Presbytery of Northern New England Overtures the PCA 45th GA to Remove Long Range Planning from CMC
Overture 7 asks the 45th General Assembly to remove the task of long range planning from the Cooperative Ministries Committee.
The overture states that “the Assembly’s committees are to serve and not to direct any Church judicatories. They are not to establish policy, but rather execute policy established by the General Assembly.” And further, the Cooperative Ministries Committee’s (CMC) mandated responsibility of “long-range planning” (RAO 7-3.c.) gives it a platform to influence denominational policy, and... Continue Reading
Westminster Presbytery Overtures the PCA 45th GA Not to Receive the Ad Interim Committee Report on the Role of Women
Overture 3 asks the 45th General Assembly to acknowledge the 44th GA erred and that it not receive the report of the Ad Interim Committee on the Role of Women.
“Declare that the 44th General Assembly Erred in the Formation of an Ad Interim Committee on Women, that (RAO 11-5) the General Assembly not Receive the Report of the Ad Interim Committee on the Role of Women as not Being Properly before the Court, and Dismiss the Ad Interim Committee with Apology.” Westminster Presbytery... Continue Reading
Calvary Presbytery Overtures the PCA 45th GA To Grant Full Constitutional Authority to BCO Chapter 59
By making BCO 59, “The Solemnization of Marriage,” fully constitutional the PCA will clearly state and affirm that marriage is between one man and one woman.
Calvary Presbytery approved an overture at its October 27, 2016 Stated Meeting, asking that the Book of Church Order (BCO) Chapter 59 dealing with the solemnization of marriage be grant full constitutional authority. The overture will be considered by the 45th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America when it meets in Greensboro, N.C.,... Continue Reading
Gulfstream Presbytery Overtures PCA General Assembly to Amend Westminster Confession 24 by Adding Two Scripture Proofs
The overture requests adding two Scripture proofs to clarify that the Westminster Confession of Faith 24.4 excludes same-sex marriage.
The Gulfstream Presbytery approved an overture at its October 2016 Stated Meeting, asking that Westminster Confession of Faith 24.4 be amended by the addition of two Scripture proofs that would explicitly exclude homosexual marriage. The overture will be considered by the 45th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America. The PCA General Assembly will... Continue Reading
Systematic Theology at Covenant Seminary is Biblical and “Missional”
Covenant Seminary recently announced that it has positioned its systematic theology department in a larger newly named area called “missional” theology.
Dear Covenant Seminary Alumni, The following statement about our recently renamed Missional Theology Department will be going out to various public channels over the next few days, but we wanted to you to be among the first to see it. The statement provides a biblical rationale for the change and situates it within the larger framework... Continue Reading
Should We Apologize for Sins We Did Not Commit?
Does it make sense to repent of someone else’s sins?
One way to say yes to this question is to believe in corporate guilt, or imputed intergenerational guilt. Todd Pruitt, a PCA minister who voted for the overture to “repent of corporate and historical sins” nevertheless doubted whether such corporate guilt made theological sense. Does it make sense to repent of someone else’s sins?... Continue Reading
The Good News of the 2016 PCA General Assembly
God is at work in the PCA! The Holy Spirit is working powerfully in our midst!
Finally, our Good News wraps up with the report that the PCA grew by 11,816 people in 2015. That’s nearly a 1,000 people a month coming into PCA churches! On top of that we had 9,679 professions of faith, over half of them coming from adults! That’s a lot of new believers! Could we do... Continue Reading
Racism, Guilt – Other People’s, and Our Repentance
“How am I guilty of sins committed by others, sins I had nothing to do with since I was not even there?!”
At the very least, there are covenantal applications with reference to the guilt of sin. These covenantal applications cross both space (trans-spatial) and time (trans-temporal). This does not mean personal culpability, responsibility for the sin. It does mean personal experience of the consequences of such guilt. Yes, the parameters and details of this need to be worked out,... Continue Reading
Actions of the 44th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America
The Forty-fourth General Assembly met June 20-23, 2016 in Mobile, Alabama, at the Mobile Convention Center. Gulf Coast Presbytery hosted the meeting.
At the First General Assembly in 1973 the matter of a PCA logo was considered. In 1982, 1983, 2006, 2014, and 2015 it was discussed again. The matter had been referred to the Historical Center (HC) Subcommittee of the AC for report to the AC and recommendation to the Assembly…The Design Group initially developed over... Continue Reading
44th PCA General Assembly (2016): Selected Acts & Deliverances
Some highlights of actions taken at the 44th GA of the Presbyterian Church in America.
PCA statistics reported at the end of 2015: Total membership, 370,332 (increase of 11, 816, as opposed to a decrease of 1,318 the year before); Churches, 1,534 (increase of 35); Ministers, 4,556 (increase of 140); and Presbyteries, 84. Attendance at the 2016 General Assembly meeting in Mobile, Alabama: 1,252 commissioners (977 Teaching Elders, 275 Ruling... Continue Reading