Category Archives: Presbyterian

What Does It Mean to Be Presbyterian?

[Part IV of my application for Candidacy in the PC(USA) Ordination Process] To modify a famous quote often applied to the state of Texas, “I wasn’t born a Presbyterian, but I got here as fast as I could.” That said, … Continue reading

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Jesus, Technology, and the Church

[Part III of my application for Candidacy in the PC(USA) Ordination Process] In my personal statement of faith, I make an interesting word choice in describing the methodology of Christ:  I refer to him as “using the technology…of his day … Continue reading

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My Personal Statement of Faith (for now…)

[Part II of my application for Candidacy in the PC(USA) Ordination Process] I trust in one God who is the creator and sustainer of all worlds. I trust—even when I do not necessarily understand—that this one God is also somehow … Continue reading

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Christian Vocation in the Reformed Tradition

[Part I of my application for Candidacy in the PC(USA) Ordination Process] I have long believed that all of God’s children are called, as related by the Westminster Confession, out of that state of sin and death in which they … Continue reading

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Pastoral Ministry in a Border Community: A Series

Although I grew up in El Paso and Mexico was (quite literally) a stone’s throw from my house, I never really connected much with Mexican culture or the issues (like immigration) that are an inherent part of living and working … Continue reading

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I’m a Promiscuous Church Member

At this summer’s PC(USA) General Assembly, I was frequently asked the question “What church do you belong to?” This question always gave me some pause, and I’m not sure I ever figured out the best way to answer, other than … Continue reading

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Preaching Tomorrow: I Am No Prophet

Tomorrow will be the first of three sermons I’ll preach during my internship here at First Presbyterian Church of El Paso, Tx. This one draws from the lectionary passage (Amos 7:7-17) as well as a few scattered reflections from General … Continue reading

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