Guest / Limited Access /


I don't know all the details or reasons for reactions to Bob's leadership, but, regardless, I do know this: You can't put new wine in old wineskins. When you try to do that, the skin bursts, and somebody gets blamed. The sad symptoms we see in so many Christian organizations, churches, and denominations today are caused by a number of theological, cultural, and structural problems that are deeper than just personality issues. The causes are both systemic and endemic, and should surprise no one who has been watching the past 25 years. We will either have another genuine Reformation, or the American church will eventually go the way of Europe. Nothing less will solve the problem, so I'm praying and working as hard as I can for the first option.


Related Elsewhere:

This is a sidebar to "Evangelism Exec Exits | "Entrepreneurial leadership" clashed with "denominational requirements" at second-largest domestic missions agency."

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Support Christian thought journalism. Donate to our nonprofit ministry today.
Read These NextSee Our Latest
Current IssueWilson's Bookmarks
Subscriber Access Only Wilson's Bookmarks
From John Wilson, editor of Books & Culture.
RecommendedHere’s Who Will Pray at Trump’s Inauguration
Here’s Who Will Pray at Trump’s Inauguration
(UPDATED) What the president-elect's unusually broad and diverse clergy lineup tells us.
TrendingCompassion Has 'Very Little Hope' for India, Sets Deadline to Shut Down Sponsorships
Compassion Has 'Very Little Hope' for India, Sets Deadline to Shut Down Sponsorships
About 145,000 children have already lost its assistance with food, education, and health care.
Editor's PickThe Church’s Integrity in the Trump Years
The Church’s Integrity in the Trump Years
It begins by recognizing the name above every name.
Christianity Today
Rick Warren: 'You Can't Put New Wine in Old Wineskins'
hide thisAccess The Archives

In the Archives

April 2006

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.