What People Are Saying
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.
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.
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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.