John M. Buchanan ponders life in the church and the challenges of leadership
Prescott Pym, licensed under Creative Commons
Christmas in the United States is such a mammoth economic phenomenon that when it comes to a crashing end on December 25 it feels like a total cultural collapse.
Christians have always been uncomfortable with the Magnificat. Advent takes us places we would rather not go.
Patience is not one of our stronger characteristics. A flight delay or traffic jam can become an emotional and physical crisis.
I cherish Thanksgiving for its cultural institutionalization of the practice of gratitude. And because there are no gifts and few cards.
I entered divinity school assuming that Christians ought to believe something is seriously wrong with the world. But I also loved the world.
John M. Buchanan is editor and publisher of the Century.
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