We are now in our tenth year of publishing the Religious Educator (TRE). When Robert L. Millet (then dean of Religious Education at BYU) asked me to take the lead in this new venture, it forced me to think about the niche TRE might fill. Over the years, I found that it was important to recruit specific authors to prepare contributions to enhance the regular submissions.
Last year, as we approached our tenth year of publication, I decided it might be good to identify some of the best articles in TRE and republish them in a paperback volume. First, it could introduce a new audience to TRE, and second, it would allow those most-requested articles to see the light of day without people having to pay a lot of money to obtain out-of-print back issues of TRE.
Eventually I decided on two separate volumes, the first (Teach One Another Words of Wisdom: Selections from the Religious Educator; published February 2009) focusing on devotional and teaching articles, and the second (By Study and by Faith: Selections from the Religious Educator; published March 2009) focusing on doctrinal, historical, and scriptural content.
This second volume was released this past week. As is my tradition, I took the time to thumb through it, and when I was done about an hour later, I said out loud, “Wow! This is a great volume.” I was surprised at both the quality and quantity of excellent and thoughtful articles that had appeared in TRE over the years. Some of them have become classics, and this new publication will highlight others.
Elders David A. Bednar, D. Todd Christofferson, Jay E. Jensen, and Neil A. Maxwell have given us some things to consider. My colleagues Richard E. Bennett, Paul Y. Hoskisson, Kent P. Jackson, Frank F. Judd Jr., Joseph Fielding McConkie, Robert L. Millet, Kerry Muhlestein, Paul H. Peterson, Dana M. Pike, David R. Seely, and Thomas A. Wayment have given us some thoughtful things to think about that will certainly expand our understanding of the things of God.
I am going to use some of these articles in my classes. For example, Kent P. Jackson, Frank E. Judd Jr., and David R. Seely have provided us a wonderful resource that every person who reads the King James Bible will certainly want to read, “Chapters, Verses, Punctuation, Spelling, and Italics in the King James Version” (203–30). This may be one of the most important helps any student of the KJV could read to help them understand the printed word. In the end, entering into dialogue with these authors can help us appreciate the scriptures and Restoration in new ways and, more importantly, inspire us to greater discipleship.