New kid on the block
Confessions of a black sheep.
Letter from the editor.
A riveting photo story at the very end of the magazine.
Uncle Lawrence Darmani.
Do the foregoing ring bells in anyone's mind?
They do in mine, for I was among the many young Kenyans who cherished Step, the Christian magazine that was for a good while a must-read in most households alongside the Big Two of the mainstream Kenyan media.
Sikobe, Kisuke and Darmani were just three of the Christian writers who, at the time, gently but skillfully sought to penetrate my young mind with the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with regard to some of the issues of the day.
Along the way, Step died…rose again for a while then died again.
I bumped into Sikobe at one of my alma maters a few years ago…I don't know where Kisuke is, but Darmani was for a while to be read in the Sunday Nation's Sunday Thought column before he also left the scene for good old Ghana…….we corresponded briefly in the Fall of 2003.
So then the Christian market in Kenya was thereafter abandoned to the riveting Today in Africa (published by the African Inland Church) and Parents magazines (the latter not overly Christian) for a good while before other denominational-specific publications hit our streets.
Since then, I have witnessed some niche-specific publications emerge targetting the Christian community in the country, but few have remained strong enough to rival such magazines as Drum and True Love (not to mention the The Standard's Pulse and the Nation's Saturday magazines).
It is against this background that the market's latest entrant, Christian Gold, should be considered; consideration because sympathy is not what you will want to give to its first edition.
The first edition is something you'll certainly want to spend your hard-earned cash on.
Where others have shied away from tough theological reflections on matters affecting the Church and society, the inaugural issue of Christian Gold comes through with refreshing insights into some Church history as well as some contemporary issues and trends…particularly on the colour of our spirituality.
Where others have glossed over theme-oriented writing in their quest to actualize their market segmentation, positioning and targetting, Christian Gold has clearly dedicated its first edition to children and outlined the topical issues its editorial staff intend to handle in the next issue (the wisdom of which is really open to your interpretation).
The list of staff writers is as impressive as they come, – I was especially glad to learn that some of the writers are actively involved in making their own lives a daily, responsible answer to the question of God's call on their lives regarding the issues they have written about.
The writers, one of whom I have talked to at length, reminded me of Dr. John Stott's powerful words at Urbana 2003:
I sometimes wonder if anything is more essential to evangelism than the Christ-likeness of the evangelist. As John Poulton wrote: 'The most effective preaching (or evangelism) comes from those who embody the things they are saying. They are their message. Christians need to look like what they are talking about … what communicates now is basically personal authenticity.' (A Today Form of Evangelism by John Poulton, Lutterworth 1972, pp. 60-61, 79). Let us pray! O that we may be like Christ. God help us!
Christian Gold is published in Nairobi by MediaGold Enterprises.
Copies of the inaugural edition may be found with vendors at Kencom bus stage, ACU, Wells, Enjoy and Scripture Union bookshops.
For more information, please contact the publisher via:
a). Snail mail: 9383-00100, Nairobi, Kenya.
b). E-mail: email@example.com
c). Cellphone: +254-0725-504008 / 0733-932461