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Good to know that Leadership Journal is in the hands of People Who Read Dead People

If someone has been dead for a while and his book is still in print and widely read, then it’s probably worth reading. And, if we’re honest, there are precious few books written by Christian authors today that will still be read in 24 months, let alone 24 years. I want to use my reading time to immerse myself in powerfully formative material, and not just flash-in-the-pan trends. Does this mean I never read living authors? No, of course not. But if they’re not dead, I like them to be pretty close. I can usually trust that they’re not going to waste what time they have left on this earth writing sappy Hallmark card sentimental Evangelical fluff.

So says Skye Jethani, senior editor of Christianity Today International’s Leadership Journal. I’m sure hanging around LJ executive editor Marshall Shelley, son of the late great church historian Bruce Shelley, has reinforced this commendable preference for history. Whatever the case, it’s good to know that the editors of this important evangelical magazine are inclined to judge the faddish, voguish, trendy, flashy, evanescent words of self-proclaimed leadership wallahs at the bar of history. Vive l’histoire!

InTrust writers’ workshop


Sorry for the blog inactivity over the past couple of days. I’ll be posting something more substantial shortly, but to explain myself:

I was at a writers’ workshop for InTrust magazine over the weekend. InTrust, which goes out to presidents and trustees of evangelical, mainline Protestant, and Roman Catholic seminaries all over North America, is edited by my friend and fellow Dukie Jay Blossom. I write for it once in a while [one of my InTrust articles, on a new Wesleyan seminary, is here], and each year they hold a writers’ workshop in which we writers hear from seminary presidents and others about issues that impact the running of seminaries.

Here is the happy group of writers from this weekend. We are standing on the gorgeous campus of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, a venerable (and wealthy) seminary of the Episcopalian Church (we also visited Wesley Seminary in D.C.) Yes, that’s me in the outrageous Hawaiian shirt, third from the left: