The long, brick church, First Presbyterian Church, Houston, sits in the heart of the museum district. It’s a historic church with around 3,600 members. Senior Pastor Jim Birchfield says one reason the church is considering having a larger conversation is a theological drift between his church’s mission and the larger body.

“The issues that are being debated in the church have to do with such things as how is scripture to be interpreted, what is the role of Jesus Christ in salvation, what is the nature of Jesus Christ.”

Birchfield says his church has reaffirmed the traditional, historical view of theology for the past 25 years, rather than a progressive view.

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