Letter From the President

Jeanie and I went to see the movie Secretariat shortly after it was released in 2010. I like horses, but I don’t have a deep interest in them. I’m even less interested in thoroughbred racing and the culture that surrounds it. I don’t know the first thing about going to the track and placing a bet. Further, before we went to the show, I knew the end of the story—Secretariat wins. My disinterest in what was about to transpire on the silver screen lasted about five minutes. As the story of Penny Chenery, a smart woman with great faith in her own judgment, unfolds, I was caught up in the drama of a woman, a trainer and a jockey and their fight against the system. I admired Penny for looking at the greatest racehorse in the world and knowing she was right, no matter what others thought. And as the movie neared its conclusion, I joined the audience in a white-knuckled, edge of the seat response as the horses made their way around the Belmont, the third race in the Triple Crown (yes, Secretariat wins). The power of the story had overcome all my indifference and the lack of a surprise ending. I suppose that’s why the bestselling books of all time are stories. From A Tale of Two Cities to The Lord of the Rings to the Bible, we are captivated by the drama, suspense, pathos or truth of a story. Good stories have the ability to transcend class, cultures and generations. I’m sure that’s the reason we are so taken with God’s words to us. They constitute the most powerful story ever told. That they are story is evidenced by the fact that we call them the Good News not the Good Truths or the Good Principles. God’s word has captivated cultures and classes and generations as divinely inspired authors use story to communicate his passion for his people. So, as you read the articles in this issue, my hope is that you will be reminded of the power of God’s story and moved by the stories of his people—even if you already know the ending.

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