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Looking back,

Looking ahead…

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“…we Christian authors must confess to having bored plenty of people,” says Philip Yancey.¹

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   As Christians think and write about “What is?” and “What matters?”², how should they think of themselves and their readers, as they write in 2017?

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   C. S. Lewis made a brief–very brief–statement the act of “Christian writing.”

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For that you need to use the DOOR.

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   According to Philip Yancey (in 1982, see note 1) “C. S. Lewis once likened his role as a Christian writer to an adjective humbly striving to point others to the Noun of truth. For people to believe that Noun, we Christian writers must improve our adjectives.”

   Better descriptive, realistic, specific, focused, and relative (connecting the old to the new) writing is still a worthy goal for Christian writers to hold before them as they begin a new year.

Happy New Year

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   ¹ As reported on p. 24 of the June/July 1984 Wheaton College Wheaton Alumni (news). It comes from Yancey’s “Pitfalls of Christian Writing” in Open Windows © 1982.

   ² Part of the pholk philosophy of adozenseconds.com‘s 3 Questions Christians should regularly ask themselves. The 3rd one is (3) Then what should I do?