A happy new year to all our readers! This issue brings with it, in lieu of the usual editorial pages, observations from young evangelicals, most of whom are under thirty. They were selected from differing fields of endeavor to offer their ideas and interpretations of the seventies. They and others like them will be in positions of leadership in the years ahead. We hope to continue to attract younger writers and readers.
In this issue we also present reflections from an octogenarian—John Mackay, who looks back across the years and shares with us some of the lessons he has learned. Members of the younger generation can learn much from history if they take time to do so. And they are bound to repeat the mistakes of their forebears if they fail at this point.
From our editor-at-large, Carl F. H. Henry, we have the presidential address he delivered at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. Ministers, professors, and students will be challenged by this essay and will no doubt turn to it again from time to time.
We end the year with some sickness in our staff members’ homes but with gratitude to God for his preserving and sustaining mercies. And we enter the new year with glad anticipation and joyous hope.1
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