Monthly Archives: July 2014

Another Helpful Word on Grace and Obedience

With the blogosphere boiling over with posts and responses and rejoinders to the responses concerning how sanctification works in the Christian life, I thought to myself, "Self, why don't you throw your hat in the ring."  And then, after cogitating on that idea for about... ohhh... a good three seconds I figgered the best thing was for me to simply list the the things I have found helpful, starting with the one I read about ten minutes ago here.   But rewind a few months and I read this and this as well and I'm waiting on the third part of that article with baited breath. [How does one bait their breath?  And why does that sound so gross?]  Rewind even further and I also found this and this helpful as well.  And if you disagree with me or those things I have found helpful, I will slay you like the uncircumcised Philistine you must be... charitably of course.

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Polarizing Presbyterians

A couple weeks ago I attended the PCA’s General Assembly in Houston, TX and was pleased with the general measure of peace that characterized the work of the commissioners conducting the business of our denomination.  With Dr. Bryan Chapell as the moderator, our business was conducted with sobriety and cordiality, with an overall tenor of a passion for God’s truth and mercy.  A decent summary of our work, which ranged from resolutions concerning child abuse prevention and reporting to the adoption of a report that gave theological clarity to issues missionaries are facing in Muslim-majority cultures, has been posted here.

However, there was another Presbyterian General Assembly that met recently, and their story is one of sadness.  The Presbyterian Church (USA) is the largest Presbyterian denomination, yet like the proverbial dog returning to its vomit it appears to be repeating and entrenching its foolishness.  Below is a quote from this article that tells the unfortunate story of the PC-USA’s continued slide into cultural capitulation, impotence, and covenantal unfaithfulness.

Although church liberals love to insist their policies appeal to the rising generation, all of the available evidence indicates just the opposite. Liberalizing churches don’t attract young people, who, even if themselves liberal, tend to flock to churches they respect for not pandering to them. The same is true for racial minorities, who largely avoid liberal Mainline Protestantism in favor of ethnic or Evangelical churches.  Essentially, the PCUSA, by its votes this week, resolved to become even smaller, older, and whiter, creating a future that depends more and more on endowments instead of live people.

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