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But Wonâ??t Presbyterians Ultimately Change Their Position on Gay Ordination, Just Like They Did on the Ordination of Women?

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Part 12 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series One of the most common arguments you’ll hear these days from proponents of gay ordination goes something like this: […]

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Why, If We Share the Same Bible, Do Presbyterians Differ So Widely on the Issue of Gay Ordination? Section 3

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Part 11 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I closed yesterday’s post by suggesting two reasons why many Presbyterians no longer regard the whole of Scripture as […]

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Why, If We Share the Same Bible, Do Presbyterians Differ So Widely on the Issue of Gay Ordination? Section 2

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Part 10 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I suggested that the gap between Presbyterians who endorse gay ordination and Presbyterians who oppose […]

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Why, If We Share the Same Bible, Do Presbyterians Differ So Widely on the Issue of Gay Ordination? Section 1

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Part 9 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As I pick up my blog series on the PCUSA, I want to consider the question of why we […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Childlike Discipleship READ Matthew 18:1-4 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:3 When the disciples came to […]

National Worship Leader Conference

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First, a word of explanation. Many of you have emailed me, asking me to get back to my series on the PCUSA. I will do that. But I should explain that this is my “high season” at Laity Lodge, with […]

Interview of Chris Smith: Part 4

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Part 4 of series: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Bible Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Note: I have more to say about the PCUSA issues, but am away speaking at a conference right now. So I’ll […]

Interview of Chris Smith: Part 3

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Part 3 of series: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Bible Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Note: I have more to say about the PCUSA issues, but am away speaking at a conference right now. So I’ll […]

Interview of Chris Smith: Part 2

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Part 2 of series: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Bible Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Note: I have more to say about the PCUSA issues, but am away speaking at a conference right now. So I’ll […]

Interview of Chris Smith: Part 1

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Part 1 of series: Rediscovering the Books and Beauty of the Bible Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Note: I have more to say about the PCUSA issues, but am away speaking at a conference right now. […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Compassion of Jesus READ Matthew 15:29-39 Then Jesus called his disciples and told them, “I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. I don’t want […]

Catching My Breath . . .

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Thanks for all of your helpful, encouraging, and challenging comments on my recent posts on the PCUSA crisis. I have more to add to that series, but need to catch my breath. Right now I’m helping to facilitate a conference […]

Can We, Can We All Get Along? Section 4

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Part 8 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series No, We Can’t All Get Along as a Unified Denomination Of course we Presbyterians haven’t been getting along very […]

Can We, Can We All Get Along? Section 3

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Part 7 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I tried to explain the ideological and emotional motivation of those who support the ordination […]

Can We, Can We All Get Along? Section 2

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Part 6 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I continued my reflections on the crisis in the Presbyterian Church USA. Given our disagreements […]

Can We, Can We All Get Along? Section 1

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Part 5 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series On March 3, 1991, in Lake View Terrace, California, only about seven miles where I lived at the time, […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Buried Treasure READ Matthew 13:44-52 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the […]

A Windmill

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Here’s a photo of a windmill on the H.E. Butt Foundation property, where Laity Lodge is located.

A Brief Account of the Not-So-Brief History of the PCUSA and Homosexuality, Section 2

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Part 4 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I began to chronicle the history of the PCUSA and homsexuality. In a nutshell: 1978: […]

A Brief Account of the Not-So-Brief History of the PCUSA and Homosexuality, Section 1

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Part 3 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In order to understand the significance of the actions of the recent PCUSA General Assembly with respect to homosexuality, […]

What Did the General Assembly Do to Endanger the Existence of the PCUSA?

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Part 2 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As I explained in my last post, the Presbyterian Church USA is on the ropes, at best, perhaps even […]

The End of the PCUSA? Revisited

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Part 1 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Two years ago I wrote a blog series in which I asked: Has the Presbyterian Church USA (my own […]

Some Strange Texas Sights

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Trucks are everywhere in Texas. This is true even during times of high gas prices, though I’ve heard that sales of trucks are down. For most of us, trucks are a means of transportation along paved roads. But some folks […]

You Know You’re in a Small Town When . . . More from the Boerne Police Blotter

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May 9 1700 block Water St. Comfort, 4:38 p.m. A called worried that sounds of a distressed cow had been coming from the creek. The caller was advised that three heifers were being weaned and although animals had food and […]

The Growing Church: Part 5

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Part 5 of series: The Growing Church: A Bible Study in Ephesians 4 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series This is the fifth and final part of my address to the Presbyterians for Renewal breakfast at the […]

The Growing Church: Part 4

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Part 4 of series: The Growing Church: A Bible Study in Ephesians 4 Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series This is the fourth part of my address to the Presbyterians for Renewal breakfast at the General Assembly […]

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