Philadelphia Presbytery Overtures 42nd PCA General Assembly to Study Meaning of 3rd Ordination Vow

Presbytery: The PCA constitution does not clearly delineate or define “the general principles of biblical polity” or their relation to male only eldership

Philadelphia Presbytery overtures 42nd GA to establish a study committee in order to clarify and define the general principles of biblical polity referenced in the third ordination vow (BCO 21-5, 3rd Vow), and their application to gender and the office of elder, and to evaluate whether or not the constitution should be amended….   At... Continue Reading

PCA Presbytery of the Southwest Sends Two Overtures to the 42nd General Assembly

Overtures proposing changes on how the PCA General Assembly reviews SJC cases

One overture proposes amendments to the Rules of Assembly Operation (RAO) 17-1, seeking to clarify the meaning of the review authority of the Committee on Constitutional Business (CCB) of cases decided by the Standing Judicial Commission (SJC). The second overture proposes amendments to the Book of Church Order (BCO) 15-3, which would allow the General... Continue Reading

Overture on ‘Child Protection’ Sent to the 42nd PCA General Assembly

The overture ‘exhorts all church leaders to become informed and to take an active stance toward preventing child sexual abuse in the church’

“We urge all church leaders to use their influence for the protection of children, by any and all godly means, including preaching and teaching against the heinous sin of child sexual abuse, warning anyone with knowledge of these sins to “take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose 1 them” (Ephesians... Continue Reading

Presbyterian Church in America General Assembly for Beginners, Part 1

An introduction for those for whom this will be their first GA

First, what is the GA? It is the annual meeting of representatives of the churches that make up the PCA. A fuller description of the GA is found in Chapter 14 of the BCO. I recommend that you read it. The GA meets at different locations around the nation, usually in a city that has... Continue Reading

Grace Presbytery Overtures the PCA GA to Amend BCO 15-5 to Vote on SJC Decisions

The overture asks the PCA General Assembly to amend BCO 15-5(a) and (b) in order to regularize the approval of judicial commission decisions

At its stated meeting on September 10, 2013, Grace Presbytery (South Mississippi) approved an overture on changing some of the judicial processes in the Presbyterian Church in America. The overture recommends that the PCA General Assembly amend its Book of Church Order 15-5 which deals with the decisions of the Standing Judicial Commission (SJC).  ... Continue Reading

Is The PCA Liberal Or Just Going Off The Rails A Bit?

A former PCA member reflects on the recent General Assembly and what it may mean for the future

But realistically there are major problems that seem to be swept under the carpet for the time being. As I noted above the recent situation should bring a lot of concern. Whose example are we to follow? Why is the leadership appearing to perform on a level of ineptness that renders confusion and looks more... Continue Reading

The PCA Insider Movement Report: Times Are Changing, and Staying Exactly the Same

The moment when the rubber of theological innovation meets the road of practical consequence often happens with missions policy

The recent General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America featured a brief, but heated argument about the seemingly inconsequential … issue of foreign missions. Particularly, whether to receive and approve the Majority Report of the Committee on Insider Movements or whether to receive, as well, the Minority Report, written by a single committee member.... Continue Reading

Unjust Weights and the 41st PCA General Assembly

The principle of the use of unjust weights destroys trust in the church as it does in an economic system

Taking away PCA commissioners’ ability to debate and vote on issues in accordance with our RAO procedures destroys their trust in the underlying ecclesiastical system. Attempting to fix a vote’s outcome by changing voting order on the fly similarly erodes that same trust. Like unjust weights and balances, unjust political maneuvering should not be named... Continue Reading

A Rejoinder in the Discussion on ‘Parliamentary “Proceduring” or Constitutional Compliance?’

The continuing discussion on what the PCA BCO says on handling decisions of the Standing Judicial Commission

If the CCB member’s interpretation is correct, and CCB is allowed to review the merits of SJC decisions, then presumably any person who loses a decision at the SJC, or any losing Presbytery, could try to persuade one of the eight members of CCB to cite the SJC in the case, asking GA to remand... Continue Reading

Stated Clerk’s Summary of the Actions of the 41st PCA General Assembly

In 1986-1988 an ad interim committee of the General Assembly studied the issue of paedocommunion. The Assembly adopted the recommendation “That the PCA continue the practice defined in our standards and administer the Lord’s Supper ‘only to such as are of years and ability to examine themselves.’” Some Presbyteries have allowed ministers to hold to... Continue Reading