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Drawing on little used archival sources, as well as Presbyterian newspapers and magazines, Lucas charts the formation of conservative dissent in response to the young progressive leadership that emerged in the Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) in the 1920s and 1930s. Their vision was to purify the PCUS from these progressive theological elements and return it to its spiritual heartland: evangelism and missions. Only as the church declared the gospel with confidence in the inspired Scriptures would America know social transformation.
Forty years after its founding, the PCA has nearly 400,000 members and is still growing in the United States and internationally. For a Continuting Church paints the story of the history of this body of churches.
|Title: For a Continuing Church: The Roots of the Presbyterian Church in America|
By: Sean Michael Lucas
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: P & R Publishing
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 4 ounces
Stock No: WW951065
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-Harry L. Reeder III,
Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama
With For a Continuing Church, Sean Michael Lucas has remedied the neglect that southern Presbyterians have generally suffered at the hands of church historians. His story of conservatives in the Presbyterian Church in the United States follows carefully the Old School tradition as it developed and adapted to twentieth-century life, and then informed the founding of the Presbyterian Church in America. If history teaches lessons, Lucas's book has at least a semester's worth for both those who belong to the PCA and others who desire to promote and maintain the witness of Reformed Protestantism.
-D. G. Hart,
author of Calvinism: A History
Don' let the title fool you. This is about far more than the PCA. This book is nothing less than a history of Presbyterianism in the twentieth century - with all its theological wrangling, all its political maneuvering, all its failings, and all its faithfulness. This is certainly a story worth telling, and Sean tells it very well.
Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan
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