COMMENTARY: When giants fall

RNS) Businesses fail every day. So do films, industrial parks, hospitals, churches, and marriages. No enterprise can survive getting too comfortable. Serenity comes from living on the edge, in constant transformation.

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COMMENTARY: The value of connections

HODGDON ISLAND, Maine (RNS) For our three-night sojourn in coastal Maine, far from crowds and constructive work, we stayed at a lovely bed-and-breakfast called the Hodgdon Island Inn. As a frequent traveler accustomed to anonymity, I welcome the opportunity to chat with other guests.

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COMMENTARY: The revolution is upon us

(RNS) Religious historians say that every 500 years, Christianity goes through a “massive transition,” as Phyllis Tickle puts it. We aren’t likely to comprehend this latest transition until it is further along. But two things are clear: Christianity in North America is being freed from its own roots, and Christianity no longer controls the flow.

COMMENTARY: The boogeyman approacheth

(RNS) Conspiracy theorists tend to overreach, and common sense sees through their extravagant imaginings, but not before lives have been ruined, urgent needs avoided, and people rendered a bit more suspicious of their neighbors.

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