M. Craig Barnes is president of Princeton Theological Seminary and author of The Pastor as Minor Poet.
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.
I can still smell the wet canvas and sawdust of my father's revivals. He believed that any self-respecting revival was held in a tent.
The mainline has long congratulated itself for being prophetic because it's good at voting for progressive agendas. But change happens at the local level.
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