A Christian layman issues a plea for meaningful preaching (page 5).… A biographical article describes the ministry of the late Alexander Maclaren of Manchester (page 7).… A librarian tells ministers how they can get the most out of local libraries (page 10). This issue is a special one for pastors with a number of features designed to be of practical help.

We are called to be ambassadors, says Craig Skinner, but we tend to behave like diplomats. His forceful article beginning on the opposite page is based on Second Corinthians 5:14–20.

Our News section includes a report of commemorative Baptist assemblies in Atlantic City.

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