Sheep Stealing Studied; Presbyterians weigh guidelines for reformists

“I think this is an attempt by a dying denomination to corral whatever churches it has left, rather than to be reformed and change its policies.” A yearlong Presbyterian Church (USA) investigation found no evidence to support accusations that the conservative Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) actively solicited PC(USA) congregations. However, the April report expressed concerns... Continue Reading

Local Newspaper interviews PCA Minister Charles McGowan concerning the ongoing PCA General Assembly

McGowan said churches in his group “consider any music newer than 100 years old as liberal and almost heretical.” The Rev. Charles McGowan is hoping for an atypically calm annual meeting for his denomination this week. McGowan serves on the host committee for the General Assembly of the PCA, which began Tuesday night at the... Continue Reading

Evangelical Presbyterian Church clears way for women to serve as pastors

The 30th General Assembly of the EPC has affirmed the denomination’s historic position on the “non-essential” nature of women as teaching elders and crafted a polity solution that provides for freedom of conscience. The General Assembly met June 23-26 at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colo. Jim Dixon, senior pastor of Cherry Hills Community... Continue Reading

Will Presbyterian Church (USA) Redefine Marriage?

Majority Report: “members of the PC(USA) cannot agree on the place of covenanted same-gender partnerships in the Christian community and must therefore show mutual forbearance.” Presbyterians gathering next week will choose between two divergent paths. The first seeks to change the church’s definition of marriage to a relationship between any “two people,” while the second... Continue Reading

Actions of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, Wednesday, June 30

This report is limited to highlights that could (should?) be of interest to our readers. First up was the annual report of the Stated Clerks Report. The Stated Clerk’s office keeps count on the votes of Presbyteries on recommended changes to the Book of Church Order. (Every change requires approval by a General Assembly, the... Continue Reading

The View from the Visitor’s Section – Watching the PCA Overtures Committee at work.

It is one thing to serve on the Overtures Committee (previously known as Bills and Overtures) at the PCA General Assembly – and yet another thing to sit in the pack of the room, keep your mouth shut, and just listen. The Overtures Committee at the PCA General Assembly this year had a couple of... Continue Reading

38th PCA General Assembly Opens with Worship Service

The 38th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, meeting in Nashville, Tenn., from June 29 through July 2, opened its annual meeting with a worship service attended by over 3500 people. The service was led by area pastors and a joint choir made up from a number of churches. The theme of the... Continue Reading

Dr. Harry Reeder Elected Moderator of 38th PCA General Assembly

On Tuesday, June 29, 2010, Rev. Harry L. Reeder was elected moderator of the 38th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America. The General Assembly is holding its annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., from June 29 to July 2. There are about 1400 commissioners (delegates) in attendance. Reeder was elected unanimously since he was... Continue Reading

John Calvin Speaks to the PCA: A Timely Message from an Unexpected Guest

”Fellow ministers of the Gospel, those who are called, by God, to unashamedly proclaim the inestimable salvation of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ, I stand before you this day to draw your attention to some important principles…” When John Calvin stepped behind the elevated lectern of the thirty-eighth General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in... Continue Reading

Why I Support PCA Overture 13 on How to View Assistants to Deacons

If, as a denomination we believe that women serving in the office of deacon is unbiblical, we must make it clear that BCO 9-7 does not allow women to be elected to or serve in the office of deacon. It had been my intention to support Overture 2 from Central Carolina Presbytery on the subject... Continue Reading