matters. It calls on church courts to include questions about how the Gospel addresses issues of race and integration in the examination of candidates for... Continue Reading

Overture To PCUSA Seeks To Extract Apology From Those Following Biblical Teachings On Sexuality

A Presbyterian Church (USA) presbytery is asking the 222nd General Assembly to apologize to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ/Q) community

The overture asks that the PCUSA affirm, confess and apologize for “the teachings and actions that have created marginalization of our sisters and brothers, adding to the erroneous belief that people who identify as LGBTQ/Q should be considered unworthy to serve fully or be honored as family within and without the church.”   A Presbyterian... Continue Reading

Three Proposals for Racial Reconciliation Overtures in the PCA

As the calendar turns and thoughts begin to turn to the general assembly, it is important that we think about this matter in a biblically principled manner.

We should avoid diverting the church from its spiritual mission by means of permanent committees for social justice.  Sean Lucas’ book clearly shows the peril to a Christian church of embracing a mission of social change or justice.  It was PCUS’s Permanent Committee on Social and Moral Welfare that played a significant role in leading... Continue Reading

Overture 1 Sent to the PCA’s 44th General Assembly: Steps Towards Racial Reconciliation

The 44th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America will meet in Mobile, Ala., June 20-24, 2016

Therefore be it resolved, that, before our Lord, the 44th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America exhorts all its members, especially its officers, to examine themselves in the light of Scripture to determine if there be any unconfessed and unrepentant sins of partiality, favoritism, or prejudice among them (Gn. 1:26-27, Eph. 2:14-22, Jas.... Continue Reading

Overture Seeks to Restore Marriage in the PCUSA to Between One Man and One Woman

Before it can be considered by the 222nd General Assembly, however, another PCUSA presbytery must also vote to approve – or concur – with the overture.

The overture’s rationale states, “When we fail to seek Christ’s direction we are subject to the direction of the culture in which we reside and therefore can make errors in our judgment failing to glorify Jesus Christ in whom we seek to serve first and foremost.” When the PCUSA voted to amend the definition of... Continue Reading

Lessons Learned From The Civil Rights Resolution At The 2015 PCA General Assembly

Five encouraging observations and lessons on how the PCA GA handled the Civil Rights Resolution

How then do we add feet to our repentance regarding the Civil Rights era, while maintaining this purely spiritual mission and authority?  That is what we will need to work out in the year to come in our sessions and presbyteries.  I might suggest that we begin by looking to the book of Philemon as... Continue Reading

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