Eleven reasons churches should subscribe to The Pathway
December 27, 2005
When The Pathway publishes its Jan. 17 edition, it will mark the beginning of the print edition’s fourth year as the official newsjournal of the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC). God has blessed The Pathway many times over and it is now firmly established as a reliable source of Missouri Southern Baptist news and as an influential conservative voice in Missouri and the Southern Baptist Convention. The credit goes to its staff and loyal subscribers, while the glory must go to God alone.
The new year will bring yet another milestone for The Pathway when in late spring the newspaper is expected to go to full color on all of its pages. The Jefferson City News Tribune, which prints The Pathway, has acquired a new, state-of-the-art printing press that will dramatically improve the appearance of The Pathway. I am pleased to announce that this will be accomplished without any increases in subscription or advertising rates.
The Pathway will continue to provide readers with coverage of any moral issues before the 93 rd General Assembly which convenes the first week of January.
We will add at least one new feature in 2006 when Scott Lamb, pastor, Providence Baptist Church, brings his book reviews to The Pathway . Scott will also contribute as The Pathway’s art critic. I hope you will read his fine article on page 6 of this issue as he brings a Christian worldview to bear on the arts.
Of course, The Pathway will always focus on whatever is happening in Missouri Southern Baptist life through our news coverage, feature stories and photography. The cornerstone of our coverage has been – and will always be – on the convention’s efforts in the areas of evangelism, missions and church planting.
Given all this, I thought I might offer a few more reasons for churches to put The Pathway in their budgets for every member:
• If you are a consumer, we advertise good products for you to purchase.
• If you are a creationist, we endeavor to expose the myth of evolution.
• If you are an ecclesiologist, we write compelling stories about the church.
• If you are an ethicist, we address issues of moral concern.
• If you are a historian, we write stories about Baptist life from the past to the present. We also write “the first draft” of Missouri Southern Baptist history.
• If you are a jurist, we occasionally have to write stories about lawsuits and litigation.
• If you are a statistician, we sometimes have a compilation of facts and figures.
• If you are a pastor who is sick and tired (I’m being facetious) of your church, we list openings and you can apply.
• If you are a layman who is sick and tired of your pastor, we list job openings and you can recommend him to another church.
• If you are unregenerate, we publish stories about how Jesus can save you from your sins.
• And if you are a premillennialist, you need to get The Pathway NOW, because although it is the most reliable publication for Missouri Southern Baptists to get their news, we will not be publishing after the rapture.
Will you subscribe today?
God bless each of you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at The Pathway!