Posts by Joseph Pipa

Review of the ad-interim committee...

Review of the ad-interim committee’s report on women serving in the ministry of the church.

                The issue of men’s and women’s respective and complementary roles in the life of the church is one that has invited perennial controversy. Sadly, that integral feature of mankind which God has designed as a great gift to His creation (see Genesis 2:18-25) has been a cause for disruption in the church in our […]

How important is it that congregation...

How important is it that congregations have deacons.

DOES THE BCO (AND THUS THE PRINCIPLES OF BIBLICAL POLITY SET FORTH THEREIN) REQUIRE THAT A CONGREGATION HAVE DEACONS? YES, DEMONSTRABLY Dr. David F. Coffin, Jr. For Potomac Presbytery, January 2009 I. CHRIST, THE KING AND HEAD OF THE CHURCH Jesus gives “all offices necessary for the edification of His Church and the perfecting of […]

1 Timothy 3:11 and women deacons

1 Timothy 3:11 and women deacons

Proponents of female deacons use 1 Timothy 3:11 to argue the case in favor of female deacons. Here is a brief exegesis of that passage, which presents the arguments against this interpretation. As I understand verses 11 and 12, Paul is laying down the domestic qualifications for deacons: “Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious […]

Leading in Worship

Leading in Worship

Because of the corporate nature of public worship, its leadership is to be representative, namely, one person acts on behalf of all. Many aspects of worship, like singing and reading or reciting the confessions, are done by all. Other times, when the leader prays, he forms words for all. Who, then, is authorized to represent […]

Trip to Brazil and South Africa

My wife and I leave tomorrow, Lord willing, to fly to Brazil. This summer is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Puritan Project. The Puritan Project was started by Dr. Manoel Canuto, Mr. Olin Coleman, and pastor Josafa Vasconcelos for the purpose of bringing reform and experimental Calvinism to the Presbyterian Church of Brazil. I have […]

Pipa Protest

I have been asked if members of our churches can sign the protest. Although it is not official, let your voice be heard, particularly let’s hear from the women. See below. Here is the protest. We, the undersigned, humbly protest the establishment of a committee to study the issue of woman serving in the ministry […]

TRIP TO VITERBO, ITALY

We left Greenville Monday afternoon, May 30, and arrived in Rome about 8:10 the morning of May 31. We arrived in Viterbo around 11. We are glad to return. This trip is our sixth since Mike Cuneo came. As I sat on the terrace of our hotel and watched the Swallows swooping and darted, I […]

Trip To Northern Ireland

Tomorrow we fly to Dublin, where we will spend a couple of days and then drive to Omagh in Northern Ireland. I will be ministering in Northern Ireland Sunday, Feb. 7 through Sunday Feb. 14. On the seventh I will be preaching both services at Omagh Evangelical Presbyterian Church (pastor Andrew Lucas) and speaking to […]