Author: Tim LeCroy

On the Vitals of Religion

  Vitals, n. – 1. Those parts or organs of the body, esp. the human body, essential to life, or upon which life depends; the vital parts. 2. Parts or features essentially necessary to something; essential points, essentials. –Oxford English Dictionary There seems to be some confusion here recently about the definition of the word “vitals.” Vitals is from the Latin word vitalis which describes things pertaining to life. Used as a noun it describes things necessary for life. In anatomy, vitals describes indispensable body parts, those essential for life. In other words, the heart, the brain, the lungs,...

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Kinism, Racism, & Morton Smith

An earlier form of this essay appears as a Chapter in Heal Us, Emmanuel: A Call for Racial Reconciliation, Representation, and Unity in the Church. I am grateful to the editor Doug Serven, Ed. and White Blackbird Books for permission to use the chapter here. Guest Author: Rev. Gregory A. Ward Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Austin TX   One week ago a group calling themselves “Concerned Presbyterians” began to distribute flyers without permission in the parking lots of PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) churches in various cities in North Carolina and Texas. The flyers’ agenda was to speak out against...

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Who Decides Who’s Confessional?

Guest Author: Jon Price Almost a week ago, the General Assembly of the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) adjourned in Mobile, AL, and since then there has been a lot of discussion surrounding the notion that the PCA is on a ‘slippery slope’ to liberalism. For those outside of the PCA, you might be concerned that we’re denying the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture, or that we’re questioning the divinity of Jesus Christ, or maybe even the resurrection. Let me assure you, it is none of those things. The issue that has caused such alarm is the formation of...

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Could Intinction Actually Be a Benefit?

Editors note: The Editors of V.73 came across this article, written by Justin Woodall, and thought it was worth sharing with a wider audience. As I have watched the intinction debates unfold, both on the floor of General Assembly and in cyberspace since then, it has seemed that often times, both sides are talking past or around each other. So I created this chart that may be helpful in the discussion. The area marked “1” is the physical stuff of communion. Things like do we use wine or juice. What counts as bread and what doesn’t. Gluten-free? Should we use a common cup or many cups. How should the table be set. The PCA has a huge diversity of practice in this area. Almost every church, for practicality or theology, does this differently. The area marked “2” could be called sacramental action. How do we distribute and take the elements. Do we come forward or stay seated? Do we pass plates? Do we take the bread and wine separately or use intinction? This is where the debate currently lies in the PCA. The top line in the chart corresponds to a traditional means of taking communion. The bottom represents intinction. The red lenses on the boundary between “2” and “3” represent the signs themselves as we receive them. In the case of the top line, a separate bread and cup....

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Jason Stellman – Bids Farewell To The PCA

Pastor Jason Stellman, who recently received a lot of attention as prosecutor in the trial Peter Leithart, has resigned his membership (and with it, his ordination) in the Presbyterian Church in America. “I feel that I have no other choice than to tender my resignation from the ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America. I would like to express my gratitude to the godly and faithful men of the Pacific Northwest Presbytery for the eight years I have been a member of this body. My desire when I joined was to remain pastoring in Woodinville for my entire life and ministry, and it is with deep disappointment and regret that this will not be the case. My sincere hope is that the fathers, brothers, and friends I have gotten to know here will keep me in their prayers, and forgive me for any offense I may have caused during my involvement in the case against TE Leithart, as well as for any offense I may be presently causing by breaking my ordination vows. With sadness and a heavy heart, Jason Stellman” Stellman pointed to difficulties in accepting the ideas of Sola Fide, and Sola Scriptura in his decision to leave the PCA. Stellman did not say what part of the church he intended to join. The entire letter, addressed to the clerk and Credentials Committee of Pacific Northwest Presbytery can be...

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