“Why do you read CHRISTIANITY TODAY magazine?”

We’ve asked that question many times, and many times our readers’ response has been the same: News.

We’re not surprised, for over the years the CT news section has provided accurate, objective information on the stories having impact on—and, at times, embarrassing—the church.

And 1987 was no exception.

From Jim Bakker’s downfall to Judge Bork’s defeat, the team of Ron Lee, Randy Frame, Beth Spring (now a contributing editor), and newcomer Kim Lawton has focused its editorial energies on hundreds of potential news stories—both national and international. And with the assistance of over 30 stringers, they have been able to select, develop, and fine tune what they think are the stories our readers should be aware of.

The sheer number of stories that move across our news desks makes the selection of the most significant news stories of any given year no easy task. But for the second year in a row, we have decided to pick our “Top Ten.”

Some of our choices may surprise you, but the bottom-line significance of each is its impact—both immediate and long-term.

Newsmakers. And while we’re on the subject of news, Randy Frame is doing double duty as the magazine’s associate news editor and as editor of “Newsmakers,” a monthly insert for church bulletins. Concisely written, “Newsmakers” highlights the intriguing individuals that Randy (and the rest of the CT staff) run into in the course of their work.

HAROLD B. SMITH, Managing Editor

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