Stepping Up to Overture 29

By Jared Nelson | July 14, 2022 The 49th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) passed Overture 29 with over 90% of the Assembly voting for it: 1922 to 200. This Amendment now heads to the Presbyteries for consideration, and reads, as amended: 16-4. Officers in the Presbyterian Church in America must … More Stepping Up to Overture 29

Great Speeches of PCAGA49

by Zachary Groff | June 27, 2022 The 49th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America is in the books. Commissioners have their handbooks and supplemental materials in their archives and memories of deliberations in their minds. But where can church-members and Elders who were unable to attend go to watch the Assembly’s proceedings? … More Great Speeches of PCAGA49

Proverbs for Presbyters

By Jared Nelson | June 21, 2022 For my own edification, I have made a habit to read through the book of Proverbs in preparation for General Assembly each year. A few years ago, I wrote out certain Proverbs which I need to remember when interacting with others, speaking privately or publicly, and maintaining my … More Proverbs for Presbyters

Reading the Domestic & Sexual Abuse Study Committee Report

By George Sayour | June 7, 2022 The church should be a sanctuary for victims, a training ground to prevent assault, and a facilitator of emotional, spiritual, and physical healing. (PCA AIC DASA Report, p. 2402) The Presbyterian Church in America’s (PCA) Ad Interim Committee (AIC) on Domestic Abuse and Sexual Abuse (DASA) recently released … More Reading the Domestic & Sexual Abuse Study Committee Report

A First-Time Attendee’s Impression of the 2022 GRN National Conference

By Charles Stover | May 11, 2022 The third annual Gospel Reformation Network (GRN) National Conference was titled “The Church’s One Foundation: The Sufficiency of the Gospel in a Secular Age.” This year’s National conference took place May 4th and 5th at the historic Briarwood Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Birmingham Alabama. Briarwood is historic for … More A First-Time Attendee’s Impression of the 2022 GRN National Conference

All Church Power Is Only Ministerial & Declarative

By Jacob Gerber | May 9, 2022 As a fundamental principle of church government in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), our Book of Church Order limits church power and authority to be only ministerial and declarative: All church power, whether exercised by the body in general, or by representation, is only ministerial and declarative since the Holy Scriptures … More All Church Power Is Only Ministerial & Declarative

Mercy in Church Courts

by Zachary Groff | April 7, 2022 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy (Matthew 5:7). At the heart of the Beatitudes, our Lord sets forth mercy as a – if not the – central mark of Christian discipleship, Kingdom living, and human flourishing in the church. Such being the case, what does … More Mercy in Church Courts

Eight Years of Moving Out (2012-2020)

by Zachary Groff | March 14, 2022 Last month, I commented on recent transfers of both ministers and congregations out of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), observing that “the pipeline in the direction of churches that are philosophically committed to more peaceful “bigger tent” expressions of Reformed faith and practice is certainly fuller than … More Eight Years of Moving Out (2012-2020)