The theme of the Assembly was “Press on for God’s Glory,” drawn from 2 Cor. 2:14, “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” The Assembly continued for another year electronic voting and there were far fewer glitches in the use of the keypad than in previous years. The devices appear to be here to stay. Video recordings of sessions of the Assembly can be found here:
Outgoing moderator, Dr. Irwin Ince, Director of Grace DC Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission, Washington, DC, preached a powerful sermon calling believers to “Grind on for Glory” from 2 Cor. 4:1-6. In the course of his sermon Dr. Ince reminded the Assembly of the first question of Abaddon’s Catechism: “What is the chief end of Satan? The chief end of Satan is to deny God of His rightful glory by preventing people from enjoying Him forever.” Dr. Ince urged that the great work of the Church is to bring the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ to overcome this darkness. There were over 3,500 in attendance and the worship in song was thrilling. A video of the entire service is available here:
RE - Howard - Howie - Donahoe - Elder
RE Howard “Howie” Donahoe, a ruling elder from Seattle in the Pacific Northwest Presbytery and a pilot for American Airlines, was elected as Moderator. RE Donahoe led the Assembly with humility and good humor, as well as with a competent firmness that served the Assembly well in the course of its full and challenging docket. You can read more about Moderator Donahoe here:
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