Warming the coals.
Change is hard, I know that, but unless we are talking about vending machines, change is inevitable. Change is coming. Now I do not believe in changing something just for the sake of change. There needs to be a reason or a purpose for change. But on the flip side of this there need to be a logical reason and a purpose for not changing something. "Because I said so" or "that's just the way we have always done it" just doesn't work for me. I like to know why things are done a certain way. What was the reason it was first done this way. What was the purpose for the tradition. Somethings need to stay the same. For example science has discovered that a healthy diet and exercise will assist you to live longer and with more mobility than those who do not. That message is solid. There is no need to change it. Now the way you present that information is free to frequent and radical change. As long as the message is retained the manner in which it is delivered can, will, and should change. Almost everyone would agree to this philosophy. So why is it so controversial when it comes to Church? Many intelligent people who are champions for change and progress in the workplace succumb to some kind of lobotomy on Sunday morning once they cross the threshold of the front door. All of a sudden the practices and policies they guide their professional lives with are not good enough for God. What worked Monday thru Friday isn't appropriate for Sunday. I wonder who gave you the brain to think up those policies and procedures, who bless you with the wisdom be successful at what you do? You know gravity is not mentioned in the Bible but I am pretty sure God invented it.