BIG news: A brand new Credo with an embarrassment of theological resources
In 2011 I founded Credo Magazine out of a desire to bridge the gap between the evangelical church and the academy. It was glaringly apparent to me at the time that the church was suffering from theological drought. Countless churchgoers I came into contact with knew little if any theology. Pastors were not exempt either. Even those who had received seminary training at some point in the past had found themselves overwhelmed by the demands of ministry and unable to find the time or resources to keep studying theology.
Then the thought came, “What if there was a publication that was neither watered down nor über academic, but was somewhere in between, accessible and clear, yet convictional and theologically challenging, stretching the thinking lay person and pastor? What if there was a resource that helped Bible-minded churchgoers, students, and pastors think theologically? And what if this publication drew from top-notch scholars and pastors to demonstrate just how much theology matters for the church today?” And so, Credo Magazine was born.
But I don’t think I ever could have imagined the Credo Magazine becoming as well read and influential as it has in the last seven years. I am grateful to God for the way he has used it around the world to help Christians understand just how much doctrine matters. Nevertheless, the increasing readership of the magazine has also made me wonder how we might keep up with the demand, especially in an age that is becoming more and more technologically driven. The beauty of Credo Magazine from its genesis was its use of technology to convey theological truths through an appealing, attractive medium. Over the past two years the pressing thought in my mind has been, “How can we continue to make theology available in a way that is accessible, enjoyable, and relevant?”
With those concerns in mind, I could not be more thrilled to announce that Credo will have a fresh new look with many new resources starting at the end of the month of June. While Credo always has and continues to be an independent ministry, we are delighted to form a partnership with Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Mere Agency in order to bring you resources that have never before been available at Credo.
So what are these new resources? We will be restructuring Credo around three core pillars.
Website and magazine
Credo will have a new website that will not only be fresh in its look but accessible in the resources offered and very enjoyable to navigate as you browse the latest. Powered by Mere Agency, who has created sites like Getty Music, For the Church, Challies.com, Core Christianity, and others, the new website will allow you to search a wide range of Credo resources and quickly transition across Credo to read, listen, and watch new material.
With this new website will come a new and improved magazine. For the first five years the magazine was offered to the public free of charge as a pdf and digital book. But in order to make the articles in the magazine far more accessible to churches and pastors and ministry leaders, it made much more sense to move the magazine to an online platform. With the new website, this online platform will bring new issues of the magazine to you with a simple click. No cumbersome downloads, no endless scrolling and searching, but articles, interviews, and reviews that are easy on the eyes and readily connected to social media outlets.
Other features on Credo, like the blog, will continue as well. With help from some additional editors, the blog has already started pumping out high quality posts from contributors around evangelicalism.
If the magazine is the first pillar of Credo, the second pillar will be a brand-new podcast. While there are many podcasts out there on Christian living, ministry, leadership, and Christ and culture, very few podcasts are devoted to theology itself. How surprising, but also telling. Well that is about to change.
With the release of the Credo podcast you will have the opportunity to ease drop on theological conversations between today’s top theologians. As your host, I will be asking difficult theological questions and having conversations with your favorite theologians to help you understand theology better and in the end be better equipped to live the Christian life.
Already I have been in the studio having theological conversations with Fred Sanders, James Dolezal, John Frame, Thomas Weinandy, Michael Kruger, Scott Swain, Michael Allen, Katherine Sonderegger, Thomas Schreiner, Brandon Crowe, and many others still to come, including Michael Horton, David Bentley Hart, Owen Strachan, Richard Lints, Timothy George, John Feinberg, and more. New episodes of the podcast will release every other week, and rather than doing the typical interview over some new book, we will go deep, asking questions that will not only be interesting but probing, giving you the tools you need to sort out theological conundrums. Whether you are washing dishes, stuck in traffic, running on the treadmill, or sitting down with a hot cup of coffee, this is a podcast that will give you theological meat you can chew on and digest.
The third pillar of the new version of Credo is video. Each month we will release video where some of the most important theological questions are answered by myself and other theologians. These videos will be the type you can pass on to friends who may be curious themselves, having questions they’ve always wanted answered.
While short videos will release immediately in the months ahead, over the course of the next year longer videos will also be at your fingertips. In these videos you will be able to watch engaging but brief talks on a variety of topic, as well as round table conversations and dialogues between today’s sharpest thinkers.
Look for it
Justin Taylor once recommended Credo because of its embarrassment of riches. We plan to continue that legacy of embarrassment by bringing new resources to you in the months ahead and free of charge.
So don’t miss the re-launch of Credo at the end of this month! Follow us on Twitter @CredoMagazine to receive updates as we approach the new launch.
Matthew Barrett is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. He is the author of several books, including Salvation by Grace, Owen on the Christian Life, God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture, and Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary. Currently he is the series editor of The 5 Solas Series with Zondervan. You can read more at MatthewMBarrett.com.