The earliest copy of The Briefing in my files is #104.
I wasn’t there at the beginning, though given the fact its publication frequency back then was twice a month (except January), it was still very early days.
During a summer ministry appointment in Queensland a dear couple put some binders of their copies in my hands to read.
The magazine was so energetic and encouraging.
Emphasising what needed to be held on to, while cheerfully (irreverently) taking the mickey out of what could be let go.
Even back then, the vine was central, and the trellis was being put in its (valuable, but not preeminent place).
Here Tony Payne talks with Phillip Jensen about the beginnings of the magazine in an interview that is featured in The Briefing’s final print issue.
It’s a little bit of history.