Would a Division be Good for the PCA?
Some history and a proposal for meetings of the Presbyterian Church in America General Assembly
One year, let’s call it the ‘A’ Year, would keep the current convention look. We would have vendors, we would have visitors, and we would have reports from our Committees and Agencies (and approve their budgets), and we would have large worship services open to the public….The next year (and from then on rotate) we have... Continue Reading
Reflections on Substance
Hobby Lobby and the 42nd PCA General Assembly
The CMC reported that it is empowered “to focus on the overall ministry and mission of the PCA,” and had identified five key issues facing the denomination it would study and report on next year: The role of women in the PCA; Homosexuality and related issues; The rising generation of leaders in the PCA; Making... Continue Reading
Reflections on the 42nd PCA General Assembly
Reflections on the 42nd General Assembly of the PCA, and quick summary of some of the business that occurred
Dr. Thomas gave a talk during a luncheon hosted by the “Gospel Reformation Network.” His topic was the doctrine of sanctification. Many people are confused today about the doctrine of sanctification or how Christians grow in the likeness of Christ, being enabled more and more to die unto to sin and live unto righteousness (WSC... Continue Reading
Insider Movements Study Committee Report Endorsed by the PCA
The Presbyterian Church in America, the Presbyterian Church of Bangladesh, and other churches, are committed together against IM’s theology and methods
The PCA Study Committee Report is an excellent resource for pastors, missionaries, mission committees, and others who support or are involved in missionary efforts. It also has significant implications for the local outreach of the church not only to Muslim but also to the Jewish, the GLBT, and other communities. However, it can appear a... Continue Reading
PCA Stated Clerk: Actions of the 42nd General Assembly
The Stated Clerk's report
Overall, the 42nd General Assembly proved to be an irenic meeting, even though several controversial matters were considered. The goodwill demonstrated may be attributed to the Overtures Committee’s helpful work, the Moderator’s wisdom and grace in moderating, and the Christian spirit evinced by commissioners both in committee and Assembly sessions, as a genuine meeting of... Continue Reading
More Thoughts On a Delegated PCA General Assembly
Unless we begin talking about alternative ways to doing GA, it is not going to improve
“If you take a look at the docket of GA, there is currently precious little time for fellowship, especially as each year the assembly seems to press harder and harder to get done before Thursday evening. As a result, fellowship takes place late, after the evening services, or it takes men away from the assembly... Continue Reading
We are Salt & Light, Yes?
If the PCA says NO! to Child Sexual Abuse, Why Not NO! to All Sexual Immorality?
For those who will admonish me, “but our standards ALREADY (in effect) say such things; there is no need to repeat ourselves,” my response will be a simple, “and where would you and I be if God did not repeatedly, page after page, remind and admonish us of our sin and need of Jesus Christ?” If... Continue Reading
Observations from my First PCA General Assembly
Being a rather newly minted Teaching Elder in the PCA, this was my first General Assembly. For the most part I was encouraged.
“We’ve said it already so we don’t need to say it again,” simply does not work. Statements of faith and doctrinal affirmations must be restated at various times for various reasons. Our memories are short. Our resolve is often weak. For instance, the PCA has clearly and consistently ruled that theistic evolution is inconsistent with... Continue Reading
5 Reasons I Supported the PCA’s Overture 43
Overture 43: A call to support those who experience persecution for standing for a biblical view on the sanctity of human life and of marriage
Not everyone in my position would agree with my stance on this particular issue; but I think members of our congregations who struggle with same-sex attraction, believing such activity to be sin, would agree with this: we need the church to speak clearly and compassionately on this matter. Please, fellow elders and pastors, don’t be wishy-washy... Continue Reading
Victory in Houston: Conclusions and Implications of the PCA’s Rejection of the Insider Movement(s)
The 2014 PCA General Assembly in Houston voted by overwhelming majority to reject the Insider Movement(s) paradigm
The PCA became the first major Western denomination to take an official stand against IM. Rather than merely seeking vague influence by having a seat at a table somewhere we have simply stood up on our own terms and assumed a leadership role on IM. Beyond bringing much needed clarity to our own churches and... Continue Reading