Dr. Brad Voyles Named President of Covenant College
The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to affirm the recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee and appoint Dr. Brad Voyles as the next president of Covenant College
Since July 2023, Dr. Voyles has been serving as interim president of Covenant College in addition to his regular responsibilities….Dr. Voyles has been the Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students at Covenant College since 2005. During that time, he has provided leadership in admissions and financial aid (2018 – 2019), in business... Continue Reading
Ministry Moves Reported in 2023
Ministerial and congregational departures from the denomination.
When viewed in historical perspective (going back to 2013), it remains the case that more than any other denomination, the EPC is the destination of choice for PCA ministers transferring out of the PCA (71 in the years 2012-2022). The same move is much less common for entire congregations, despite certain high-profile examples, going back... Continue Reading
It Doesn’t Work: Presbyterian Church USA
Compromises on sexuality are connected to general erosion of biblical fidelity. It doesn’t work.
Since the change of the definition of marriage, the PCUSA seems to have lost all counterbalance to contemporary progressive ideologies. Having lost its conservative contingent, the PCUSA appears to be in theological and moral freefall with few voices seeking to preserve any historic biblical understandings. On the first day of the 2016 General Assembly, the opening... Continue Reading
The PCA at 50: Essential Elements from the Past Will Guide the Future
Let us be ever on guard to be sure that the Bible continues to be presented in each of these seminaries as the Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
In the end, the PCA did something that no other denomination had ever done before. “Committees of commissioners” were created to oversee the work of the permanent committees. In this manner, the presbyteries as courts of the church oversee the work of the committees through the ruling and teaching elders working as committees of commissioners. The... Continue Reading
Hammering Out Item 1
The aim of Item 1 is to help calm some of the division caused by a loose use of titles, and reserving in our polity the terms “deacon,” “elder,” and “pastor” to the ordained biblical offices they denote.
Item 1 passes the presbyteries and the 51st General Assembly, the most radical changes in churches may just be more clear labels of who is a “Youth Pastor” (and is ordained) and who is a “Youth Director/Coordinator” (and is unordained staff); or, who is in the ordained diaconate as distinguished from those who should properly... Continue Reading
Beautiful Gospel Centered Ministry in the PCA
Old School Confessional Presbyterians need to be more intentional in the language they use to describe themselves and communicate their goals in the PCA.
We need to do better by the Reformed faith. We should not shun words like beautiful, nuance, winsome, and missional, but find ways to use them and use them properly: to extol the virtues of the Westminster Standards as a philosophy of ministry and summary of the Scripture’s teaching. Language shapes the way people think and heavily influences... Continue Reading
So It Begins: PCA Presbyteries to Vote on BCO Amendments
The 50th General Assembly in Memphis was marked by both grace and truth. The temperatures from the previous recent Assemblies were nowhere to be found.
This pair of amendments was drafted in light of the failure of Overture 2022-15 from the 49th General Assembly in response to Side-B homosexuality and the Revoice Movement. Many actions have already been taken to address this controversy in the PCA (i.e. a study committee on human sexuality, an SJC decision on the handling of Revoice, corrective responses concerning... Continue Reading
Progressive Legalism & Postmodern Chaos in the PCA
The postmodern ethos is alive and well, even in the PCA.
I know that legalism exists in a lot of forms. Self-Righteousness is insidious and must be repented of wherever it rears its head in every wing of the PCA. But this issue of loophole legalism and obfuscation in the use of language is insidious. While men are playing fast and loose with language the sheep... Continue Reading
Yes, We Need Overture 23
By a vote of 1673-223, the Fiftieth General Assembly of the PCA overwhelmingly approved Overture 23 submitted by the Mississippi Valley Presbytery.
Overture 23, however, provides a unique opportunity to unite around language that avoids the unclear and potentially harmful while humbly and joyfully affirming the Biblical standards for sexual holiness we expect from the Officers of Christ’s Church. I was delighted to vote in its favor, will work with others for its passage in our Presbyteries,... Continue Reading
West Lafayette RPCNA Changes Name After Abuse Allegations, ‘Painful Chapter’
A West Lafayette, Indiana, Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, at the center of "minor-on-minor abuse" allegations, has changed its name to Redeeming Grace Church.
The congregation recently released a special statement highlighting its troubled history and explaining why the church changed its name to “Redeeming Grace Church.” The statement also explained why the congregation left the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America denomination. One factor in such a separation is that it would allow the church to welcome back... Continue Reading