M. Craig Barnes is president of Princeton Theological Seminary and author of The Pastor as Minor Poet.
If the church is the bride of Christ, then Jesus is married to both Rachel and Leah—to the church he wants, and to the church he has to take.
The mainline Protestant church has to stop fretting about its future and sacrifice itself to mission.
At a reunion of our seminary's class of 1965, I talked to pastors who grieve that they have not left the mainline church better than they found it. They were faithful to their moment, but that moment blew away.
We just took our son to college for his first year. It was hard for me, scary/exciting for him, and wounding for his mother.
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