Category Archives for pcusa


My friends from Seminary, many of them, are posting from #GA222 in Portland. Reading their posts, I feel like such a dog in the manger. “They’re happy. Why can’t you be happy for them?” I ask myself. The reason is … Continue reading

23. June 2016 by luke
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Good grief. The brain trust at World HQ published the PC(USA) Book of Confessions as a PDF without a table of contents. Way to move (cautiously) into the 1990s!

18. January 2016 by luke
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Sexual Relationships — Theory and Practice

In view of all the changes to the PC(USA)’s Book of Order, it’s worthwhile to look at what its Book of Confessions says it believes. We wouldn’t want our practice to get ahead of our theology, after all: d. The … Continue reading

17. October 2015 by luke
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Will the Last Congregation to Leave…

…turn out the lights? Another one bolts for the exit. I don’t think they’re going to be the last. The church in Richland became one of 20 southwestern Pennsylvania congregations to vote to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) and join … Continue reading

04. December 2012 by luke
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Issue Advocacy Funding

Just awesome: I’m helping to fund a tool Presbyterians can use to pressure congress without the effort of writing a real email of their own. (Bonus: it uses Flash.) Just take a look at the items in the “Legislative Alerts” … Continue reading

20. August 2012 by luke
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GA Update

I’ve been too busy to follow the GA closely, but I’ll post a few items that I noticed over the weekend. (By the way: the only way to get timely information about GA seems to be by following Twitter or … Continue reading

09. July 2012 by luke
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High-Percentage Tithing “Accelerators”

Here’s an article about some things that are found in Presbyterian churches with a higher-than-average proportion of people who contribute a high percentage of their income to the church. (Did you get that? These are factors that, when you find … Continue reading

09. February 2012 by luke
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Calvin on Tradition

Preparing for my last sermon, I found some choice quotes from Calvin on submitting to traditions. (These are from the Institutes 3.19.7-11, with tiny modifications for readability). We are not bound before God to any observance of external things which … Continue reading

15. August 2011 by luke
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Apparently We Don’t Believe Anything

Another problem with the new PC(USA) web site: apparently we don’t believe anything anymore. Or, if we do, those beliefs are carefully hidden. Now, I’m on record as liking the new look of our denomination’s website. And I’ve already commented, … Continue reading

15. July 2010 by luke
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Checking Our Heads

Yesterday, I enthused about the PC(USA) website’s makeover, and one of my Facebook friends went to see it. He’s a Southern Baptist, and he wasn’t impressed with this quote on the home page: The pull quote you see here isn’t … Continue reading

02. July 2010 by luke
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