Change of Heart includes some fascinating people, distinctive characters of great accomplishment who played pivotal roles in the story I tell. I thought readers might want to know more about them.
John Buchanan’s accomplishments are too numerous to list; the one for which I cherish him most is his service as Pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago—my church—for 26 years. For many of those years, I got to listen to him preach, powerfully and eloquently. His message: Give your life away. Lose your life for the sake of God, and you will find it.
Mark Osler, who is profiled below, as a young lawyer walked into John’s church and noticed a little girl and her mother sitting in front of him; the child was making hash tags on the bulletin. Soon, what she was counting became clear: the number of times Dr. Buchanan said the word “love” in his sermon (it totaled 14 that day).
John is the author of four books, including A New Church for a New World, Being Church, Becoming Community and Sermons for the City, published by Westminster John Knox Press, www.wjkbooks.com. In 2012, he received the David Steele Distinguished Writer Award by the Presbyterian Writers Guild.
John is editor and publisher of The Christian Century magazine, www.christiancentury.org, and writes eloquently about faith and life in his blog Hold to the Good, https://jmbpastor.wordpress.com.