Nostalgia and progressiveness

“Now all the Athenians and the foreigners living there would spend their time in nothing but telling or hearing something new” (Acts 17:21). The Athenians craved “something new.” In contrast, there were some who were obsessed with the old paths, the way things had always been done. Sound familiar? Don’t we have the same camps today? Nostalgia is a powerful hallucinogenic: longing for the glory days of our church. Progressiveness – gotta try something new, anything new – can quickly become out with everything old, nothing but the new and shiny. Some are suckers for the way it has always been done. Others are suckers for every new, untested idea that comes along.

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