John M. Buchanan ponders life in the church and the challenges of leadership
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I’ve appreciated the Christian Century since a fellow divinity student put a copy in my hand. As I step down as editor-publisher, I’m aware more than ever of the need for a steady voice thinking critically and faithfully.
I went to church full of dread after the recent terrorist attacks. Worship included dedicating a new pipe organ. Was it appropriate to be celebrating in the midst of the hatred and fear?
A preacher's nightmare is to be in front of an eager congregation and realize your notes are missing. No wonder one of my favorite Bible stories is about a clergyperson who's rendered speechless.
Virtue, says former senator John Danforth, is what's missing from the current political equation—and the church is a place where virtue can be taught and advocated.
Independent, single-purpose organizations have picked up pieces of what the church used to do.
My wife volunteered as an "accompanier" at Planned Parenthood. She found that each client came with a unique urgent set of circumstances.
It is intriguing that the Republican presidential candidate who's leading the polls and the Democratic candidate who's close to tying the front-runner are both outliers.
There is a time for everything, the preacher in Ecclesiastes observed. It is now time for new leadership at the Century.
Imprisonment in this country is long on punishment and shamefully short on rehabilitation.
Something about being close to the ocean is conducive to reading.
When I told my parents about the altar call, my mother patiently explained that for some of us conversion is an ongoing process.
Our beliefs inform how we live, how we order our priorities, how we spend our time and money, and how we vote. The recent papal encyclical takes this as given.
John M. Buchanan is a retired Presbyterian minister and the former editor and publisher of the Century.
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