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Outreach in Smithville?

Outreach in Smithville? How about a third minister for Smithville?  Late last fall, I believe it was, a Consistory Press Release printed in the Family Post related that one of our members had dropped a letter on Consistory’s table suggesting that our congregation invest in community outreach.  Perhaps, that letter hinted, we should call a […]

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Angry?

By Clarence  Bouwman   Angry? “No, not me.  I’m not an angry sort of person.”  Actually, I suspect very few of us are.  So allow me to share a story. Bob had been gone for some days, and couldn’t wait to see his wife again.  On the ride home from the airport, he could already […]

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Tragedy – MH17 (How do I respond?)

by Clarence Bouwman The stories we hear, the pictures we see, the testimonies we listen to are all so gut-wrenching: a civilian aircraft, traveling a recognized route, shot down with all aboard dead.  It seems everybody knows a friend who had an acquaintance on board and so we are all touched.   What are we to […]

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May I Judge?

  By Rev. C. Bouwman   I hear repeatedly that we’re not supposed to judge another.  Particularly Young People express themselves this way, and that’s not surprising.  After all, not judging the other fits hand in glove with the postmodern dogma of Tolerance that’s so rampant around us.  Different strokes for different folks, so let […]

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How are We to Read the Bible? Part 2

  By Rev. C. Bouwman Confused… I struggled to get my head around how brothers who claim to love the Lord and His Word could say things as mentioned above.  A speech on Saturday morning helped to clarify that question for me.  The old way of reading the Bible might be called ‘foundationalism’, describing the […]

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How are We to Read the Bible? Part 1.

  By Rev. C. Bouwman From January 16 to 18, the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary hosted a conference in Ancaster church on the topic caught in the title of this Bit to Read.  Actually, they used a big name for the topic: hermeneutics.  But they explained what they meant with the term: how does one […]

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Ligonier 2013, Part 2

  Cont from Part 1… By Rev. C. Bouwman Evaluation As I said, we were taught and encouraged by men of big name in today’s Christian North America. It is fitting that we recognize that each one of these men are tools the Lord God is currently using to bring His Word to bear on […]

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Ligonier 2013, Part 1

  A year ago, Rev. Bouwman attended the Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida.  He originally published this report of his time at the conference in one of his signature ‘Bit to Read’ articles, published for his local congregation.  RO is publishing that Bit to Read now, as it is still very much relevant now, as […]

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Does God Punish the Christian’s Sin?

By Clarence Bouwman. Originally written: 20 November 2009 We incline to answer this question as No.  For if the answer is Yes, would that not mean that I’d have to interpret the bad things happening to me as God’s punishment?  And does that not mean that I’m not forgiven of my sin?  Ouch…. Jesus Christ […]

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A Word from the Headquarters

By Rev. Clarence Bouwman Life is so very busy.  You need to be at work at 6:30 AM, you need 13 minutes to get there, so you set the alarm at 6:09.  That gives you 4 minutes to shower and jump into your clothes, a minute to collect your gear and get into the car, […]

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Act Like Men – Conference Review

By Rev Clarence Bouwman   I’d heard it before: I had to be a strong link in the generational chain.  If I wasn’t, the spiritual wellbeing of the children that come after me would be greatly affected, into unknown numbers of generations….  The need was reinforced to me at that Act Like Men conference I […]

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Who does the Catechizing?

By Clarence Bouwman cat·e·chize v. Instruct (someone) in the principles of Christian religion With the arrival of the Catechism instruction season, it’s as good a time as any to think for a moment about Catechism instruction.  Specifically, who is responsible for catechizing the youth?  The question is an important one, if only because the answer may […]

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A Historical Overview Of Church Government

By Clarence Bouwman   Different systems of church government have arisen over the centuries, and still exist in various churches today. These can be categorised as follows: 1. Papal 2. Lutheran (Erastian) 3. Reformed / Presbyterial 4. Congregational 5. Collegial   In what follows, we deal in some detail with the first three of these […]

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Principles Behind Reformed Church Polity 4

Towards a Bond of Churches (continued) 
Churches Need to Federate Together The above details of cooperation and interaction between the churches of the New Testament are descriptive of what happened at that time. The question that now needs attention is this: ought the Lord’s churches today also to cooperate with one another? We look at […]

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Principles Behind Reformed Church Polity 3


Towards a Bond of Churches From One Church To Many Churches The Book of Acts has much to tell us concerning the formation of local churches. In Acts 5:11 we read “So great fear came upon all the church….” The church mentioned here is a reference to the church in Jerusalem. On Pentecost Day the […]

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Principles Behind Reformed Church Polity 2

Principles Behind Reformed Church Polity 2

By Clarence Bouwman Christ’s Authority is Entrusted to the Local Church Fundamental to scriptural Church Polity is the notion that Christ rules in the Church, and does so by means of office-bearers. Today’s office-bearers have only local jurisdiction. The Authority of the Apostles Christ was pleased to give authority to particular persons. In Matthew 16 […]

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Principles Behind Reformed Church Polity 1

Principles Behind Reformed Church Polity 1 By Clarence Bouwman A study relating to the Church Order does not seem so very relevant or helpful to the questions we face in the daily lives we’re given to live. What, has the government of the church got to do with our labours in the factory, our responsibilities […]

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The Older Women

The Role of the Older Christian Women By Clarence Bouwman Our church has a sizable number of older women.  Why?  What task would the Lord give these sisters in His church?  Like the older men, the older women of the congregation are a God-given resource for building up the congregation.  This is what Paul draws […]

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President Obama – Four More Years

President Obama – Four More Years Tomorrow Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term as President of the United States of America.  We realize that whatever happens in the United States greatly affects us in Canada, and so we are keenly interested in developments south of the line. Given that President Obama […]

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The Older Men

The Role of Christian Older Men By Clarence Bouwman   Faithful children of God may look forward to sharing Jesus’ glory in the presence of the Father.  “To live is Christ; to die is gain.”  Why, then, does the Lord God not take people Home to Himself as soon as they, say, become empty nesters […]

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Repentance

By Clarence Bouwman Repentance It’s embarrassing but true: all around us we see people seriously messing up, ourselves included.   It happened to people in the Bible  too.  If Noah could get drunk and lie naked, if Abraham could lie about his wife being his sister, if Moses could kill the Egyptian, if David could commit […]

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Relating to your Homosexual Neighbour

Relating to your Homosexual Neighbour By Clarence Bouwman The discussion with the homosexual neighbor cannot remain focused on his sin, no more than my focus must remain on my sins; the focus must instead be: Jesus Christ died for both of our sins A previous blog post on the subject of homosexuality quoted a number […]

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Wisdom, Folly and Your Education

By Clarence Bouwman   Here in the North America, our summer is just over and it’s time for classes to begin. After a summer to relax, folks have gone back to university, college or high schools.  That represents new challenges and opportunities, and raises the question: are you ready for what higher education will throw […]

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Liturgy

The term ‘liturgy’ refers to a prescribed form for public religious worship. God is particular about how He is to be worshiped.

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What’s wrong with Homosexuality?

What’s wrong with Homosexuality? by Clarence Bouwman President Obama has gone on record as now being supportive of same sex marriage.  Report has it that his daughters’ take on the subject was a contributing factor to his change of heart on the topic; these young girls (it’s said) could see no reason why marriage had […]

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