NEWS HEADLINES 06 NAPARC: Missions and Organic Unity by Glenda Mathes Report on the 43rd meeting of this confessional assembly in which delegates conduct a lively discussion regarding organic unity among the denominations represented. 08 An American Minister in Italy The decision to serve as missionaries for Reformation Italy was extremely difficult for Pastor Mike Brown and his wife, Janie . . . . 10 WSC: New President at the Helm “We hope to engage and build up the global church, not only to bless but also to be blessed by them,” says Rev. Joel Kim, the newly installed leader of Westminster. 11 New Pastor for OPC church plant in Pella Read about Pastor Zech Schiebout’s installation as the new part-time minister at Hope Reformed Presbyterian Church, an OPC church plant in Pella. 13 A Look Inside the Museum of the Bible by Brian Lee Dr. Lee provides a detailed and in-depth report of his visit to the Museum of the Bible, and he addresses its critics. 17 The Reformed/Presbyterian World at 2018 by John T. Elliot A hard look at the state of the Reformed and Presbyterian ecclesiastical landscape. Not all is well.
FEATURES 24 The AA Church for “Sinners” by H. David Schuringa What really goes on at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and do Reformed Christians really belong there? 27 Key Events in the Passage of 2017 by Christine Farenhorst Here’s what happened in 2017 that is worth some worldview reflection. CR’s annual review.
COLUMNS 18 Praise Him Beasts and Cattle by Marian Van Til Marian’s an animal lover and she discovered a show on the National Geographic channel that immediately hooked her, “The Incredible Dr. Pol.” 20 Imagine Nations by Norm Bomer “I asked Christian Renewal editor John Van Dyk if I could have at least one entire issue to list my pet peeves, but we agreed that wouldn’t be enough room.” 23 Church Theology In-Formation Is the PCA hedging on the atonement? What does it take to reach an atheist? What good can possibly come from tiny denominations?
SERIES 02 Thy Will Be Done (on the Lord’s Prayer) by Gerry Wisz Wisz says we’re often praying for kingdom advancement without knowing what has to happen for that to take place . . . . 22 The Contemporary Relevance of Idolatry by Nick Smith Why living in an increasingly post-Christian culture means that talking about the gospel feels like speaking a foreign language.
SOCIAL/POLITICAL 16 Defending Religious Freedom: Two Cases by Al Siebring Lawyer Derek Ross lectures the Supreme Court on Christian worldview. But does it fall upon deaf ears?