Email Update 12/16/14
Keeping the Light Shining
Through Changes at Theology Matters
Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples;
but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you.
Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn. (Isaiah 60:1-3)
In this season of Advent, we hear Scriptures like Isaiah's prophecy. God promises the light of his glory among us--above all in a Savior, his Son, Emmanuel. God bids us arise and shine forth his light, so that nations may see and draw near.
Yet this invitation comes to us amidst "thick darkness." So many around us don't know their Creator, and they lose their way in this world. Sometimes we too forget and lose our way.
It is on the darkest days of the year that we light our Advent candles. That's when we need them most.
So it is for us today. We see thick darkness in the culture around us: violence against the vulnerable, sexual exploitation, dishonest and hateful words flung about, people who desperately need the Good News drifting away without ever having clearly heard it.
The darkness reaches into the Church itself, which often falls short of its calling to shine God's light. Many Christians, too, become confused and despairing. They are tempted to retreat, or to make a false peace that accommodates the culture's debasement.
Theology Matters aims to be one means by which God's light shines amidst this darkness. Our articles and other resources, in print and online, are designed to strengthen believers in the areas of doctrine, apologetics, and Christian worldview. We are grateful for your support that makes this ministry possible.
Executive Director Resigns
I must admit this has also been a challenging season for us in Theology Matters. That's why I, Alan Wisdom, am the one writing this email to you. Let me explain.
In September our founding editor and executive director, the Rev. Sue Cyre, retired after 20 years at the helm. We honored Sue for the vision and faithful service that built up this ministry of Christian witness. We were excited to call the Rev. Bob Mills as Sue's successor, with a mission of continuing and expanding the good work she had begun.
Sadly, unforeseen circumstances have intervened, making Bob unable to carry on his work with Theology Matters. The Board of Directors has reluctantly agreed to release him from the burden of this responsibility. We have a plan to go forward, with God's help and your continued support.
Going Forward with Theology Matters
As a board member, I have volunteered to step in as interim editor of Theology Matters. My previous experience writing and editing with the Institute on Religion and Democracy should serve me well through these coming months. I am grateful to Sue Cyre, who is gracious in offering advice and technical assistance.
Meanwhile, other board members will reopen the search for a permanent executive. We ask for your faithful prayers and your generous gifts to see us through this crucial time.
The November/December issue of Theology Matters is in the works and should reach you in the New Year. We are putting together a schedule to keep the presses rolling until we have a new executive. I will keep you up-to-date-and, I hope, inspired on occasion--through these biweekly emails.
Thank you so much for your patience and faithfulness to this ministry. Even amidst thick darkness, the light of God's glory still shines. May it shine in us all this Advent and Christmas.
Please make a donation today to support this vital ministry of teaching and equipping.
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Theology Matters, P.O. Box 3940, Fredericksburg, VA 22402
Yours in Christ,
Alan F.H. Wisdom
Interim Editor, Theology Matters
P.O. Box 3940,
Fredericksburg, VA 22402