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Highest Presbyterian Court Rules: Believe What You Will, We Won’t Stop You

Today the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission (the highest court in the PC(USA), upheld the Presbytery of San Francisco’s decision to approve Lisa Larges, a woman openly living in a lesbian relationship, for ordination as a pastor.

One of the people who brought suit against the presbytery is well known to readers of this blog: Mary Naegeli.

Follow this link to read her summary and response to this ruling.

http://wordtolife.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/gapjc-rules-believe-as-you-will-we-wont-stop-you/

PC(USA) Approves Same-Sex Partner Benefits

Same-Gender Partner Benefits Approved for Benefits Plan of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

PHILADELPHIA (March 3, 2012) – Same-gender domestic partners of members enrolled for coverage in the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be eligible for spousal and child benefits, beginning January 1, 2013. To qualify, the member must verify that he or she has a civil license or certificate evidencing a civil marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership, The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) announced today. Continue Reading…

An Update on Hispanic Churches in Texas

Rarely have I been so moved and so saddened. This is written by the one of the Hispanic pastors in Texas who, with his congregation, asked their presbytery for mercy as they chose to reaffiliate with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Note that they did not use the presbytery’s dismissal process, for reasons described in an earlier post.

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Presbyterian Court says Spahr wrong to marry gay couples, BUT…

The General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission of the PC(USA) issued a ruling this week that held that it was wrong for the Rev. Jane Spahr to have conducted wedding ceremonies for gay couples when it was legal in California. You’d think that this would be cause for celebration among evangelicals. But, what the court gave with one hand, it did its best to take away with the other. It basically said, “We have to rule this way according to the Book of Order, but we still think it should be ok for her to do it. So, please, won’t you change the Book of Order so that we won’t have to do this again?”

Mary Naegeli, as usual, gives a brief but insightful analysis, and points out “In its assessment of what is right, just, or wrong, never once does the Commission use the Scriptures or the Confessions even as guides.”

Read the full article here:

http://wordtolife.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/spahr-decision-contains-arguments-for-change-of-marriages-definition/

The PC(USA) 2012: ‘How We Got Here’

Carmen Fowler is an outstanding writer with a remarkable grasp of the history of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and reformed theology. She is also the editor of “The Presbyterian Layman.”

This article, although rather long, is a must read for anyone who wonders how the PC(USA) got to the state that it is in today.  Let us know what you think!

http://www.layman.org/carmensblog/12-02-16/The_PCUSA_2012_How_we_got_here_.aspx

Three historic Hispanic Churches, and their pastors, renounce the jurisdiction of the PC(USA)

Dear pastors, elders, COM members, staff of Mission Presbytery and all brothers and sisters of the PCUSA,

We, the ssssions, pastors and congregations of El Principe de Paz (Mercedes TX), Iglesia Presbiteriana
Getsemani (San Benito, TX) and Iglesia Presbiteriana San Pablo (Brownsville, TX) greet you in the loving and mighty name of Jesus Christ the Son of the living God, the one and only Lord and Savior. We pray and wish God’s grace and peace upon you.

Through the present letter we are informing you that our sessions and congregations have taken the necessary steps to disaffiliate from the PCUSA. The United States constitution grants us freedom of assembly, freedom of speech and freedom of religion. It is under this constitution that our congregations met and have overwhelmingly voted to disaffiliate from the PCUSA. Therefore our sessions, pastors, and congregations have renounced the jurisdiction of the PCUSA…

(The full letter is attached to this post)

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PC(USA) Leaders Urge Hope

Today elder Cindy Bolbach, Moderator of the General Assembly of the PC(USA), released a letter cosigned by several other prominent leaders in the denomination urging congregations to have hope for the future and to remain together in the PC(USA). The entire letter is attached to this post, but what stands out is the repeated assertion that:

“We believe with all our hearts that perception is not reality, that the PC(USA) has not left its moorings, its commitment to proclaim the living Word of God – Jesus Christ – as revealed in the written word of God, holy Scripture,”  ”The PC(USA) simply has not turned its back on proclaiming Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord,” and “The PC(USA) is deeply missional.”

If this is true, then where is the fruit of this missionality? Continue Reading…

Another denomination breaking ties with PC(USA)?

In previous generations American mainline churches were growing and sending missionaries to Africa. Today, African churches are strong and growing, and they are witnessing to us.

It sounds like the Presbyterian Church in Ghana is ready to break ties with the PC(USA) because of the PC(USA)’s distortion of the Bible’s teaching on human sexuality. Read about it here: http://www.layman.org/news.aspx?article=29482

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