Interviews with Candidates for PCUSA Moderator

The Layman asked each candidate to identify the top five issues at the upcoming PCUSA General Assembly, and share their position on each. (Answers are printed exactly as received – each candidate had a 500-word limit) Six individual articles are available on The Aquila Report – use links to read the interviews for each candidate:... Continue Reading

Christian Century Publishes Critique of PCUSA Document

MESC report “silences some Jews by naming them as difficult. It silences other Jews by presuming to speak for them without having spoken to them.” Two scholars from Vanderbilt Divinity School, Ted A. Smith and Amy-Jill Levine have written an authoriative critique of “Breaking Down the Walls,” a report that will be on the agenda... Continue Reading

Under the PCUSA big tent – will the Lion sleep?

But here’s the thing about a circus: surprise is always possible. Aslan might – He just might – be loosed from His cage. The Presbyterian Church (USA) refers to itself as a “big tent,” an apparent reference to its policies of “inclusiveness and diversity.” Biannually, the denomination’s General Assembly, as all circuses do, offers a... Continue Reading

SBC New President fields questions on GCR, CP and Calvinism

Asked where he stood in his convictions regarding Calvinism: “I really don’t believe that human beings are ever going to completely reconcile the sovereignty of God and the free will of man. Newly elected Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright wants to see Southern Baptists return to their first love, radically reprioritize their lives, funding... Continue Reading

CRC Synod Discusses Lord’s Table Proposal to include children prior to Profession of Faith

In its recommendations, the Faith Formation Committee said that a formal Profession of Faith prior to participation in the Lord’s Supper “is not required by Scripture or the confessions.” Synod 2010 of the Christian Reformed Church in North America agreed on Tuesday to a process that could lead to the adoption next year of new,... Continue Reading

PCUSA General Assembly committee leadership finalized

The leadership of the 18 committees for the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s 219th General Assembly has been announced. According to Presbyterian News Service, the committee leadership (M = moderator; V = vice-moderator; A = committee assistant; P = parliamentarian) is as follows: · Bills and Overtures: M – Elder Heath Rada (Western North Carolina); V –... Continue Reading

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO CATASTROPHE

The SBC Convention, meeting this week in Orlando, Florida, passed the following resolution on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 WHEREAS, On April 20, 2010, the deadly explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the deaths of eleven workers and touched off an underwater gusher of oil that has spewed... Continue Reading

ON HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE UNITED STATES MILITARY

The SBC Convention, meeting this week in Orlando, Florida, passed the following resolution on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 WHEREAS, President Obama has promised repeatedly to repeal current law (10USC654) and to change policies that prevent normalizing the open presence of homosexuals in the armed forces; and WHEREAS, The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff... Continue Reading

Reformed Church in America Agrees to Discuss ELCA’s Pro-Gay Actions

The RCA adopted a resolution expressing “concern” over the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s controversial action to allow partnered homosexuals to be on the clergy roster. The resolution was approved during the RCA’s 204th General Synod, which concluded Tuesday. It comes nearly a year after the ELCA’s highest legislative body voted to permit persons who are in... Continue Reading

Bryant Wright of Marietta, GA wins runoff for Southern Baptist president

Bryant Wright, pastor of the Atlanta-area Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, defeated Florida pastor Ted Traylor in a runoff for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention. With 7,667 messengers voting, Wright received 4,225 votes, or 55.11 percent. Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla., received 3,371 votes, for 43.9 percent. Nearly 11,000 messengers... Continue Reading

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