This issue of the MB Herald Digest is the sixth issue in this new format. It’s been a learning curve for this editor, and I have much still to learn. To say I’m pleased with how this experiment has turned out is a gross understatement. I couldn’t be happier with the outpouring of support from readers, contributors and sponsorship partners. We have provided content from writers new and familiar on a potpourri of topics and themes in these six months. We are building a connection with new readers while rekindling relationships with faithful readers.
One thing is missing, though, reader: your voice. You may have noticed that we have yet to publish a letter to the editor. The Letter to the editor has long been a favourite read for me. It’s the first place I go to when I pick up a favourite magazine or the daily newspaper. As a kid, I wouldn’t close the cover on my comic books without skimming the letters at the back.
Dialogue is a tenet of the Mennonite Brethren; we express our opinions, concerns, cares, joys and sorrows as a community of believers. How awesome would it be to see an overflow of dialogue in the pages of our family magazine? I urge you, friends, to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what’s on your mind. Are we accurately representing you? Were do we agree and disagree with each other? What themes and topics do you wish to see us cover that we currently do not? Please let us know.
As you scroll through this issue, you’ll notice the absence of our monthly financial update. We plan on releasing a 2020 annual update very soon. After that, we will publish quarterly financial updates. Feel free to contact us anytime if you have financial inquiries.
The National Faith and Life Team brings us up to date on the Article 8 (Christian Baptism) revision process on page eight. Christie Penner Worden explores the prospect of a post-COVID return to corporate worship in our cover story, starting on page 10. CCMBC national director Elton DaSilva kicks off a six-part dialogue (there’s that word again) on discipleship on page 15. Pierre Gilbert concludes his series on evil on page 16, The mysterious case of the golden apple.
There is a lot to chew on in this issue of the MB Herald Digest. I hope you enjoy reading it. If you don’t, you had better let me know.
With respect and encouragement,