Two Lutheran Witness stories were recognized by the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) during its convention, May 2-5 in Minneapolis. The EPA’s “Higher Goals” awards were for work done in 2003.
The first-place award in the “Reporting” category went to “Bethlehem 2,000 Years Later,” a story written by Rev. David L. Mahsman and featured in the December issue. Mahsman, executive editor of the magazine, visited Bethlehem and wrote about the hardships — and hopes — of Palestinian Lutherans there, including Rev. Mitri Raheb, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.
A second-place award for “General Article” went to “The American Christmas,” penned by Dr. Gene Edward Veith, director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. That article, which also appeared in the December Lutheran Witness, explored secular celebrations of Christmas, and reminded believers that they are in a position to “bring Christmas back to life” for American culture.
The EPA is an international association of some 375 periodicals, organizations and individual members.
Posted May 13, 2004