What’s a Frustrated and Impatient Presbyterian to Do?

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 … Read more about What’s a Frustrated and Impatient Presbyterian to Do?

That’s Me in the Corner, Losing Faith in Denominationalism

It's no secret that Tony Jones is not a fan of denominations. He writes about it quite a bit, and also links to others. This week, while two denominations are having assemblies, he linked to a post by David Lose titled "Five Reasons Denominations are Passe." It is a worthy read that I commend to … Read more about That’s Me in the Corner, Losing Faith in Denominationalism

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 … Read more about Mid Councils Reform: Failure to Launch

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 … Read more about A Constitutional Change I’d Like to See

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 ordained … Read more about Some Words of Encouragement

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, … Read more about At the 220th General Assembly

Can Presbyterians Do Any Better?

Thanks to Tony Jones for re-posting a scathing critique of the recent United Methodist Church General Conference by Will Willimon. Check out Tony's summary or Willimon's entire post for all the gory details. The basic gist is that an incredible amount of money was spent for this denominational … Read more about Can Presbyterians Do Any Better?