It’s been awhile since the last comment and question post. I believe that the last one, which was on the Trinity, was really helpful, so thanks for all who contributed to the discussion. Two weeks ago we had a joint fellowship with the senior families in our church and they urged us to stay true to our Presbyterian tradition, its distinctive and teachings, although immediately afterwards a friend asked to me, “What do you mean by Presbyterian tradition?” A short discussion afterwards revealed that what they meant was actually some kind of traditionalism, to keep the church as it is right now (e.g., liturgy and language of congregational worship). It contained some grains of truth, but I would say that it’s not the whole thing. So the confusion about our identity, if I were allowed to say that, was not totally cleared yet. It’s easy to construe our identity in a negative sense, e.g., we are not like the Catholics or the Charismatics (for example! I truly love both of them as well!), but the more pressing challenge is to construe it in a positive sense. What does it mean to be a Presbyterian?
I’ve also been writing about the Presbyterian/Reformed tradition, recently. So perhaps it is a good time to discuss about it. A quick glance at the comments in this blog would probably justify the discussion, as well, since the majority of the readers came from the Bukit Batok Presbyterian Church, Chen Li Presbyterian Church, Orchard Presbyterian Church, and Reformed Evangelical Church Singapore. On the other hand, of course, it could be helpful for those who came from a different tradition. Even better, you could ask your questions too to clear up your confusions. Indeed, actually many of us perhaps came from a different tradition in Indonesia before we settled here in our respective churches. At least some of us are Methodists and Lutherans, right.
So, please comment and put your questions about the Presbyterian/Reformed tradition, whatever it is. On the deacons and elders, the synod, predestination, liturgy, covenants, infant baptism, spiritual presence in the Holy Communion, etc. I’ve addressed some of the issues here, but you are of course welcome to ask more.