Why Did Overtures 23 and 37 Fail to Pass the PCA Presbyteries?
Some reasons why overtures 23 and 37 failed to gain the necessary 2/3 of the presbyteries.
I believe a majority of those in most PCA presbyteries are opposed to Revoice and all that it represents. The failure of Overtures 23 and 37 was not a vote for Revoice Theology. Those who denigrate the PCA with this line of thinking are ignorant of the PCA and her presbyterian procedures. I believe that... Continue Reading
Positive Schedule Changes for the 2022 PCA General Assembly
The 2022 PCA General Assembly promises to be jam-packed deliberation; the proposed schedule recommends more than three hours of extra business prior to the Thursday night session.
One permanent solution might be to amend the Rules of Assembly Operations to require the Stated Clerk to propose a docket with minimum amounts of business time for each day of the assembly. A formula requiring two to four hours of business on the first day, eight on the second, and eight before 6 pm... Continue Reading
The End of Overtures 23 & 37
An unofficial count has determined that both Overtures 23 and 37 have failed to receive the approval of 2/3 of the presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church in America.
While Overtures 23 and 37 did not receive the approval of 2/3 of presbyteries, they did receive more than a majority of the presbyteries that have voted so far. The debate on the issue is not over. There are a number of presbyteries preparing to send overtures to the 49th PCA General Assembly on the... Continue Reading
Dissent, Response, & Concurrences in Speck v. Missouri Presbytery
The case was about evaluating Missouri Presbytery’s investigation of TE Johnson; the SJC has not vindicated TE Johnson as he claims.
15 of the 24 men on the SJC have now, to some extent, gone on official record to express concern over TE Johnson’s views. This development contradicts claims that TE Johnson’s views were exonerated by the SJC in Speck v. Missouri Presbytery. In the case, the SJC decision represented an adjudication regarding a particular presbytery’s... Continue Reading
More on the PCA Standing Judicial Case Regarding Missouri Presbytery and Greg Johnson
SJC members offer Dissenting and Concurring Opinions.
The Standing Judicial Commission (SJC), the highest judicatory of the Presbyterian Church in America, rendered a decision on October 21, 2021, that Missouri Presbytery did not violate the investigation requirements of the Book of Church Order and did not err when it declined to process allegations against TE Greg Johnson. The judgment answered the complaint that arose... Continue Reading
The ARP Session’s Authority and Responsibility Concerning Public Corporate Worship
An overview of Session’s authority regarding a congregation’s public corporate worship in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
How should the Session deal with these providential hinderances? When dealing with such rare and unavoidable circumstances, the Session must clearly be guided by biblical wisdom and principles, objective certainties, and sound reasoning, and not by speculation, worldly wisdom, and unsupported fear. The Session should lean on what is “known” rather than what is “unknown”... Continue Reading
The PCA Should Seek a Better Revision: Reasons to Vote Against Amending BCO 32-20
Maintaining the statute of limitations for judicial process in BCO 32-20 benefits the Church in fulfilling the interests of justice. Presbyteries should vote NO on this proposed amendment.
The proposed amendment does not so much revise BCO 32-20 as it removes one provision and substitutes it with another. It removes the requirement binding the church to act in a timely manner to uphold the honor of Christ in cases of scandal. In its place, it leaves the question of what constitutes a timely... Continue Reading
Why the PCA Needs a Statute of Limitation – Reasons to Vote Against Amending BCO 32-20
Reasons for PCA Presbyteries to vote NO on amending BCO 32-20, the statute of limitations provision.
I am convinced that removing the present wording of the statute of limitations in BCO 32-20 will lead to other serious problems and unintended consequences. The proposed amendment will potentially open up members to harassment by the courts; it will allow the shepherding from elders to become lax; it will allow courts to settle for... Continue Reading
Reasons to Vote in Favor of Amendments to the PCA’s BCO 16-4, BCO 20-4 and BCO 24-1
These BCO amendments add specific wording because of current issues in the culture that require clearer definitions of qualities like “above approach,” “a good reputation,” and “respected.”
Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) pastors Dominic Aquila and Fred Greco sat down in early September 2021 to discuss overtures 23 & 37 which are related to the Revoice/SSA officer controversies. They explained the background to them, answered questions posed about them, and clarified why these amendments should be passed. Watch the video here. ... Continue Reading
A Newcomers Guide to PCA Overtures 23 and 37
Even if you feel the proposed overtures are less than perfect, that is not a reason to vote against them.
Third, this is a persistent issue. There have been efforts to address this issue such as the recently affirmed human sexuality report. We do have our helpful standards in the Westminster Confession of Faith. Some contend this is adequate and no more needs to be said, especially the proposed amendments. But help me if I... Continue Reading