Wednesday RPCNA Synod Report

“There were people with big kingdom vision communicating that vision to the young people.”

Rev. Dave Long (Lafayette, IN) was nominated as moderator. Rev. Long has a track record of church planting as well as sending men into the ministry. The vote was unanimous! Following the election, his congregation presented him with a very large bouquet…of Tootsie Pops!

Court of Appeals rules in favor of Missouri PCUSA congregation

Colonial Presbyterian Church v. Heartland Presbytery

“Colonial is a Missouri church, and Heartland is a Missouri Presbytery. The Supreme Court of Missouri has adopted the neutral principles approach in deciding how disputes between local churches and national churches should be resolved, and, since we have two Missouri religious organizations before the court, that is the approach that governs.”

Persecution Isn’t Just ‘Over There’

The Bible tells all Christians to expect persecution — and Americans are not excluded

As Hebrews 11:13-16 says: 13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

“Joining and Receiving:” A Fading Footnote?

30 Years since the PCA and RPCES came together

“Humanly speaking, there is hardly a chance in the world. But I believe the merger will occur because God requires it.” --Ed Clowney

Can Baptists Be Reformed? Is this a contradiction in terms?

“Reformed” and “Baptist” don’t go together any more than Darryl and the Bayly.

Now I married a blond, green-eyed Baptist. This does not put me in the category of Hosea, but it does say that what I saw trumped theological differences. Moreover, I have had and have quite a few Baptist friends. (In the South one would be hard up for friends if he did not include Baptists.) I have also had Baptists preach in my pulpit a number of times

Two denominations primed to debate same-sex issues

Mainline Presbyterians and Episcopalians start meetings within the week facing similar challenges

The Episcopal Church {proposal] is… a "lifelong covenant." Clergy in dioceses with sympathetic bishops have been blessing gay couples for decades, but the proposal is to permit a trial run of an official liturgy.

Reformed Church in America strikes policy allowing ‘conscience’ objection to female ministers

Women make up only 17 percent of active ministers.

"In the long run however, I believe that we have more integrity as a denomination if we just say ‘we ordain women.' And if you can’t live within a system that ordains women, then there are a lot of denominations, and perhaps this isn’t the one for you."

Mohamed Morsi to pick woman and Christian as Egypt’s vice-presidents

New leader will make appointments once people chosen to fill the roles have been selected

The president-elect continues to deliberate with the military and other political forces over the formation of his cabinet, which is expected to be led by an independent national figure and would not have an FJP majority.

Critics Challenge NAE’s Abortion-Reduction Initiative’s Funding

Funding pro-contraception group draws criticism from World Magazine and Manhattan Declaration.

"Many of our churches and organizations either don't know what's happening or have chosen to keep silent about sex and abortions in the evangelical community," said [NAE President] Anderson. "Generation Forum was started to get the truth out [about sex and evangelicals]."

Is Most of Reformed Deformed?

The much-discussed and derided "new Calvinism" arose in the last several decades as a critique movement.

Why are so many of our churches small and dying? Why do we baptize so few new believers? Why don't we have more large churches welcoming thousands of new members? Why does so much of our supposed growth come from church transfers? More importantly, what's our solution?