Looking around the broader church, it often feels like people want to go backwards to a glorious past. When it comes to Jesus folks, however, we aren’t trying to get back to some perfect past in the 1950s or 50 AD. What we’re doing is faithfully walking with the Christ into the unfolding hope and promise of the future. It’s a two steps forward one step back journey down the spiral way.
Which means as we stand on the shoulders of those saints that have gone before us - in our own lives and in the global community - we carry forward the best parts of our shared tradition, while also packing lightly for the journey ahead.