COMMENTARY: Old habits die hard

(RNS) Old ideas just need to be abandoned and something fresh and responsive allowed to emerge. Old ideas always benefit someone, and those someones tend to push back to protect their benefits. But that self-protective push-back isn’t a viable strategy.

Read more | Comments Off on COMMENTARY: Old habits die hard

COMMENTARY: Stepping in when politicians step aside

POLAND, Ohio (RNS) Destructive elements in Congress might yet succeed in shutting down the government. But they won’t cripple an emerging fervor among the faithful to bind up the nation’s wounds.

Read more | Comments Off on COMMENTARY: Stepping in when politicians step aside

COMMENTARY: Change at the top

(RNS) Many congregations feel obliged to have long interim periods between pastors, during which all vestiges of the departed incumbent are erased, as if the transition were a traumatic divorce and remarriage, rather than a normal fact of institutional life.

COMMENTARY: Searching for a new imprint

(RNS) Our images of God, songs of worship and language of prayer tend to be those that were imprinted on us early on. It can take great patience and self-denial to hear another generation’s soundtrack of faith and take it seriously.

Read more | Comments Off on COMMENTARY: Searching for a new imprint