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Church Controversies and the Culture Gap

Controversies In the past years, there have been ruptures in church life that at a certain level seem completely inexplicable. Congregations that appear to be relatively peaceful are visited by times of turmoil and fractious debates. These difficulties have often been labeled (by those in the conflict) as disputes between the truly Reformed and the […]

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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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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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6 Ways to be Missional

  From the Verge Network. 1. EAT WITH OTHER PEOPLE We all eat three meals a day. That’s 21 opportunities for church and mission each week without adding anything new to your schedule. And meals are a powerful expression of welcome and community. 2. WORK IN PUBLIC PLACES Hold meetings, prepare talks, and read in […]

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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 To Make a Sermon

How To Make a (Redemptive Historical) Sermon The following is a slightly shortened and modified translation of “A working method for the preparation of sermons on OT narrative material”, which was printed as attachment to  Dr. C. Trimp’s  booklet De Preek[1] (The Sermon).   His method consists of four phases, which he calls analysis, synthesis, administration, and evaluation.       […]

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What are you doing?

By: Karlo Janssen Picture a young man in his early thirties, married, and several young children; a young man who is serving the church as an elder or deacon; a young man who is beginning to feel the pressure of career, family, and church. It was such a young man who recently e-mailed me: “I […]

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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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Choose this day

By Karlo Janssen Joshua 24:15 is a favourite text for Christian families. It is for ours. Those who enter our house via the front door are confronted with the last words of this text. “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Words from the first part of this verse are […]

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Open Up

By Karlo Janssen How open are you with your pastors? (By “Pastors” I don’t just mean your minister. Paul spoke of the elders of Ephesus as appointed shepherds of God’s flock (Acts 20:28). Peter addressed elders as shepherds (1Peter 5:1-4). Ministers are pastors. Elders are pastors too. Thus: in Abbotsford we have sixteen pastors, not […]

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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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The Role of Office Bearers

By Karlo Janssen Equipping the Saints – the Role of Office Bearers Watch the video Download the transcript In a lecture hosted at an Office Bearers Conference in Abbotsford, British Columbia in April, 2013, Dr RC (Karlo) Janssen provides insights in the Reformed (Calvinist) tradition on how elders and deacons equip the saints. In his […]

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Tithing

 By Bill Dehaas. Tithing. Do you give of your first fruits or of your last fruits? Wikipedia: tithe (pron.:/’taiõ/; from Old English: teogopa “tenth”) There is much debate in the church today about whether the “tithe” is even a principle for today. It is only mentioned seventeen times in the Old Testament. For my article I […]

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God’s Grace for the Depressed and Suicidal

By Wes Bredenhof Fluoxetine.  Paxil.  Celexa.  Wellbutrin.  Zoloft.  If those words are familiar to you, this article may be for you.  Even if those words aren’t familiar right now, someday they may be.  They’re all names of popular anti-depressants.  Depression is a widespread problem in our society today.  In the United States, over 19 million […]

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Are All Christians Hypocrites?

By Jim Witteveen When you speak with people who aren’t Christians, you’ll be confronted with many different explanations for their unwillingness to accept the Christian faith. One common reason goes something like this: “All Christians are hypocrites anyway. Why would I want to have anything to do with a bunch of hypocrites?” How should we […]

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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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Use of the Heidelberg Catechism

Use of the Heidelberg Catechism The Heidelberg Catechism was first published in a German territory called the Palatinate on January 19, 1563- 450 years ago today. It was written in order to instruct people in the basic truths of salvation in Jesus Christ. Since then, the Heidelberg Catechism has been used in many churches, and is […]

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Your Only Comfort

Your Only Comfort A Conference Celebrating 450 Years with the Heidelberg Catechism    Since it was first published in 1563, the Heidelberg Catechism has been cherished by Christians around the world. Its warm, pastoral summary of the holy gospel has guided generations of God’s people, teaching them about their only true comfort in life and […]

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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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Offices in the Congregation

In speaking about the offices in the congregation of Christ we take on a subject that has received much attention in recent years, both in church and in theology. In current discussions about the offices we recognize at least four prominent views.

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2012 College and Careers Retreat

We’re excited to let you know about the 2012 College and Careers Retreat! College and Careers Retreat is a fun, motivating week at Deroche Retreat. The retreat will run from Monday, August 27 to Friday, August 31. Along with social activities, games, fellowship and worship,  Jeffery Temple will be presenting a lecture series titled ‘Faith […]

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Christian Music in Worship

So there is some great music out there, and as Reformed Christians we can rejoice in that fact. But if the issue of music in general can be a contentious one, the issue of the music we use in our worship services can be a cause for even more controversy…

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9 Thoughts on Two Sunday Services

Why does the consistory call the congregation to worship twice?

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