John M. Buchanan ponders life in the church and the challenges of leadership
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For many of us, Advent is the most meaningful season of the church year. It’s not passive waiting; it’s living into the promised future.
Illinois is in dreadful shape, with huge debt and underfunded pension liabilities. In the gubernatorial campaign, the ads were focused elsewhere.
In the privacy of the pastor's study, the gap between what the church says and the way people live becomes increasingly clear.
I have carried the burden of knowing that our church contributed to a man's death when we refused him the open acceptance, love, and support that he needed.
Recently my wife and I moved, and the time came to decide which books I could live without. I dreaded it.
The Cubs and White Sox have some of the worst records in the league. Yet Chicago still went a little crazy over baseball this summer.
The Century exists because Christians who care deeply about theology, ministry, and the life of congregations are willing to support it.
On the porch of a cottage in North Carolina, I gaze in wonder at the expanse in front of me. It's conducive to thinking and reading as well as meditating and praying.
Extremists seem to be in charge everywhere. ISIS has taken over a huge geographic area and forced Christians to leave their homes or convert.
The Supreme Court reflects the politics of the moment. And two recent decisions are in line with a shift of the current court toward the right.
John M. Buchanan is editor and publisher of the Century.
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