Society and Religion

Presbyterian Church Will Start Ordaining Gay Clergy, well, openly Gay anyway

An historic change will take place in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Sunday when a measure takes effect allowing openly gay men and women in same-sex relationships to be ordained as clergy. The change, which was approved by a majority of the church’s regional bodies in May after contentious debate in the 2.8-million member denomination, is being marked by a day of prayer at dozens of churches. via Presbyterian Church Will Start Ordaining Gay Clergy. I love the difference which often appears in print between openly gay and I guess closed gay or something. It is a misnomer to

Homosexuality / Society and Religion

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Goes Inclusive

While the Office of the General Assembly awaits official tallies, it appears that a majority of the 173 presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have approved a change in PC(USA) ordination standards. At its meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area became the 87th presbytery to approve an amendment that will remove the constitutional requirement that all ministers, elders, and deacons live in “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness” (G-6.0106b in the church’s Book of Order). The new language reads, “Standards for ordained service

Society and Religion

PCUSA is on life support says pastors

Calvin’s children are dying… To say the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is deathly ill is not editorializing but acknowledging reality. Over the past year, a group of PC(USA) pastors has become convinced that to remain locked in unending controversy will only continue a slow demise, dishonor our calling, and offer a poor legacy to those we hope will follow us. We recently met in Phoenix, and have grown in number and commitment. We humbly share responsibility for the failure of our common life, and are no better as pastors nor more righteous than anyone on other sides of tough issues.

Religion and Politics

PC(USA) Adopts ‘Thoughtful’ Approach to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Following up on the report from here, today the General Assembly of the PC(USA) voted for a revised report on Middle East peace. Just before breaking for lunch today, the 219th Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly approved a radically revised version of the report from its Middle East Study Committee (known in procedural code as 14-08). The vote was 558 affirmative, 119 negative, 7 abstaining. The revised report can be found here. The Jewish Council on Public Affairs and 12 other Jewish organizations have now released a joint response to the PC(USA) vote. In recognizing Israel’s security needs while

Religion and Politics

Is the PCUSA about to gain Common Sense on the Middle East?

I realize that this is a touchy issue for many. Those on the right of the issue see everything through the lens of Zionism, which is, in my opinion, unbiblical. However, those of us on the left cannot forget the matters of religion which are at play here. Recently, the Methodist Church in Britain has decided to boycott Israel over their injustice to the Palestinians. Today, there is news the Presbyterian Church (USA), arguably the more liberal of the bunch, may consider  something that, in my opinion, is a step in the right direction. At first glance, I agree

Society and Religion

Tullian Tchividjian on the Recent Problems at Coral Ridge

During the recent controversy at Coral Ridge, we noted that only 71% of people voted to keep the pastor; he has a different take:

Society and Religion

PCA Presbytery Clears Way for Famed Megachurch's New Pastor

The regional presbytery of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale has allowed the famed Florida megachurch to clear the final hurdle in its journey to install its second senior pastor in five decades. The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)’s Presbytery of South Florida completed its examination of the Rev. Tullian Tchividjian for his views in all areas of ministry on Tuesday, two days after Coral Ridge members voted overwhelmingly to elect the 36-year-old pastor to serve as its new senior minister.