Quotes from the Quorums
Heard on the floor of Northeast Presbytery at its
May 1997 meeting:
Dr. T. David Gordon, Moderator of Northeast Presbytery,
reflecting on his hotel roommate during the Presbytery meeting:
"The Moderator was treated to the . . . 'Concerto for Snoring
Pastor', which persevered through the evening until a well-deserved
intermission at 5:41 AM which lasted for three minutes after which
the performance was renewed with vigor."
A Commissioner: "Personal privilege, Mr. Moderator.
Some of us are looking for a printer." T. David Gordon, holding
up a pen: "Here's one. It's low tech." "Is that
what you use at Gordon-Conwell?" "At Gordon-Conwell
this is very high tech."
A Presbyter: "Would you be open to counsel?"
T. David Gordon: "We're all open to counsel. We just don't
ever heed it."
"You know what an omnibus is-they either all
fly or all sink."-Moderator Gordon.
When Mr. Kevin O' Connor, who does not have a college
degree but is now planning to attend seminary, appeared on the
floor for examination as a candidate, one member of the court
wanted to know if he was aware of the extraordinary clause for
ordination (whereby, by a three-fourths vote, a presbytery may
waive the college requirement). After the Committee Chairman indicated
that Mr. O' Connor had been so informed, the Moderator quipped,
"He's been Mirandized."
TE Steve Gonzales, reading a ministerial call: ".
. . 'that you may be relatively free from worldly cares and avocations'-is
that the wording?!" John Vance: "I move that the Freudian
slip be struck." T. David Gordon: "I don't think the
slip was Freudian. . . . You have a motion to approve this honest
Chairman Gonzales: "Do you take any exceptions
to the standards of the PCA, particularly the Westminster Confession
of Faith and Larger and Shorter Catechisms?" Mark Scholten:
"I appear to be rather unique-I take no exceptions."
Chairman Gonzales: "Have you read them?" Mr. Scholten:
"Over the past two weeks I've read the entire Confession
again." Moderator Gordon: "That explains the glazed-over
Mr. Scholten was being received into Presbytery from
an independent Reformed congregation in Grand Rapids, which subscribes
to the Three Forms of Unity. That resulted in the following exchange
between him and the Moderator. T. David Gordon: "Would you
like to comment on the difference between the Heidelburg Catechism
and Westminster Confession of Faith 18-3 with regard to assurance?
Which is closer to your view?" Mark Scholten: "I was
going to ask if the Moderator can ask a question." "Actually,
the Moderator can, but you don't have to answer his." "Next
"Do we have any instruction from [the church]
regarding the meal?" "Pay."
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