A moment of decision: will Southern Baptists face the future, or will we flinch?

A great sense of historical importance looms as the 2010 meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention fast approaches. The messengers to the SBC meeting in Orlando will cast many important votes, but one exceeds all others in significance, and that is the vote on the report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. Southern Baptists... Continue Reading

PCUSA Assembly commissioners will consider a new Form of Government

The nFOG Task Force recommends sweeping changes to the life of the denomination, and the Presbyterian Coalition, along with the Presbyterian Renewal Network, is urging commissioners not to approve the recommendations. One of the more significant issues coming before the 219th General Assembly is the proposed revision of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Form of Government... Continue Reading

BP disaster gives PCUSA overture new meaning

Assigned to one of the social justice committees, the overture just might be a hot topic in light of the ongoing BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. When Bayou Blue Presbyterian Church authored an overture advocating for coastal wetlands and successfully guided it through South Louisiana Presbytery and on to the General Assembly,... Continue Reading

Part 2: Actions of the ARP Synod – Wednesday PM Session (June 9, 2010)

With about 30 minutes remaining until the time fixed for recess at 9:30PM, the Synod moved to consider Committee Reports. In just 24 minutes, the Synod accomplished the following: Approved the continuation for one year of the Strategic Planning Committee. Approved the report as a whole of the Theological and Social Concerns Committee. · The... Continue Reading

Remainder of Actions of the ARP Synod – Thursday (June 10, 2010)

Principle Actions of Synod concerning Erskine College and Seminary have been previously posted (see http://bit.ly/a9ChBC). This story includes a report of all other actions from Thursday, June 10 Vice Moderator, The Rev. Robert E. (Rob) Patrick, III, gaveled the meeting of the 2010 ARP Synod at 8:30AM on Thursday, June 10, 2010. Once again the... Continue Reading

ARP Synod Seeks Clear Solution to Erskine Impasse – and Settles for the ‘Best Available”

While a lot of questions remain unanswered, and some of the business didn’t get finished, the ARP Synod’s rules forced them to go home at 9:00PM In a full day of business meetings, the 206th Meeting of the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Church gathered at the Bonclarken Conference Center once again on Thursday,... Continue Reading

American Anglicans assess first year; plan for future

The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) formed last year in defiance of what its founders saw as a liberal, “un-Biblical” drift within the Episcopal Church in the USA. A group of former Episcopalians, who one year ago stirred up controversy in the Episcopal Church (U.S.A.) by breaking away and launching a more traditional Anglican... Continue Reading

(Revised) Part 1: ARP Synod – Wednesday PM Session (June 9, 2010)

The primary business scheduled for this evening was to hear the annual address by the President of the APP Women’s Ministries and official greetings from Fraternal Delegates of several sister denominations. After many, many meetings of committees and Presbyteries, and the normal fine meal in the Bonclarken dining hall, the delegates returned to the Youth... Continue Reading

Actions of the ARP Synod – Wednesday AM Session (June 9, 2010)

The initial business meeting of the 2010 ARP Synod began at 8:30AM in the Youth Activity building (think gymnasium) at Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC. A brief worship service, including a sermon by The Reverend William C. (Bill) Marsh of Christ Community ARP in Greensboro, NC began the day. Following the service, the... Continue Reading

PCA General Assembly Luncheon: Navigating The New Health Care Reform Market AND Volatile Markets of 2010

Attendees at the PCA General Assembly this year are invited to a very special, and very free, lunch sponsored by the Retirement Benefits Board of the PCA The luncheon will be on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm. It will be held in the Nashville Convention Center in Room 206. No advance... Continue Reading