By Brad Isbell | February 28, 2023 In the Presbyterian Church in America, there are but two offices: elder and deacon. All officers in the PCA are ordained; both offices (by definition) are filled by (and only by) ordained persons. Officers are essential in many kinds of organizations inasmuch as they are legally required or … More The Church’s Two Laws
By Philip Ryan | February 24, 2023 “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18 For the second year in a row, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has sent down overtures regarding the sexuality of ministers to the presbyteries. Overture 29 presented to the 49th … More Mainline Presbyterianism & the LGBTQ Movement
By Zachary Garris | September 17, 2022 It is no secret that Overture 15 (O15) barely passed the 49th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The Overtures Committee recommended rejecting it, but RE Matt Fender delivered a minority report that convinced the Assembly to make a substitute motion in favor of the … More Why the PCA Needs Overture 15
by Zachary Groff | August 6, 2022 This year, twelve proposed changes to the Presbyterian Church in America’s (PCA) Book of Church Order (BCO) will come before the denomination’s eighty-eight presbyteries for consideration. Three of the twelve proposals address aspects of ministerial qualifications and examination. Perhaps the most talked-about item is that which resulted from … More The Biblical Genius of PCAGA49’s Overture 15
By Ryan Biese | July 26, 2022 Scripture uses the word “deacon” in a variety of ways. So do PCA congregations.Modernism was characterized by a quest for objectivity and certainty, but it failed to deliver. Post-Modernism arose in response and questions all objectivity and certainty. Post Modernism thrives in the society of our exile. Perhaps … More What Is a Deacon?
By Jared Nelson | November 22, 2021 A few years ago, I conducted a funeral for a godly woman in our congregation. In conversation with friends and family, several people mentioned that she had served as a deacon in our church. This surprised me since we – like other congregations of the Presbyterian Church in … More Did the RPCES have Deaconesses? Yes and No.