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RESPONSE TO SESSION #3, Our Future Growth
A critical assessment of Session’s stated reasons for seeking dismissal from PC (USA)

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RESPONSE TO SESSION #2, Wise Stewardship of Resources
A critical assessment of Session’s stated reasons for seeking dismissal from PC (USA)

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RESPONSE TO SESSION #1, Jesus-centered and Biblically-based Theology
A critical assessment of Session’s stated reasons for seeking dismissal from PC (USA)

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REASONS TO STAY
A description of the advantages remaining within the PC (USA) denomination holds for First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem

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WHY NOT ECO?
A critical look at the poor fit between ECO and First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem.

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Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Order section describing marriage.
Here you can read PC-USA’s rules regarding same-sex marriage.

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CONSTITUTIONAL MUSINGS
Misrepresentations About the Presbyterian Church (USA)

This document, located on Lehigh Presbytery’s website, directly refutes claims made in printed material that has been widely distributed outside churches.  Many of these spurious claims are echoed in session documents including “Why Session Recommends ECO,” and “An Important Message from Jackie Etter and Ann Terres.” Both of these documents repeat claims that Presbyterian Church (USA) is no longer Christ-centered.

 

——– Information From The Web ——–

Frequently Asked Questions and other Information resources from First Presbyterian Midland

An example of one church’s excellent approach to communicating the discernment process. The link takes you to a page on the website of First Presbyterian Midland (Midland, Texas).

 

——— Sermons ———
Living On the Growing Edge

This brilliant sermon, delivered at our church on September 20, 2015, by our former Associate Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Sally Brown, is recommended for anyone whose heart is aching from the difficulties of discernment.

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On same-sex marriage and the Bible

Here is an excellent sermon by Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church’s Rev. Scott Black Johnston on Same Sex Marriage and the Biblical passages on homosexuality:

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On the Way to the Airport
The Rev. Dr. Timothy Halverson, of Faith Presbyterian Church of Cape Coral, Florida, covers so many of our concerns in this beautifully delivered sermon.”