Pastor says: on what the church has to offer

What does the Church have to offer?

Interviewer: Speaking of the Church, in the area of religion, what is there to turn to, when all else fails?

Rodney Macaan (Former Baptist pastor): I think one of the things that the church can really offer now, when it is working well, is two things.

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Catching up

Looking back at the people I’ve interviewed in older articles I have written makes me wonder where are they now? Where are they now is a question that publishers seem to like asking about well-known or once well-known people. It gauges a lot of interest and speculation among readers. It’s appears to be a natural thing to ask–how are you? Readers want to know. I’m curious about where people are at, when I had talked to them twenty-odd years ago. Some die, some move on to something else, and some are keeping on going with what they have been doing, while some things change here or there, some quite remarkably and significantly. Catching up satisfies my curiosity about people I had been in touch with. And it’s always interesting to see what’s happened to celebrities and movie stars as they move on. There’s something about the march of life that makes catching up and finding out stuff about people utterly compelling.

Paying attention

It’s so easy for the details to slip through the cracks if one isn’t paying full, conscious attention. Years back, I did an article about pastor’s views on an issue of the day (and still is). One pastor complained that he didn’t get the photo of himself back. Each pastor who was interviewed had a photo by their opinion, and one said he hadn’t got his photo back. The photos were provided by the interviewee and sent to the publisher who should have sent them back. Alas, one slipped through the cracks, apparently, even though I huffed and puffed about sending it back. Apparently, the publisher no longer had it. Lost. These are the painful, unfortunate incidents that when on the receiving end are difficult to swallow. It’s like losing a book someone borrowed from you. Then, it’s gone. The pastor, however, was understanding, although it would have been much better for everyone that this one didn’t fall through the cracks. Sending the photo back is evidence one is paying thoughtful attention to the needs of their interviewees, which is very important.