The PCA‚Äôs Administrative Committee and the North Georgia Presbytery will host the 34th General Assembly of the PCA, June 20-23, in Atlanta, Ga. This year‚Äôs theme is ‚ÄúMaking Disciples for our Emerging World.‚ÄĚ
Some 1,500 PCA commissioners come from all over the country to attend General Assembly, during which they review and approve budgets, hear reports from the PCA‚Äôs various committees and agencies, and receive updates from sister denominations.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôll be discussing how to increase the participation of ruling elders in General Assembly,‚ÄĚ said Taylor, ‚Äúas well as the ‚ÄėNew Perspective on Paul,‚Äô a significant issue related to justification.‚ÄĚ...
Interesting article by John Robbins on authority problems he experienced in his PCA church, caused by Fed. Visionists:
As a Baptist I must add that such anecdotes as this do not "disprove" Presby polity. Indeed I've seen much nonsense in Baptist circles too. IMHO, the real problem is the character of men our culture breeds.
Neil: Check Sermon Audio's "Church Finder for "Lancaster" then refine to "Lancaster, Pa.". The good ones are all there. If you want a real treat travel to Darlington Md. Evangelical Methodist Church. The Pastor Rev. McKnight is a Reformed Calvinist-yep you heard me right. The whole "Methodist" church went over to solid Reform theology as a result of Pastor McKnight's enlightenment. Visit the Conowingo Dam over the Susquehanna River while there. Very impressive. Don't worry about looking Amish or Old Order mennonite. They are very respected among Evangelicals in that area. Be sure to eat at the Shady Maple Smorgesborg. A fine Christian establishment with grace being said by the guests and the Lord's Prayer mounted on the walls. Great mennonite country style cooking, and very reasonable. A tenth of your bill will be tithed to missionary work. Then cross the street & visit Good's Store for old time general store stuff like coal buckets, lanterns etc. The food store has a magazine rack with Bibles & Christian books. No movie mags allowed. Warning: Everything is closed on the Sunday Sabbath except national chains like McDonalds, & a few phoney Tourist traps. Real Annabaptists observe the Sabbath. Have a ball & don't let the city slickers from Phila. & NYC ruin your visit
Arthur: Some PCA churches (like 10th Presbyterian in Philly) are still very strong Reform based Evfangelical churches. Others, like one in the suburbs of Philadelphia are mega church wannabes, with a pastor who wants to be a pastor-politician. Yet another in the Philly suburbs is bathed in modernity with contemporary music and services, no hymnals (projectors don't you know) and no Sunday evening service. (Gets in the way of Sunday night football youth group meetings.) The Southern PCA is more conservative than the Northern churches. Many PCA ministers and delegates to the GA favor not requiring adherence to the Westminster Standards for ordination. I left. I predict a split in it's future between the liberals and the conservatives, but what else is new in Evangelical Christianity ?
The PCA is a crapshoot. Basically you never know when you walk into one whether it's going to be a church that adheres to the RPW or if it's a mainstream evangelical church setting with megachurch growth strategies and Charismatic worship. Some PCA's are dispensational. The denomination has noble beginnings as it originated under Dr. Morton Smith (in 1978 I think) with those Presbyterian Christians who broke off from the Southern US Presbyterian Church when it became more liberal in the 30's.
For more information on what is happening and has been happening worship-wise in the PCA, I recommend Pastor Brian Schwertley's sermons here on "John Frame and the RPW" parts 1-3; and as relating to the above article, Pastor Schwertley's latest sermon, "The Gospel Crisis in the OPC and PCA."