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

How Should Christians Think About Corporate Apologies?

It’s been a busy season for public apology and repentance

“How then should Christians think about corporate apology and repentance? My short answer: as a careful, genuinely corporate exercise there can be great value in approving statements of shared repentance, but as a genre of complaint and rebuke, public apologies are normally misguided and misleading.”   It’s been a busy season for public apology and... Continue Reading

Women’s Issues in the PCA

If the intent of this recommendation was merely to explore the ways in which non-ordained women can engage in ministry without violating the BCO, then this recommendation chose perhaps the most exceedingly poor way of communicating that idea.

Actually, far more alarming to me now is the wording of the suggestion regarding the pastoral letter. The language of women serving alongside elders in the pastoral work of the church already suggests that the substance of what elders do is something that women can do. It is not a long step from that perspective... Continue Reading

2016 PCA General Assembly: Moving Forward Together

I departed from Mobile, Alabama with a renewed hope that these differences exist within a general consensus for biblical and Reformed fidelity that is growing stronger, not weaker.

Likewise, I departed from the PCA’s General Assembly with concerns and frustrations, as usual.  But I am grateful to the Lord to serve in a denomination that continues to occupy its vital spiritual real estate at the crossroads of evangelicalism and Calvinism. I agreed with the fraternal delegate from the OPC, who commented that what... Continue Reading

How The PCA GA Action On The Role Of Women In The Church Appears To One Woman

A Reflection on the 2016 PCA General Assembly written by a PCA pastor’s wife, who is herself a seminary graduate.

I enjoy being a woman according to the example outlined in Scripture, in part, just so that I can see my husband being a man as defined by Scripture. I am fulfilled as a woman with my beautiful submissive, nurturing role that provides opportunities to bring out the leadership role of my husband….Nevertheless, my culture... Continue Reading

“Who Are The 123 Who Voted Against The Overture?” Here’s One.

Why I voted against the racial reconciliation overture at the 44th PCA General Assembly.

When it comes to calling upon believers to confess and repent of the sins of a prior generation the vast majority of which they had little if anything to do with personally, it seems to me we are in danger of trivializing repentance along the lines of Calvin’s warning and at the same time falling... Continue Reading