PCA Chaplain Installed at Harvard

For the first time since the 1930s, a conservative Calvinist chaplain has been officially recognized by Harvard University. At an installation ceremony on December 6, 1997, Northeast Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America installed the Rev. Dr. G. Joseph Gatis, Esq., as a chaplain at the prestigious Ivy School.

North Carolina Church Accepts Dr. Gilchrist's Apology

The Session of the North Carolina church that had raised concerns about the General Assembly Stated Clerk, Dr. Paul R. Gilchrist, has expressed its satisfaction with his proferred apology.

Meeting of Presbytery Stated Clerks

The annual meeting of the Presbytery Stated Clerks with the General Assembly Stated Clerk raised some interesting questions. Among them are the matter of background/credit checks for ministers transferring into the Presbyterian Church in America; and whether church court and committee minutes are public or privileged.

Founding PCA Church and Its Pastor Leave for EPC

Grace Presbyterian Church, Alexandria, LA, one of the initial congregations of the Presbyterian Church in America, and its pastor, the Rev. Mr. Robert Vincent, were dismissed by Louisiana Presbytery (PCA) to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Among the concerns cited were the toleration of theonomy in the PCA, and the prominent role played by a minister member of Louisiana Presbytery in the League of the South, a group that is calling for political secession from the federal government.

NAPARC Votes 6-1 to Suspend the Christian Reformed Church

In a move that was long expected, the annual meeting of the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC) voted, 6-1, to suspend the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). The key issue in the dispute is the CRC opening ruling and teaching church office to women. The proposed suspension now goes to the constituent denominations, at least five of which must approve the measure before it takes effect.

NAPARC 1997 Hears the Concerns of the Churches

Each year, the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council hears from the member churches and from observer denominations. One of the more interesting presentations this year was that from one of the observers, the Presbyterian Reformed Church.

President Brock Urges NAPARC Delegates to Empower the Laity

Dr. Frank Brock, President of Covenant College, urged the delegates to the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council to "empower the laity." The chief executive of the Presbyterian Church in America's Lookout Mountain, GA, institution of higher learning downplayed the use of preaching and emphasized the use of small groups in evangelization and Christian education.

NAPARC Missions Consultations

Reports were heard about home and foreign missions at the 1997 meeting of the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council.

Other NAPARC Business

In other business of the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC), the delegates decided to postpone for a year what to do with excess moneys from the commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the Westminster Assembly; to ask the Korean American Presbyterian Church to solicit funds from other NAPARC churches for famine relief for North Korea; and postponed for a year any action on a web site.

Interview with the Chairman of NAPARC

The Rev. Mr. Gordon Keddie, pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America congregation in State College, PA, comments candidly on the vote to suspend the Christian Reformed Church and on the future of the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council.

Heartland Presbytery Commission Questions Legitimacy of News Service

Heartland Presbytery, through a commission it had erected to correspond with Northeast Presbytery, has questioned the legitimacy of Presbyterian International News Service and its publication, Presbyterian and Reformed News. The Commision claims that the news service is being operated "in a manner analogous to the 'vigilantes' and 'lynch mobs' of old."

PINS Editor Responds to the Allegations

The Editor of the Presbyterian International News Service responds to the allegations made by Heartland Presbytery.

Reaction from the PC(USA) to the Heartland Story

As the second largest American Presbyterian denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has long struggled to distance itself from the larger, "mainline" body known as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), or PC(USA). PINS decided therefore to see what policies there may be in the PC(USA) regarding openness of meetings and minutes in that denomination.

Editorials and Letters

Read about "The Coming Revival";, "A Request for Assistance";, and the concerns of our readers.

Book Review

The Editor reviews a new book on Presbyterian missionaries to China.

News from the Presbyteries

Reported on this time are Calvary, Central Carolina, Central Georgia, Covenant, Grace, Heartland, Louisiana, Northeast, Northern California, Pacific Northwest, Potomac, Southern Florida, Warrior, and Westminster.


Thomson (GA) Church Leaves the PCA

Thomson (GA) Presbyterian Church voted on February 1, 1998, to withdraw from Central Georgia Presbytery. The pastor of the congregation had been the subject of a complaint lodged against his reception into the presbytery, because of his prior divorce.

Veteran Minister of Mercy Bill Rushbrook Deals with El Nino

Long-time minister of mercy Bill Rushbrook deals with the effects of inclement weather in his home state of California. This time, however, he has taken to rescuing sheep.

Preacher, Poet, Author

Dr. Peter Doyle, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Opelika, AL, is not only a preacher. He also is a poet and the author of children's adventure books.
Our Condolences

Veteran churchman Edwin P. Elliott, Sr. passes away in Manassas, VA.