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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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Congregations Dying and Rising

In his own blog, Bishop Grant recently brought my attention to a blog post entitled “A Growing Church is a Dying Church.” I liked what the blog post said about the role of the pastor: What then can your pastor … Continue reading

13. November 2014 by luke
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Denominations and Gun Control

I’m an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and serve a union church of the PC(USA) and the United Methodist Church. For this reason, it always pains me to see these denominations’ national lobbying arms reflexively leaping to endorse … Continue reading

21. January 2013 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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Important Cases Go to Court

The PC(USA) G.A. Judicial Commission to hear three major cases. One is a ruling by the Los Ranchos Presbytery to reinstate the old “fidelity and chastity” clause of the Book of Order at a more local level. The Synod ruled … Continue reading

29. October 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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More smaller churches – but not in a good way

There’s nothing to rejoice over in this report from the PC(USA)’s Research Services unit. Since reunification, the denomination has lost an average of 40,541 members a year (net) and we’re down about a third, from about three million down to … Continue reading

12. February 2011 by luke
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