Report of Actions – Christian Reformed Church Annual Synod – Monday, June 14

Synod 2010 began its work on Monday morning with a worship service asking the Holy Spirit to be with delegates and others as they undertake their deliberations. Delegates met in their committees throughout the afternoon. “We are ready for the work of synod,” said Rev. Aldon Kuiper, president of Synod 2010, at the start of... Continue Reading

Evangelism vs. Missions? – Southern Baptists contemplate unleashing the IMB at home.

“…the concept of evangelism (domestic) vs. missions (international) is outdated in a world of immigration, refugees, and diasporas.” For 164 years, the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention has focused on taking the gospel overseas. But in May, the 16 million-member denomination’s Great Commission Resurgence Task Force recommended removing restrictions on the... Continue Reading

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on docket for three national assemblies of Presbyterian denominations

The potential legitimization of homosexuality in the military may be the most serious moral issue in America since Roe V. Wade in 1973 Three member denominations of the Presbyterian and Reformed Joint Commission on Chaplains and Military Personnel (PRJC) have overtured their respective General Assemblies or Synod on the possible repeal of the military’s “Don’t... Continue Reading

Letter To The Editor – The Strategic Plan is Not Really “Cool”

The session I serve on is concerned about lots of “churchy” things like church discipline, proper doctrine and worship in the church, and growth (of all types) in our local body. That’s our strategy. When the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America convenes at the end of this month in Nashville a Strategic... Continue Reading

Preview of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church General Assembly

“Blessed” is the theme of the 30th General Assembly, which will take place Wednesday, June 23, through Saturday, June 26, at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colorado. The Commissioner’s Handbook has been mailed to all commissioners who had registered by May 31. The Handbook can also be downloaded from the EPC website (www.epc.org). A... Continue Reading

A moment of decision: will Southern Baptists face the future, or will we flinch?

A great sense of historical importance looms as the 2010 meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention fast approaches. The messengers to the SBC meeting in Orlando will cast many important votes, but one exceeds all others in significance, and that is the vote on the report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. Southern Baptists... Continue Reading

The PCA’s New Strategic Plan (V)

I pray that the PCA will have the presence of mind to vote this non-Plan Plan down….My concern is not that we don’t know who we are, but that we don’t know what we’re becoming. Creating a Perspective for Planning (V) The more one progresses through the PCA’s Strategic Plan, the more the impression begins... Continue Reading

PCUSA Assembly commissioners will consider a new Form of Government

The nFOG Task Force recommends sweeping changes to the life of the denomination, and the Presbyterian Coalition, along with the Presbyterian Renewal Network, is urging commissioners not to approve the recommendations. One of the more significant issues coming before the 219th General Assembly is the proposed revision of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Form of Government... Continue Reading

BP disaster gives PCUSA overture new meaning

Assigned to one of the social justice committees, the overture just might be a hot topic in light of the ongoing BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. When Bayou Blue Presbyterian Church authored an overture advocating for coastal wetlands and successfully guided it through South Louisiana Presbytery and on to the General Assembly,... Continue Reading

Part 2: Actions of the ARP Synod – Wednesday PM Session (June 9, 2010)

With about 30 minutes remaining until the time fixed for recess at 9:30PM, the Synod moved to consider Committee Reports. In just 24 minutes, the Synod accomplished the following: Approved the continuation for one year of the Strategic Planning Committee. Approved the report as a whole of the Theological and Social Concerns Committee. · The... Continue Reading