‘A Sacred Trust’

For more than 50 years, The Presbyterian Outlook and its predecessor publications worked passionately for the reunion of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A./United Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. and the Presbyterian Church, U.S. -- the Southern branch separated from the main body since 1861. Year after year, patiently and persistently, our editors worked through individual Presbyterians, North and South, and through the governing bodies of the church to make reunion possible.

Response to ‘A Sacred Trust’

I would like to make three comments on Robert Bullock's important editorial, "A Sacred Trust." Before I do that, let me say that even though I differ with him on a number of issues, not the least of which is Amendment O, I know that Robert is a dedicated servant of Jesus Christ and of the PC(USA).

Decently and in Ordure

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but part of the problem with Presbyterians today is they do not often enough smell to high heaven.  That is, Presbyterians look down their noses more regularly at bad order than at bad odor.  Obviously God made human beings with five senses.  Puzzling over how they worked together caused Aristotle to posit a "common sense" (De Anima, III). 

The Eagles Rights Amendment

Birds are among God's most beautiful creatures and bird watching in the world around us is a pure delight.  People of the Middle Ages were also fascinated by birds and filled the borders of their manuscripts with obsessively accurate drawings of birds.  Birds were regarded as cheerful, hopeful, impudent and above all free.  They enrich our lives and some of them enrich our tables.

Speaking the Truth in Love

A friend of mind has said from time to time concerning persons in the church with whom she violently disagrees, "Talk? I wouldn't want to be in the same room with that person!"

Amendment O is Bad Polity

Before the presbyteries for a vote, as the new year begins, is the issue of Amendment O. Narrowly passed last summer by the 212th General Assembly, Amendment O proposes an addition to the PC(USA) Directory of Worship to the effect that church property shall not be used for, nor shall any church officer "take part in conducting any ceremony or event that pronounces blessing or gives approval of the church or invokes the blessing of God upon any relationship that is inconsistent with God's intention" of monogamous marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness.

A Four Letter Word

By ceaseless and careless repetition, our society teaches us many things.  Few Presbyterians under 40 years of age, I suspect, can distinguish between Rosinante and Dulcinea.  However, everyone knows, and has been influenced by, Don Quixote's conviction, "When in Rome do as the Romans do"  (Part II, Chapter 54).

Elder Hostile

All good teaching elders have bad consciences and genuine humility because first-class seminaries instruct them in how much there is to know about divine science (including human and natural science) and how little they ever will.  In addition, Presbyterian seminaries do not encourage the notion that any amount of pious zeal can make up for abysmal ignorance.