John M. Buchanan ponders life in the church and the challenges of leadership
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Every time I read Psalm 16, I think about how an individual's life is in large measure the sum total of the influence of others.
One blessing of being retired from ministry is that I'm reading more books that are not directly related to that work.
Two recent books testify to the difficult but hopeful work of forgiving in the most trying circumstances.
A friend recently announced that he had given up hope for the human race. There are days when I find myself thinking about this a lot.
Again and again, the religious impulse in human beings turns violent. Is there no other side to this grim tale?
John M. Buchanan is a retired Presbyterian minister and the former editor and publisher of the Century.
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