Playing at Presbyterianism

Here Is Its Steeple

Carmen Fowler LaBerge of the Layman recently posted a reflection titled “Commentary on a Comment: ‘People are Going to Hell While You’re Playing at Presbyterianism.” She wrote it after attending the Covenant Network conference on marriage a few weeks ago and last week’s World Outreach Encounter of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Here is how she […]

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 […]

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 […]

Non-Competitive Christianity (Part 2)

Picture of chains

Yesterday I outlined a vision of non-competitive Christianity that primarily focuses on articulating and living out the gospel as we each understand it rather than engaging in endless polemics with Christians who understand the gospel differently. In a helpful comment, Michael Kruse adds insight and clarity to the marketplace metaphor I evoked. Today I want […]

What Makes Us Presbyterian?


Earlier this week I saw this story about a small PC(USA) congregation in Los Angeles with a gay pastor that decided to leave the denomination to join the more progressive United Church of Christ. It is an interesting counterpoint to the more typical narrative: conservative churches leaving the denomination because of the church’s growing acceptance […]