June 2, 1787 in Constitutional Convention – Should the Executive Be Paid?

June 2, 1787Today, the delegates decided that the Executive should be elected by the legislature for one seven year term. Benjamin Franklin made an passionate appeal not to pay the Executive a salary but his motion was postponed.Regarding expressed influences on the content of the Constitution, the Bible and Christianity again didn't explicitly come to bat. However, some who are inclined to see interpret the founders as expressing Christianity in coded messages might see an influence in … [Read more...]

June 1, 1787 in Constitutional Convention – Debating the Executive Branch

June 1, 1787The delegates discussed the role of the Executive branch of the new government. The delegates decided on a seven year term but did not decide how the person(s) should be chosen. Some wanted the Executive appointed by the legislature and others wanted a popular vote to decide.As the day before, delegates used the British experience as a caution against making their mistakes: Mr. WILSON preferred a single magistrate, as giving most energy, dispatch, and responsibility, to the … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Final Distribution – Where Did the Money Go?

When Mars Hill Church closed, the by-laws required a final distribution of assets. Although the plan omitted some details, a dissolution plan was filed with the state of Washington and I assumed had been carried out by last June. Today current pastor of Doxa Church (once the Bellevue campus of MHC) Jeff Vanderstelt said the following about funds distributed from MHC. His comments were posted in the comment section of a Gospel Coalition article on Mars Hill Church. I wrote a reaction to that … [Read more...]

May 31, 1787 In Constitutional Convention – Were the Founders Influenced by the Hebrew Republic?

May 31, 1787On this day in Convention, the delegates voted to make the legislature bicameral. Although there was some disagreement, they also agreed that one body should consist of representatives elected by the people. As to the Senate, the delegates could not decide how to comprise that branch. Madison recorded that "a chasm [was] left in this part of the plan." They also agreed that either house could introduce legislation.I find the delegate's discussion relevant to a claim made … [Read more...]

Reflections on TGC’s Life After Mars Hill Church

Today, Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra posted a reflection on Mars Hill Church two years later. I started twice to write an article like this but didn't get an answer back from some of those former pastors Zylstra quoted. I must still be associated with the opposition.Overall, I think Zylstra did a fine job of weaving together a recognizable picture of Mars Hill Church. However, I don't think this is the last word on the subject. Several more of these kind of articles will need to be written. Probably … [Read more...]

Today May 30 in Constitutional Convention: Three Branches of Government

May 30, 1787The delegates debated the need for three branches of government and postponed a decision on representation. Delaware's delegates had been instructed not to change the current arrangement which gave small states the same representation as large states. Many delegates wanted to change representation to be based on population but did not want to lose Delaware so early in the Convention. This matter was postponed.The delegates did agree that the new government needed executive, … [Read more...]

May 29 Constitutional Convention – The Randolph Plan and the Pinckney Plan

May 29, 1787The Convention wasted little time considering substantial changes to the Articles of Confederation. After seating John Dickinson (DE) and Elbridge Gerry (MA) and passing some additional rules, plans of government were introduced for consideration by Edmund Randolph and Charles Pinckney.Randolph's plan began with a set of goals: The character of such a government ought to secure, first, against foreign invasion ; secondly, against dissensions between members of the Union, or … [Read more...]

May 28 Constitutional Convention – The Rules

On May 28, 1787 the delegates heard and approved the rules which governed the Convention.  These sound very much like Robert's Rules of Order, which were published in the mid-1800s.I like this one: A member may be called to order by any other member, as well as by the President; and may be allowed to explain his conduct, or expressions supposed to be reprehensible. And all questions of order shall be decided by the President, without appeal or debate. (p. 57) George Washington had the … [Read more...]