Archive: 30/08/2016

'Christ, not tradition'?

The great Presbyterian buzz-word of the moment seems to be, ‘Christ, not tradition’, and like all buzz-words it has a modicum of truth.  No church can be content just to let things remain as they are.  At the very least we have to adapt to changing circumstances.  When Gaelic ceases to be the language of a community it must cease to be the language of worship.  When populations move from the countryside and spill into great industrial centres such as Glasgow and Dundee, the church must move with them.  When most church-members have to work nine-to-five, five days a week, Communion Services must be rescheduled accordingly.  And when the printing-press and the computer open up great new possibilities the church has to be quick to take advantage.

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