What is Your Pastor Up To?

What is Your Pastor Up To?

Healthy Pastors, Healthy Churches I’ve been thinking recently how important it is for church leaders to stay alive to God. When we stop growing, we have little to offer others.There is a saying in church circles, “healthy pastors, healthy churches.” Presbyterians...
A Time to Mourn

A Time to Mourn

Now when Job’s three friends heard of all these troubles that had come upon him, each of them set out from his home…They sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great (Job...
Come Serve with Us!

Come Serve with Us!

The wider church is a beautiful place to serve. At the presbytery level you’ll find servant leaders who are passionate about God’s mission, and realize that, for Presbyterians, we depend on each other to grow God’s Church.  Although it is a little tongue-in-cheek to...
Now What?!

Now What?!

Father Greg Boyle’s presentation reminded me of my winding path away from affluent suburbia. It made me wonder about renewed ways to seek my spiritual growth. And it made me wonder how God is calling the Presbytery beyond itself once again. First Few Steps Tony...
A Vision worth Celebrating

A Vision worth Celebrating

 Ten Years Ago It feels like yesterday when my senior pastor burst into my office to announce that a new position had been posted on the presbytery’s website. I was then an associate pastor at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, and he said to me, “Tom, this...
A Disney Story, or A Better Story

A Disney Story, or A Better Story

Last month Tom wrote of “telling the better story.” He spoke of “God’s alternative narrative,” which values forgiveness over winning and community over control (see Gil Rendle’s Doing the Math of Mission). Tom then described three beautiful examples of churches in Los...