How many Presbyterians does it take to change a lightbulb?
One to turn the bulb and Wait! Change? Who said anything about change?
It’s 2013 and fair to say that there are somethings that are yearning to be made new.
Jesus said, “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better.’ ” [Lk 5:38-39]
You can’t get aged, mature and delicious wine, without making new wine first. And in the ancient world, when new wine was made, it had to be poured into a wine skin that was was freshly made. During the fermentation process, the gases that are produced push against the wineskin. An old wine skin, brittle and dry, would burst apart spilling the wine and destroying the skin. A new skin, in contrast, is pliable enough to expand and strong enough to resist stretching too much.
The Church needs to embrace new wineskins, new paradigms.
In your opinion, what are the paradigms that need to be retired? What are the new paradigms that need to be embraced? What new life does the Church need poured into it?