This issue marks twenty years of service for Norm Olson, our senior editor. We’re grateful for all that Norm has contributed over the years, but my personal favorite is his Q&A column, which debuted with the September 1988 issue. Prior to joining our staff, Norm was managing editor of Back to the Bible’s Good News Broadcaster/Confident Living, where he wrote a similar column for eleven years. Norm has the gift of answering difficult questions in three or four concise paragraphs. His answers have been clipped out, photocopied, and filed by countless readers who value his ability to provide Biblical reasoning rather than personal opinion.

To celebrate Norm’s anniversary, we’ve started a project to post all twenty years of his columns at It might be January 2009 before readers see all of them, but in the meantime, check out Norm’s monthly column.