With this issue we begin a new year, with new goals, new hopes, new enthusiasms, new joys, new victories—and, of course, new problems, new fears, new sorrows, and even new defeats. All are a part of the kaleidoscope of life. But, thank God, we do not enter the new year alone. We approach it boldly and joyfully with eager anticipation to share the future with our God and, by his grace, with each other. So, at CHRISTIANITY TODAY, we wish for each one of you a truly happy and blessed new year.

We begin this new year with the story of a great Christian of our time: John Perkins. You will find your heart warmed and your mind edified as you read about this man of godly common sense who would not let his soul be warped by the pressures of the world around him. As Will Norton, Jr., tells the story and conducts the interview, you may more than once find the tears welling up near the surface. The interview reveals how far we have come in America toward racial equality. It also reveals, however, how much farther we still have to go to erase racial injustice, to protect the dispossessed, and to demonstrate a truly biblical attitude and concern for the poor and handicapped of this world.

Our masthead for this issue lists Carol Thiessen as associate editor. Carol joined the CT staff three years ago as copy editor. In this role, she has done much to keep the magazine readable and to catch the mistakes all the rest of us make. Carol will remain as CHRISTIANITY TODAY stylist and in charge of all copy editing. Diane Egle from the news staff will assist in editing news copy.

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