On My Year as Presbytery Moderator


A week and a half ago I ended my one year term as Moderator of the Presbytery of Chicago by handing over the cross and gavel to Sonia Bodi. Serving as a presbytery moderator was a challenging and rewarding experience and I’m glad I had the opportunity to do it. In no particular order, here […]

Tales of Two Cities


I preached this sermon at the assembly of the Presbytery of Chicago this past Saturday. Okay, before I say what I’m going to say, I want you to do something. We’re going to start this sermon with a bit of congregational participation, which I know makes most Presbyterians freak out. But here’s what I want […]

Mutual Forbearance


My next two weeks will be saturated with Presbyterianism. Tomorrow will be my third assembly as Moderator of the Presbytery of Chicago. I’m hoping we can continue to build on the energy and enthusiasm we experienced in April after a very contentious and difficult assembly in February. In addition to preparing for and leading this […]

Struggling with Exile at #NEXTChurch2014

My notes from Tuesday morning at NEXT 2014

The two and a half days I spent at the 2014 NEXT Church National Gathering were refreshing and inspiring. I want to make a few general comments about the conference before diving into the theme that I wrestled with the most. I’ve now been to all of the NEXT national gatherings except last year (including […]

Presbyterianism as a Relational Network?

Image by Andy Lamb

I keep finding myself involved in projects aimed at re-imaging what it means to be Presbyterian in our rapidly changing world. I served on the first Mid Councils Commission of the 219th General Assembly, charged with studying and making recommendations to update our system of presbyteries and synods. I then served on a task force […]