Instructor-Assisted Deployment

Preaching at Eastminster

I spent this past weekend in Ontario as the guest of my friend and Doctor or Ministry colleague Peter Bartlett. He was being installed (though they much more appropriately call it a covenanting service) as the co-pastor of Eastminster United Church in Belleville, Ontario.  You can watch a video of my sermon below, full of […]

Chicago Presbytery Reboot


On Friday I suggested that instead of tweaking calcified denominational systems, perhaps what is needed most is a reboot. I further suggested that perhaps the best place to start is in local presbyteries. What would it look like to start from scratch by studying our mission field(s) and designing a Reformed church to meet those […]

Presbyterian Reboot


In the past, I’ve written about my fascination with the practice—common with comic books and movies—of rebooting an entertainment franchise in order to update it for new audiences. The idea is too preserve the core of the story, but make it more relevant and compelling for contemporary audiences. Or, if a comic book series or […]

Non-Geographic and Micro-Presbyteries


I guess I just can’t help myself. Here’s a post on Presbyterian ecclesiology. Feel free to tune out. I’ve written about my disappointment that the Mid Councils Commission recommendation to allow experimentation with non-geographic presbyteries didn’t gain any traction at the PC(USA) General Assembly this summer. I’m not disappointed because I think non-geographic presbyteries are […]

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 […]