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Sue Cyre


The Reality of Truth by Sue Cyre, Executive Director of PFFM.
Cyre examines church doctrine as a description of the truth about reality as it really is.  She then examines the need to engage false ideas about reality in order to defend the truth as in a court case. That defense is called "apologetics."   It is important to engage the false teachings about reality so that:

  • people may learn to discern between truth and error and not be led astray;
  • those unbelievers who are searching for truth might find it in Jesus Christ;
  • the faith of the people might be strengthened by the truth;
  • our preaching and teaching is careful and nuanced so that we do not unwittingly provide fertile ground for error to take root.

Finally Cyre explains a Christian worldview and how it differs from other worldviews being promoted by the culture and some within the church. May/Jun 2014 Theology Matters p. 5


Identifying Boundaries by Rev. Susan Cyre
Cyre examines the role of doctrine in establishing boundaries and then gives specific examples of places where theological boundaries are being crossed.  She looks at the Trinity, the authority of Scripture, God is the Creator, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the fallenness of human beings.  Jan/Feb 2013 Theology Matters, p. 12

The Reformation of the Church, by Rev. Sue Cyre, p.16--
Cyre begins a series on practical steps that must be taken to reform the church.  This article looks at the turmoil in the church caused by false teachers in 1 Peter.  Reference is also made to Calvin's commentary on 1 Peter.  Sep/Oct 2008 Theology Matters p. 16

The Bride and the Ten Commandments, by Susan A. Cyre, p. 11-- The Ten Commandments are not punitive laws designed to keep us from enjoying life.  Rather, they are the promises of a husband, YAHWEH, to love and care for his beloved wife, Israel. Jan/Feb 2007 Theology Matters, p. 11

The Church Militant, by Susan Cyre  (this article first appeared in Theology Matters Jan/Feb 1997)
Many in the church and society long for peace and therefore seek to harmonize dualisms.  But biblical faith draws boundaries that cannot be compromised. Those boundaries cause a spiritual battle that is the church's calling. Knowing this, there practical steps we should take like telling the flock the whole gospel including that  discipleship involves a cross; praying and meeting with other clergy and elders, etc.  Sep/Oct 2006 Theology Matters p. 13 

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

A Worship Service for Families Who Have Lost a Preborn Child by Susan Cyre
Often families who have lost a preborn child have no worship service celebrating the resurrection and little or no church support. Sometimes grandparents do not live nearby and so grieve alone and in silence when their unborn grandchild dies.  This article describes one church's annual worship service for those who have lost a child.  May/Jun 2003 Theology Matters   p. 9

Repent, Reform, OVercome: Why We Must Restore Annual GAs by Susan Cyre
Cyre responds to the vote at the 2002 GA to implement biennial GAs.  Nov/Dec 2002 Theology Matters p. 15

Repent, Remember, Overcome: A Proposal to Renew the Church, Fitness for Leadership, Part 3,  by Susan Cyre, Philip Keevil
The authors discuss fitness for leadership at the session and presbytery levels, examination responsibilities and examinations on the floor of presbytery.  Jan/Feb 2002 Theology Matters  p.  12

Repent, Remember, Overcome: A Proposal to Renew the Church--Polity and Theology  by Susan Cyre
Cyre examines the relationship between polity and theology.  Nov/Dec 2001 Theology Matters p. 15

Repent, Remember, Overcome: A Proposal to Renew the Church by Susan Cyre and Terry Schlossberg
Beginning with this article, this series of articles argues that the confrontation between the church an the prevailing spirit of the age is basic to the church's mission and that the current conflict has historical precedent throughout Scripture. The authors start a discussion of effective steps to be taken to begin to reform and renew the church.  Sep/Oct 2001 Theology Matters p. 14

Renewal in the Mainline Churches by Rev. Susan A. Cyre, Executive Director of Presbyterians for Faith, Family and Ministry and Editor of Theology Matters. Cyre argues that the paradigm for renewal should not be the postmodern table with every theology represented and accepted, but the plumbline which calls each one to repent and return to God's revealed truth.  Some principles of biblical renewal are: that spiritual warfare is the norm not the exception; that we need to love our neighbor enough to struggle for them; that we need to trust God and not just fight 'winnable battles'; that we need to give a consistent witness to Jesus Christ; that we must be concerned to vindicate the name of Christ; and that we must give God thanks for all his blessings. Jan/Feb 1998 Theology Matters p. 11

The Church Militant by Susan Cyre, PCUSA pastor and Executive Director of Presbyterians for Faith, Family and Ministry and Editor of Theology Matters.   "Revisionists argue that peace is only possible when objective truth is denied.  They content that 'truth-is-relative will allow dualisms to be harmonized."  But, biblical faith does draw boundaries and defines truth and falsehood; light and darkness; sin and righteousness.  Spiritual struggle is the church's calling.   Jan/Feb 1997 Theology Matters p. 10

Truth Creates Boundaries by Susan Cyre, Executive Director of Presbyterians for Faith, Family and Ministry.  Cyre writes "Objective truth had been trampled on university campuses by relativism promoted under the banner of tolerance, inclusivity and diversity. This problem of relativism, however, does not exist just in liberal academic corridors.  It exists in the culture and most disturbingly in the church even among Evangelicals... Objective truth is the plumb line which divides truth and falsehood creating a boundary.  Without that boundary, everything is believable."    Mar/Apr 1995 Theology Matters p. 1