You are what you read...

Years ago, my father-in-law, Ken Taylor, worked to get me to read Christianity Today. He suggested I subscribe, then tried to give me a gift subscription (which I declined).

An hour or so ago, my dear brother David Wegener left a copy of the November issue of CT on my dining room table, pointing me to a one-page article he thought I should read. I'll read the article, but only because I love David and please understand my love for David is very, very deep. Yet even in the throes of such loving deference, I still found myself a minute ago tearing the magazine in half and placing everything but the article in the trash. Why?

Jesus warned His Disciples—and thus us: "Beware of the leaven of the scribes and Pharisees." I can find nothing that so precisely matches "leaven" as the editorial content of CT and nothing that so precisely matches "scribes and Pharisees" as the men CT promotes...

It is true that CT's offices are no more than a stone's throw from the house I used to live in; also, that several of the men who run CT are friends, and one editor way high up is a man I deeply respect.

Nevertheless, dear readers, beware of the leaven of the scribes and Pharisees. It's true Nicodemus came to Jesus desiring to be saved, but one swallow doth not a summer make. Guard your reading jealously. If you want unbelief, get it straight from the horse's mouth, which is to say the Atlantic, New Yorker, or Times. If you want expert witnesses who are agnostics, why listen to second-rate scholars from Wheaton when first-rate scholars from Berkeley, Madison, or Cullowhee are able and ready?

Honestly. You are what you eat, which is to say a little leaven leavens the whole loaf.

If you want some comfort food for the munchies, try Touchstone, First Things, World, Culture Wars, or the New Criterion.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.


Can you help me understand, as a layman, what it is exactly that you see in CT that you would describe as "leaven" and how we would best discern that as a reader?  I'm not disagreeing with your point at all, but I just need help understanding what you are saying.  Thanks.  JS


Perhaps a good example comes from something that someone I know from college posted on Facebook from the CT website the other day.

This definitely falls in the category of leaven. Hope that helps.


Dear Jonathan: If you click on the CT tag on this blog, you'll find a lot of material. Warmly,  David

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