From the Editor. This month features the second in a series of articles that I have invited the general secretaries of our three program committees to write for this issue each year. Danny Olinger has provided us not only with the rationale for the Committee on Christian Education's ministry, but with a survey of the history of the committee's work in order to focus the committee's mission in the present and future.

The rapidly changing communication environment is a major concern of all educators, and must not be ignored by Christian educators. Guidance as to how to navigate this environment is quite varied and often fails to take into account the nature of technology, particularly communication media. In assessing Amazon's new e-reader, the Kindle, I raise this question to make the point that the forms of various technologies alter our habits of thought and learning either for good or ill.

Finally, David VanDrunen offers a review article on an important new book by sociologist James Davison Hunter, To Change the World, in which Hunter analyses the ways that cultures change, the ways Christians have related to cultures, and his own proposal called "faithful presence."

Our Reformation issue (October) will analyze post-Vatican II theology in the Roman church.

By the way, did you know that last Wednesday, July 28, was Machen's birthday in 1881?

Blessings in the Lamb,
Gregory Edward Reynolds



  • "The Ministerial Training Institute of the OPC" (Thomas E. Tyson) 10:2 (Apr. 2001): 42.
  • "A New Stage on the Pilgrimage of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church" (James Gidley) 8:3 (Jul. 1999): 63-66.

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