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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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March 26, 2013

Heidelberg Catechism ReMix

In this 23 minute video, Dr. Hansen explores the hows and whys of the new translation, how it compares to the earlier translation and the original German and Latin, and the catechism can build the faith of individuals and congregations.


March 22, 2013

Why Are We Losing Our Kids?

“Our kids are smart. They picked up on the message we unwittingly taught. If church is simply a place to learn life-application principals to achieve a better life in community… you don’t need a crucified Jesus for that.” --from website Marc5Solas


March 21, 2013

Passing on the Faith

 As many of us were taught, the root meaning of the word tradition is handing over for safekeeping.  We pass on to others the best of what we have; we pass on the tradition.  In a really nice column on Huffington Post, Derek Penwell, in effect, asks the question, "what is the tradition which we hand over?"  What if the next generation doesn't want what we think is treasure.  My kids don't really want this sofa.  What will they want from my church?


March 13, 2013

Musings on the election of Francis

Like many of my fellow Presbyterians, I have been following the story of the resignation of Benedict the XVI and the election of Francis.


March 5, 2013

What's Significant about the Catholic/Reformed Dialogue Agreement on Baptism?

The Reformed and Roman Catholics appear to interpret biblical and patristic "sources with hermeneutics conditioned by confessional and dogmatic assumptions held a priori. This is most especially true in the reading of central texts from the corpus of Augustine’s works on baptism, faith, justification, sacrament and original sin. . . . Indeed, the reconciliation of approaches to the reading of Augustine may open a path for exchange and understanding between both churches in a way never before achieved."