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By Marc Clauson
I heartily concur with him that "the heavens will indeed declare the glory of God."

While I believe that Ray Williams' article regarding the Hubble Ultra Deep Field Discovery is fascinating and certainly we both agree that it ultimately shows God's handiwork, I must disagree once again with him on the conclusions he reaches based on the evidence

He says that the new discoveries testify to "the vast size and extreme age of the universe."  The discoveries do appear to fit the theory that Mr. Williams supports, but they could also fit other theories that do not make the earth old.  We must remember that scientific paradigms are just that – theories. More

By Ray Williams
The heavens will indeed declare the glory of God.

The fascinating deep space images made by the Hubble Space Telescope and released by NASA on March 9, 2004 reveal a startling number of galaxies of various types in a hitherto unexplored "empty" portion of space. The discovery of these objects and the analysis of their characteristics will provide a clearer picture concerning the history of the universe. Within a small angle, only 1/10th the size of the moon, up to 10,000 galaxies were photographed by the Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS). More

By Craig DiBenedictis
Reformation Christianity gives a unified answer in speaking about heaven and nature.

In the early 1970's the evangelical philosopher/theologian, Francis Schaeffer, wrote "Pollution and the Death of Man." If evangelical Christians do not show concern for the environment, he warned, they would drive a lot of people—especially young people—into the arms of Eastern religion and pantheism.

As abortion on demand got a foothold in our society Schaeffer was extremely concerned about the double-pronged blight of personal peace and affluence that was leaving the church apathetic to social and environmental issues. More

By Charlie Rodriguez
The prohibition involves the practice of worshiping a false god instead of the Creator.

There has been some debate over the movie "The Passion of the Christ" – as to whether the 2nd Commandment is broken by viewing it. This is a proper hermeneutical issue. Biblical hermeneutics, when applied correctly, should help us discern the teaching of Scripture and its application to our doctrine and life.  A biblical hermeneutic should help us bring clarity to an issue such as understanding the 2nd Commandment. More

By Paul Kengor
Citizen Reagan often wrote of Jesus Christ in private correspondence.

Long before the editorial pages of the New York Times flogged Mel Gibson for his film or denounced George W. Bush for citing Jesus Christ as his favorite philosopher, they assailed Ronald Reagan for his thoughts on the Nazarene Carpenter.

In January 1984, President Reagan dared to utter the "J word" before the annual convention of the National Religious Broadcasters. "He promised there will never be a dark night that does not end," Reagan said of Christ. "And by dying for us, Jesus showed how far our love should be ready to go: all the way." More

By William H. Smith
Mercy ministry in the apostolic church focused on expressing the communion of the saints.

Editor's note: This article is presented to challenge the church to think about the place of mercy ministry. Not all will agree with the proposition taken here, but we trust it will encourage discussion:

There are things that traditionally no American should question or criticize. The big four are motherhood, baseball, apple pie, and the flag. Evangelical Christians have such things as well. Ever tried speaking against calling for a time of prayer? And, increasingly among conservative Presbyterians, one may not express doubts or misgivings about mercy ministries or word and deed ministries. More

By J. Ligon Duncan III
Divine monergism at work in regeneration and justification has a vital role in sanctification.

I have noted with interest the somewhat histrionic responses to Dr. Kelly's fine article on the so-called "New Perspective(s) on Paul." Among other things, Dr. Kelly has been accused, uncharitably and inaccurately, of misrepresentation regarding the work of N. T. Wright. I have read almost everything that N. T. Wright has ever written, appreciate a great deal of what he has to say, and nevertheless believe that Professor Kelly has put his finger on some very real and serious problems in specific aspects of Wright's teaching on justification. More

By Daniel Kirk
This new perspective on Paul does not amount to a new teaching which overthrows the old.

In view of the recently posted “Sample Questions for Theological Exams” by Douglas Kelly and Ligon Duncan in PCANews, as an addendum to Kelly’s article on the new perspective on Paul, I consider a rejoinder to Kelly’s article to be of utmost importance for the peace, purity and unity of the Presbyterian Church in America. Whenever a new theological movement arises, it behooves us to examine it carefully. More

By Douglas Kelly
The new perspective on Paul offers us less than the gospel of justification by grace through faith.

Several influential works in the 20th century Biblical Theology movement have called into question the accuracy of the traditional Reformational understanding of Paul's teaching on Justification as objective acquittal from guilt and entrance into a righteous status with God by grace through faith, as opposed to Jewish trust in works' righteousness.  To quote Tom Holland, "...Biblical theologians are now claiming that Paul’s understanding of justification was not about being acquitted from sin...Rather, the term is claimed to be about being part of the covenant community." More

By Mark Horne
I would like to write a response to Dr. Doug Kelly's unhappy essay that purports to include a description of N. T. Wright's position on justification.  Sadly, it will be a while before I can write in a civil manner. So in the meantime, I think it is right to point out a few articles that are publicly available. More

By Aaron Baker
The church needs to be challenged to read the NT more accurately, especially about justification.

I was happy to see an article by Douglas Kelly on the "New Perspective" appear on our denominational news source.  I was unhappy that it was so poorly argued. More


"The Passion of the Christ," Mel Gibson's movie of the last 12 hours of Christ, has generated much discussion on a number of levels in the media and culture. Within the Christian community the reception of the movie has generally been favorable. The discussion in the Christian community has been on areas like the faithfulness of the movie to the text of the Gospels and the propriety of a man playing the role of Jesus. This last issue raises the question of the meaning and application of the 2nd Commandment.


Our present discussion has a number of questions: How should this movie be understood and defined? Is it edifying or idolatrous? Are there other issues to consider about this movie? You are invited to participate by reading and responding to these and other issues on the movie.




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