One approach lies in increased use of the printed word, through better church libraries, Christian book centers

The longer I live the more truly I am convinced that events are a commentary upon the Bible, even more than the Bible is a commentary upon events. It seems to me that in my lifetime I have seen many developments that make the words of the Bible come alive. For example, in the dread days just prior to the Second World War, the Book of Revelation came to mean much more to me when I knew something of what went on in concentration camps, in the strategy of terror, and in the consequent development of a secret underground movement. Nero suddenly seemed modern, because modern men were Neronic.

Now we are in a time different from that of the Second World War, yet in some ways equally disturbing. We are in a time that is especially hard for anyone who seeks to be a faithful Christian. Never in my life have I known a time when the attacks on the Gospel were as vicious as they are now. I see about me a far more militant atheism than I have ever known, and I see it pressed with evangelistic fervor. I recognize that some of the most damaging attacks on the validity of the Gospel are coming from those who claim some kind of marginal connection with Christianity. I see a widespread impersonalism that is frankly based on the idea that Christ was wrong in addressing the heavenly Father as “Thou.”

At the same time that I note these vicious onslaughts and hear them almost every day, I also am aware of an exceptional vitality in the Christian cause at certain specific points. I see a marked growth in the concept and practice of the lay ministry. I see a development in the direction of reality of membership, according to which, in a ...

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