As we bid farewell to 2023, I’ve rounded up the top 10 Outlook stories from 2023 that not only represent the year we lived, but the larger questions you, our readers, are interested in exploring.
From Hannah Lovaglio’s reflections on the transformative lessons learned from Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour to Frances Taylor Gench’s examination of women pastors and biblical authority, these stories offer a window into our faith and practice this year. In 2023, we also debated ordination exam controversies, explored innovative approaches to ministry, and sought to be relational. Take a walk through the past year and read through these crowd-favorites.
“I know my experience at the Eras Tour made me a better pastor,” writes Hannah Lovaglio.
Responding to the Southern Baptist Convention’s actions to explicitly bar female pastoral leadership, biblical scholar Frances Taylor Gench reflects on how the PC(USA) engages Scripture that instructs women to be subservient such as 1 Timothy 2.
Sarah Are Speed explains four reasons people return to Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church’s chapel service every Sunday.
Reporter Erin Dunigan speaks with two ordained women with differing opinions on the selection of Judges 19 for the January exegesis exam.
5. PC(USA) administrators respond to public outcry after “text of terror” is selected for Hebrew exegesis exam
Presbyteries’ Cooperative Committee on Examinations for Candidates will join a meeting of the Association of Mid Council Leaders on Wednesday, Feb. 8 to discuss their selection of Judges 19, “The Levite’s Concubine.” — Dartinia Hull
Looking at the Book of Order, Paul Hooker argues that the PC(USA) over-emphasizes written ordination exams. His solution? Localize and personalize the grading.
“Before there is faithful preaching, there is faithful listening,” writes Thomas G. Long.
Attorney and professional parliamentarian Jim Slaughter shares a brief history of Robert’s Rules of Order.
The folks who are finding ways to do church differently — and in ways that might have a faithful impact, writes Teri McDowell Ott.
The church’s potential to reach the younger generations depends on our ability to prioritize relational ministry over programmatic ministry, writes Aaron Neff.