There’s such a treasure trove of books written by Reconstructionist writers and teachers past and present, that it’s easy to forget about all the excellent newsletters that were written and published — mostly for FREE — during those formative years of the Christian Reconstruction movement: the late 70s, 80s and 90s.
Hardly anybody subscribes to (or reads) paper-and-ink newsletters anymore–except maybe for a few investment and medical newsletters. Most are now delivered electronically in digital format, at a fraction of the cost.
But, buried deep within the bowels of Gary North’s website, accessible through his Free Books page, there lies a hidden vein of monthly newsletters of old that were produced by Dr. North, Dr. Bahnsen, Rev. Rushdoony, Rev. Sutton and others during that period, dealing with the various disciplines and subjects of Biblical Ethics, Biblical Chronology, Economics, Education, Politics, Covenantal Theology, Dispensationalism, Christian Reconstruction, etc..
The subject matter of these is so timely and easily applicable to our 21st century civilization and society — God’s Word and God’s truths are timeless — that the fact that they were written more than a couple of decades ago is almost irrelevant.
The only problem is, they’re just a little bit, shall we say, inaccessible and hard to read, given the format and online location where they are “warehoused” and archived for user retrieval. So, here is what I am considering.
I’m going to start reprinting and posting these newsletter articles right here on this site for easy access and even easier readability! I won’t make any changes other than to “clean up” the glitches created by the primitive scanning technology (the only kind they had back then!) that was used to initially capture the newsletters and convert them into digital form.
I will select the earliest ones first so that you can get a feel for the “evolution” and development of thought as it progressed over the years. “Vol. 1, no. 1,” etc.
There’s still a lot of historical as well as educational value and “mileage” left in these brief but powerful little periodicals. Since they were written to convey a lot of practical theology and useful information in a short amount of time and in a limited amount of space, this was “instant mass communication” in its early stages. Designed to quickly “mobilize the troops” and disseminate the most relevant and profitable info as efficiently as possible. Spiritual edification and instruction delivered in bite-size chunks.
With the proliferation and user-friendliness of blogs (and social media), the rich content of these newsletters can now be delivered and shared with a lot more people a lot more easily and a whole lot faster!
So, I will be starting with the first one as early as tomorrow, Deo Volente.