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By Barry M. Smith
Real faith then needs to get out of the sanctuary and into our homes, our schools and our offices.

The issue of faith in the public arena just won't go away, and I say, "Amen." For decades secularists have vigorously tried to push faith out of the public marketplace and into the exclusive domain of things private and personal. They have even tried to rewrite history by saying that not only shouldn't faith have a role in the public life of America but that it never really did. All those stories about religious motivations among the founders are nothing more than legends. The secularists got it wrong then and they will continue to get it wrong; faith cannot be kept out of the marketplace. More

Culture
By Jenni Parker
The majority of Evangelicals are in accord in opposition to homosexual marriage and civil unions.

A March 2004 poll for Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and U.S. News & World Report indicates that Evangelical Christians in America agree on some important issues that help to bind them as a unified constituency. But the survey also reveals that, although U.S. Evangelicals have gained a secure footing in mainstream America over the years, they are not completely comfortable with their society and are much more diverse than that society often perceives them to be. More

Culture
By Peter Jones
When this novel and its movie version have finished with America, evangelism will never be the same.

It's as if we were back in the second century! Irenaeus, an elder of the Christian church of Lyons in Gaul (France), went to Rome in A.D. 177. He returned to discover that forty of his fellow church members, including the old pastor, Potinus, had been executed by the pagan Roman authorities. He became the pastor, and spent the rest of his life protecting the flock both from the pagan authorities on the outside, and denouncing the Gnostic "Christians" and their heretical writings on the inside. More

Easter
By Brad Winsted
This will be a special Easter for many because of their heightened awareness of Christ's passion.

In the past, Easter has received scant attention in many Reformed churches because it was considered a part of the liturgical calendar more identifiable with Roman Catholics, Methodists, Lutherans and Episcopalians.  Reformed Christians have tended to emphasize each Sunday as the celebration of Christ's Resurrection and referred to the first day of the week as the Christian Sabbath or Lord's Day. More

Movie Review
By Brian Godawa
This movie, with its grisly realism, is a corrective to modern pseudo-gospels with bloodless Jesuses

I've seen an advance screening of Mel Gibson's controversial new film, "The Passion of the Christ." It was a digital projection with a temporary soundtrack and no special effects. Doesn't matter. It was still the most moving and memorable portrayal of Jesus Christ that I have ever witnessed. Produced by Mel Gibson, co-written with Benedict Fitzgerald, and starring Jim Caviezel, this masterpiece has clearly been providentially ordained by God for such a time as this. More

Movie Review
By Ron Gleason
We already possess the 'image of God' today in the church in preaching and in the sacraments.

On February 25, 2004, Mel Gibson's controversial movie, The Passion of the Christ will hit theaters. Already there has been a veritable firestorm of discussion about the nature of the film. Rabbis have opined that the film is anti-Semitic. Some Roman Catholics have argued that such a film is long overdue and the world needs to get a glimpse at the physical suffering of Jesus. I contend, however, that there is a much greater fear, that of dishonoring the Lord and disobeying a commandment that he has given regarding the making images of the triune God. More

Book Review
By Ricky Jones
As a Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) campus minister, I am often asked, "What book do students heading to college need to read?" For nine years I have had no answer. Now that book has been written. "TwentySomeone" by Craig Dunham and Doug Serven (a PCA minister and RUF campus minister at the University of Oklahoma) gives young adults the wisdom they need. More

Book Review
By David Rea and Carlton Wynne
The worthy intent of Eldredge to encourage biblical manhood needs to be corrected with Scripture.

John Eldredge's book, "Wild at Heart," has become a popular read for those searching for the essence of biblical manhood or, as the book's cover puts it, those looking for "the secret of a man's soul."  As with any book that has taken the evangelical world by storm, it is good to hold it up to the light of Scripture and biblical wisdom to see if the work is indeed helpful for building up the saints, both existentially and theologically.  The following is a summary of what we have discovered regarding the claims contained in "Wild at Heart." More



An 'Exceeding' Righteousness
For to receive the grace of God in Jesus Christ means not only that my sins are forgiven because of His death for me on the cross…but also that I have been given a new nature. It means that Christ is being formed in me, that I have become a partaker of the divine nature, that old things have passed away and all things have become new. It means that Christ is dwelling in me, and that the Spirit of God is in me. The man who has been born again, and who has the divine nature within him, is a man who is righteous and his righteousness does exceed that of the …Pharisees. He is no longer living for self and his own attainments, he is no longer self-righteous and self satisfied. He has become poor in spirit, meek and merciful. He hungers and thirsts after righteousness…He loves God, yes, unworthily, alas, but he loves Him and longs for His glory…(this) is a righteousness that far exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees.
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D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones


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