ENRICHMAG.CA—FALL 2009

PROCLAIMING TRUTH: IN A SECULAR AGE

by David Hazzard, Editor

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Witnesses in a court of law are required to swear or affirm that they will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Similarly, in the court of life, ministry and history, faithful witnesses of Christ are also required to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

This edition of
Enrich is a challenging but important read, especially in today’s world. Its content is weighty, requiring both reflection and application. At the outset, I would encourage you to read the entire edition. Each author provides a valuable contribution to our mandate to faithfully proclaim truth—Preach the Word—in an increasingly secular environment—be prepared in season and out of season. Don’t miss a single article!

Ravi Zacharias and Paul Copan, both valued Christian apologists, encourage a considered and courageous defence of biblical Christianity at a time in history when Christianity is under scrutiny and, in some places, under attack. Tell the truth.

We are also encouraged to tell the whole truth when cultural pressure and/or internal fear cause us to avoid sharing the difficult biblical passages and historic tenets of the faith, such as Sola Scriptura and the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, in a pluralistic society that champions tolerance.

And to tell nothing but the truth. David Kinnaman’s article, “Overcoming UnChristian Branding,” is a poignant reminder that although we may exegete the Scriptures correctly and have a profound understanding of the culture, we may undermine our noble attempt at communication by attitudinal and behavioural inconsistencies. If Marshall McLuhan is correct, the medium is the message. So an awareness (exegesis) of ourselves and the Christian communities of which we are a part is also necessary before communication is effective and received.

So as you begin reading, allow me to share two quotes:
“Let’s not drag God’s standard of truth down to our level of performance.”
Morris Venden

At the conclusion of his book on early church history, T. L. Glover remarked, “The early church succeeded so magnificently because they out-lived, out-thought and out-died the pagan world around them. “ Let us not only hold a high view of truth, but live, think and die holding truth high.
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DAVID HAZZARD IS THE ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR FELLOWSHIP SERVICES AND ENRICH EDITOR.