As you may have heard, the RCA’s General Synod and the CRCNA’s Synod are in full swing. The RCA is meeting in Holland, Michigan at Hope College. The CRCNA is meeting in Palos Heights, Illinois at Trinity Christian College.
Monday was a busy day for both synods. In fact, I expect proceedings to continue into the evening. Follow the hashtags #rcasynod and #crcsynod for comments and reactions. Here are some highlights.
How the CRC Synod Stole Christmas
— CRCNA (@CRCNA) June 12, 2017
No Christmas shoe boxes for you! I think this is a referendum on Franklin Graham more than anything else. On the other hand, it’s possible that the CRC Synod does hate Christmas gifts.
— Reformed Church (@RCAonline) June 12, 2017
The RCA stream is running on a 30-minute delay because of swear words and wardrobe malfunctions, obviously.
Do Justice [As Instructed by the Bible]
Repeat: Motion to NOT accede to overture 9 (oversight of Do Justice blog) failed. Break right now as synod exec decides next step. #crcsynod
— The Banner (@crcbanner) June 12, 2017
Classis Minnkota’s overture relates to denominational oversight of the Do Justice blog’s content. This overture caused much discussion and has not been resolved. I kind of want to be like Classis Minnkota when I grow up.
Minnkota to the United Reformed Church?
— James K.A. Smith (@james_ka_smith) June 12, 2017
Dr. James K.A. Smith has had enough of your intransigence.
The RCA does need to figure out what can be done to stop this nasty trend.
The RCA has always been the progressive older sibling of the CRCNA. Through its actions, such as elevating the Belhar Confession, the RCA has invited fights over social programs and political preferences. There are macro headwinds to be sure, but some decline has been self-inflicted.
Choose your own adventure: CRC or RCA or URC
#crcsynod back in session with discussion on RCA/CRC future partnership.
— The Banner (@crcbanner) June 13, 2017
Did you know that the CRCNA and the RCA will hold a joint session next year? Is this not the future? The conservative classes and churches remaining in the CRCNA and the RCA should join the URCNA, as suggested by James K.A. Smith, and the remaining classes and churches of the CRCNA and the RCA should merge. Do it.