Spiritually Speaking: The swinging pendulum


April 17, 2020

Years ago, one of my instructors observed that “only a broken pendulum stops in the middle.” He was referring to the wide cultural swings that happen in society at large, and how they might affect the things we emphasize in preaching. For instance, 100 to 150 years ago, there was a wide swing toward emphasizing the wages of sin and the importance of Godly fear. The church permeated society. But by the 1980s, popular culture had carried the weight of the pendulum past dead center in a swing that may still be heading toward the opposite extreme. Culture now permeates the church.

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