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(For Non PCA Readers: Forgive the temporary denominational interruption, your TV show will return shortly…)

THE CULTURES OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AMERICA (PCA)

This article is split into two parts: the first half is dedicated to charting the different cultures in the PCA in order to do this Keller identifies three main groups – Reformed-historicals (TR’s, strict subscriptionist, or old schoolers), Reformed-Conservatives (mixed bag of small church focused people, old line fundy’s, and recently emerged folk from the baptist or dispensational communities), and lastly the Reformed-Evangelicals (missional, broadly evangelical, or even called liberal by opponents).

The latter part of this piece is dedicated to outlining a vision for the future PCA’s direction. Keller does this in three larger points: he urges them to not split off from their current denominational affiliation, to work through the structure using the political ladders in place; he encourages them to be more than denominational but also build intra and inter denominational alliances for mission; and he tells them not to be satisfied with church renewal alone but also plant churches.

THE MISSIONAL CHURCH

This article breaks down into three main segments: the need for a Missional Church; The Elements of a Missional Church; and a Case Study. The need for a Missional Church is due to the Post-Christian shift the larger society around our churches have gone through, though it may not be as felt by our churches in America as much because there’s still a remnant of the Old Christendom society.

Keller gives five elements of the Missional Church: 1) they discourse in the vernacular; 2) they enter and re-tell the cultures stories with the gospel; 3) they theologically train lay people for public life and vocation; 4) they create Christian community which is counter-culture and counter-intuitive; and they practice Christian unity as much as possible on the local level.

The case study involves Keller outlining what a ‘missional’ small group would look like.

THE CENTRALITY OF THE GOSPEL

This is the longest of the three articles and is broken into two parts with a summary statement at the end: part one deals with the implications and applications of the gospel, with an addendum section for discussion; part two explores how the gospel is the key to everything by looking at the gospel and the individual, and the gospel and the church. Keller closes it out with a brief summary.