Say it ain't so...



I am so very sorry to hear that the Record has needed to conclude its 140 years of publication because of declining readership and financial support. You have been my window on the Presbyterian world and beyond for over 50 years. I shall miss the thought-and heart-provoking articles and columns. I also appreciated that from time to time you gave me some room to try my wings at writing an article or two in your pages. You will feel the loss most keenly because your vocation and lives depended upon your work as editors and writers. I pray that some other avenue may come soon along for Presbyterian Record Inc. to continue its historic and significant ministries.


It pains me to think this will be my last letter to the editor of the Record. Never again via snail mail will I be addressing envelopes "care of 50 Wynford Drive, Toronto." What wonderful memories they were.

Down through the more than three decades I read the publication, rarely was there not an issue which didn't elicit interest, knowledge or wisdom and in some rare splendid moments the mirth of the saints. No one more than a writer of such letters appreciates a publisher who will actually publish what you submit. A cockney would say, "Good on you, mate!" I say, God bless you!

As a minister of word and sacraments for most of this time, I fought hard for the Every Home Plan; it gave members and adherents a view of the theological and news-making points of view of a far larger world outside our doors; a view which was intelligent, educational and informed, often to the point where I'd have the Record in one hand and the Bible in the other when preaching. Everyone knew where I was coming from--and where I was going.

Ah, they were sweet times. Many a time, the arrival of the Record was the ray of light when the world seemed dark and foreboding. Always there was hope and a reminder of a "God who so loved the world He gave His only Son."

But nothing lasts forever and after 140 years everything is entitled to die, even a beloved and thought-provoking publication.


I was saddened by the news that the Presbyterian Record is ceasing publication in December after 140 years. I feel this is a huge loss to our sense of community in the national church. Aside from helping us to feel connected to the broader church, the articles were often inspiring and thought-provoking and provided insight and guidance. The staff and contributors...

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