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Touchstone April 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 2:48 PM

The April issue of Touchstone is in the final editing stages. It will contain features by William Saunders on why universal religious freedom will make more martyrs and by Ronald Marshall on how many of the children’s versions of the biblical story of Jonah water down, change, or leave out key parts of the biblical text in an effort to make the story more appealing to children. The effect is that children miss out on the important lessons of the story or, worse, learn the wrong lessons.

Views in this issue:

  • Robert P. George on vocational integrity as a matter of faith.
  • Jessica Snell on the rhythm of the church year at home.
  • Aaron W. Calhoun on our unsatisfying response to suffering.
  • Amanda Witt on the immeasurability of wasted lives.

Other articles:

  • David Mills’s editorial on why we still must pray for the Jews.
  • Patrick Henry Reardon on the Truth who lives.
  • Logan Paul Gage shows that the innate ideas of the believing primate are part of human nature.

There is also the award-winning reviews section, news, Christian classics, letters, and Quodlibet. If you are not already a subscriber, make sure you sign up by tomorrow to be sure to get this issue.

Fire the Youth Pastor
Monday, February 25, 2008, 3:40 PM

My wife told me about the FamilyLife Today radio program that was on this morning. A Houston pastor, Voddie Baucham, suggests that churches not have youth groups, or other age-specific ministry. Instead, worship should be done together as a family and discipleship should happen at home, especially through the headship of the father. He says to them,  "I double-dog dare you to go home and be the pastor of your home." A transcript of the show can be found here. Pastor Baucham will be on the program again tomorrow.

Curses on Barry Lynn
Monday, February 25, 2008, 2:01 PM

Several days ago, the Religion News Service blog noted a controversy in which a Southern Baptist pastor in California emailed his congregation encouraging them to engage in imprecatory (curses) prayers directed against (amongst others) Rev. Barry Lynn and his Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

The use of the imprecatory psalms has fallen out of favor in many circles, so this is an interesting case study in the proper use of these psalms (3, 58, 83, etc). This topic has been covered in Touchstone on more than one occasion. Most recently in the November 2006 issue in an article by John N. Day called The Pillars of Imprecation (not online yet). Also, Thomas Buchanan’s Breaking Teeth in March 2004, and John Yocum’s Christ in All the Scriptures in March/April 1998.

Brazilian Priests Want Sex
Monday, February 25, 2008, 1:08 PM

I found this news item interesting. Apparently, Brazilian RC priests have asked the Pope to drop the requirement for clerical celibacy. Here is a second site mentioning the requested change.

McClay in Colorado
Wednesday, February 6, 2008, 10:40 AM

Touchstone senior editor (and Mere Comments contributor) Wilfred McClay will be speaking at the John Jay Institute in Colorado Springs next week. The lecture is part of the Institute’s year-long lecture series entitled Cities of God: A Neo-Traditional Vision for Rebuilding Good Cities and Towns. Dr. McClay will be speaking on Preservation and Anticipation: The Cultural Tasks of a Great City. The lecture is at 7:00 on Thursday, February 14 in the Great Hall of Grace Church and St. Stephens Parish in downtown Colorado Springs. The event is free, but they ask that you RSVP if you would like to attend by emailing Mrs. Maeta Emmons by the 11th.

Here is a synopsis of Dr. McClay’s lecture:


What Did the Parting of the Red Sea Really Look Like?
Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 3:57 PM

To follow up on the post by Bobby Winters that referenced Google Earth, here is a post with some "recreations" of what some biblical scenes might have looked like from a Google Earth satellite.

What’s your pro-life IQ?
Thursday, January 24, 2008, 10:24 AM

Our friends at Focus on the Family and Concerned Women for America have developed a 20-question test to see how much you know about Roe v Wade and abortion myths. You can take the test here: http://www.roeiqtest.com/ui/

Touchstone on Facebook
Thursday, November 8, 2007, 1:34 PM

If you have a profile on Facebook, then you will want to check out the new Touchstone group there. Here is another way to interact with Touchstone readers online.

Secret of Narnia Revealed
Wednesday, November 7, 2007, 5:10 PM

coverdec07 Secret of Narnia Revealed

Coming in the December 2007 issue of Touchstone, Michael Ward reveals the organizing structure that C. S. Lewis used when writing The Chronicles of Narnia. It has been said

that Lewis had carelessly assembled figures from incompatible mythological traditions: children fresh from E. Nesbit, a Snow Queen out of Hans Andersen, dryads and naiads from classical tradition, and–forsooth!–Santa Claus from popularized hagiography.

But, Ward says, "I had never been satisfied by the notion that the Chronicles were a mish-mash, and I think I have stumbled upon their secret, governing, imaginative scheme."

If you would like to be let in on the secret, make sure that your subscription is entered by Friday, November 9, and you will be sure to receive this issue.

Thursday, November 1, 2007, 2:35 PM

Just a reminder that on our Treaders page, several recent Touchstone articles are being discussed. The two most recent discussions are of Paul Kjoss Helseth’s piece on racial reconciliation and Russell Moore’s piece on apologetics and pop culture. Both articles are from the September 2007 issue of Touchstone.

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