[You can now go here, or directly here, to get your free Christian History magazine Issue #100; sorry, USA addresses only]
Ken Curtis, founder of Christian History magazine back in 1982, passed away on Jan 2. His wonderful memorial service was held yesterday at a church in Souderton, PA, where the Curtises attended.
During the last 6 months of his life, Ken dedicated much of his energy and enthusiasm to re-birthing Christian History. As a result, Issue #100, the first print issue of the magazine to appear since Christianity Today International completed its publication run a couple of years ago with #99, is in layout right now for a projected release in late February or March.
Issue #100 explores the creation and influence of the King James Version of the Bible (honoring 2011 as the quatercentennial of the KJV’s first printing). Ken’s son Bill plans to send this issue free to many folks who were subscribers when the magazine ceased publication. Within the magazine will be a response mechanism so people can say whether they would like to continue receiving the magazine.
I believe with all my heart that CH needs to live again. But I am afraid a simple response mechanism in a single issue may not draw enough response to support the magazine’s continued publication (you might say: “O ye of little faith!” A valid criticism 🙂 ).
SO, just thinking: How would one go about starting an internet campaign to let folks know about this issue and to keep CH alive? I am open to any and all suggestions. The more detailed, the better.
By the way–Bill Curtis and I will be meeting about the magazine’s future tomorrow, Monday, Jan 17. I would love to be able to take some suggestions to him along this line.
Background: I was managing editor of the magazine 2002 – 2004 when it was with CTI. I am also acting as managing editor of this “resurrection issue,” along with a small, hardworking team of copy editors, designers, image researchers, and writers–all of whom love the magazine and want to see it live again.
I had the distinct honor to have lunch with Ken many years ago just prior to production of “The Trial and Testimony”. He was a man of deep integrity, faith and compassion.
I believe I have a complete collection of Christian History Magazines in bookcases and would happily subscribe to any re-publication, or renewed efforts which might be planned to carry on his historical accuracy and memory.
In deepest respect,
Are you expecting to be the managing editor for future issues as well?
That’s the plan, Paul, though I will share duties with a team so it doesn’t interfere with my duties at Bethel, family life, etc.!
I would love to see Christian History brought back to life in hard copy and I would subscribe and that with gratitude and enthusiasm.
Thank you to all who have replied. So . . . now feel free to publicize the free issue offer and its web address on your own Facebook accounts, blogs, twitter accounts, & what-have-you. So glad to see this outpouring (or at least large trickle) of support for my all-time favorite magazine.
I would welcome enthusiastically the return of CH magazine! I was a subscriber for many years, and have kept my old issues as references for teaching ministries. Sign me up again!