Winter 2009

From the Publisher

Insight

Worthwhile Writing

David Hulme

For the past decade, Vision has published in print and on the Web a wide range of material on the key issues of our time. Today readers can access the 10-year archive at www.vision.org. It’s a gold mine of timeless information on ethical and moral concerns, marriage and family life, the environment, science and religion, social problems, health and well-being, history, politics and philosophy. In all of these areas our writers have tried to uniquely inform from a biblical perspective, because we believe that the world’s consistent bestseller is not outmoded but rather misquoted, misperceived and misunderstood. The need to clear away doubt and confusion about the ancient Book should not be underestimated nor its achievement undersold.

Vision. . . challenges our too-easy acceptance of the present. It expresses solutions and forward momentum based on insights from the often forgotten, perhaps rarely known word of God.” 

David Hulme, “Five Words,” Vision Premier Issue, 1999

In many cases, prejudice toward the Bible has developed out of an understandable rejection of the poor example of some of its adherents or an inability to explain the problem of evil in God’s creation, rather than from proof that its principles are invalid. Recent books written by atheists and agnostics hostile to the Bible depend on shallow arguments and betray a surprising ignorance of its content and purpose.

Here are some excerpts from one issue alone in the archive—Summer 2005—to demonstrate the variety in Vision, its unique perspective, and why it is worthy of your time and support:

If the basis of following Christ is to serve one another, what does this say about the relationship of a husband to a wife, or of a wife to a husband? Shouldn’t they both be seeking to serve the other’s well-being? What part does brutality, oppression or abusiveness have in such a model? What part should they have in society at large?”

In an imperfect world the possibility of genocidal acts can never be completely dismissed. Indeed, it is likely to occur unless actively restrained at the individual level, where we can all act. Human nature itself needs to change. And that is exactly what is discussed in the pages of the Bible and articulated in the pages of this journal. According to God’s divine purpose, the vengeful, hostile and violent nature of individuals can be changed to reflect the loving nature of God. And in the fullness of God’s purpose, that change in human nature will eventually encompass the entire world” (“Lest We Forget”).

Creation is a physical arena for the perfecting of a spiritual condition: human character. This is a hard and sorrowful arena because we have chosen the experimental method of discovery to determine what works and what fails. And we have seen much failure, because we refuse to seek our Creator’s view of right character” (“Where Is God?”).

Despite the intervening 20 centuries since the life of Jesus of Nazareth and the events the Gospels describe, the accounts have as much if not more relevance to our age, because we need the truths they impart in order to live successfully in a far more complex world. The accounts of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ continue to reach out with profound relevance to us, who desperately need the Gospels for the 21st century” (“The Gospels for the 21st Century,” Part 22).

At Vision, we are pursuing excellence in publishing in print and on the Web. Both the look and the content of our products are intended to set them apart as something to be valued: design that complements worthwhile writing. We hope you agree and that you will consider supporting in whatever way you can this very necessary work.