This issue offers readers important essays on several current concerns. No one will want to miss “The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit,” in which Howard Snyder emphasizes a truth that is slowly penetrating the churches: buildings, budgets, and busywork don’t make believers into a body; only the Holy Spirit does. C. Philip Hinerman, a prominent Methodist minister and a key committeeman for the U. S. Congress on Evangelism, looks at another aspect of the predicament of the churches today as he asks and answers the question: Who is polarizing the Church?
After Christmas the Student Foreign Missions Fellowship, missionary arm of Inter-Varsity, will meet at Urbana, Illinois, and some ten thousand young people will attend. In this issue David Howard tells how another great student mission organization, the Student Volunteer Movement, lost momentum and finally ceased to exist. This is “must” missionary reading. In another look into history to find meaning for today, Eve Bock describes the legacy of John Comenius, a man whose life is a lasting challenge to us all.
A bonus in this issue is the first article in a bibliographical series that will appear more or less regularly. This bibliography will, on completion, be a most valuable reference work, for the authors provide not just a list of books but description and evaluation.1
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