Monday, July 23, 2012

Dr. Rick Phillips' - An Analysis of the 40th PCA General Assembly

Recently I heard a thought-provoking interview of Dr. Rick Phillips, Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina.  He is also the vice-chair of the The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals He is an important voice in the PCA but also in the wider reformed community.  His roots are in Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia where he sat under the preaching of Dr. James Montgomery Boice.  He is no crackpot and brings an important perspective.  

Please know that Dr. Phillips' speaks about more than the actions of the most recent General Assembly.  This interview touches on many issues - some debated at this most recent assembly but others that keep cropping up.  For starters, at about the 10 minute mark he states that the "PCA is a badly divided denomination" and gives several examples.  The rest of the interview addresses the issues that are dividing our denomination: paedo-communion, intinction, theistic evolution, and contextualizing the Gospel.  

For those who are in the PCA I strongly encourage you to listen to the interview.  I don't necessarily agree with everything that Dr. Phillips' says but his comments are worth considering.  

As you listen to the interview and what is causing divisions in our church I encourage you to ask yourself a question:  Am I/my church/my presbytery part of the solution or part of the problem?   

Click on this link to hear the interview:  Rick Phillips' Interview

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