The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning."

It's lovely. It's also in a book called Lamentations. It's not flowery sentiment; a few verses earlier the writer describes how his "teeth grind on gravel" and reflects on "the wormwood and the gall." But it resonates here at Christianity Today. The first thing we ponder is "new every morning," and what comes to mind is a compilation of the overnight religion headlines. It's always painful: a day doesn't go by without articles on church leaders philandering, embezzling, or misusing power. Recent coverage of the Catholic abuse scandal has been particularly overwhelming. Such scandal is predictable, but no less shocking. Lord have mercy.

And he does have mercy. Every morning, and every moment, the God who launched a seemingly ridiculous plan to rescue us by becoming one of us identifies with us again. He even calls the church his own body. God works through all kinds of institutions, networks, cultures, and individuals, but it's the church that is his primary agent for doing his will in the world. We see headlines on that, too. And, more frequently, we seek out those stories that never make newspaper headlines, since CT is unique in its deep commitments to robust journalism and the local church.

Those commitments are particularly on display in this issue, with Rob Moll's excerpt on how churches can build a culture of resurrection by helping congregants prepare for death ; our editorial on church responses to media scrutiny; and Jeremy Weber's report on the Buenos Aires Council of Pastors. Weber's church unity story is not the kind you will find elsewhere, all platitudes and smiles. Argentina's pastors are honest about the ...

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