It’s funny when I get to talk about church stuff, especially being Presbyterian, and at times I get pretty impassioned about it, and people respond, “Wow, you really like being Presbyterian!” Other folks have also heard my rants and raves about church stuff and some of my frustrations with being Presbyterian, yet I somehow still love it.
Truth be told, I have a real love-hate relationship with this thing called church and this thing [...]
Today I’m looking forward to a meeting with some friends and colleagues to plan a Halloween dance for the high school youth in our presbytery. It seems in the past few decades my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), has forgotten the basis for our way of being church, the three “C’s”: Confessional (we confess our faith and lift up the examples given to us throughout the history of the Christian church), Constitutional (we are [...]
At this morning’s ecumenical worship at the 221st General Assembly of the PC(USA) the sermon was presented by the Rt. Rev. Mark Adams, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada and recently elected president of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in North America. He preached from John 1.1-14.
Rev. MacDonald shared that the first fourteen verses of John turn up-side-down the powers of the [...]
If there is one thing about the General Assembly of the PC(USA), a denomination I love dearly and am committed to though often frustrated by, it reminds me that we are a big Church who follows and partners with a very big God.
Yesterday I attended a lunch for the Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) where Rabbi Brant Rosen spoke, co-president of Jewish Voice [...]
The Rev. Theresa Cho, associate pastor at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in San Francisco and one of the most creative pastors I know who “gets it” when it comes to sharing the gospel with people of all ages, presented yesterday at the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) for the Committee to Review Biennual Assemblies (make sure meeting every two years is working and how we [...]
Attending the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is an awe-inspiring and sometimes frustrating experience. I have often encouraged my fellow teaching elders (the presby-speak term for “ministers”) to attend at least one G.A. for the sake of soaking in the reality that we are much broader church than many of us would assume or would like.
Attending G.A. offers a look at the diversity of a denomination that [...]