From the Editor. We all long for that day when we shall meet the Lord face to face. But the metaphor of face to face is significant now. The meaning of interpersonal relationships is deeply embedded in this synecdoche. The face represents the doorway into a person’s soul. It also reminds us that human life is embodied existence and that the physical and spiritual aspects of human beings are inextricably united. One of the dangers of the electronic environment is that it tends to undermine the importance of face to face relationships. Of course, it may also enhance face to face relationships. In my editorial essay “Face to Face: The Importance of Personal Presence in Ministry and Life” I explore the relevance of the biblical concept of the face in all of our relationships.
Also in this issue Dariusz Bryćko completes his article, “Steering a Course between Fundamentalism and Transformationalism: J. Gresham Machen’s View of Christian Scholarship,” reminding us of the remarkable scope and prudence of J. Gresham Machen. My hope is that his reflections on education will help us navigate this complex subject as the title of Bryćko’s article suggests.
As we think, during this season, of the incarnation of our Lord, Bryan Holstrom’s article on the name of our Savior should enhance our sense of wonder, “ ‘Thou Art the Christ’: Reflections on the Name of the Lord.”
Only a poet could see what Francis Thompson sees in a snowflake in his “To a Snowflake.” Have a wonderful Christmas season. May you be able spend rewarding face to face time with church and family.
Blessings in the Lamb,
From the Archives "PERSONAL PRESENCE IN MINISTRY"
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