Clanging Gong News: The Complete Issues
I am grateful to Rebecca Witherspoon for putting together the Table
of Contents for this volume, and the subject and Scripture indices
you will find at the back. What amazing work. I couldn’t have done
it. It was a labor of love, and we all benefit.
I am grateful to J.D. Fine, who put together the
very first bound collection of the Clanging Gong News. When I first
opened it, my jaw dropped. It was astounding to see all of these
issues together in one place. The weight of the book, the quality of
the paper, the shiny colors—it was a thing to behold. The moment I
held it, my first thought was, "I’ve got to produce more of these."
It’s all here: the sovereignty of God, the salvation of all, Paul’s
distinct message, end-time truth, and some social issues thrown in
for good measure. Oh—and typos. I strove to avoid them when first
publishing the individual issues, but mistakes weaseled in. This is
the work of a human being. I was tempted to correct the mistakes,
but I think that perhaps truth shines brightest against the backdrop
of human frailty.
I commend this book to you as well as to my Lord
The majority of these newsletters were written
during a time of great trial and suffering. I considered it a
miracle every time I produced one. As you read the articles, you may
or may not detect the pain between the lines. It’s there. You will
probably notice, first and foremost, joy, happiness, and color in
Christ. Good. It is decidedly there. This goes to show that the
Christ-life, within, survives human darkness. It operated even in a
trench, when all is gone but faith. I thank my Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ, for inspiring me to write these words, and for giving
me the faith to survive.
I believe God will use this handsome collection
of the Clanging Gong News to bless many people. Set it on your
coffee table. Buy a copy for your kids. The beauty of this volume is
the short articles and unique illustrations. And the humor. There is
something for everyone. I carefully selected each photo for ultimate
color, composition, and thus impact. It was not unusual for me to
spend thirty minutes in search of the perfect illustration. As I
flip through these pages today, I am thankful for the effort. Why
shouldn’t the gospel shimmy like a butterfly? Butterflies,
themselves, reflect the genius of God. Is a rainbow to exceed, in
beauty, the happy smile of our Creator?