The Secularisation of the Church of Scotland – What Really Happened at the Assembly?

Much to no-one's surprise, the Church of Scotland General Assembly has just voted to accept the Theological Forum’s report which changes the Churches definition of marriage to include same sex marriages and to apologise to gay people for their previous understanding. I know there are various caveats and nuances but that is the reality of …

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When a half measure isn’t a half measure

By Roland De Vries The Life and Mission Agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada is presenting the following recommendation to the General Assembly of the denomination in two weeks time. That clergy in The Presbyterian Church in Canada be permitted for pastoral reasons to bless same sex marriages conducted by civil authorities. This is …

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The Unhappy Fate of Optional Orthodoxy

I’ll presume to call it Neuhaus’s Law, or at least one of his several laws: Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed. Some otherwise bright people have indicated their puzzlement with that axiom but it seems to me, well, axiomatic. Orthodoxy, no matter how politely expressed, suggests that there is a …

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The Vision Driving the High Cost of Dismissal from the PCUSA

Written by Jerry M. Roper, Ph.D. and John W. Daniel, D.Min., Crestwood Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Virginia “Churches paying big bucks to get out of the PCUSA” was The Layman’s October 28, 2015 headline story.  Crestwood Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia wasn’t mentioned in the article, because the dismissal terms of $1.5 million were not yet agreed …

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Anglican Primates’ Decision

An important decision was issued yesterday by the Anglican communion (represented by the senior bishops of its 38 provinces)concerning church unity and the redefinition of marriage. The Episcopal church USA had voted to depart from the traditional definition of marriage. The question was whether this would divide the Anglican communion, with each jurisdiction being allowed …

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