I have always had a strong desire to be tried for heresy.Heretics are exciting people while orthodoxy such as mine is completely unremarkable and rather dull.I am not so daring as to want to be convicted of heresy but to be charged with heresy would be a great delight.I assume that every physician longs to get sick so he can diagnose himself.
September is here: the beginning of a new school year for many (both religious and secular); the celebration of Labor Day, honoring laborers of every kind and their labor; and, for the first time, the remembering of the awful events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, a day of infamy which the people of this nation will long remember.
By Andrew Purves. WJKP. 2001. 160 pp. Pb. $16.95.ISBN 0-664-22241-2
— reviewed by Richard Ray, Bristol, Va.
Turning this little book by Andrew Purves over, weighing it from hand to hand, I realized that I could not easily write an impersonal response to it. I knew its author too well. During the past few years in which we were colleagues at Pittsburgh Seminary we often discussed its basic themes.
There are certain things about which people disagree regarding the recent ruling of the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission in the Ronald Wier case — a case alleging that the installation of a gay elder at Second church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., violated the rules. But there seems consensus on at least this much:
The schedule for discussions that the Theological Task Force for Peace, Unity and Purity has proposed calls for each of its next four meetings to focus on a basic theological topic and a basic theme of Presbyterian polity, governance and history, as follows:
CHICACO — Trying to find out what's in the hearts of people out in the church, the Task Force on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) held a series of focus groups at the General Assembly this summer — asking people to speak to speak out about the task force's work and their own concerns.
By Michael L. Lindvall. Geneva. 2001. 135 pp. Pb. $11.95. ISBN 0-664-50142-7
— reviewed by Bill Klein, Lexington, Va.
Anyone familiar with Michael Lindvall’s book, The Good News from North Haven (reprint expected Summer 2002), will welcome his most recent effort. The Christian Life is another in the expected 12-volume Foundations of Christian Faith series being commissioned by the Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and published by Geneva Press.
God has given the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) a moment of grace to dream new dreams, to see new visions, to lay aside the weapons of warfare, and to rethink mission and strategy on a truly grand scale.
At the end of a quarter century of nearly continuous contentiousness, it is as if a boil has been lanced, followed by an experience of relief, a weary contingent of God’s people wanting to move beyond the trenches that divided and to move forward into a future of obedience and service.