The year was 2006, the month, October. And Christianity Today was pulling out all the stops to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

I was knee-deep in the program planning with my mentors Harold Myra and Paul Robbins, then the ministry’s executive chair and president, respectively. But behind the chaos I was also wrestling with whether to add my name to the short list of candidates for possible 2007 successors to the dynamic publishing duo.

Truth be told, I had no interest in the “corner office.” (Think of an Olympic gymnast performing immediately after the perfection of Simone Biles.) Indeed, I had turned down its pursuit at least twice. But evidently God would have none of it, and I resigned myself to being considered.

Whether it was God’s anointing or his sense of humor (or both!), I do not know. But I was called into this uncomfortable role—one that has since taken me and this ministry on a ceaseless rollercoaster ride complete with the exhilarating ups and excruciating downs that have defined the past 10-plus years of publishing.

By God’s grace alone—demonstrated in his working through a gifted team of men and women—Christianity Today is still here, now 60 years strong.

Championing the cause of Beautiful Orthodoxy (see editor Mark Galli’s cover story on page 34), CT continues to clearly and compellingly confirm gospel truth while showcasing its practical expression in stories that speak of Christ’s love for all. And who can argue against the need for such stories now?

Upward of 5 million readers access our essays, reporting, and testimonies in print or via social media and the web each month, with 30 percent of these readers coming from outside the United States. Never ...

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