What Is Good Information

  • Good information honors God.
  • Good information is born of the truth spoken in love, including “tough” love.
  • Good information is about God’s will applied to life.
  • Good information is specific; incarnational; does not shy away from controversy; can be uncomfortable; is often counter-culture.
  • Good information tests mainstream understandings of reality.
  • Good information may consist of both facts and analysis.  Good information may include rational speculation when so labeled.
  • Good information is accountable to the evidence and to the scientific method, without being limited by either.
  • Good information is always a work in progress.  We are finite; only God is infinite.
  • The term “good information” is, among other things, offered here as an alternative to the New Testament Greek term “evangelion,” usually translated “gospel” or “good news,” both of which have specialized and passive connotations.  By way of contrast, good information is for activists, and is not limited to a defined religious sphere.  Good information has its inspiration and origin in the recurring events of God breaking into and transforming human history, including in the singular epochal event of Jesus Christ.  Good information is neither limited to a bygone era or a single tradition or community.
  • Good Information Advocates as an organization sees itself as a modern-day spiritual legatee, albeit a revisionist legatee, to the concepts embodied in the names of such defunct Mennonite print media as “Gospel Herald” or “Gospel Witness.”  An advocate may proclaim; an advocate may give witness; an advocate seeks tangible results that make differences for truth-telling and love in communities, on a local, national and global scale.