Common Ground Online Forum: PCA Denominational Renewal 9/15 – 10/17

I didn’t know a thing about this, so I have been enjoying listening and reading the dialogue…

In February, 2008 five PCA pastors gave talks at a conference called “Denominational Renewal“. Hundreds of PCA pastors and seminarians attended.

We will host a forum on these talks at CGO. We will spend one week on each talk, in sequence. The forum will run from Monday, September 15 through Friday, October 17.

To listen to the original talks, go to the Denominational Renewal site  and click on speakers. Under each of the speakers’ biographies you will find a link to the audio of the message.


The series focused on 5 areas:

  1. The ethos of our church
  2. The theological practices of our church
  3. The worship of our church
  4. The ecclesiology of our church, especially as it relates to other ecclesial bodies
  5. The mission of our church to the world


The structure of commentary/dialogue will be ordered accordingly:

Mondays- Simpatico (or Sympathetic) response

Tuesdays- Critical response

Wednesdays- Women or minority voices in the PCA response

Thursdays- Outside of the PCA response

Fridays- Original speaker of the talk at Denominational Renewal responds to the respondents


And the calendar of topics will be ordered accordingly:

Week 1  Sept 15-19 Responding to “Renewing Ethos” by Greg Thompson (audio)

Simpatico: Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer PCA in New York City

Critical: Ligon Duncan, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS

Minority/Women: Rebecca Jones, wife and mother, daughter of Edmund Clowney

Outside the PCA: Dan Dorianai, Pastor of Central Presbyterian Church (EPC), St. Louis


Week 2 Sept 22-26 Responding to “Renewing Theology” by Jeremy Jones (audio)

Simpatico: John Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, RTS-Orlando

Critical: Sean Michael Lucas, Chief Academic Officer and Associate Professor of Church History, Covenant Theological Seminary

Minority/Women: Howard Brown, Pastor of Christ Central Church, Charlotte

Outside the PCA: Michael Walker, Theologian-in-Residence, Highland Park Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)


Week 3  Sept. 29-Oct. 2 Responding to “Renewing Worship” by Bill Boyd (audio)

Simpatico: Reggie Kidd, Professor of New Testament, RTS-Orlando

Critical: Phil Ryken, Pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia

Minority/Women: Carl Ellis, Project Joseph, Chattanooga, TN

Outside the PCA: John Muether, Librarian & Professor of Church History at RTS-Orlando (member of the OPC)

Week 4  Oct. 6-10 Responding to “Renewing Ecclesiology” by Matt Brown (audio)

Simpatico: Leo Schuster, Pastor of Christ the King PCA, Houston

Critical: Rick Lints, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Minority/Women: Diane Poythress, Ph.D. in Reformation History and Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary

Outside the PCA:  Dr. Russell Moore, Senior Vice President for Academic Administration; Dean of the School of Theology; Associate Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Week 5  Oct. 13-17 Responding to “Renewing Mission” by Jeff White (audio)

Simpatico: Ray Cannata, Pastor of Redeemer Church, New Orleans

Critical: Derek Thomas, Professor of Systematic Theology, RTS-Jackson; Assistant Minister of Teaching,  First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS

Minority/Women: Elias Medieros, Professor of Missions, RTS-Jackson

Outside the PCA: Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church, founder of Acts 29


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