Anyway, here are my initial thoughts about the magazine..
1) Solas is Informative
The first thing that struck me about the publication is simply how informative it is. It really is a great window into issues that are affecting the church in a variety of contexts within the 21st century. In other words, it has its finger on the pulse in terms of current affairs. Solas provides a perceptive Christian commentary on issues such as politics, persecuted Christians, culture and ethics — just to name a few. For example I was not aware that London is the only place in Britain where the church has really grown in the last few years. Solas also gives a window into the the increasing influence of secularisation and its impact on politics, education and society as a whole.
2) Solas is Positive
The Solas team seem to have resisted the tendency to focus on the negative and to convey a sense of "us against the world" mind-set. Instead it seems to be calling for neither pessimism nor triumphalism but discernment and hope.
3) Solas is Challenging
This was perhaps the best aspect. As I read about the present day issues, I was left with no doubts about the tremendous challenges which face the church in Europe today. However, I was also challenged to think, pray and act. This is really needed. If Solas can continue to inform, be positively inspiring, yet be a means of challenge for the church, then the magazine has real potential to be a catalyst for change. We need resources that cause us to be informed, yet filled with hope, and which challenge us to think, pray and act.