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Theology Matters Jan/Feb - Nov/Dec 2005

Statement of Presbyterian Renewal Ministries on the Peace, Unity and Purity Report.
The Renewal Ministries signed a statement saying that the PUP report would not promote peace, unity or purity of the Church. p.2

Association for Church Renewal Statement  (Ecumenical Statement) 
Ecumenical renewal partners also called for the church to reject the PUP Report. p. 3

Peace, Unity, and Purity Report: Neither Faithful nor Effective by James D. Berkley
Berkley gives an in-depth critique of the proposed PUP report. p. 5

How to Read the PUP Report: Picking Up the Rhetorical Clues to What's Important by Alan Wisdom
Wisdom critiques the PUP report. p.11

The Limits of Scrupling and the Adoption Act of 1729: the PUP Task Force's Historical Problem by Toby Brown
Brown explains the historical precedent of the scrupling that occurred in the church in 1729 as it is misapplied to PUP.  Historically, "Scrupling was only allowed on article that were 'not essential."  p.13

The Strange Legacy of the Auburn Affirmation by Paul Leggett
The Auburn Affirmation with the five fundamentals was drafted in Auburn,, NY in 1924 in response to the 1923 General Assembly of the northern Presbyterian Church. p. 14


Guided by Our Confessions by Dr. Randall Otto
This is a study of the key tenets of the Reformed confessions for the purpose of training officers of the church.  There are 11 sections, making it ideal for an ongoing study at the beginning of monthly session or deacon meetings.  Alternatively, the entire study could be done in the course of a larger workshop on training officers.


The Duties of Love: A Christian Response to Homosexual Behavior, by Jerry Andrews, Susan Cyre, James Edwards, Robert Gagnon, Ulrich Mauser
The authors explain that love demands that we acknowledge and preserve the Truth as it applies to male and female as God's creation; reverence for the life of children; marriage and God's covenant; the love commandment; and sexuality and idolatry.  the authors also explain how the three-fold offices of the church that correspond to Jesus roles of prophet, priest and king, apply to this issue of sexuality.   May/Jun 2005 Theology Matters, p. 1

Drastic Measures, sermon on Matthew 5:27-28 by Kevin Finch
Finch exegets Jesus' admonition to not look at a woman lustfully.

The Duties of Love: A Christian Response to Abortion by Terry Schlossberg
Schlossberg compares Joseph Fletcher's situation ethic that says morality is based on love without law to the Christian faith's understanding that we can only know love as it is rooted in the law.  "Abortion, like situation ethics, is opposed to the Christian view of love."


Five Rings & A Wedding: Marriage & The Concentric Communities That Surround It by Allan Carlson
Marriage is not a private act.  The couple's vows are made not only between themselves, but "with concentric rings of others, all of whom have a vested interest in the making and preservation of their marriage." These include: the parents and their unborn, the extended family, the neighborhood, the community of faith, and the nation.  p. 1

The Holy Bond of Marriage, a sermon preached by John Mabray     Scripture text Genesis 2:18-25       p. 7

A Christian Vision of Marriage, a sermon preached by Lee Wyatt       Scripture text Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 28:16-20,    p. 10

Clothe Yourselves with Love, a sermon preached by Ralph Hawkins     Scripture text Colossians 3:12-17,  p. 13


Created, Loved, and Called: Looking at the Issues of Life from the Perspective of Christian Faith, Part 2  
(Part 1 is printed in the Nov/Dec 2004 Theology Matters)
"These transcripts are printed from the six part recorded series with accompanying discussion questions and supplementary discussion sessions that are available on DVD, VCR and print from Presbyterians Pro-Life. This series develops a Christian  worldview with application to life issues.....This curriculum is based on the reformed conviction that faith and practice are and ought to be related.  All of our lives we are busy developing our view of the world--of what we regard as reality and truth.  Often that development takes place without our conscious involvement.  Because we Christians live our lives immersed in messages from a wide variety of sources, we often adopt both beliefs and practices without careful scrutiny.  And without a thorough knowledge of Scripture and careful application of it to our modern situations, we are often unaware that some of the beliefs held by Christians are not necessarily Christian beliefs."