It is always a blessing to know when one's labor is appreciated, and we at ABR find out about this in different ways. Usually it takes the form of a casual comment to a staffer at a conference, or a brief "Atta boy, keep up the good work!" email. Other times, particularly when an issue of Bible and Spade has been delayed for some reason, it takes the form of letting us know we have been missed. The latter has recently happened; the Spring issue of Bible and Spade has been delayed, and many of you did let us know!
If you are a subscriber to Bible and Spade, please know that we encountered some unavoidable production delays with the Spring 2016 issue. As a result, we have decided to create a longer Spring/Summer combined issue, which we expect to go to the printer in the next couple of weeks. We have on occasion put out combined issues in the past, but it has been a fair number of years since this was last done, so this situation probably took some by surprise and may have caused concern. We hope you will agree the wait was worth it.
By the way, if you are NOT an ABR member or subscriber to the magazine, may we encourage you to consider signing up for it? After the combined Spring/Summer issue goes out, we plan to return to our normal quarterly schedule beginning with the Fall issue. Just go to http://www.biblearchaeology.org/publications/bibleandspade.aspx to become a member of ABR, which includes a subscription to the magazine, or a subscriber.
Thank you for your support and prayers as we strive to make the magazine the best it can be with a very small staff.
In His service,
Rick Lanser, MDiv
Editor, Bible and Spade Magazine