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.
In a recent post, I spoke about discussing Christian marriage at the Presbytery of Arkansas, using a two-hour version of the six-week study on marriage completed by the Office of Theology and Worship at the request of the 220th General Assembly.
This past weekend I visited the Presbytery of Palo Duro, which extends from the panhandle down to north central Texas. They invited me to preach and to lead a conversation about the proposed new translation to the Heidelberg Catechism, one of the many statements of faith in the PC(USA)’s Book of Confessions. (This book would be more salacious but a lot less helpful if it were actually a collection of confessions of what Presbyterians have done wrong over the years, rather than this compilations of what we believe.)
This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the Presbytery of Arkansas and one of its churches, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Smith. I led a Friday Q&A lunch with members of FPC Fort Smith, and then on Sunday morning preached and gave a presentation about the state of the denomination and some of its controversies (including the definition of marriage). On Saturday I was glad to facilitate a conversation about Christian marriage at the presbytery meeting.
Click here to read a recent article I penned for the Presbyterian Outlook on the need to answer one of Jesus' most important questions.
A couple of weeks ago when I was in Atlanta, I preached and presented at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, where I had formerly served as an associate pastor. I was pleased to meet someone who has become a part of the church since I left in 2003. He told me, “Now when you get back to Louisville, you tell everyone how important it is that we keep educating our pastors.”