This new year brings a significant change to Beacon Lights magazine. After six years of manning the helm, Mark Hoeksema is retiring as editor. He has provided outstanding guidance to the staff, and the magazine is better for his leadership.
Mark, I express a debt of gratitude for your patient instruction over the last six months in what it takes to run the magazine and also in the art of copyediting. As I have said, “six months of learning doth not a copyeditor make,” so I trust you will be longsuffering when you find participles that dangle and infinitives that are split. I wish you God’s blessing in your retirement from the editorship.
To the reader, I ask that you be involved in Beacon Lights magazine. Let us know when we are doing something right, and when you think we stumble. You will find us receptive and appreciative for your feedback. Are there issues that endanger our young people? Let us know, we want to address them. Do you know of a young man or young lady who shows spiritual gifts that you think could be used by God as a writer in Beacon Lights? We want to contact that person; this could be the encouragement they need to continue growing in their spiritual life.
Although the editorship of the magazine is changing, the purpose is not. We will continue to “give expression and application of the Protestant Reformed truth in various spheres of life, and through this means of edification to draw our young people closer in their common bond of unity” (Constitution of the Beacon Lights Staff).