Deaconesses in the Presbyterian Church in America
PCA churches have nearly as many publicly listed deaconesses on average as the RPCNA, a denomination that allows for women to hold the office, but the practice is less widespread in the PCA.
We really don’t have generalizable data on how widespread (or not) the practice [of unordained women serving as deaconesses] is in the PCA. How many churches have deaconesses? How many deaconesses are there in the PCA? The purpose of this project is not to pick a fight, but to shed light, in the hopes that... Continue Reading
Safeguarding Our Unity: RPR’s Citation of a Woman Preaching
When a gross breach of the Scriptures and the PCA Constitution occurs, the offending presbytery must be called to account by the General Assembly.
If allowing a woman to preach during a Sunday morning worship service is not an “important delinquency or grossly unconstitutional proceeding,” then I am at a loss for what is….The PCA is not a loose federation of churches. We are united by our Constitution and our commitment to the Scriptures. The actions complained of here... Continue Reading
Seeking to Strengthen the SJC at PCA General Assembly
Urging the PCA General Assembly to vote in favor of Overtures 21 and 22.
Overture 21 is an attempt to satisfy the objections of last year’s Overture 8 thus enabling additional presbyteries to vote in favor to receive the 2/3 required. Overture 22 is a bit technical, but this overture is constructed in such a manner that there are no loopholes; the only thing it allows for is a... Continue Reading
Pre-PCA General Assembly Outreach and Evangelism Event
Commissioners and guests at the PCA General are invited to an outreach and evangelistic event on Tuesday, June 13, from 5-6 pm, along Memphis’ Beale Street.
In beginning a conversation, I have found a few things helpful to open up and keep myself on tract. Imagine walking up to a stranger in Memphis seeking to begin with openness and honesty, saying something like: “Hi, my name is Jonas, I am a Presbyterian pastor from Georgia and I’m here in Memphis for... Continue Reading
An Overture Before the PCA General Assembly: Toward Better Protection
Overture 6 before the PCA General Assembly is a small step in properly shepherding and protecting the sheep.
In thoughtful consideration for the safety of children, many churches in the PCA already perform background checks on individuals who help directly or tangentially with children’s ministries. Background checks help validate the qualification of every believer to “keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable,” (1 Pet. 2:12). The wisdom of the practice applies even more... Continue Reading
The Author’s Rationale for Overture 9 Being Considered by the 50th PCA General Assembly
Issues related to human sexuality have become points of great debate in the PCA over the past five years.
In light of our current crossroads as a denomination, I pray that we will be found faithful to uphold the faith once delivered, to realize the shoulders of the many faithful men who have gone before us and upon which we stand, and to not shy away from where the battle is most fierce but... Continue Reading
A Philosopher’s Guide to the Overtures Presented to the PCA General Assembly
Frank assessments of the overtures being considered by the 50th PCA General Assembly in Memphis, June 12-16, 2023.
In what follows, I take a different approach. I give my frank assessment of the overtures in the hopes that, even if you disagree with me, you can better formulate reasons for why you do so. I also, at times, offer an analysis of different issues surrounding the overtures. This approach will, I hope, be... Continue Reading
The PCA at Fifty: A General Assembly Preview
Will the Fiftieth General Assembly be decisive for whether the PCA will be a "big tent" or the house of the living God?
There are indeed many reasons to continue to be hopeful, optimistic, and engaged in the work of the PCA courts. The PCA continues to move slowly but steadily in a direction that reflects greater faithfulness and integrity regarding our confessional commitments and Reformed distinctives. The PCA turns a half century this year, and the... Continue Reading
A Plea to Keep Lawyers in Ecclesiastical Proceedings: Against PCA Overtures 10 and 14
Urging the PCA General Assembly not to approve Overtures 10 and 14 seeking to limit lawyers from representing parties in ecclesiastical proceedings.
These overtures have the outrageous practical effect of chilling the participation in ecclesiastical proceedings of PCA officers who happen to be lawyers, serving the very courts in which they are members and in the very type of matters for which they are specially gifted and trained. This proposal is not only prejudicial to such brothers,... Continue Reading
PCA Officers & Their Pronouns
Dozens of congregations of the PCA) communicate to the church and to the world that ordination is not essential to the holding of church office or to bearing the titles thereof.
Wittingly or unwittingly, this alternative practice creates a new quasi-office or serves as a sort of “ecclesial disobedience” protest against the existing BCO provisions. The effect of not ordaining deacons (if allowed) will, in effect, change the meaning and undermine the authority of the BCO by ignoring or contravening it rather than using the difficult... Continue Reading