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

A Spiritual Check-up for the United Reformed Church of North America (After Twenty-one Years)

The URCNA was founded twenty-one years: Where does it stand as a denomination? Where is it going, if anywhere? What is its future? What is its spiritual health?

We conservatives mistakenly identified the symptoms as the problem. We failed to recognize that they were but symptoms. They were not the problem itself. What was the real problem? Huge spiritual declension and decay had been going on for many years of which the issues were but the symptoms. Hence when the URCNA was founded... Continue Reading

Covenant Seminary Statement on Biblical Social Justice

This statement seeks to answer questions and concerns we have received regarding the seminary’s view on matters of social justice and particularly as it relates to matters of racial reconciliation and racial justice.

As the denominational seminary, we are seeking to work in conjunction with the current PCA study committee for racial reconciliation to “develop specific steps that could be taken to effect racial reconciliation and the advance of the gospel.” We are striving to be a place that facilitates conversations and helps future pastors and ministry leaders train... Continue Reading

Christian activists booted from Seattle coffee shop: ‘I’m gay. You have to leave’

“Are you denying us service?” Mr. Davis asked.

This incident comes as the U.S. Supreme Court gears up to take the case of Jack Philliips, the Christian baker who was ordered by the the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to serve wedding cake to LGBT couples — or none at all. The high court agreed in June to hear the case this fall.   A Christian... Continue Reading

History of PCA Motto: “Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed faith, and Obedient to the Great Commission.”

The PCA’s motto has gone through some changes over the years!

Obviously we could probably track some variations on the motto through the years, from 1971 to present, but most of those variations probably appeared because someone was working from memory. For one thing, the motto was never officially adopted, so far as I can determine. If I’m wrong about that, please let me know. For... Continue Reading

PCA Study Committee Report on the Role of Women in the Ministry of the Church: Recommendation #8

Assessing Recommendation 8 of the PCA Role of Women in the Church Report presented to the 45th General Assembly.

If the report felt the need to exhort the church on this point, I think it would have been better said that the church should enfold, include, love, labor for, seek to serve all its members, whether male or female, wherever, and in whatever circumstance they may be found. To divide the church into male... Continue Reading

PCA Study Committee Report on the Role of Women in the Ministry of the Church: Recommendation #7

Assessing Recommendation 7 of the PCA Role of Women in the Church Report presented to the 45th General Assembly.

There is no question that all God’s people are set apart to serve and minister within the church (Ps. 4:3, 2 Tim. 2:21). However, the practice of setting apart for specific tasks within the church seems to be an exceptional circumstance where men already in office, whether as Levite, priest, apostle or teacher in the... Continue Reading

Reasons for PCA Presbyteries To Approve the Proposed Amendment to BCO 25-3

PCA Presbyteries will be voting on a proposed amendment to Book of Church Order 25-3; here are reasons for them to vote to approve this amendment.

This change will ensure any departure decision genuinely reflects the mind of the congregation, and not just a small minority.  Likewise, the BCO only requires the Session to give one-week’s notice for such a congregational meeting.  One week’s notice and a very low quorum is a recipe for abuse.   I appreciate this opportunity to... Continue Reading

Reasons for PCA Presbyteries Not To Approve Proposed Amendment to BCO 25-3

PCA Presbyteries will be voting on a proposed amendment to Book of Church Order 25-3; here are reasons for them to vote not to approve this amendment.

In summary: This proposed amendment to require a quorum of 50% of the local congregation’s resident members effectively restricts a congregation’s rights to “remain in association with any court of this body only so long as they themselves so desire” (BCO 25-11).  As such, it effectively violates the “solemn covenant” between local churches and the... Continue Reading

The Founding of the PCA Ascension Presbytery

Ascension Presbytery was chronologically the 19th presbytery formed within the Presbyterian Church in America, being officially organized on July 29, 1975.

Such action by the Permanent Judicial Commission led to a crisis for all of those pastors and elders who held to the traditional views on this question [the ordination of women to all church offices] and who were now considered heretics. Accordingly, to uphold the peace, unity and purity of the church, most of the... Continue Reading