From the Fall, 1997 issue of Touchstone
Is <title>Recognizing the Church by Thomas Howard

Recognizing the Church

A Personal Pilgrimage & the Discovery of Five Marks of the Church

by Thomas Howard

I was brought up in an Evangelical household. To say this is to say something good. My father was a layman, not a preacher; but he was a devoted and assiduous daily student of the Bible. He and my mother exist to this day in my imagination as the very icons of the godly man and woman. It was a wonderful thing—that sage, earnest, transparent, Bible-centered faith. I owe the fact that I am a believer today, and that my whole pilgrimage, steep and tortuous as it has been sometimes, has been towards the center, not away from it, to the faith and prayers and example of my father and mother.

I believe that I and my five brothers and sisters, all of whom, now, in our s . . .


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