What’s a Frustrated and Impatient Presbyterian to Do?

My son and I enjoying some quality time at Montreat

Evidently, take a month-long hiatus from blogging. (A great way to capitalize on the readership bump I experienced at GA, huh?) As my most recent posts indicate, I was more than a little discouraged and burnt out by the time I left the General Assembly last month. In my estimation, it was pretty much a […]

Mid Councils Reform: Failure to Launch

In a not entirely surprising—though no less disappointing—series of events, the Mid Councils Commission report was gutted and mostly rejected at the General Assembly. Though I still hold out some hope that the issues we raised will generate discussion and perhaps even innovation in our church, I must say that I’m feeling pretty discouraged at […]

A Constitutional Change I’d Like to See

For several years I’ve been thinking about a constitutional change to PC(USA) polity that I’d love to see get some traction. Currently, when a constitutional change is passed by a General Assembly, it must be ratified by a majority of presbyteries. Each presbytery votes on the matter and the tally of presbytery votes determines whether […]

Some Words of Encouragement

As the youngest pastor on the Mid Councils Commission, I was asked to provide some personal words of encouragement as part of our report to Committee 05 of GA220 today. Here is what I had to say. When I began the process toward ordained ministry in the PC(USA) 13 years ago and when I was […]

At the 220th General Assembly


I’m in Pittsburgh, PA this week for the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). There are lots of important issues coming before the Assembly this year. I’m here to observe and advocate for a variety of issues. Throughout this week I’ll be posting about my observations and thoughts, so I hope you’ll follow […]