PCA Historical Center

Archives & Manuscript Repository for the Continuing Presbyterian Church

Position Papers & Studies
of the Presbyterian Church in America, 1973 - 1998

Volumes 1 and 2 of the PCA DIGEST were printed in 1993 and Volume 3 was printed in 1998.
Paul R. Gilchrist, who was then Stated Clerk of the denomination, served as editor of all three volumes.

Limited quantities of Volume 1 are still available and may be ordered from the PCA Historical Center
.


Volume 1 [1973 - 1993]:
Volume 2 [1973 - 1993]:
Volume 3 [1994 - 1998]:
Part I - Assembly Actions
Part II - Interpretations of The Constitution
Part III - Judicial Cases
Part IV - Bylaws, Manuals and Guidelines
Part V
Position Papers
Part I - Assembly Actions
Part II - Interpretations of the Constitution
Part III - Judicial Cases
Part IV - Bylaws, Manuals and Guidelines
Part V - Position Papers
Comprehensive Index
The Table of Contents reproduced below
focuses largely on
Part V of Volumes 2 and 3 of The PCA Digest.
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Message to All Churches of Jesus Christ Throughout the World [1973] ------------
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Re-Affirmation to Biblical fidelity and the "Message to All Churches" [1993] -------

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Abortion [1978] -------------------------------------------------------------------
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Agencies, Their Relationship to General Assembly ---------------------------------
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AIDS Task Force Report [17th General Assembly, 1989, 17-25, p.62] -----------
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Alcohol, Beverage Use of, [8th General Assembly, 1980, 8-69, III, p. 98] ---------
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Apostasy and Ecclesiastical Separation --------------------------------------------
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Archives Position Paper -----------------------------------------------------------      
Baptism : ----------------------Click here to print all four baptism articles as one file4
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• Baptism and Non-Communing Membership (1977)------------------------------

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• Appendix P: Report on the Validity of Certain Baptisms (1987)------------------
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• Appendices to the Report on the Validity of Certain Baptisms (1845) -----------
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• Minority Report, Ad Hoc Committee on the Validity of Certain Baptisms (1987)-
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Church/State Subcommittee Report (1987) :        
• Click here to view or print Parts I - V of the Church/State Report as one file 4
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• Summary Positions
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• I. Biblical Historical & Contemporary Concepts of Church/State Relations, Kelly

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• II. Should the PCA Remain Incorporated?, by Douglas Kelly--------------------

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• III. Taxation and the Church, by Thomas O. Kotouc-----------------------------

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• IV. Education & Parental Responsibility, by R. S. Barnes and T. O. Kotouc ---------------

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• V. Propriety of Christians Non Violent Disobedience to the Civil Magistrate in the Abortion Controversy, by Mark Belz and Linwood Crowe-------------------------

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• Church/State Subcommittee Report, Summary Positions (1988)-----------------

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• Protest in Response to the "Summary Positions" Paper, by O. Palmer Robertson
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Church Union, Biblical Basis of ----------------------------------------------------
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• Guiding Principles for Ecumenical Relations -------------------------------------

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Conflict of Interest -----------------------------------------------------------------
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Creation :        
• Interim Report, 27th General Assembly, 1999      
• Report of the Study Committee (28th GA, June 2000, p. 119-212)
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Diaconal Ministries ----------------------------------------------------------------
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Divorce :
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1979 - Report of the Ad Interim Theological Committee on Divorce [image scans only, from pages 57-59 & 105-110 of GA Minutes
Divorce and Remarriage [1992 Report of the Ad Interim Committee on Divorce and Remarriage]        
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• Introduction and Outline --------------------------------------------------------
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• Chapter 1 - Historical Perspective on Divorce and Remarriage ------------------
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• Chapter 2 - Scriptural Perspective on Divorce and Remarriage ------------------
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• Chapter 3 - Pastoral Perspective on Divorce and Remarriage -------------------
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• Appendix I - The Westminster Divines on Divorce for Physical Abuse ----------
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• Appendix II - Divorce Reconsidered, by RE David C. Lachman ----------------
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• Conclusion: Summary & Recommendations--------------------------------------
• Qualifications for Office of a Divorced Person (1979)---------------------------
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Evangelicals and Catholics Together, Response to ---------------------------------
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Federal Vision
 
• Report of the Ad-Interim Study Committee on Federal Vision, New Perspective, and Auburn Avenue Theologies - pdf image scans only, from the Minutes of the 35th General Assembly (2007)  
 
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Fencing the Lord's Table ----------------------------------------------------------
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Freemasonry :
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• The Report of the Ad-Interim Committee to Study Freemasonry (1987) and
• Report of the Ad-Interim Committee to Study Freemasonry (1988) ----------------------
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• Topical Summary of Document Sources ---------------------------------------------------
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Fund Raising Policy [M4GA (1976), page 80, 4-74, 5] ----------------------------
 
Heroic Measures ------------------------------------------------------------------
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Higher Education :
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• Part I. - The Church's Role in Higher Education (1978) --------------------------------------

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• Part II - Christian Education and Federal Aid (1978) -----------------------------------------

