Three items clamor for mention in this privileged precinct, and no one is more aware than I of their lack of logical connection. But then, after all, this brief foreword is no homiletical exercise.

First, congratulations to our British editorial director, Dr. J. D. Douglas, who adds to his duties the editorship of the century-old evangelical news magazine The Christian. Illness, which resulted in death, prevented Tom Allan from filling that responsible role. CHRISTIANITY TODAY is glad to share Dr. Douglas’s penetrating mind and gifted pen for this new assignment.

Next, a word about Christmas cards. At this moment of writing, it seems that those on our expansive list of personal friends are unlikely to receive the customary Yuletide greeting. Some weeks ago the cards were bought and stored out of sight for Thanksgiving addressing. But four or five basement-to-bedroom searches have uncovered no trace of them. One card per friend I defend as an indispensable remembrance, but two—never. Let friendship take the will for the deed rather than commercialism strain the budget for a counterpart. If the cards emerge (suggestions will be welcome) before the Fourth of July, we’ll add a “here it is” postscript in bright red ink. Meanwhile, a joyous Christmas to our readers, one and all.

Finally, about the next issue. To hold to our annual quota of twenty-five issues, the next copies of CHRISTIANITY TODAY will be printed three weeks hence and dated January 7, 1966 (rather than December 31, 1965). If the postman shows up earlier than that, you will know he’s carrying a counterfeit copy. Insist on the real thing.

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