Following the June 2015 article in Christianity Today for which I was interviewed, I was invited to curate and edit an online series on military service in the Church. CT blessed the title I pitched to them that deliberately drew upon some conflicted religious imagery.
“Ponder Christian Soldiers” saw its first entry published on October 28th, 2015 and its final entry was finally made live on March 16th, 2016. There were nine entries overall, written by soldiers and civilians alike, and ranging from fields as diverse as psychiatry, moral philosophy, and hagiography. I recently learned that Ponder Christian Soldiers was recognized as the 2016 “Best Article Series” by the Evangelical Press Association.
The EPA’s “Article Series” category is reserved for multiple articles on a topic from two or more consecutive issues (not a regular column or feature). There are five criteria by which entries are judged;
- Originality of treatment
- Thoroughness of coverage
- Cohesiveness across editions
- Effective development of idea
- Writing style
I never imagined that the series would warrant the attention of the Evangelical Press Association, or really much of anyone, for that matter. As much as I’d like to take full credit for this distinction, it is in fact one shared by all the contributors; Terry Cobban, Pete Kilner, Warren Kinghorn, Todd Lovell, Zachary Moon, and Matt Moorman. It was an honor to have worked with each of them, Annalaura Chuang, and the editorial team at Christianity Today.