My Advice

By Mark A. Taylor

Some of the best advice I ever received was from Roy Lawson, longtime member of Standard Publishing’s Publishing Committee, and one of this magazine’s original contributing editors.

07_eddy_BestWorstAdvice“Emphasize people,” he told me when I asked for ways to make CHRISTIAN STANDARD more effective. “Highlight what people are doing. Promote their ministries and their accomplishments.”

Through the years I’ve followed that advice in more ways than one, none of them more engaging than the major feature of this month’s issue.

I love our “Best (or Worst!) Advice” pieces for several reasons.

First, of course, is the advice itself. More than one of these tips will help me with my work or my relationships or my walk with God. I’m guessing most readers will feel the same.

Second, are the stories. Who knew Wayne Smith is a major reason Jack Cottrell went to Bible college? Who would have guessed that Bob Russell wanted Southeast Christian’s first new building to seat only 1,500? How many have heard that Doug Priest was set on a lifetime of service by his dad at a boarding school in Ethiopia? Or that, as a young man, Ziden Nutt was challenged and inspired by the sacrifice and spirituality of J. Russell Morse, and as an older man preached Morse’s funeral?

The third reason I love this feature is the pictures. There are plenty of conventional “headshots” here. But where else would you see Robert Hull in his garden or Ben Cachiaras skydiving or Gary Weedman waist-deep in a fishing stream?

We’re grateful to the 49 contributors who shared with us for this issue. Go to our website and add comments under your favorites as they appear there in July. In fact, you may even want to give some advice of your own!


07_eddy_Appstore_JNWhen we first went monthly, several said, “Good job! I’d like to read every issue—on my iPad.” Well, now you can. Starting this July, the Christian Standard app, available for virtually every smartphone and tablet, has fully ushered us ino the digital age.

Try the app for yourself—it’s free—and we think you’ll see we’ve 07_eddy_GooglePlay_rgb_JNcreated far more just a digital version of the magazine. Try the free sample issue and you’ll discover the interactive, flexible, and elegant experience in store for you.


The new app will be a great way to stay current with new 07_eddy_Amazon4_JNcolumnist Jim Tune’s weekly pieces. His introductory entry is only the beginning of his fresh views on the state of the church and the need for bold leaders in a difficult age. We’re glad to welcome him because we’re pretty sure he’ll become a new favorite for many readers.

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