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Thinking the Faith, Praying the Faith, Living the Faith is written by the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship.

Thinking, praying, and living the faith is at the core of ministry in the Office of Theology and Worship. In the following videos, learn more about what thinking, praying, and living the faith means to the leadership of the Office of Theology and Worship. Discover why it matters and what difference it makes in our lives, work, and worship.  

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March 21, 2013

Passing on the Faith

I'm throwing away a sofa this week.  I can't believe it.  It is a great sofa, except that it is 50 years old, has bad springs, and will cost $2000 to fix and reupholster.  And when we spend the $2000, it won't be worth $2000.  We tried giving it away, but to no avail, so now we will trash this treasure that we hoped to pass on to our kids.

As many of us were taught, the root meaning of the word tradition is handing over for safekeeping.  We pass on to others the best of what we have; we pass on the tradition.  In a really nice column on Huffington Post, Derek Penwell, in effect, asks the question, "what is the tradition that we hand over?"  What if the next generation doesn't want what we think is treasure?  What will they consider to be treasure?  My kids don't really want this sofa.  What will they want from my church?