After a full day of reminding people that they are dust, mortal, and needing to repent, I’m ever more aware of how many times my colleagues and I try to help people make decisions about their loved ones’ care. Most often, the realities of today’s words about our mortality are seldom integrated into family conversations […]Read More Remember that you are…dust. And mortal.
That the General Synod Council be instructed to immediately develop a plan for the orderly dissolution of the Reformed Church in America, for presentation to the classes for a vote no later than 1 March 2017, and that the activities of all boards, commissions, committees, units, and agencies, save for those required to fulfill contractual […]Read More My Final Motion
GOD spoke to Moses: “Send men to scout out the country of Canaan that I am giving to the People of Israel. Send one man from each ancestral tribe, each one a tried-and-true leader in the tribe.” So Moses sent them off from the Wilderness of Paran at the command of GOD. At the end […]Read More At General Synod 2016: The Report from the Spies
Going into the 2016 General Synod (the broadest assembly in the Reformed Church in America), much has been made of the special “council” which was convened to “settle” the “issue” of human sexuality in the Reformed Church and to propose a “constitutional” “way forward”. The report can be read elsewhere and has serious problems in […]Read More The “other issue” before General Synod
During the RCA General Synod, I posted to this blog about being calm and conciliatory, about looking at the long view of history and the mighty acts of God in the face of what some saw as frustrating nonsense going on at the Synod. Last week, I posted pastorally, about the need to be patient […]Read More Time to Say “Enough”
CLARIFY 1. make (a statement or situation) less confused and more clearly comprehensible. “the report managed to clarify the government’s position” synonyms: make clear, shed/throw light on, elucidate, illuminate 2. melt (butter) in order to separate out the impurities. synonyms: purify, refine From the mouths of those who have supported the creation of a “Council” […]Read More Desirers of Clarity, Clarify Thyselves!
I include the above picture for those for whom my Kubrik reference in the title was too subtle. So, the first full day of Synod has come and gone, and we have had the reports of the General Secretary and the President (http://images.rca.org/docs/synod/Synod2015-GenSecReport.pdf and http://images.rca.org/docs/synod/Synod2015-PresidentReport.pdf, respectively), and we have a proposal before us to “clarify”—the […]Read More Doctor Beardslee, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Appreciate the Synod
This week, the Reformed Church in America’s General Synod will gather in Palos Heights, Illinois, to discuss a plethora of church business. Reports from various committees, overtures responding to requests of new business, and judicial matters will all be discussed in the upcoming 7 days. I will be a delegate from the seminary, as one […]Read More “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” – an op-ed for Overture 4.
There has been a secessionist impulse running throughout particular parts of my denomination, the Reformed Church in America, as of late. There is a variety of reasons offered for this, but the prevailing one is the differing perspectives on human sexuality. Secession is nothing new, and in our Book of Church Order there is a […]Read More Secessionist Impulses in the Reformed Church: A Historical Lesson
I have a confession to make: I have a problem staying angry. This is not a “humblebrag”—a word which a wise pastor from Brooklyn recently taught me. My mother spent most of my childhood trying to convince me that it was a virtue. It certainly worked out well for her, I suppose, because I wouldn’t […]Read More The Righteousness of Anger