It seems that only recently we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Today in the Word. Now we are already looking forward to our next milestone. In two years we’ll mark our 30th anniversary—an achievement for any print publication, especially in the age of the Internet.
Today in the Word started in 1988 under president Joseph Stowell, with the February issue, called “Learning from Bible Characters.” From that premiere issue until now, many outward features of our devotional changed: layout, design, cover, fonts, and people who work on it. But one foundational premise remained the same: dedication to the study of the Word of God in a community of Moody’s friends. Our mission statement hasn’t changed much from the beginning: “Today in the Word provides its readers with solid biblical content and study, models Moody Bible Institute’s mission and goals, and offers tangible value—all intended to minister to Moody’s partners and to invest in a reciprocal relationship with them.”
Over the years, Today in the Word offered its readers hundreds of topical, character, and book studies from the Bible, covering every book in the Word of God several times. We’ve also created the Best of Today in the Word volumes for our 20th and 25th anniversaries, as well as the 4-volume set Through the Bible with Today in the Word. We hope you enjoyed our mini-devotions for Christmas and Easter, He is Born and He Is Risen, and the latest—The Newborn King.
I have the privilege to be a part of the Today in the Word team. This team is not only the people on the masthead. We consider you, our reader, a key member of this team. One of Today in the Word’s goals from the beginning was to create “a reciprocal relationship” with our readers. And today, this relationship, coupled with our readers’ prayer and financial support, remains vital for our devotional. It was our readers’ support that made each and every issue possible. Thank you!
At the beginning of every year we make the New Year resolutions, which tend to fizzle out by the middle of February. Dear readers, together we can make the best resolution this year and keep it: to study the timeless—and timely—Word of God every day and live it. We hope Today in the Word will help you make this resolution possible, and maybe even easy. Happy New Year!
Today in the Word at a Glance
WAYS TO READ TODAY IN THE WORD: Print, website, daily email, Facebook, Twitter
WAYS TO CONTACT TODAY IN THE WORD: Letter, weblink, email, phone call
NUMBER OF PRINT READERS: 150,000
NUMBER OF EMAIL READERS: 13,000+
NUMBER OF WEB READERS: 43,000+
NUMBER OF PRISONS TODAY IN THE WORD IS SENT: 600