Another year draws to its close—a span of memorable moments, rewarding experiences, and some disappointments. Nothing is more certain, perhaps, than that 1968 too will bring surprises in the high service of Jesus Christ.

Breakthrough of the year was the token funding of the Institute for Advanced Christian Studies. Important decisions remain to be made on location, headquarters, leadership, and a modest initial program for research scholars.

Luncheon of the year renewed pleasant conversations of the past with that devout evangelical spirit, Senator Mark Hatfield. En route to the Senate restaurant he suggested we tarry in the chapel, and there the former governor of Oregon knelt and led in prayer for the nation in its daily needs.

Wednesday mornings in Washington usually find me at Cosmos Club, a veritable Mars Hill for American intellectuals. There a breakfast group generously studded with Who’s Who personalities regularly meets to discuss modern problems in Christian perspective. Dotting the District of Columbia are a variety of cell groups, many inspired by International Christian Leadership, which annually sponsors the presidential prayer breakfast. CHRISTIANITY TODAY is not alone in its evangelical witness in this city, but it has given added zest to the Christian cause at the heart of the nation.

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