I appreciate that Today's Christian Woman doesn't change at all on the biblical perspective. But in the same vein, you want to talk about the questions women really have. You don't like nice, neat answers; you want to delve into the messiness of what it looks like to live a Christian life.
I think Christianity Today's influence is much bigger today than founder Billy Graham ever dreamt it would be. It continues to present an irenic, gracious, and faithful commitment to the authority of scripture, ministry, and to impacting public life in what we now refer to as "Beautiful Orthodoxy."
Christianity Today is a critical institution that's brought both unity and vision to this weird, disparate world of evangelicalism. We don't have many institutions who are intentionally doing that. That's a particular gift and calling that CT has.
I learned through Christianity Today's This Is Our City that there are countless "common good stories" in any city, and that they're worth telling despite the challenges inherent in doing so. I continue to benefit from reading the thoughtful content that CT publishes on issues related to living faithfully in all areas of life, wherever God has called us.
In featuring a wide range of topics addressed by writers both diverse in viewpoint and unified in spirit, Books & Culture pulls off a challenging feat. The ability to publish essays that are both specialized and accessible is an enormous gift to the Christian community.
Books & Culture reminds me what my faith is: what it means, how it might yet look. By taking me in and out of so many cultural spheres, geographical locations, and thematic concerns, it helps me to see and feel the reality of a triune God graciously giving us life, one who abides with us and who is working all things out for his high and holy ends. The scope and vision of the kingdom itself come clearly into view, issue by issue.
The experiences shared by those who share their own ministry struggles in the pages of Christianity Today and Leadership Journal regularly reminded me that others were experiencing the same challenges my husband and I were. Their words affirmed what we were learning in the trenches: Ministry was simultaneously impossible and joyous, packed with soul-wearying challenges and overflowing with kingdom possibilities.
Christianity Today has played a key role in my journey, helping me see what it can look like to follow Jesus into the world he loves via conversation, service, worship, vocation, presence … and now, the classroom.
So many at Christianity Today have helped bring out the best in my writing and reporting through their insightful critiques and encouragement.
Christianity Today is centrist, but not with a bland, middle-of-the-road, keep-all-the-constituencies-placated kind of centrism. We need Christianity Today to teach us how to speak in a voice of passionate conviction from the best in our movement that is centered in our best understanding of the good news about Jesus and his kingdom.