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Discussion in 'General discussions' started by Johnathan Lee Allen, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. Johnathan Lee Allen

    Johnathan Lee Allen Puritan Board Freshman

    Is anyone familiar with Decatur Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Decatur, Alabama? My sister has grown to love the worship typical in the OPC. Will this PCA be similar in the sense of having a traditional worship, or will it be more "contemporary?"
     
  2. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

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  3. Susan777

    Susan777 Puritan Board Freshman

    I looked at the Worship Guide. What is the New City Catechism? Is it in addition to, or instead of the WCF? Is it widely used in PCA churches? Thanks.
     
  4. EvanVK

    EvanVK Puritan Board Freshman

    We use it in our non-denominational church. I think it comes from Tim Keller or Redeemer PCA out of New York? Cant remember which or both.
     
  5. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    It's produced by the Gospel Coalition. It borrows from Westminster and Heidelberg, but is significantly shorter and avoids matters that Presbyterians and Baptists wouldn't agree on. It's insufficient as a doctrinal standard for a Presbyterian church, but it's strong enough to be helpful when it comes to basic teaching within the membership.

    It doesn't have the richness of the older catechisms, but it can be a useful way to get people started in catechismal training. It's been rolled out very nicely, with great apps and options for kids. I recommend it to some people, but recommend richer catechisms to others.
     
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  6. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    They have a men's Bible study that meets at 6:30 in the morning.

    Don't people in Alabama believe in sleeping? LOL
     
  7. Henry Hall

    Henry Hall Puritan Board Freshman

    There’s no way the New City Catechism can fail to turn back the tide of ungodly thinking in our churches and society.
     
  8. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    Yikes! Four negatives in that sentence. Let's see if I follow:

    ungodly thinking = bad

    turn back ungodly thinking = good

    fail to turn back ungodly thinking = bad

    no way it fails to turn back ungodly thinking = good​

    So you're saying you like the catechism?
     
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  9. Henry Hall

    Henry Hall Puritan Board Freshman

    It gets worse. There's a 5th negative: sarcasm.
     
  10. Tom Hart

    Tom Hart Puritan Board Junior

    That's nothing. Korean Christians routinely meet at 5am for morning prayer before heading off to 12-hour workdays. (I read somewhere that this may have originated as a pagan practice, since 4 or 5 o'clock in the morning was held to be a sacred hour.) I don't join them, anyway, since I don't want to die young.
     
  11. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    I'm a "You mean there's a 5 o'clock in the morning, too?" kind of guy.
     

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