From the Editor. I toyed with the idea of calling this issue “Pot pourri,” because it contains a number of themes, and then punning with the word, insisting that we not confuse this with popery. Which brings me to the point of our lead article by Steve Doe, “Reversing the Journey: When People Leave Reformed Churches.” Occasionally an officer or member leaves one of our Reformed churches for Roman Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy. Doe asks us to consider how we should think about such departures and what we might do to help prevent them, especially in light of our Presbyterian form of government.
T. David Gordon responds to an issue raised by Theodore Turnau’s recently published book, Popologetics: Popular Culture in Christian Perspective. Do the forms of culture influence the content? How are the forms that various aspects of a culture take related to their content? Our embodied existence demands an answer to these questions.
Dennis Johnson continues his series review of Hughes Oliphant Old’s The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures with a review of volumes 4 and 5.
Allen Tomlinson reviews a fascinating new volume of Machen’s letters written home to his mother and several others during World War I: Letters from the Front. This correspondence reveals a personal side of Machen that only adds to our admiration.
Finally, don’t miss another George Herbert gem, “Sonnet 1.”
Blessings in the Lamb,
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