BCO 25-3 Amendment Defeated; Not Approved By Requisite Number of PCA Presbyteries

The Amendment failed since it did not receive the required approval of two-thirds of the Presbyteries.

The GA approved the amendment and sent it to the Presbyteries; the BCO requires that amendments be approved by two-thirds of its Presbytery. It is now clear from an unofficial tabulation of the Presbyteries that have voted, that 30 Presbyteries have voted against approving the amendment, which means that the two-thirds requirement cannot be met.... Continue Reading

Christians: Rebels Deserving Death

"The Caesars would not tolerate this worshiping of the one God only. It was counted as treason."

“No totalitarian authority nor authoritarian state can tolerate those who have an absolute by which to judge that state and its actions.  The Christians had that absolute in God’s revelation.  Because the Christians had an absolute, universal standard by which to judge not only personal morals but the state, they were counted as enemies of... Continue Reading

Who’s Who in the Church

Understanding the Differences Between Senior, Associate, and Assistant Pastors

I’d like to take just a few minutes of your time as you read this to try and explain the basic “types” of pastors in the PCA: senior (or solo) pastors, associate pastors, and assistant pastors. All of these are also different from various “directors” that are in churches. I hope by the end you... Continue Reading

Race in America and the American Church

Part 6: Culture Not Race

The church today, despite its protestations, is succumbing to worldly counsel on racism. This leads many in the church to 1) lose sight of the great diversity already existing in the church today, 2) make an impatient push toward unity through diversity now in our denomination and individual congregations, and 3) misapply universal biblical passages... Continue Reading

The New View of Heaven Is Too Small

Our recent emphasis on “kingdom work” misses the real hope of the afterlife.

Heaven and earth will come together as Christ’s kingship is recognized by all creation. Moreover, we should embrace “the kingdom work” that calls us, as the revised song states. Yet, I also sense that we impoverish our hope for heaven when we turn it into an expression of our current activist emphasis upon “kingdom work.”... Continue Reading

4 Books that Made a Priest Leave the Church

Luther didn’t become a full-fledged protestor of the medieval Catholic church in a single moment.

Have you ever wondered what Martin Luther was reading during this crucial time in his life? Maybe I’m just a nerd, but I thought at least someone else might be interested in what Luther was reading during his slow, but steady, transition out of the medieval church and into the world of reformation.   The... Continue Reading

When is a Lutheran not a Lutheran?

The phrase “radically inclusive” actually means “radically exclusive in conformity with whatever the mores du jour happen to be.”

The church needs to be a place where all such people are welcomed—with a key qualification. Being welcomed does not entail being affirmed in the beliefs or the identity one has when one walks into the sanctuary. The gospel is, according to Paul, foolishness to Greeks and an offense to Jews. In short, it contradicts... Continue Reading

Finding the Seed of “I Want to Kill.”

I live in a culture where people want to kill people, and when people want to kill, they will find a way to do it.

Though a thousand oversimplified flame wars rage across Facebook, driven by fallacies and recalibrated semi-facts–though a thousand micro-attacks diffuse the adrenaline and cortisol we rightly feel in a world gone all wrong, linear answers like “Arm the teachers!” and “Destroy the guns!” are two sides of the same coin, really–two variants on the core lament... Continue Reading

Trusting God in the Face of Tragedy

We are called to live by faith, to trust God when we can’t see how it all works together for good.

Faith is all about trusting God when we don’t see the whole picture. When we don’t have all the answers – or any answers. When we don’t understand what God is doing. When we can’t even begin to imagine how something as horrific as this could possibly lead to the good of those who love... Continue Reading

It’s Just the Way I Am?

A Peace Treaty with Sin?

Instead of warring against the sinful passions of their own flesh, a person who believes that it’s possible to be a “carnal Christian” begins to think, “Well, I just have a temper [or insert any besetting sin here]. That’s just the way it is, and I can’t do anything about it.” In this same vein,... Continue Reading