I can hardly believe we’re at the end of another year already, but I give thanks that 2016 has been as productive as ever, if not more so. I want to thank you all especially for helping us accomplish all that we’ve done and for helping us grow into new areas of influence. And I’d like to tell to you why I am so excited for your support going into the future.
We got off to a great start this year with the release of my introduction to biblical law, The Bounds of Love. This book was so anticipated and well-received that we found ourselves having to reprint it within a week! When we caught up to the demand, we began to receive great reviews from both our younger followers, who had been seeking a simple and clear introduction to biblical law, as well as seasoned readers who had been seeking clarification on some tough passages.
The response to our new resource greatly encouraged me. Readers wrote:
- “I cannot recommend this book and author any more highly….”
- “This book is one of the greatest breaths of fresh air I have read in a long time and I would not hesitate to share it with anyone…. I think Joel has a forward looking vision and an understanding that is far superior to those who often appear to be stuck in the past.”
- “Hopefully this book will begin to spark much needed discussions on what Theonomy should look like. Thanks Joel McDurmon for having the courage to tackle this much needed subject.”
- “I just finished your new book today The Bounds of Love. I loved it. Thank you so much for writing this book. You addressed things that have bothered me about the theonomy teachings I have heard…. I found it easy to read and a great book to give to folks to introduce them to theonomy. Thank you. Thank you.”
- “I am in the middle of chapter 3 of your book, and I have to say that so far it’s been eye-opening for me….”
- “I am thoroughly enjoying Joel McDurmon’s intro to theonomy, titled, The Bounds of Love. Joel’s explanation on Decalogue First table administration via Christ and not civil gov’t. is thoroughly explored and documented with scripture. Read this book, if you get the chance.”
First, let me thank you because it was your support that made this work and this influence possible. And this is always the case with all that we do.
Your support helps us reach not only hundreds of new readers, but also to provide the intellectual and moral foundations for other ministries around the world. This summer, I spent 11 days ministering in Australia and Tasmania. I spoke multiple times at three separate conferences, and met with other ministry leaders, young and old. I can tell you that there is a group of Christians there serious about applying biblical worldview to every area of life, and your support is helping to reach them, provide materials, and disciple them.
Likewise, The American Vision influences and develops the worldviews of many of our own nation’s ministry leaders as well. One popular ministry wrote me the other day,
“There is just no way for me to express my gratitude and the debt that I owe to AV. The Lord has used the ministry He has given to me to change thousands upon thousands of lives—from a weekly program that has been downloaded millions of times, to a media ministry viewed millions of times. American Vision’s work has helped to cultivate my own understanding of God’s Gospel, His Law, and our inheritance in this world. Because of that transformation the Gospel is sweeter, God is bigger, and our future more beautiful in the minds of untold numbers of people.”
“That’s worth something to my mind. I hope in your mind too. There are ministries that God uses to reshape the world. American Vision is one of those ministries.”
Likewise, a 30-year veteran and director of a national-level, no-compromise pro-life ministry relates the following:
“In God’s good Providence, the Lord brought American Vision into my life many years ago. As I studied the Scriptures and cried out to God for truth, American Vision filled the void. God used AV to answer many of my questions and prayers. Their teachings on Biblical Worldview, History, God and Government, and debunking the “End Time” myths were God-sent. These teachings helped change my life. They equipped me to effectively serve the Lord in a greater capacity. I’m grateful and want to extend a big thank you to American Vision for their faithfulness to the Lord and His Word!”
It is important for you to know that when you support American Vision, you are not supporting the mere publishing of books, but you are expanding our biblical worldview to the influence of other leaders and other ministries.
Your prayers and dollars support us, but also flow through us into countless lives and works of other individuals and institutions. That means your support is multiplied exponentially through the reach of other ministries, legal firms, law students, activists, political leaders, and judicial officials.
This is the reason we stay so excited about our work here at American Vision. We continue to receive thanks from individuals, but also consistently work to build new relationships with other organizations of all sorts who rely upon our work, and we work hard to strengthen and develop our existing relationships.
This is why we look forward to publishing more and more materials toward the goal of the next Reformation. We got Gary North’s book Christian Economics in One Lesson coming out just this month, and next month, we’ll have American Vision’s edition of my doctoral work, Rejections of Mosaic Civil Law During the Early Reformation—a challenging but enlightening look at the broader context of civil law and eschatology in which Calvin and Luther lived and wrote.
Likewise, we are beginning interviews with potential app developers for our Worldview Study Bible. We are making progress on this huge project, and while it seems slow (to no one more than myself!), we actually have quite a chunk of the basic content in place and ready to go for the coding process. This will take a lot of time and money, not to mention a ton of work on our part, but it will all be well worth it in the end.
And we have even more than this on the horizon. I have at least two major writing projects on American history, race, and criminal justice that I hope to release in next year.
People who visit our facility are often impressed with the amount the amount we are able to produce, and the level of reach we have, with such a small staff and streamlined operation. This is because we love our work and believe in what we do, and we also believe in accountability and thrift. We make every dollar go as far as it can, and we don’t stop: we make sure it does go far.
We still have a long way to go and much work to do. We need your help to continue. In these last few days of the year, please consider a generous end-of-year, tax-deductible donation to American Vision. You may also consider becoming a recurring donor to sustain us throughout the year. As always, we remain thankful for your prayers and support.
Thank you, and God bless!
The American Vision, Inc.