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.
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Years ago when call waiting became an option for telephone land lines, it was a godsend for teenagers and their families. No need to hang up on anyone, and no need to worry about how long a phone call might take, because anyone who called could get through regardless of whether or not someone was on the phone. These days with cell phones we take call waiting for granted. But sometimes call waiting happens when we are seeking a new pastor, or a new place to serve, and it takes much longer than we expect. And when that happens, we no longer take God’s work for granted.
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?