Peter Enns: Young Evangelicals Want to Rethink What it Means to Be Evangelical
But some "old guard" evangelicals make it difficult to have those conversations.
"Part of the problem with evangelicalism is that the power, money and the control is typically more with an older guard and you have to be careful," he said. "The harshest way of putting it," he added, is "when you care more about the system than the truth, it's the problem the Pharisees had in the Gospels, and you want to protect the system."
Thoughts on Attendance at the 2012 PCA General Assembly
This is one of the regular frustrations of GA
Given that there are 1,466 churches in the PCA, and 4,256 TEs, the theoretical attendance at GA this year was a minimum of 7,188. Actual attendance, however, was 797 TEs and 278 REs
Objections to PCUSA Board Of Pensions same-sex benefits begin to tally up
Will help the board estimate how many congregations…would seek coverage-objection status
We do however believe that this attempt to extend benefits is being done to declare same gender domestic partners de facto the same as spouses within a marriage of one man and one woman, and is part of a larger attempt to get the church to accept what God in the Scriptures has clearly stated is sin.
Dying can be a terribly lonely business. But it doesn’t have to be that way
The dance of being with the dying is all about human contact, not about knowing the right moves
But there are some general dos and don'ts. Don't yawn, look at your watch and look out of the window. Don't have bad breath. Don't – and really, really don't do this – bang on about how you have had the same ailment. Don't have that hound-dog face of sickly piety. Much better to smile and bubble
Should Churches Abandon Travel-Intensive Short-Term Missions in Favor of Local Projects?
Three opinions from well respected missiologists
Even if you decide to pursue the travel-intensive trip, it's important that you are engaged in local projects as well. There's something wrong with blindly driving by the needs in our own neighborhoods on the way to a short-term missions trip meeting.
“Discuss Religion” Debrief from an RUF Intern
I was sitting...about six hours every school day with a sign taped to a chair that said, “Discuss Religion.”
My internship with RUF is complete. It seems like the last two years were both very long and very short. But while it's good to think about the past, my hope is in the future, in the return of Christ in the fullness of His kingdom, and so I keep my eyes fixed on that day and press on towards it.
A Different Opinion on the PCA’s Insider Movement Study Committee
"The permanent committee had already approved a concise and strongly worded statement that spoke to this issue clearly and adequately."
Recently I had an exchange of FB messages with a PCA Teaching Elder concerning the story we published a few days ago on The Aquila Report entitled ‘Ad Interim Study Committee on Insider Movements Overwhelmingly Approved’ While not willing to have his entire message reprinted, he did state this purpose for writing: The... Continue Reading
Toward Denominational Unity in the Reformed Church in America
Truth-filled, grace-saturated, gospel-centered, Bible-grounded unity is precious beyond measure
We must not only affirm the gospel when having it presented to us. We must teach our people to articulate it. We must sing it strong and preach it loud. We must be passionate about clarity and be clear with our passions.
Why We Must Celebrate Grace
Because of that grace, obedience is a privilege, worship is a privilege, sacrifice is a privilege, and ministry is a privilege.
Apart from God's gift of grace I would make up my own laws, worship the creation, sacrifice only for what would bring me personal comfort and pleasure, and seek to be served rather than looking for ways to serve others.
Declaration on the Special Creation of Adam and Eve
Suitable for adoption by Sessions and/or Presbyteries
The Midway Session believes that the answer to Question 17 of the Larger Catechism, “How did God create man?” is, as the 40th General Assembly declared, “sufficiently clear that Adam and Eve were real, historical human beings directly created by God.”