John M. Buchanan ponders life in the church and the challenges of leadership
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Cuban Presbyterians used to be part of the PCUSA, and pastors paid into the pension plan. Then came the Castro revolution.
I watched on TV as Muslims at a conference were confronted by protesters carrying American flags and signs: “America is a Christian Nation. Muslims Are Not Welcome!”
We are confronting a reality that for some of us was just an abstraction: black and white communities perceive the police differently and are treated differently by them.
Reinhold Niebuhr once broke with the editor of this magazine to argue that moral responsibility requires resisting evil with force. It’s a compelling argument, but it doesn’t justify torture.
Churches need new thinking—on the part of denominational executives, pastors brave enough to walk into challenging situations, and people willing to let go of a church model that no longer works.
John M. Buchanan is a retired Presbyterian minister and the former editor and publisher of the Century.
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