The rules are pretty basic:
- In about 25 words each, answer the following five questions;
- Tag five Presbyterian bloggers and send them a note to let them know they were tagged;
- Be sure to link or send a trackback to this post
1. What is your earliest memory of being distinctly Presbyterian?
Freshmen year of college, when a Baptist friend questioned me on infant baptism and the ordination of women.
2. On what issue/question should the PC(USA) spend LESS energy and time?
This isn’t technically an answer to the question, since it deals w/ money rather than energy and time, but the PC(USA) wastes way too much on General Assembly meetings. There’s no reason to have them in convention centers and fancy hotels when we have Presbyterian colleges across the country that could provide meeting spaces and at least some lodging at a more affordable cost. Let’s move out of the Hilton and into the world.
3. On what issue/question should the PC(USA) spend MORE energy and time?
Being on the front lines of the Kingdom. This means placing greater focus on New Church Development domestically and also the adoption and evangelization of unreached people groups internationally. (With the latter, we’ll also need to focus more on cross-cultural partnership).
4. If you could have the PC(USA) focus on one passage of scripture for an entire year, what would it be?
I’m torn between two. Either Matthew 6:33 (“Seek first his kingdom…”) or 2 Corinthians 6:3-13 (Paul describing his life as a servant of God; we need to recover the Christian willingness to deny self, self-sacrifice, and even suffer for the sake of Jesus Christ).
5. If the PC(USA) were an animal what would it be and why?
A frog… in a pot of water that is getting warmer and warmer. Christendom is over, and we’re living in a culture growing less and less ‘Christian.’ We need to learn again how to be the church in an increasingly less-supporting, even hostile, environment and not simply accommodate ourselves to the whims of the culture.