Friday, August 1st, 2014

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Does the ‘Reformed’ matter in your faith?

Presbyterians are people who practice a particular form of polity (church governance) and who profess a particular faith known as “Reformed.” But how many people who hold membership…

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Aliens? Does your worldview support that?

NASA made a bold statement on Monday when it estimated “that humans will be able to locate alien life within the next 20 years.” The CBS article by Benjamin…

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Presbyterian pastors respond: some leave, some grieve, some celebrate

Presbyterian pastors across the country are taking to the pulpit and using the power of the pen to share the lament of their hearts at the action of their…

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Leaving? No. Protesting? Yes.

For the record, we (the Presbyterian Lay Committee) are not going anywhere. We are, in fact, going everywhere. More on that later. Here I will offer comment, comfort…

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Presbyterian Church (USA) official calls ECO ‘ethically questionable’

The question of the graciousness of so-called “gracious dismissal policies” is now being tested nationwide. In Los Ranchos Presbytery five churches were dismissed in May after satisfying every…

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Why the Authoritative Interpretation does more than you think

The action of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in issuing an Authoritative Interpretation (AI) on marriage does much more than you probably think.  Yes, it authorizes…

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Un-marked as a Christian or marked as a non-Christian: a conversation about linguistics with Deborah Berkley

A conversation between Carmen Fowler LaBerge and Debbie Berkley, Ph.D. Carmen: Debbie, you’re a linguist, help me understand something. In the discussions at the General Assembly meeting of…

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Where will all the refugees go? Where is “home?”

Anticipating the flight of Christians faithful to the clear teaching of the Scriptures on marriage, the Roman Catholics are issuing a wide welcome to refugees fleeing the Presbyterian…

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PCUSA’s Social Witness policy now advocates for comprehensive progressive tax reform

DETROIT, Mich. – In approving “Tax Justice: A Christian Response to a New Gilded Age” the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) seeks a re-write of the…

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General Assembly wants everyone to be safe by disarming private citizens

DETROIT, Mich. – The female ruling elder who presented the commissioner’s resolution that ultimately became a part of the General Assembly action on gun control advocacy said that…

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