From the Editor. Among Christ's servants who receive the least attention in our churches, the pastor's wife vies for first place. While none to my knowledge is seeking recognition, at least in the form of accolades, sympathy and support for their unique form of service would be helpful and appreciated. We always say that in the OPC nothing is expected of the pastor's wife that is not expected of every member. But in practice this is often not the case. And this is so for several reasons. First, the smaller the church—and even our larger churches are relatively small—the more prominent the pastor's wife is. Add to this the presence of many members outside of our tradition who bring expectations from those traditions, where the pastor's wife is supposed to play the piano or organ, teach the women's Bible study, and be the social organizer.

This is where the older, more experienced pastors' wives can be of enormous help to those who are younger and may be struggling with their new role. Ginger Dennison brings just such wisdom to all of us in her article "The Uniqueness and Challenges of the Pastor's Wife."

Don't miss David Gordon's excellent review article on N. T. Wright's new book on justification; or Craig Troxel's review of Tim Keller's new book Counterfeit Gods.

Finally, Eutychus is back. Enjoy an edifying laugh.

Blessings in the Lamb,
Gregory Edward Reynolds

From the Archives: "PASTORS' WIVES"


  • "What (Most) Every Pastor Needs." (G. I. Williamson) 5:2 (Apr. 1996): 26-27.

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