Jack B. Rogers: In life and in death we belong to God

The Rev. Dr. Mark Smutny, a former member of the Covenant Network Board and Jack Rogers’ longtime pastor, graciously agreed to share his reflections:
We mourn the death and celebrate the life of The Reverend Dr. Jack Rogers, who died this past Wednesday, July 13 at his home in Pasadena, California at the age of 82. His memorial service bearing witness to the resurrection will be this Friday, July 22, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101, where Jack worshiped for decades along with his wife, Sharon.

What could bring a person to change his or her mind about sexuality and ordination? What happened in your case?

– Jack Rogers … I had often said that I could not change my position on homosexuality unless I was convinced by Scripture. By studying the Bible in its historical and cultural context and through the lens of Jesus’ redeeming life and ministry, I have now been convinced that Scripture does not condemn, as such, the […]

From Richmond to Richmond

FROM RICHMOND TO RICHMOND A Gathering of the Covenant Network March 28, 2004 Stephen R. Montgomery It’s good to be back home. There’s a part of me that is surprised that I would say that– for two reasons. There’s the “home” part.  Though my formative years were only two blocks away from here, over on […]

On Yogi Berra…

COVENANT NETWORK CONFERENCE 2003 New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC Plenary – Saturday Morning, November 8, 2003 THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS ON YOGI BERRA’S “THE FUTURE AIN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE” Patrick Henry Executive Director, Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, Collegeville, Minnesota “I wish that I had been one of the Seven Sleepers of […]

How I Changed My Mind on Homosexuality

Address to Covenant Network Northwest Regional Conference Jack B. Rogers October 11, 2003   I appreciate the opportunity to address you this morning. I am going to speak about my change of mind on the question of homosexuality, what I have learned theologically in that process, and some implications for us as a church. I […]

The Church We Are Called to Be

The Church We Are Called to Be Jack Rogers Moderator, 213th General Assembly Professor of Theology Emeritus, San Francisco Theological Seminary  Address delivered to the 2001 Covenant Conference November 2, 2001 I was in Louisville, at the Presbyterian Center on September 11. If I had to be anywhere at that time of tragedy, except at […]