In January, 2001 the Reverends Terry L. Johnson and Stephen E. Smallman were asked to lead the PCA through an “umpired debate” of the Sonship program. The following are the three submissions of Mr. Johnson.
Sometime in the school year of 1977-78 I attended a Sunday evening service at St. Mary’s Redcliffe, in Bristol, England. The church has had a long and varied history, including some notoriety for having once refused to allow George Whitefield to preach within its walls, though later, they reconsidered and received him with great effect. The church was built before Columbus sailed and was a beautiful, spacious place in which to conduct a worship service.
Our vision for the church is both biblical and Presbyterian. It is consistent with the best of our historic church life and with our Christ-mandated mission. As we seek to plant churches that are growing, vibrant, reflections of a full-orbed biblical faith, these Acore values” will assist us in determining if we are on track.