Monday, November 14, 2005

Jack Haberer Chosen As New Editor for Presbyterian Outlook

Image hosted by Photobucket.comThe Presbyterian Outlook, an independent magazine serving the PCUSA, has chosen the Rev. Dr. Jack Haberer as its new Editor.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comHaberer has been Pastor of the Clear Lake Presbyterian Church in Clear Lake, Texas, since 1994 and has been active in evangelical Presbyterian organizations including Presbyterians for Renewal (1999-2005) and The Presbyterian Coalition (1995-1998).

His appointment will no doubt cause many of the more liberal pastors and elders in the denomination to articulate a groan or two but, his recent service as a member of the General Assembly's Special Taskforce on "Peace, Unity and Purity," has demonstrated his ability to listen and understand and even articulate the viewpoints of Presbyterians of all stripes.

Personally, I am grateful for this selection. As a subscriber to this magazine since my earliest seminary days back in 1975, I have sensed that the editorial focus has become somewhat scattered and fuzzy, somewhat reminiscent of St. Paul's description of an "uncertain trumpet."

I believe that Jack Haberer will continue the Outlook's honorable tradition of allowing diverse and even contentious opinions a place to voice and articulate their positions in their pages.

The Presbyterian Outlook traces its history back to 1819. That is quite a tradition to step into!