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.
We need Christianity Today to inspire us. We need Christianity Today to remind us of what we might yet become. We need the ministry to do what Israel always needed her prophets to do—to paint a picture of shalom so beautiful that it moves us and quickens us and shames us and feeds us.
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I both admire and appreciate Christianity Today's willingness to deal with difficult topics in such a sensitive and human way. They don't simply do inspirational fluff stories. Their articles are real, deep, and honest. They don't gloss over issues, pretending they aren't there. They also don't follow the latest trend or simply cover what's fashionable. Those sorts of qualities and commitments give Christianity Today a great deal of credibility.
Christianity Today is a voice of balance in a religious culture that can be so divided. They seek to unify—to find common ground. While they strive to be theologically accurate, they don't pick sides on issues that don't have black-and-white answers.
The church is well served by Christianity Today's commitment to high quality, excellent, unbiased, credible reporting based upon eyewitness and appropriate sources. Their excellence in this area is a key distinctive.
Christianity Today's peaceful, gentle, balanced tone is a tonic to a church that can, at times, sound shrill and partisan. Their historic emphasis on calling people to the gospel, irrespective of secondary issues, is important for today's sometimes fragmented body. Remaining doctrinally rigorous while seeking to be irenic is speaking "truth in love."
Thank you for believing in the church and demonstrating this belief through the work you do at Christianity Today and by the way you personally serve in your local congregations.