The Rev. Dr. John M. Buchanan, Pastor Emeritus of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, where he was Pastor for 26 years, has held a variety of leadership positions in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is Editor/Publisher of The Christian Century magazine. He served as Moderator of the 208th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1996-1997 and has represented the Presbyterian Church as a member of the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches. He has received numerous doctorates and honors, has held several Board memberships, and has written three books.


  1. I very much enjoyed your posting on the Cubs. I had hoped to be able to respond with a relevant and impressive quote from Bart Giamatti’s “Take Time for Paradise”. But alas, I can’t find my copy. Over the decades, my college football team has suffered much misery and failure. This led me to become interested in St. Jude the Apostle, patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes. Thankfully, my college team is doing better these days. Go Cubbies!

  2. Hello Pastor Buchanan I have just finished yr book “A New Church for a new World.” Thank you it has been part of God answering my question about stick with our current church or not. You have given me hope and clarified my understanding of church and our mission. Enjoy this next part of yr life. Thank you. Gaye. Flagstone S.E. Queensland Australia.

  3. John:
    It was a blessing to say hi on Monday afternoon and to be reminded of many good moments. Your Labor Day posting is appreciated. It caused me to reflect, as usual. God be with you till we meet again.
    John Shackleton

  4. Gayle Matson says:

    Dear Pastor John,
    Feel blessed to see and hear you at the Spiritual Life group here at Presbyterian
    The Joys of Aging and Hold to the Good.
    The topic couldn’t have been
    more meaningful.
    As members of Fourth Pres for seventeen years, it was our church home, never to
    be forgotten.
    We joined the same time Calum arrived. We both felt the bond between us. My
    husband Norm, of fifty-five years died on January 12, 2014 in his sleep. Pastor
    Calum McLeod arranged the memorial service in the Buchanan Chapel on
    February 3, 2014. The service was a touching celebration of Norm’s life –
    (seventy-eight years young)for all of us. Our only son Hans, has always been
    supportive. Hans and Holly have given us four precious grandchildren. They live in
    Lake Forest and are very loving to me.
    I still receive caring from Fourth Pres. Pastor Judith Watt has reached my heart
    and even came to Westminster Place to call on me. The Stephen Ministry with
    Jean Joslyn is priceless. Jean has been visiting for over a year. With the Holy Spirit of God and the ministry they keep me strong in my faith.

    So thankful for your caring guidance always,

    Gayle E. Matson

    ps plaese do not post

  5. David Alexander says:

    John, Recent talk of the threatened repeal of the Johnson amendment reminded me of a sermon you preached about 30 years ago at Broad Street having to do with separation of church and state. If memory serves it was about school prayer. Would love to hear your thoughts on this issue today. David Alexander

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