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By Bob Smallman
I am convinced that most pastors would be better and feel better if they stayed longer.

Long pastorates (like long marriages) are not much in vogue these days - nor are they easily attained – but both are wonderfully rewarding. What can be better than seeing the children I have baptized grow up in the Lord, go to school, and then come back to be married? Or to see children who have sat under my ministry grow up and sense God's call to their own ministry? The downside, as I have often said, is that I also have to "live with my mistakes" when it would be so much easier to escape to a different church and let my successor mop up after me. More

By Michael Brock
I must have a bigger picture of God and be liberated from the success syndrome.

April 2004 marked the one-year anniversary of my arrival at the church I serve in North Alabama.  This first year has been full of lessons learned and education by trial-and-error.  Following is a list of 10 things I have learned after 1 year as a solo pastor. More

Church Life
By Brady Shuman
There's a huge group of us, young eager people, willing to learn, serve, and excited about the PCA.

Editor's note: Brady Shuman is the daughter of TE Steve Shuman, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Laurel, Miss. She will be graduating from Covenant Seminary in May 2004. One of her assignments before graduation was to write a Senior Essay reflecting on her time at seminary.  Brady remarked, "As I was writing this, I was struck by the fact that I am part of the first generation of young people to grow up in the PCA and we are now becoming active as leaders and servants in its churches and ministries.  I found this idea exciting and wanted to share it with the PCA people." More

PCA History
By PCA Historical Center
The Presbyterian Church in America was organized as a denomination in 1973.  Though still a rather young denomination, it may surprise you to find out that about one-third of our churches predate the PCA.  Here’s a list of the fifty oldest PCA churches.  The hands-down winner is in this category is Fairfield Presbyterian Church of Fairton, New Jersey, established in 1680!  Also included in this list are those churches that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. More

By Sean Michael Lucas
I pray that Benjamin's baptism will be a sign of God's grace to him in God's appointed time.

We have a great joy today, to have both sacraments in our worship. And I have great joy today, to participate in both, as my son is baptized and as we as God's people come to the table.

It is in my role, though, as an officer of the church that I want us to think through what we are doing here this morning. Why are we going to baptize? And what are we doing when we baptize? More

Pastoral and ministry moves in the PCA

Recent pastoral and ministry changes in the Presbyterian Church in America that have been reported to the Office of the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly by the Stated Clerks of Presbyteries as of February 2004. More

By John Freeman
Internet pornography was a factor in over 50% of divorce cases in the last year.

Editor's note: HARVERST USA is a ministry led by Presbyterian Church in America members. This article by John Freeman, Executive Director, is presented to provide a resource for pastors, members and churches as they seek to minister to people struggling with sexual difficulties and addictions. More

The Disaster Response ministry is recruiting and organizing disaster response teams.

Ron Haynes has been appointed as the Director of Disaster Response for Mission to North America.  He will work with PCA churches and presbyteries to provide assistance to people and communities across North America with special needs as a result of floods, fires, earthquakes, manmade calamities and other such circumstances. More

God Substituting Himself for Man

The concept of substitution may be said to lie at the heart of both sin and salvation. For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting Himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices Himself for man and puts Himself where only man deserves to be. Man claims prerogatives which belong to God alone; God accepts penalties which belong to man alone.

John Stott in The Cross of Christ

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