James River Presbytery Overtures the PCA 45th GA to Amend Article IX in the RAO
Overture 18 asks the General Assembly to amend the Rules of Assembly Operations (RAO) IX so that ad interim committees may only be formed in response to presbytery overtures.
The James River Presbytery approved an overture at its April 8, 2017 Stated Meeting, asking the 45th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America to amend the Rules of Assembly Operation (RAO) Article IX by inserting a new paragraph 9-2. This new paragraph, if amended, would state: “Recommendations for the appointment of ad-interim or study... Continue Reading
Report of The PCA Committee On Women Serving In The Ministry Of The Church
The Report on Women Serving In The Ministry Of The Church will be considered at the 45th PCA General Assembly, meeting in Greensboro, N.C., June 12-16, 2017.
When the PCA began, North American society was in flux on the issue of women’s roles. Today, the society is settled on the full inclusion of women in every sphere. This presents us with a challenge and opportunity. In this moment, we need positively and persuasively to make the case for biblical complementarity in... Continue Reading
National Partnership Prepares for PCA General Assembly
James Kessler administrates the National Partnership. It is our 'political arm' of sorts.
There has, in the past five years, been a decidedly gracious movement in our denomination, and you have much to do with this. Crucial votes and Issues that matter most to us, along with Committees that are populated with likeminded people and a movement toward less stridency and a more diverse and outwardly focused and... Continue Reading
Western Carolina Presbytery Overtures the PCA 45th GA to Amend RAO 11.5
Overture 10 asks RAO11-5 be amended to direct the Stated Clerk to refer overtures regarding committees and agencies and ad interim committees “to the Overtures Committee also.”
The Western Carolina Presbytery approved an overture at its February 25, 2017 Stated Meeting, asking the 45th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America to “Revise Rules of Assembly Operation (RAO) 11-5 to direct [the stated] clerk to refer overtures regarding committees and agencies and ad interim committees to overtures committee also.” The Presbytery... Continue Reading
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