There is Good News
By Charles W. Keysor, Editor
We invite you to share a dream.
We have dared to dream that evangelical Methodists might united in fellowship across the Church.
We have dared to dream this fellowship might have a publication, knitting us closer to each other, and to Jesus Christ our Lord.
We have dared to dream that such a koinonia will strengthen the Church we love and serve.
We have dared, even, to dream that our voices may be heard as we seek to articulate historic Methodism: forever relevant, forever vital.
How did this dream begin?
It started with an article in Christian Advocate for July 14, 1966. The feature, “Methodism’s Silent Minority,” brought a flood of mail from pastors and laymen across the U.S.A. We were startled. But we were delighted to discover a remarkable unity of spirit in these letters. They revealed that many Methodists remain true to Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God … true to the Holy Scriptures as God’s inspired and inspiring Word … and true to Methodism’s timeless proclamation of Jesus Christ incarnate, crucified, risen, and coming again. Also, these letter writers expressed a deep hunger for fellowship with other Methodist evangelicals.
Good News attempts to minister to this spiritual hunger. We believe these letter-writers have voiced the opinion of many other Methodist laymen and pastors. And we are increasingly conscious of the need for a journalistic “mission” to Methodism’s “silent minority.”
So, we have dared to publish this first issue of Good News. If God is willing … if we have correctly gauged the need, then there will be more issues. It is our prayer that Good News may truly express the bedrock, Scriptural faith which God’s own Spirit places in Methodist hearts. To Him and His glory, we dedicate these pages. Our prayer is that of Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.”