New and new again

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales.

I’m beginning to realize that much of what is passing as “innovative change” in the Church has more to do with attempts to force the continuance of late 20-Century “church” than to truly move into the reality of the emerging 21-Century.  We tend to put new cloths on the same-old-thing and call it innovative and new.  It isn’t. We deceive ourselves when we do such things.

There are examples all around of truly innovative thinking and methodology within American Christianity, if only we will open our eyes to see.  And, if we will be humble enough to learn. Yet, when we do see, it does not mean that we abandon who we are authentically in crass attempts to gain, whatever it is we want to gain. It means that we take our authentic best, and in my case the best of the enduring Anglican Tradition of Christianity, and figure out how to translate such enduring faith for emerging generations