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Joseph D. Small

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The Reverend Joseph D. Small has served as pastor, was the former director of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Theology and Worship, and now serves as a consultant to the Presbyterian Foundation.

“All The Ministers Shall Meet Together”

When Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on true repentance at the Wittenberg Castle church in 1517, John Calvin was an eight-year-old French schoolboy. He was first...

Orthodoxy at Stake

For over a century, a small gem has been embedded in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Order: the “Great Ends of the Church.” Six great purposes of the church’s life – the life of every congregation and of the whole denomination.

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Calvin Meets Voltaire – An Interview with Jennifer Powell McNutt

Editor’s note: Since we are not the first Christians or congregational leaders in the Reformed tradition to swim against strong cultural and intellectual currents,...

A Theology of the Ordinary

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life––your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life––and place it...

Is Theology Practical?

This address was delivered at Theology Matters’ first conference on Hilton Head Island, Feb. 19, 2020. I made an off-hand comment to Richard Burnett one...

On Reconciliation – Honoring the Work of Jesus Christ

Christ Jesus . . . has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility. Eph. 2:...

A Provocative Confession: Jesus as the Truth

The fact is confessing Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life has always been provocative. It’s always been contested. It’s...