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Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Formation, and Evangelism 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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January 30, 2014

Managing Polarities and the Marriage Study

This post gives me a chance to synthesize some of what I have been learning over the past couple of weeks through my travels.  I have recently traveled to both the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and the Presbytery of Northern Kansas to facilitate the marriage study published by the Office of Theology and Worship (which is a key part of my ministry area).  This study is explicitly designed not to drive participants toward consensus or toward problem solving, but rather toward allowing everyone who participates to hear the others’ points of view, so that they gain empathy and understanding.

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June 17, 2013

Marriage Study for Presbyteries Now Available

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.

You can now download the two hour version at, where you can also find a number of other documents and resources about marriage from a Reformed perspective.  (The six-week study is available as well, in English, Spanish, and Korean.  The Korean and Spanish versions of the two-hour study will be posted as soon as they are available.)

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May 6, 2013

Marriage Study Published

Our goal in producing this guide is to help the church think in nuanced ways about the issue of marriage—in particular same-gender marriage.  The General Assembly did not ask us to write a paper marking a specific position, but rather to ask questions designed to help congregations and participants understand more clearly what they themselves believe.  Please pray alongside me that the Holy Spirit will use this guide to do just that.

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March 7, 2013

Insights on the Marriage Study

One of the most interesting conversations I had there revolved around the marriage study that the General Assembly has asked my colleagues in the Office of Theology and Worship to prepare.  In order to make sure that the study is as effective and as faithful as it can be, thirteen churches are pre-testing the study, and Hopewell is one of them.  

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