Last week, I had the privilege to attend for the fourth time Acton University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where more than 1,000 persons from 67 nations gathered to speak and learn about how our Christian faith informs our understanding of freedom and economics. It was an exhilarating experience, and I would encourage my readers to begin to plan to attend the next session in June 2015. One evening as I introduced myself to a young man at dinner, he said, “You write for Mere Comments, right?” It was an affirming comment. I certainly appreciate my many blog readers from around the world, and also deeply value the ministry of Touchstone and Salvo magazines, and the St. James Daily Devotional Guide. On occasion, I have been asked why I don’t start my own blog instead of writing for Mere Comments. However, my answer has always been the same: Writing for Mere Comments is a wonderful privilege to share my Christian faith with many, and the website serves as a strategic tool to encourage others to grow more deeply in their faith in Jesus Christ.
That is the ministry of the Fellowship of St. James, the publisher of Touchstone and Salvo magazines, and of Mere Comments. The Fellowship, founded in 1976, seeks to promote fidelity to our Lord Jesus Christ, and encourages greater Christian unity based upon shared belief in the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith as revealed in Holy Scripture and taught in the ancient creeds of the Church. As a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization, subscriptions alone do not cover the costs of publishing the magazines. As a result, the Fellowship relies upon generous gifts from its readers and supporters. My wife and I have long been supporters of the Fellowship as we recognize the great value of a clear, consistent, ecumenical platform for thoughtful and learned Christians to share how our Christian faith informs an understanding of modern-day life in these spiritually dark times. I would ask you to prayerfully consider a generous donation to the Fellowship as we approach the end of the Fellowship’s fiscal year on June 30, 2014. As of today, the Fellowship needs $35,000 to balance its budget.
Thank you very much for your prayer consideration of this request.