Oldline Protestant denominations are hemorrhaging members ever more rapidly as they move away from traditional Christian teachings. So the prescription for an evangelical congregation desiring membership growth would be to ditch its oldline affiliation and join a more conservative denomination. Right? Not so fast, says Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) official Tom Cole.
By Mark Tooley The October 4 ecumenical letter to the U.S. Congress from 15 mostly old-line Protestant bureaucrats warning against U.S. military aid for Israel absent “immediate investigation” of Israeli human rights abuses continues to stir controversy. The letter from United Methodist, Presbyterian Church (USA), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and other clerics of course […]
By Alan Wisdom The position of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) regarding the modern State of Israel is not determined by the denomination’s theology. The PCUSA holds to a Reformed theology that emphasizes continuities between God’s covenant with ancient Israel and God’s covenant with the Church. The status of the Jewish people, modern Israel, and the […]
By Faith McDonnell Genocide in Sudan is one of those issues that brings together strange bedfellows. Groups that don’t agree on much else can come together to oppose the deliberate starvation of innocent civilians by their own government and to urge international action. In fact, if any issue has forced the reluctant to see the […]
Here I offer what I hope will be the last depressing analytical post from the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.’s 220th General Assembly. On Friday, one of the core problems plaguing the PCUSA reared its ugly head. The plenary assembly began a discussion regarding the constitution. Part I of the PCUSA’s constitution is the Book of Confessions […]
“That which you mistake for madness is but an overacuteness of the senses.”― Edgar Allan Poe What follows is probably going to be my most personal take on the 2012 General Assembly. In my title, I say “one of my darkest experiences” since I think those moments of sinning in secret (whether when no human […]
by Christian M. Stempert “This is a sanctuary. This is a safe space.” For a couple of hours, the More Light Presbyterians were able to retreat into one of the Westin Hotel’s ballrooms, away from the hard work and “hostile environment” of the PCUSA General Assembly. If you walk around the convention center, it seems […]
Rainbow-stoled church activists woke early in Pittsburgh to attend the Presbyterian Voices for Justice breakfast during General Assembly. Voices for Justice boasts a controversy-laden history. The caucus represents a merger between two far-left lobbying groups: Voices of Sophia and the Witherspoon Society. This morning’s event focused on the legacy of the former organization. Entitled “Re-Imaging […]