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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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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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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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I’m not a Christian, But I’m Coming to Your Church This Sunday

By Tomas Weaver. Okay I’m not a Christian, but I’ve finally made the decision to come to your church this Sunday. Don’t expect much from me though. If something comes up I might not, but right now I’m planning on it. I feel like I need to go, but I’m not sure why. I want […]

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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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Evangelism in practice (Part 3)

If we do not seriously believe that unbelievers are under the wrath of God and that we ourselves have been saved from eternal judgment by the death of Christ, we will not be greatly motivated to proclaim the gospel of salvation to others.

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Evangelism in Historical Perspective (Part 2)

Evangelism According to the Scriptures Part 2: Evangelism in historical perspective A.J. de Visser In the previous article we looked at evangelism from a Biblical perspective. In this article we look at the approach to evangelism which we have inherited in the Canadian Reformed tradition. We are looking for answers to questions such as: How […]

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Evangelism according to the Scriptures (Part 1)

Evangelism according to the Scriptures Part 1 by Dr. A.J. De Visser Evangelism is a topic which generates a variety of opinions among Reformed believers. On one side there are many who are passionate about evangelism. They are often disappointed, sometimes even frustrated, because they perceive that Reformed churches are too inward looking and too passive in […]

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How Should the Pulpit Address the Pew?

Some Lessons from Paul by Dr. Gerhard H. Visscher This is Address was delivered at the College Evening, September 8, 2006.  Just how should the person on the pulpit view those who are in the pew? This question appears to be very much of concern today. I am thinking about a remark in a very recent issue […]

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Basics of Evangelism

We retain some mixed feelings about evangelism, particularly on the how of it. And yes, we get discouraged because we don’t see much fruit – and so the temptation arises to quit speaking the gospel or to water down what we say…

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Infant Baptism and Children in the Old Covenant

Should infants be baptized? Let’s consider what place children had in the Old Testament and what that says about children in the New.

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Infant Baptism and the Unity of Scripture

Is infant baptism simply a (Canadian) Reformed peculiarity that ought to be jettisoned in the name of Biblical faithfulness and unity with fellow Christians? What are the grounds for infant baptism?!

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The Attraction of Evangelicalism

“Are we still as self-consciously Reformed as we should be? Why do Evangelical churches also attract Reformed believers to visit their services or even to join them? Is the Reformed faith missing something? What sets the Evangelicals apart from the Reformed? Can we learn something from the Evangelicals?”

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What Does it Mean to be Reformed?

The Christian faith is represented by many schools of thought.  Each of these schools teach an understanding of who God is, and how He is to be served.

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Extreme Makeover: The Church’s Mission as Participating in God’s Story

“The definition of missional is that we as God’s people turn form inward preoccupation, inward absorption and inward attention to outward service to the world… If your doctrine does not lead you to serve the world do you really believe it?”

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