The story got me to thinking how much our world has changed in the past 30 years or so. In almost every are of life, what was cutting edge and top of the line in 1981 is ancient and nearly forgotten now.
In music the eight track was followed by the cassette player, the CD player, and now the mp3 player.
The VHS became (very briefly) the laser disc which became the DVD which became the Blu-Ray.
In medicine, what once were major life threatening operations are now done as routine outpatient procedures.
Computers that once filled multiple rooms had less computing power than notebook sized tablets.
In almost every area of our life in the last 30 years, the motto has been "Out with the old and in with the new" because new has not just been new, but new and improved.
There is one thing that hasn't been changed, hasn't been improved upon in the last 30 or even 2000 years.
It is still as powerful, as relevant, and as effective as it ever has been. And as much as we like to talk about how our methods in the church change with the times, the truth is that once you peel away the fluff of music style, fashion, and jargon, the gospel is still proclaimed the same way it always has been.
One follower of Christ proclaiming the glory of God in the life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus to all who will listen.
Thirty years from now the things that are new and cutting edge will become ancient and mostly forgotten. New and improved will continue to reign in most areas of life.
But not in the church.
The gospel is the unchanging bedrock we rest our life upon. This is how we overcome an ever changing, "New and Improved!" world, by resting in the one thing that never changes: the gospel of Jesus Christ.