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"I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation, to everyone that believeth." Romans 1:16 Christianity may be viewed as: (1). a worldview of truth; (2). a system of ethics; and (3). a gospel. In each aspect it is immeasurably superior to any other worldview, system and gospel to which it may be compared. As a worldview of truth it excels human philosophy both in the range and the method of its truths. It teaches us of God, his character, perfections, creative power, providential care, and redemptive grace. It teaches us of man, his character, constitution, purpose and eternal destiny. And it teaches these things, not by human discovery, but by divine revelation. As a system of ethics it transcends all human ethics- not only by placing man in a wider set of relationships, setting forth man's responsibilities with greater precision, and supplying principles of behavior higher than anything originating with man-but preeminently by presenting a perfect and unchangeable standard of right and wrong in Biblical law, liberating us from the constantly shifting sands of pragmatism and utilitarianism. Because of Christianity's ethics, we are no longer subject to the whims of fancy or of taste, but have a definite law for measuring both character and conduct.

We live in an era widely dominated by dispensational antinomianism. Because of the free-spirit rootlessness of the age, there is little regard for historic creedal formulations. "We have no creed but the Bible," is the modern, self contradictory and illusory creed. Nevertheless, it is precisely because of the temper of the times that creedal studies and aids to confessional research are so important. Consequently, I wholeheartedly welcome the current work by reformed pastor, James E. Bordwine (Th.D. candidate, Greenville Theological Seminary).

Bordwine has performed an invaluable service to students of reformed theology in general and the Westminster Standards in particular. Both versions of his Guide to the Westminster Standards will surely prove helpful to student and scholar alike. Let me consider the book version first.

The Psalms of David in Metre with notes by John Brown.

Although I do not hold to the position of exclusive psalmody (that only psalms should be sung in worship services), I am very happy to see this book in print.

In his preface the author points out three reasons why he believes hymns should not be a part of public worship: 1) Hymns are extremely dangerous because of possible errors creeping in by them. 2) With the existence of the psalms and scriptural songs there is no need for other songs. 3) Psalms are "a standing form of praise in the church." While my purpose is not an in-depth defense of the use of hymns in worship services I do believe a couple of remarks at this point are needed.

A Commentary On The Second Epistle General of St Peter by Thomas Adams, Soli Deo Gloria 214 W. Vincent St., Ligonier, PA 15658 $49.95.

Look on your book shelves. How many commentaries on II Peter do you see? If you are like me, you will see none. Thus this reprint of the 1633 work of Thomas Adams is a welcomed and needed addition.

Pastor Adams has provided the reader with 885 pages of Scriptural meat on which your soul can feast and which you can share with others through your ministry. Not a whole lot is known about the author. This commentary shows that the author desired to know God better and make Him known among his hearers. By the Spirit's working, his goal is accomplished.

To covet is evil. To covet is good. Both statements are true but they require qualification in terms of the object coveted. To covet is to earnestly desire something with such affection that satisfaction is obtained only with the actual possession of the object so desired. If the particular object is someone else's property and not for sale, nor obtainable in a way that is in keeping with the Law of God, coveting it is evil. If the object is available and it may be acquired by honest means in accordance with the Law of God, coveting it is good. The tenth commandment forbids evil coveting as do most of the references in scripture to coveting. But there is such a thing as good coveting. In Habakkuk 2:9 the prophet declares: 'Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house..." The implication is clearly that there is a good covetousness and this is borne out by the apostle Paul's use of the term in I Corinthians 12:31 where he says: "But covet earnestly the best gifts." In the same epistle he states: "Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy..."(1 Cor. 14:39).

Every human being has in some way benefited from the undeserved, incomparable sufferings and death of Jesus Christ. Hence, He can be called, "the Savior of all men, especially of believers," I Tim. 4:10. Therefore, we, as Christians, are able to endure patiently any unjust persecution for Christ, which God has willed that we undergo, I Pet. 3:17; because, when we do, we are like Christ, close to Christ, and a benefit to other people.

1 Peter 3:18-22, which focuses on the consequences of Christ's suffering, is one of the most difficult passages in the whole Bible to interpret correctly; but, as we learn how to interpret it, we will be sharper in interpreting any other biblical text. Furthermore, what we will learn from this text is worth the time, effort and struggle put into the interpreting of it. Having seen the nature of Christ's suffering - penal, vicarious, and propitiatory; and the purpose of His suffering - to bring us to God in knowledge, favor, resemblance and communion; we are now in a position to consider the consequences of those sufferings COSMICALLY, SPIRITUALLY, PERSONALLY, INDIVIDUALLY, AND ETERNALLY.

The Bible specifically gives instruction on how the tongue is and is not supposed to be used. It is very important to think before one speaks. Many students, even in Christian schools have problems, because they make improper use of their tongue. Whether it be profanity, slander, disrespect, or lying, they all play their role in destroying Christ's temple, which consists of His people.

Dear Julie,

I woke early this morning, slipped into my old terry-cloth robe and sat on my front porch steps with my steaming cup and Bible. The flowers in my window-boxes were still nodding, not even the mockingbirds were up commanding the neighborhood yet. I tried to inhale this quietness into my heart. I will need it today. "Lord of the morning," I prayed, "here in Your garden, come and meet this day's needs before I do. Nest in my heart the weapons from your Word I will need to fight today's battles."

As I read a passage in Thessalonians reminding me of God's faithfulness to us in the midst of an evil world, I started thinking about how difficult it is to "flee evil" today. We run into it even in the institutions where we should be "safe". Churches, homes, schools - there is no place to hide from the corruption of sin.

The worship of God is the highest calling of man. It is the fulfillment of the very purpose of our existence, for God has created all things to bring Him glory (Rev. 4: 11) and man alone of the creatures of the earth has the capacity to worship. Worship is of two varieties: There is generic worship, which is the honor and dedication to God evident in our day-to-day affairs. It is living for God in all of life. Then there is specific worship, which is the setting apart of a specific time and place for the formal, corporate praise of God.

As Christians we ought to be concerned to worship God as Christ commanded "in spirit and in truth" John 4:24). But what does such mean? A close look at the episode recorded in Zechariah 7 will uncover the principle of specific worship "in spirit and truth" being applied.

A 75 percent growth in the last three years combined with phenomenal test scores attest to the success of Westminster Christian Academy, now one of the three largest Christian schools in Louisiana.

Headmaster Mark Stout says that Westminster's success is a result of a reliance on God, an insistence on excellence, and service to the community.

These old-fashioned virtues are as fresh at Westminster as the wildflowers that grow in the fields surrounding its campus. Three years ago, 45 students were enrolled in high school there, Stout said. This year, there will be 145. There were 25 in last year's graduating class.