Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Viva! La Reformation!

A current news article from the denomination’s own press service refers to Bruce Reyes-Chow, Gradye Parsons, and Linda Valentine as our top three leaders.

And all the while, I thought that our top three leaders in the Reformed tradition were the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You may think that I’m nit-picking, but the Reformation mainly occurred because of a rejection of hierarchy in the church. As Presbyterians, we need to be constantly vigilant about this.

BR-C,GP & LV are our top three office-bearers, not leaders. That mantel belongs to the Trinity.


Doug Hagler said...

Yeah...while a valid point, this does seem a wee bit nit-picky. I imagine the PCUSA news services wasn't intending to foment idolatry.

At least, I hope not...


Stushie said...


I thought that with your icon, it would be dun-dun, dun-dun, dun-dun, dun-dun dunda dun-dun...:)

Denis Hancock said...

I doubt that Jerry Van Marter meant to elevate the troika on a level with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

But it certainly does little to assure Presbyterians in their home congregations that our leadership -- I mean office holders -- are in tune with the historical Reformation.

Stushie said...

Hi Denis,
I wrote to Jerry and he took it all in good humor.

Reyes-Chow said...

I don't suppose it would be good strategy to start listing other characters that come in threes:

- Larry, Moe and Curlie
- Luke, Leia and Han
- Peter, Paul and Mary

Okay, certainly too much time on my hands ;-)

Time Loves a Hero said...

Thanks for getting me started Bruce--

-This, that, and the other thing
-Yesterday, today, and tomorrow
-Crosby, Stills, and Nash
-Peace, love, and understanding (what's so funny about that?)
-Willie, and Waylon, and the Boys
-Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old
-Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear
-Jill, Kelly, and Sabrina (of course they were angels)
-Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod
-Red, blue, yellow (or green if you are thinking light instead of pigment)
-Atchison, Topeka, Santa Fe

Reyes-Chow said...

TLAH - no problem. And a few more from

. . . and I will not say who is who.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato
Lock, Stock, Barrel
3 little pigs
3 tenors

Okay, back to work.

Christine said...

Tinker, Evers and Chance
Groucho, Chico, Zeppo
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Hook, line, sinker
Caspar, Melchior, Balthasar