Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Worship and Education Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings.
The weekend before last I was pleased to be a part of the installation of the Rev. Owen Stepp to be pastor at the Clairmont Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. As at all PC(USA) ordinations and installations, Owen was asked a series of questions. Here is the one I want to draw attention to:
Will you be instructed and led by [the] confessions [of the church] as you lead the people of God?
This question reminded me of another question that I ask whenever I have the chance to teach about these statements of faith that fill the Presbyterian Book of Confessions: are the confessions historic or contemporary?
Can we possibly find God in popular culture? In what ways can books, movies, and TV shows help us to understand who God is?
And what does mid-20th century theologian Karl Barth have to do with all of this?
Check out my recent article in Presbyterians Today to get some insights on these questions.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to preach fairly regularly as I travel throughout the church. I will post them periodically, as I do three recent sermons here.
Presbyteries around the country are considering a new translation to the Heidelberg Catechism which was jointly undertaken by the Reformed Church in America, the Christian Reformed Church, and the Presbyterian Church (USA).
I wish when I traveled to Great Rivers that I had had access to an excellent new video completed by Dr. Gary Neal Hansen of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Gary served on the special committee that looked into this translation.