Title Unspecified Editor 1982
NEW CHURCH LIFE
Vol. CII January, 1982 No. 1 In the sermon this month Rev. Eric Carswell writes of the mixed feelings change brings. We also have an editorial consisting of quotations from a sermon by Rev. Kurt Asplundh entitled "Making Things New." An external change you will notice this month is the new cover. More than a dozen designs were considered, and we wish to thank those who generously and cheerfully advised us.
A change experienced widely in the church is a pastoral change. See for example in the news from Holland (p. 36) the anticipation of a new pastor. These changes require some adapting both by parishioners and by pastors, and we invite attention to a piece on this subject entitled "The Plowman Overtaking the Reaper." We have made an exception on the matter of anonymity and have agreed that the writer should be known as "one pastor."
A theme in this issue is marriage and divorce. The article entitled "Mercy" notes that "a great and growing concern is the marital difficulties within the church." And the Schoenbergers in an open letter speak of being "concerned and saddened by the increasing number of church people whose marriages are floundering. . . ." Our contents for more than one issue will be addressed to such concerns.
We are pleased to have a review by Richard Gladish of a grand biography of Swedenborg in January, the month of Swedenborg's birth.
Most of us have been familiar with the word "conjugial" from our childhood. It is interesting that the defense of that word in this issue is written by Rev. Walter Orthwein, a man who joined the church in adult years and does not have that lifelong familiarity.
We have received by air mail from Australia a copy of a new booklet by Mr. Basil Later entitled Shunning Evils As Sins. This is an excellent piece of literature, and we hope to have a review of it in the near future.