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Thinking the Faith, Praying the Faith, Living the Faith is written by the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship.

Thinking, praying, and living the faith is at the core of ministry in the Office of Theology and Worship. In the following videos, learn more about what thinking, praying, and living the faith means to the leadership of the Office of Theology and Worship. Discover why it matters and what difference it makes in our lives, work, and worship.  

Charles Wiley  
Barry Ensign-George
David Gambrell
Christine Hong 
Karen Russell

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May 8, 2014

Unity, Confessions, and the Book of Order

What is the relationship between our confession of faith and our polity?  Why do we have a collection of confessions in our denomination's Constitution?  What role do they (could they) play in shaping our life together?  How can we be faithful to the commitments we've made in the two parts of our Constitution: first The Book of Confessions, and second the Book of Order?

My colleague, Charles Wiley, and I reflected on these questions in a brief statement that was published last fall: Constituting Us: Confessions and Polity in the PC(USA).  In December I was invited to reflect further on the relationship between our confession of faith and our polity as part of Moderator Neal Presa's Second Colloquium on Unity and Diversity.  I built my reflections around Constituting Us.  I added reflections on our Constitution as a lead-in to that document.  Following that document, I also added some brief reflections on how the relationship of the two parts of our Constitution might bear on actions at our upcoming General Assembly, especially as regards our discussion of marriage.  The result is Unity, Confessions, and the Book of Order: the Constitution of the PC(USA) and How It Constitutes Us.

Here's how it starts: "The relationship between the two parts of our Constitution - The Book of Confessions and the Book of Order - is an abiding, persistent problem . . "  Read more.


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April 16, 2014

Come and See

                A major theme running throughout the gospel of John is the invitation to “come and see.”  Echoing Isaiah 66:18b where God promises, “I am coming to gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and shall see my glory,” John invites us to come and see the glory of the Lord in Jesus Christ. 

               When Jesus is baptized, John the Baptizer’s disciples wonder if Jesus is the one they’ve been waiting for—i.e. one greater than John.   They want to know where Jesus is staying/abiding, and he invites them to “come and see” (John ...

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April 8, 2014

Please and Thank You

The primary purpose of Christian worship is, of course, simply giving glory to God. But worship also provides us with regular opportunities to practice the theological habits of grace and gratitude. Like learning to say “please” and “thank you” at home, worship seeks to shape us in a way of life that befits God’s holy realm, our eternal home.

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March 6, 2014

Back to Basics on Ash Wednesday

In the congregation where I worship, I have the solemn joy of visiting each class of children’s choirs and talking to them about Ash Wednesday. Last night was the third year running … which means we’ve now entered the realm of sacred and inviolable tradition.

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January 7, 2014

Inviting Folks to the Font: “How Much Does It Cost?”

How much does baptism in Christ cost?  Nothing.  And everything.

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