Losing once is not reason to quit. Ask Thomas 0. Kotouc, a lawyer who represented Mobile school authorities and the state of Alabama in the prayer case that went all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court. The nation’s highest tribunal told the Alabama schools that they couldn’t pray – even silently.
Most North Americans have heard of Timbuktu, but even if they think it’s more real than legendary they usually can’t find it on the map. Fewer are likely to be able to tell how to find Abidjan, where the newest Mission to the World church planting team is being established.
Every young person goes through certain “rites of passage” before reaching maturity. If Mission to the World realizes a goal it has just set, every PCA young person will have some kind of missions exposure before “growing up and settling down.”
Now we are at a unique moment, a “kairos.” That Greek word, poorly translated into English as just “time,” is packed with meaning. It’s more like “ripeness” or a strategic opportunity. We face tremendous possibilities now in the PCA.
Elevators, by design, are supposed to be quiet, dependable, and efficient. They attract little attention until they fail to perform as expected. Richard H. Ellingsworth doesn’t attract much attention, and those who know him well describe him as quiet, dependable, and efficient.
Consideration of the manse question has brought unusual consequences for one PCA congregation, the Princeton Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In October 1984 its manse was vacant. There was no pastor, and the congregation was in the pro