John M. Buchanan ponders life in the church and the challenges of leadership
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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.
The conflict over divestment seems to divide Presbyterians more deeply than past struggles. Old friends are barely speaking to one another.
I've always sensed a poverty of praxis in my own Reformed ecclesiology. But these days we Reformed Protestants are taking practices seriously, too: anointing, laying hands on the sick, imposing ashes.
Our granddaughter's uncertainty about confirmation was typical and appropriate. After eight months of class, though, she told me she had decided to declare her faith.
John M. Buchanan is editor and publisher of the Century.
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