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Postscript: Michael Card and the PC(USA) Exegesis Exam

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Part 5 of series: Presbyterian Exegesis Exam Changed Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I had thought that I was finished weighing in on recent changes in the PC(USA) exegesis exam. But an experience I had this […]

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Presbyterian Exegesis Exam Changed: Section 4

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Part 18 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far I’ve put up three posts on recent changes in the exegesis exam of the Presbyterian Church (USA). […]

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Presbyterian Exegesis Exam Changed: Section 3

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Part 17 of series: Presbyterian Exegesis Exam Changed Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last two blog posts I have commented on recent changes in the exegesis exam of the Presbyterian Church (USA). In a […]

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Presbyterian Exegesis Exam Changed: Section 2

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Part 16 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began commenting on recent changes in the exegesis exam of the Presbyterian Church (USA). For the first […]

We Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Blog to Bring You a Special Report: Presbyterian Exegesis Exam Changed

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Part 15 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I just became aware of a couple of major changes in exegesis exams of the Presbyterian Church (USA). I […]

Where Do We Go From Here? Section 1

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Part 14 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in this series on The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited I have argued that we […]

Chet Edwards: Potential Vice-President and Poster Child for Denominationalism in America

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As my regular readers know, I don’t tend to do serious blogging on Saturdays. But today I do want to put up something that is vaguely related to my recent series on the PCUSA and denominations. I’ve been watching with […]

What’s Good About Denominations? Revisited

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Part 14 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Two years ago, in the aftermath of the debacle of the 2006 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA, […]

What’s Good About Denominations?

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I’m away on a camping vacation for the next few days, with uncertain Internet access. So I’ll point you to a series I did a couple of years ago called: What’s Good About Denominations? Along with some help from my […]

Is the PCUSA My Church?

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Part 13 of series: The End of the Presbyterian Church USA? Revisited Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series The recent focus of this blog series has been the biblical and theological issues associated with the ordination of […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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