The Lasting Benefits of OPC Overture 2 – Part 1: The Overture Itself
Observations on Overture 2 that was before the 88th OPC General Assembly.
Good Presbyterianism should be caring because the sheep are cared for with Christ’s love. Authority with a servant’s heart, as we know, may be used to care and shepherd the people of God for their good; on the other hand, authority can be sinfully wielded and twisted, thus inflicting damage on the sheep. Introduction... Continue Reading
Racism and the 2022 OPC General Assembly
Many reports have been made about the allegations of racism and the Assembly’s subsequent statements which were published online.
The game should be familiar by now, but evidently it isn’t. So let’s review the rules. There are no rules. This is how the game is played. An allegation is made. It does not have to be credible; the alleged offense simply has to be egregious. Social virtue requires the allegation be accepted at face... Continue Reading
Response to Bennie Castle’s “Lessons Learned? Allegations at the OPC General Assembly” (Revised)
If Presbyterianism is confused with procedure, it will prove to be hollow and devoid of the heart-warming pastoral shepherding that is embedded in a genuine Presbyterianism.
I share Mr. Castle’s criticism of social media, though he and I may have distinctly different takes on the criticism. But, nonetheless, we should both confess that sins of the tongue can be like a fire, they spread rapidly in a negative and as well in a positive culture. The rapid response of the... Continue Reading
Lessons Learned? Allegations at the OPC General Assembly
Setting the record straight and highlighting for the OPC that what they need now, more than ever, is to double down on following their Presbyterian principles.
The major lesson from this assembly on this matter is that we need to double down on our Presbyterian principles. Witnesses and evidence with biblical process for those who are guilty and vindication for those who have been falsely charged. This has always been the Presbyterian way and is doubly necessary in the negative world.... Continue Reading
Update from the OPC General Assembly on the Report of Alleged Racist Remarks
On the final day of GA, the Moderator of the OPC GA reported with thanksgiving that new information had come to light that appeared to resolve the matter.
During the course of the Assembly, the OPC GA’s Committee on Arrangements continued its interactions with EU staff in investigating the incidents reported. On Tuesday morning [06/14/22], the final day of GA, the Moderator of the OPC GA, David Nakhla, reported with thanksgiving that new information had come to light. As reported previously, on... Continue Reading
Report of the 2022 General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church
The 88th General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church met from June 8–14, 2022, at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania.
The next item of business for the evening was to elect a new moderator for this year’s Assembly. Elder David Nakhla (Glenside, PA) was the only nominee and declared elected. Elder David Winslow (Westminster, CA), who had nominated Mr. Nakhla, led in prayer for the newly elected moderator. The 88th General Assembly of the... Continue Reading
Orthodox Presbyterians Apologize for Racism at General Assembly
The General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church apologized Friday for four racist incidents at its annual gathering.
The moderator at the 2022 General Assembly asked the people who made the statements to Eastern students and staff to come forward a second time on Monday morning. By Tuesday, one commissioner had come forward and personally apologized for making statements about “slave labor,” which he said was meant as a joke. Another apologized for... Continue Reading
Overture 2 to the 2022 OPC GA: Help or Hindrance?
If appointed, could the proposed committee honor Jesus Christ, help the OPC, her members, the broader church, and even our world? Or could it be a hindrance?
I believe that the greatest need the OPC has right now is not another committee, but rather men in leadership and members in our churches who are committed to true and decided piety. This stands as the chief necessity for the eldership and the Christian life (1 Timothy 3:2, 1 Peter 1:16). John Calvin provided... Continue Reading
Abuse, the OPC, and the Psychologizing of Sin
The preference of the term abuse over sin moves abuse out of the moral and spiritual realm and into the psychological.
Here is the real problem that I believe underlies the failure of those frequently using the term abuse to provide a clear, biblical definition: the preference of the term abuse dislocated from sin, moves abuse out of the moral and spiritual realm and into the psychological. In other words, it tends to shift the serious matters at hand from that which is... Continue Reading
Report of the 2021 OPC General Assembly
The 87th General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church is meeting July 7–14, 2021 in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The Rev. Zachery Keele, pastor of Escondido OPC, Escondido, CA, was elected as moderator. The total congregations at year’s end was 328. Total membership grew by 291 persons to 31,809 members. Total offerings of $67.6 million represented an increase of 3.31 percent from 2019, with a 2.90 percent increase in average giving per communicant member... Continue Reading