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

Southern Baptist Messengers adopt Great Commission Resurgence by wide margin

By an estimated 3-to-1 margin, the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report was adopted June 15 by messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, made the motion at last year’s Convention that brought about the Task Force report that many predict... 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