New, personal affection for Time magazine
My cousin Juliann has always been a fun conversationalist, with diverse interests ranging from art and music to basketball and softball, politics and China. Plus she's brilliant (Princeton sophomore; publisher of a campus magazine; summer abroad in Beijing; blah, blah, blah). But the two-plus hours we spent talking on Christmas Day was special. She told me that two years ago she read Time's cover story on Christian missionaries who risk everything to share faith in Muslim countries (see Christianity Today's feedback on the article). The inspirational story caused her to question her own faith journey and found that it had little significance, if any, one her everyday life. So she began to dig deeper, beyond the cultural dimensions of her religious experience, and read the Book of Matthew for herself. There, the words came alive and she encountered Christ for the first time. She remains very much on a journey, with more questions right now than answers. Join the party! I, for one, have followed Christ for the better part of 25 years and have more questions today than ever before. Who knew the venerable journalists at Time magazine could point my cousin the skeptic back to Jesus? I'm guessing He had a hunch.