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According to Phyllis Tickle, the church is emerging into something other than what it has been. What changes do you foresee?
In your daily life, how do you see that change affecting the nature of worship and the congregation and its role?
The church of the future will be the same as the church of the past and present: the assembly of all believers around Word and sacrament. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. His bride, the church, will be the same too -- redeemed sinners. Not all change is progress. Funny how every generation thinks that it is seeing change in the church, yet the church has remained more or less the same for 2000 years. How frightening it would be if God changed: "salvation is by grace. No, now it's works.., Okay, it's grace again." No thank you! Keep the change; I'll stick with our God whose love for us does not change.
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