The PCA Eras Tour…Where Are We Now?

The opening session drama at last week’s 51st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America may have signaled (or confirmed) a new era for the 51-year-old denomination. At issue was the final ratification of a Book of Church Order amendment to tighten up the denomination’s doctrine of office and ordination. The amendment passed the final hurdle and is now church law, but only after some emotional arguments against and startling (to some) admissions1 of ecclesial deviation, disorder, contextualization, or acts of conscience—depending on one’s perspective. More on all of this later; for now let us try to answer the question “In which era does the PCA find itself…and how did we get here?”

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