Resolution Against PCA Proposed Involuntary Ecclesiastical Taxation Passed By Our Session

Providence PCA in Fayetteville, North Carolina Response to Pending BCO and RAO Changes that Would Levy Involuntary Taxes on Ministers and Churches Whereas, in prior years Providence PCA has voluntarily supported the work of the Administrative Committee of the PCA by freely giving a portion of our tithes and offerings; and Whereas, the 38th General... Continue Reading

PCA Stated Clerk Releases “Actions of the 38th General Assembly”

The Thirty-eighth General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America met in Nashville, Tennessee June 29-July 2, 2010, at the Nashville Convention Center, hosted by Nashville Presbytery. A total of 1,311 commissioners attended (978 Teaching Elders and 333 Ruling Elders). In addition to acting upon the reports of the ten General-Assembly-level Permanent Committees and Agencies,... Continue Reading

What Should We Do? Keller-Duncan Discussions can point the way! The Future of the PCA (Part Two)

Keller made about six points concerning what the PCA should do in the coming years to foster unity. There were two that most impressed me I am more firmly convinced than ever that the PCA will decline in membership in the decade ahead, largely because of the division between the Traditionalists and the Contemporaries, which... Continue Reading

Move on, PCA – comments on the PCA General Assembly

‘Application’ is an old word, and ‘contextualization’ and ‘philosophy of ministry’ and ‘strategic plan’ are new ones, but I think they all mean the same thing. What makes a good sermon? It must be clearly based on the Bible. If it doesn’t, it may have a lot of practical wisdom in it, but there won’t... Continue Reading

Unintended Good Consequences from the PCA General Assembly

Each of the major issues (deaconesses and denominational planning) may reveal interesting and unexpected twists and turns, probably not planned by some. The 38th General Assembly of the PCA will probably neither prove to be the disastrous abyss that some think nor the inauguration of the eschaton expected by others. When measured by a longer... Continue Reading

Actions of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, Friday, July 2, Final Report

This report is limited to highlights of the meeting to provide our readers with the main issues considered. The first item of business at 8:00AM Friday was to return to the report of the COC on Mission to North America and the request of the Chaplains Commission for a statement on the military’s dealing with... Continue Reading

Actions of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, Thursday, July 1 – PM REPORT

This report is limited to highlights that could be of interest to our readers. First up after lunch was the Report of the Theological Examination Committee. This committee examines and approves men called for first or second ‘tier’ positions in the PCA, such as Presidents of the college and seminary, Coordinators of the varies ministry... Continue Reading

Actions of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, Thursday, July 1 – AM REPORT

This report is limited to highlights that could be of interest to our readers. First up on Thursday were two additional program reports from the Christian Education and Publications Committee and Ridge Haven. The first of the Board/Agency Committee of Commissioners to report for this Assembly was Ridge Haven. (Editor’s note: Committees of Commissioners (hereafter... Continue Reading

Local Newspaper interviews PCA Minister Charles McGowan concerning the ongoing PCA General Assembly

McGowan said churches in his group “consider any music newer than 100 years old as liberal and almost heretical.” The Rev. Charles McGowan is hoping for an atypically calm annual meeting for his denomination this week. McGowan serves on the host committee for the General Assembly of the PCA, which began Tuesday night at the... Continue Reading

Actions of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, Wednesday, June 30

This report is limited to highlights that could (should?) be of interest to our readers. First up was the annual report of the Stated Clerks Report. The Stated Clerk’s office keeps count on the votes of Presbyteries on recommended changes to the Book of Church Order. (Every change requires approval by a General Assembly, the... Continue Reading