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
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.
[As part of our Lenten journey, some of us at That Reformed Blog are blogging through the Lectionary. One of today’s readings is Psalm 19.] God has been speaking since before time. Long before the invention of writing (about 3200 BC in Sumer and Egypt, 1200 BC in China, and 600 BC in Mesoamerica[i]) […]
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On Friday Arizona became the 31st marriage equality state. In a way it was anticlimactic; a judge stated that Arizona’s ban against same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, and the attorney general decided not to appeal further. Ta-da! Since I am a Christian pastor, many folks assume that I am (or should be) morally outraged about this […]
Read More All Things Being Equal
“We believe in a traditionally Christian sexual ethic: that God created human beings male and female, and that any sexual intimacy outside of a faithful, lifelong marital union of a man and woman is contrary to His plan.” It is not important which one of the many tens of thousands of anti-LGBTQ equality websites the […]
Read More Golden Calf or Light Unto the Path?
On this day, May 12, in the year 254 Pope Stephen I succeeded Pope Lucius I as the 23rd Bishop of Rome. Stephen (or Stephanus in Latin) was almost certainly Pope Stephen’s birth name. It did not become customary for Popes to take new names until the sixth century and still was not routinely expected until sometime […]
Read More Pope Stephen I: Defender of Papal Authority & Proto Reformer
I didn’t grow up with a very strong view of baptism. It’s certainly fair to say it wasn’t a Reformed view of the sacrament that I was raised with. The hodgepodge faith that nurtured me included several different denominations – all with different theological emphases – but all decidedly in a revivalist tradition. Baptism was […]
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The Genesis accounts of creation provide two distinct understandings of the creative God. The first, in chapter 1-2:4, with its orderly rhythm, suggests a creator God in complete control – a God whose artistic vision is perfectly executed with exacting detail and mastery over materials. This God manages the entire process without outside help or […]
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By Susan Hetrick I was thinking this week about what it means to be “Reformed, and Always Reforming.” For some reason, a joke popped into my head: A middle aged woman has a heart attack and is taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she has a near death experience. During that experience […]
Read More Always Reforming or Unrecognizable?