An article which begins with the words,
At a workshop I was leading, a woman stood up and said, “If 1950 were to return, my congregation would be ready.”
has my attention. It identifies the problems many traditional churches have, of living as if a past world were still present – or vainly wishing it were so.
Many are the writers and speakers who have identified the massive cultural changes in western society, and the challenges the Christian church faces in her mission as a result. Peter Steinke encourages us to believe that God is at work in times of great transition, because there God has a strong historical track record of doing exactly that.
To appreciate this more, read Back to the Future.