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June 17, 2015, 12:00 AM

General Assembly Time!

Next week in Orlando, Florida, the 35th General Assembly will be convening at First Presbyterian Church (June 24-27). Last year's Assembly in Knoxville, Tennessee was a fantastic experience, and I expect no less of a blessing this year. I will be blogging through the Assembly this year, I fully expect, faithfully! Check out our FaceBook page for pictures and updates to this blog.

In my estimation, there is one key issue that will be before this Assembly, coming from the Committee on Fraternal Relations.  It is Recommendation #18 [FRC-1] “that the Evangelical Presbyterian Church exit the World Communion of Reformed Churches [WCRC] on December 31, 2015.”

This is a big move by the EPC, should it pass. The WCRC is an ecumenical organization that brings together numerous Reformed denominations across the world. This is the only way we are in relationship with our former denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA). What this relationship means is that churches in each denomination can be dismissed to each other becuase we are formally "in relationship" with one another. If this recommendation passes, that would in effect, sever the ties with PC(USA), and that would mean that after December 31st, no church in the PC(USA) would be able to transfer into the EPC.

I am not inclined to support this recommendation. I understand the rationale. The PC(USA) has been moving in a so-called "progressive" direction for quite some time, with the pace picking up in recent years. The EPC is making a bold statement. I appreciate the integrity of this church! However, I know what it is like on the other side. I feel for my brothers and sisters who are still PC(USA) and who know they need to move.

Stay tuned. It is going to be an amazing week! 

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