Of Atheists and Oaths
We cannot pretend that an oath is something other than someone calling upon God as witness and judge.
The question about atheists and oaths does not need to be resolved by making philosophical arguments about the rational instability of atheism; by exploring sociological data suggesting atheists are an honest bunch; or by offering probabilistic judgments about whether a certain atheist will tell the truth in a particular instance. These questions, though interesting and... Continue Reading
Abuse, the PCA, and Her Constitution
The 50th General Assembly approved some changes to the Constitution, but also rejected many. Is the PCA in crisis? Or does the Constitution already provide the means to remedy these concerns?
There is no need to despair because of what the General Assembly did not do this year or because of a few hostile and misleading headlines. Instead, those who genuinely and passionately care about preventing abuse, ministering to abuse survivors, and calling abusers to repentance (remember that is the purpose of the Church Court), should study our... Continue Reading
An Excerpt from “Irony and the Presbyterian Church in America,” An Informed History of the First Half Century of the PCA.
The excerpt: “The 1996 (24th) General Assembly: Without A Vision (Or The Concerned) The People Did Just Fine.”
This book is an informed history of the first half century of a denomination formed in 1973. Other works discuss the events and personalities which led up to the founding of the Presbyterian Church in America, but this one traces the development and history of that church from 1973-2023. This volume benefits from the observations... Continue Reading
Encouragements from the Jubilee Assembly
The 50th Assembly was filled with tangible signs of God’s faithfulness to the PCA, the Continuing Presbyterian Church as she returns to the old paths.
God is faithfully raising up new generations of men to shepherd His people and hold the PCA to faithfulness. Let us continue to pray His blessing upon His church for her next 50 years. One former PCA Moderator characterized the Memphis Assembly as “the most significant in a generation.” The PCA has been at... Continue Reading
Ruling Elder Renaissance
The late increase in ruling elder participation is a fitting tribute to the founders of the PCA.
The founders of the PCA viewed ruling elders as a reliable, commonsense bulwark against doctrinal and denominational decline. The founders were not insensible to the fact that teaching elder professors and influential large-church pastors had presided over the liberalization of the old Southern mainline church from whence the PCA came. The recently-concluded 50th Presbyterian... Continue Reading
Retraction Refused: The PCA’s Magazine Stands By Its Claims in David Cassidy’s “Prayer and Work in the Face of Violence”
It is one thing to make factual mistakes; it is another to justify mistakes by appealing to sources that do not discuss the same thing or group of people as claimed.
If this were an isolated occurrence it would be one thing; regrettably, this does not seem to be the case. If one were to summarize the crisis of evangelicalism in America today, he could probably do so best by saying that its internal struggles arise because its institutions do not represent the vast majority... Continue Reading
[PCA] Church Body Calls On Politicians To ‘Renounce The Sin’ Of Promoting Transgender Procedures For Minors
Commission, including medical experts, to draft Presbyterian Church in America's formal petition.
The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), which held its 50th General Assembly in Memphis, Tennessee, last week, approved by a vote of 1,089-793 an overture to urge the government to “renounce the sin” of promoting irreversible sex change procedures for children. A commission to be appointed by the assembly’s moderator will be tasked with drafting... Continue Reading
PCA Elders and Members Were ‘Fools for Christ’ At the First Annual GA Evangelistic Outreach
A report of sharing the Good News of the gospel on Beale St. during the PCA General Assembly.
I have been to many outreach events; I have yet to see one this productive. Many people seemed truly moved by the conversations they had with those with whom they shared the Good News. If it weren’t for a scheduled meeting at GA, we are convinced these witnesses would have been out there for another... Continue Reading
A Political View of the PCA Jubilee General Assembly
The 50th General Assembly (GA) of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) as a silent coup d’état.
Another critical issue was related to the use of the term “pastor” as being reserved for ordained teaching elders. It seems that the modern evangelical church tends to label everyone contributing service to the Lord’s work as pastor. From nonordained youth “pastors” to nonordained music “pastors,” it has become a very generic term. This has... Continue Reading
PCA GA 50: Summary of 20 Key Events & Highlights
The Top 20 Key Actions or Impressions of the 50th PCA GA, loosely in the order they came to the Assembly.
Overture 29: Passed Presbyteries 79-1. An Officer’s view of Indwelling Sin, Actual Sin, and Sanctification matter. This is the language that was approved to BCO 16.4: “Officers in the Presbyterian Church in America must be above reproach in their walk and Christlike in their character. While office bearers will see spiritual perfection only in glory,... Continue Reading