Editor Series: Carol Pipes

Carol Pipes has been helping tell the stories of God's work around the world. As the editor of Facts & Trends, she has helped Southern Baptist churches apply the unchanging gospel to changing times. Previously, she served with the North American Mission Board as editor of On Mission, which tells the story about the good work of Southern Baptist churches in North America. She serves on the board of the Evangelical Press Association and has received numerous awards for her work. Dan Darling: Let's talk about your calling. Has writing and editing been a lifetime pursuit or something you picked up late in life? And if so, what first interested in you in words?  Carol Pipes: I've been a fan of good storytelling for as long as I can remember. I was one of those kids who would rather be reading a book than riding bikes or playing in the yard. Books allowed me...

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Editor Series: Erin Straza on her love for words

Erin Straza is gifted with words. She is currently the managing editor of Christ and Pop Culture and Christ and Pop Culture Magazine. She is the host of the popular Persuasion podcast. She has worked with Spread Truth Ministries, Christianity Today and other publications. She also has a great new book out: Comfort Detox: Finding Freedom from Habits that Bind You.  Dan Darling: Let's talk about your calling. Has writing and editing been a lifetime pursuit or something you picked up late in life? And if so, what first interested in you in words? Erin Straza: My love for words goes back to childhood—periodically I would read sections of the dictionary, and reading and writing were my favorite subjects. In my undergraduate and graduate studies, I focused on marketing communications, which combines writing and creative arts to communicate a clear, concise message for a specific aim or result. I applied these skills in corporate communications for...

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Editor Series: Richard Clark Asks: “What Can You Give the World That No One Else Can?”

This year I'm starting an occasional series of interviews with editors. I've had the privilege of knowing, writing for, and learning from many fantastic editors in my writing career. In my view, good writers are good because they have good editors. Today I interview Richard Clark, the online managing editor of Christianity Today. CT has meant much to me, allowing me opportunities and a platform to grow as a writer. Richard is an incredibly gifted writer and editor. Prior to that he helped found and edit Christ and Pop Culture. I have had the opportunity to work with Richard quite a bit over the last few years and have learned much from him. Dan Darling: Let's talk about your calling. Has writing and editing been a lifetime pursuit or something you picked up late in life? And if so, what first interested in you in words? Richard Clark: I became conscious of my affinity for editing...

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Editor Series: How different writing styles influenced Matthew Schmitz

This year I'm starting an occasional series of interviews with editors. I've had the privilege of knowing, writing for, and learning from many fantastic editors in my writing career. In my view, good writers are good because they have good editors. Today I interview the literary editor of First Things, Matthew Schmitz. First Things is a terrific publication. I try to read most of the articles in every issue. It stimulates thinking on culture, faith, and life. I've had the honor of writing for them. Today I ask Matthew to answers some questions about his writing and editing approach. Dan Darling: Let's talk about your calling. Has writing and editing been a lifetime pursuit or something you picked up late in life? And if so, what first interested in you in words?  Matthew Schmitz: My earliest ambition was to be either an electrician like my father, or an astronaut. Over time, my ambitions dimmed, and...

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