Three discussions going on online this week I enjoyed following:
- The Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song voted to exclude from its new hymnal the much-loved song “In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend because the songwriters would not agree to change the line “Till on that cross as Jesus died/the wrath of God was satisfied” to “…as Jesus died/the love of God was magnified.” Timothy George reflected on the issue–No Squishy Love.
- Are Millennials leaving the church? Or, better asked, are they leaving the church at a higher rate than previous generations did in their early twenties? Lore Ferguson wrote about it in response to an article by Rachel Held Evans and has a nice round-up of posts on the topic. I love how so many people are agreeing on some points and respectfully disagreeing on others.
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
I had to take The Ragamuffin Gospel back to the library before I was finished, but that’s really ok because it’s a book I want to buy and be able to underline in. So, I focused on A Circle of Quiet by L’Engle. I like it somewhat until I read a line like, “our mythical forebears, Adam and Eve.” I’m pressing through and trying to sift out parts of value, but I may quit early and start on the next book on my contemplative list.