The PCA and Confessional Integrity

The PCA’s adoption of “good faith subscription” in 2002 has had an unintended consequence of amending the Westminster Standards “in fact” without using “lawful process,” raising questions of integrity.

There are provisions in the BCO for emending the confessional standards. Yet there has been no move on the part of the minority to propose changes to the standards. Perhaps they believe that the approval of the presbytery for their exceptions is sufficient. But over time, as more and more men take these exceptions, and have them... Continue Reading

Reservations about PCA Overture 13: Women and the Boards of the PCA

Overture 13 proposes significant actions that will undo features of the PCA’s polity which its founders explicitly rejected from the polity of the church the PCA left.

Overture 13 has not presented convincing reasons for the General Assembly to approve the proposed changes. And it should be noted, that adopting the proposed changes will have the effect of upsetting the healthy balance of church governance adopted by the PCA. I urge the ordained office bearers who will serve as Commissioners to the... Continue Reading

Mississippi Supreme Court Affirms Decision In Church Property Case

Court documents say the commission was given authority to fire the church’s pastor and substitute itself for the church’s elected leadership, along with taking over the FPC’s property.

FPC also requested a temporary restraining order prohibiting the PCUSA from taking control or possession of FPC’s property or from interfering with FPC’s property ownership. Following a May 2015 hearing, the Oktibbeha County Chancery Court entered a preliminary injunction for all property held by FPC against the PCUSA, which effectively blocked PCUSA from taking any... Continue Reading

Fewer Presbyterian Heroes And More Farmers

We need to encourage a culture of practice and learning about our polity and our church courts.

The reason “hero cultures” thrive in business is no less true why heroes will thrive in Church.  People like to be the “go to” resource.  In some domains the hero protects his knowledge in order to be indispensable.  In the church, debate and participation is often left to those who are considered skilled enough to... Continue Reading

Tom Cannon Resigns as Coordinator of Reformed University Fellowship

Cannon submitted his resignation on March 2.; he had served RUF for four years as Coordinator.

According to Will Huss, chairman of the committee, “During Tom’s tenure as Coordinator, RUF has seen encouraging and amazing growth. He made hard decisions, was passionate about RUF, committed to the gospel, and led our organization in new and exciting ministry directions. “We continue to benefit from, the initiatives he pursued,” Huss said, “for the... Continue Reading

‘MORE’ in the PCA: A Foundation Urging PCA Ruling Elders to Attend General Assemblies

If you are an RE concerned about the direction of the PCA and cannot go to General Assembly because your congregation cannot reimburse your expenses, contact MORE!

It occurred to me that there ought to be an organization that would address those problems and encourage REs to attend General Assembly, and presbytery for that matter.  Having found no such pre-existing organization, I founded one:  MORE in the PCA, Inc.  If you want to learn more about the organization, I encourage you to... Continue Reading

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