With an area minister, Henry Dendy, he founded a new magazine, the Southern Presbyterian Journal, to challenge the assumptions and the activities of the liberals, and to return the church to its biblical moorings.
By the end of the decade, the Journal had become a weekly publication.In the 1950's, the Journal was more and more widely read, even beyond Presbyterianism, for its reporting on the church scene and its analysis of ecumenical liberalism.While Dr. Bell continued to write a popular column for the Journal called "The Layman and His
also used what he
had learned about magazine publishing as he
played a lead role in the formation of Christianity Today