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• Part III - Covenant College's Philosophy of Education (1978) ------------------------------

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Homosexuality :
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• Overture No. 11, 5th General Assembly (1977) --------------------------------------------
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• RPCES Report of the Study Committee on Homosexuality (1980) ----------------------
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• A Declaration of Conscience on Homosexuals and the Military --------------------------
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• Assembly Actions on the Matter of Homosexuality (1996) -------------------------------
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• 1999 Resolution regarding Homosexual Agenda -------------------------------------------
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Humanism -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Interchurch Relations :
 
• Resolution on Interchurch Relations (1973) -------------------------------------------------
 
• Policy Statement (1974) ----------------------------------------------------------------------
 
• Miscellaneous Addenda (1975, 1976, 1985, 1990)--------------------------------------------
 
Conceptual Framework for Mission/Church Relations (1984)
 
• Report on Defining the Nature of Relations with Other Churches -------------------------
 
Joint Statement on Joining & Receiving --------------------------------------------
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Judicial Procedures, Ad Interim Committee Report:
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• "Principles of Judicial Process Derived from the Old Testament Scriptures," by Dr. Paul R. Gilchrist---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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• "Principles of Judicial Process from a New Testament Perspective," by Dr. Paul B. Fowler---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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• "Church Discipline in Light of the Evidence of the New Testament," by Dr. T. David Gordon------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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• "Shepherds as Judges: The Judicial Responsibilities of Elders in the PCA," by Dr. T. David Gordon-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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• "The Use of Commissions in the Presbyterian Churches in the United States of America," by Pastor Leroy H. Ferguson, III---------------------------------------------------
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• "Select and Annotated Bibliography on Ecclesiastical Judicial Procedures: Doctrines and Practices of the American Presbyterian Church," by Pastor David F. Coffin, Jr.------
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• Procedural Checklist for PCA BCO Rules of Discipline ------------------------------------
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Medical Insurance, Ad Interim Committee Report on Options for ------------------
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Mercy Ministry, Biblical Guidelines ------------------------------------------------
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Mission and Purpose of the PCA --------------------------------------------------      
NAPARC's Agreement on Transfer of Members ----------------------------------
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Nuclear Age -----------------------------------------------------------------------
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Number of Offices in the Church :
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• Report of the Ad-Interim Committee on Number of Offices in the Church [M7GA, 7-23, pp. 77-85 ]
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• Appendix A: Two Offices (Elders/Bishops, and Deacons) and Two Orders of Elders (Preaching/Teaching Elders, and Ruling Elders): A New Testament Study, by Dr. George W. Knight, III

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• Appendix B: Ministers of the Word, by Donald A. Dunkerley (1977)
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• Appendix C: Biblical Study on "Ordination," by Don Clements (1977)
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• Appendix D: Empowered to Serve, by Robert H. Kirksey (1977)
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Paedo Communion ----------------------------------------------------------------
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PCA Structure --------------------------------------------------------------------
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Pornography ----------------------------------------------------------------------
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• Dr. C. Everett Koop's 1986 Address before the 14th General Assembly
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"Psalm Singing," Report of the Subcommittee (1993)
 
Racial Reconciliation
 
MNA Pastoral Letter on Racism
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Spiritual Gifts ----------------------------------------------------------------------
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• Pastoral Letter On Experience of the Holy Spirit in the Church Today [English]
 
• Korean translation of the Pastoral Letter on the Experience of the Holy Spirit
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Taxation ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Tax Group Exemption -------------------------------------------------------------
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Textbook Censorship, Resolution on
 
Theology of Stewardship ----------------------------------------------------------
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Theonomy ------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Uniform Curriculum for Theological Education -------------------------------------
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• Guidelines for Theological Education --------------------------------------------

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Women in the Church (WIC) ------------------------------------------------------
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Women in the Military, Report of the Ad Interim Study Committee (AISCOWIM):
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• Final Report [M30GA, 30-54, p. 282 and 30-57, p. 283] --------------------------------------------------
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• Communications 1, 2 and 6 [M30GA, 30-57, pp. 287 - 289] ---------------------------------------------
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• Consensus Report 2001 [M29GA, 29-57, p. 259 - 278] ---------------------------------------------------
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• Final Recommendations 2002 [M30GA, 30-57, p. 285] ----------------------------------------------------
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• Final Recommendations, 2001 [M29GA, 29-57, XI, p. 277 and M30GA, p. 286] -------------------
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• "Man's Duty to Protect Woman" [M29GA, 29-57, pp. 278 - 308] -------------------------------------
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• Minority Report 2002 [M30GA, 30-57, p. 287] --------------------------------------------------------------
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• Minority Report, 2001, "Recommendations for the Wise Counsel of the Church"
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• Overtures 2, 21 and 26 [M30GA, 30-53, III, 7, p. 245; 30-57, 5, p. 287] --------------------------------
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• Supplemental Report 2002 [M30GA, 30-57, p. 287] -------------------------------------------------------
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Women in the Presbytery Organization --------------------------------------------
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Worldwide Religious Persecution - Statement of Conscience of the N.A.E.---------
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Last update: 13 September 2010.