Journalists are known as the “digging” type, and Paul Parsons is no exception. So when it came to reporting on the Christian school movement, the Kansas State University journalism professor dutifully visited Christian schools in 60 cities, observing administrators, teachers, and students engaged in the business of education. What he found—and didn’t find—makes up the cover story entitled “The Fourth ‘R’.”

Digging has also been characteristic of Washington Editor Beth Spring since she joined CHRISTIANITY TODAY full-time in 1984. For example, her investigation into the Unification Church’s efforts to enlist evangelical pastors in its fight against communism was recognized as the top news story of 1985 by the Evangelical Press Association. And her consistently strong reporting helped CT News garner two consecutive EPA awards for outstanding feature.

Beth’s latest contribution is the interview with theologian and former CT editor, Carl F. H. Henry, on the New Right (p. 30). The article is also one of Beth’s last as Washington Editor. After patiently digging through mountains of paperwork, Beth and husband, Jeff, will soon be the proud parents of Korean-born Jonathan Lee, who is expected to arrive from Seoul sometime in the next month. All that digging has paid off in another winner.

Harold Smith, MANAGING EDITOR

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