•Our readers will be interested in the latest issue (July-October 1988) of Journey magazine, a religious periodical published by Presbyterians in the South. This large (56-page) issue is entitled, “North American Reformed Church Issue,” and is devoted to a description of many of the Reformed and Presbyterian churches in North America, although several Presbyterian churches in Scotland and Ireland are also included. Particularly interesting to many of our readers will be the account of the history, doctrinal position, and general makeup of the Protestant Reformed Churches and the description (presumably by the Editor of Journey) of the Christian Reformed Church. The article on the CRC remarks, “In the Hoeksema case the ecclesiastical evidence (the Protestant Reformed Church has remained orthodox) clearly puts the professor on history’s faithful side.” But the whole issue is a worthwhile examination of the Reformed landscape in North America. Publisher R.E. Knodel, Jr. has informed me that the issue is proving to be exceedingly popular as a directory of Reformed churches. Single copies are available for $2.50; orders of 100 copies are priced at $1.00 per copy. Add 5% for postage. Order from Journey, 1021 Federal St., Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; or call (804) 8458572.

•Several book reviews appear in this issue of The Standard Bearer. Reviewing religious books has always been, and will continue to be, a regular feature of The SB. We take this occasion to urge our general readership not to skip over the reviews (perhaps ministers must be encouraged not to read only the reviews). It will be our policy to review only those books that seem to us to be of real interest to Reformed men, women, and children, usually books that some will want to buy. (It hardly needs to be stated that a review, or even a recommendation, does not imply approval of everything the book teaches.) Even if a reader has no intention of buying the book, he will profit from reading the review in that he learns what is being published today and in that a reviewer often treats issues raised in the book that are of concern to the reader. But Reformed people ought to read! They ought to be building up good libraries! The beginning of a new year is a fine occasion for resolving to reduce drastically the time spent (wasted?) watching television and to increase greatly the time spent reading solid Christian literature. John Calvin was right in his comment on II Timothy 4:13 (“. . . bring . . . the books . . . .”):

Still more does this expression refute the madness of those men who—despising books, and condemning all reading—boast of nothing but their own divine inspirations. But let us know that this passage gives to all believers a recommendation of constant reading, as a method appointed by God for profiting. 

—DJE