The Common Good

A Step Toward Recovery from Our Oil Addiction

My mother taught her children never to "toot our own horn." So last year, when Sojourners became the first publication ever (so far as I know) to win the best general interest magazine awards from both the Associated Church Press and the Evangelical Press Association in the same year, we mentioned it, but were quite modest about it. The ACP is mostly made up of mainline Protestant and Catholic publications, and the EPA is the major association of Evangelical magazines and newspapers. To win highest honors at both conventions is a major accomplishment in this era of polarization, not only in politics, but in the church.

From the research we have done in the past 24 hours, no other publication has received both of these awards in the same year -- at least since the days of the early church. (Though I must say, first century records of publication awards are a bit thin.) Apparently, there was a running competition between hand-carried letters (sometimes called epistles) put out by editorial teams in both Corinth and Ephesus.

So I'm sorry, Mom

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