From the Editor
If the way of worship forms God’s Word in the lives of his people, then ensuring that that way is according to God’s Word is critical. Part 2 of Glen Clary’s “Image of God and Images of God: The Second Commandment and Semi-realized Eschatology” completes his excellent defense of the regulative principle and its proper interpretation.
David Noe presents the first of five parts of a new translation of “Chrysostom’s Commentary on Galatians.” The vivid language of this ancient church father is refreshingly colloquial, exhibiting the intense pastoral concern of Chrysostom.
I rarely publish negative reviews because I see the mission of OS as one of edifying church officers. On occasion, however, edification requires a warning against a dangerous error. David Bentley Hart’s That All Shall Be Saved is just such a book. David VanDrunen gives us a thorough analysis of the many unbiblical ideas in this book in his review article: “Divine Justice, Sinful Humanity, and Eschatological Judgment: Considering David Bentley Hart’s Argument against Hell.”
Andy Wilson reviews Jonathan Landry Cruse, The Christian’s True Identity: What It Means to Be in Christ. This excellent little book is a good companion to Wilson’s March OS article which answers the question: Is homosexual orientation a legitimate category of identity? Cruse offers the positive biblical alternative to the humanity-distorting tendency of identity politics.
Judith Dinsmore reviews Janice Brown, The Lion in the Waste Land: Fearsome Redemption in the Work of C. S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, and T. S. Eliot. This book presents a fascinating study of the Christian imaginations of three well-known twentieth century Christian authors, Dorothy L. Sayers, T. S. Eliot, and C. S. Lewis.
Our poem in this issue is by John Milton (1608–1674), “Sonnet 9: Lady That in the Prime of Earliest Youth.” This sonnet was written to a young woman to commend and encourage her to continue pursuing a serious Christian life. It is laced with biblical allusions. See if you can identify them. Then pass it on to a female teenager.
Blessings in the Lamb,
FROM THE ARCHIVES “REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE OF WORSHIP”
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