In this issue we are happy to introduce Kenneth S. Kantzer as our new editor. To provide insights into his personality and perspectives, we are publishing an interview with him, which begins on page 21.
This announcement gives me a personal sense of joy and renewed confidence in God’s provision and timing. More than two years ago, upon Harold Lindsell’s decision to retire when he reached age sixty-five, we began our search for a new editor. The board of directors discussed the matter extensively and Kenneth Kantzer’s name kept rising to the top of our list. With his Harvard Ph. D. in theology, his college and seminary teaching experience, and his solid, forceful leadership as dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, it seemed clear that he could bring both in-depth theological understanding as well as administrative experience to the editorship. In exploring further, we found strong positive reactions to Kenneth Kantzer from almost everyone with whom we talked. Students—both contemporaries and those who have sat in his classes overthe past thirty-six years—viewed him as incisive, concerned, and an able communicator who lived his own creed; they expressed strong personal affection. Professors from Trinity and elsewhere made similar observations.
Kenneth Kantzer and I first met at a Chicago Holiday Inn shortly after the board decision to talk with him about the editorship. We experienced instant rapport. For several hours we discussed theology, publishing, education, our families, ethics, administration—and CHRISTIANITY TODAY. We parted knowing that we could work well together.
Other board members had similar experiences with Ken. His remarkable performance in taking Trinity seminary from ...1
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