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
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
A Minute With the Minutes On Overtures 23 & 37
Was there a massive disparity between ruling elders and teaching elders on the overtures 23 and 37 votes at the 2021 PCA General Assembly?
These numbers suggest that the “no” votes on the highly-contested, SSA-related overtures were disproportionately those of teaching elders. Of course, the reverse can also be assumed, that a disproportionate number of the “yes” voters were ruling elders…. Does this suggest a disconnect between pew and pulpit (RE/TE)? Or is it a metro/blue suburbs vs. rural/red... Continue Reading
A Response to David Coffin Concerning Overtures 23 and 37—Part One
Responding to objections to approving the proposed Overtures 23 and 37 now before PCA presbyteries.
One, it is not merely a local problem, for the church is one and what happens or is tolerated in one section soon infects the others. This statement is essentially a denial of Scripture’s teaching that the church is a lump leavened by the barest amount of leaven (1 Cor. 5:6-7; Gal. 5:9). It... Continue Reading
What Does the PCA Believe About Homosexuality?
THE PCA AIC report is the most in-depth explanation of our beliefs on these topics. The Nashville Statement is the most concise.
On Claiming Sin Identities: “To juxtapose identities rooted in sinful desires alongside the term “Christian” is inconsistent with Biblical language and undermines the spiritual reality that we are new creations in Christ… we name our sins but are not named by them.” (2 Cor. 5:17). (AIC HS #9). “Article 7 says it is a... Continue Reading
Dissenting Opinion On the SJC Decision In the Missouri Presbytery-Greg Johnson Case
The SJC ruled that Missouri Presbytery did not violate the Book of Church Order when it declined to bring charges against Greg Johnson; this Dissent Disagrees.
In his arguments TE Johnson rests on appeals to his own authority, first as a same-sex attracted man, then as an academic, then as a theologian, and then as a minister. He communicates authoritatively and effectively, and he has clearly convinced many that his understanding of how God interacts with same-sex attracted people is the... Continue Reading