John M. Buchanan ponders life in the church and the challenges of leadership
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Some suggest the tragedy in Charleston would have been averted if Pastor Clementa Pinckney had been carrying a gun. The victims' families showed us another way.
My Presbyterian granddaughter hasn’t heard about 500 years of conflict over “the real presence.” At her cousins' Catholic church, she washed down the wafer with a large gulp from the cup—and then another.
What I miss most is not the preaching itself but the preparing, the rhythm, the demand, and the discipline.
It would be dishonest to attempt to squeeze nonreligious scientists into the mold of conventional belief. Nevertheless, they do end up confronting profoundly theological questions.
Chicago preachers are wary: we see the potential loss of great sermon material if the Cubs should start winning.
John M. Buchanan is a retired Presbyterian minister and the former editor and publisher of the Century.