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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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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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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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Steak, not Spam

By Karlo Janssen Steak, not Spam Ever wondered why Reformed churches are so big on doctrine? Just look at the size of John Calvin’s The Institutes of the Christian Religion. Many tomes on doctrine followed: Francis Turretin, the Synopsis produced in Leiden, Charles Hodge, Herman Bavinck, Louis Berkhof. See if there is a copy of […]

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The Lord Speaks

Listening for the Voice of God: How Does God Speak To His People Today? By Pastor Jim Witteveen  Many Christians believe that God will speak to people directly, and many believe they have had the experience of God speaking to them, either audibly, in a voice that has somehow been physically heard, or in a […]

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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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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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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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The Heidelberg Catechism

What is a catechism? If the word catechism sounds unfamiliar to you, don’t be too surprised.  It’s not used as commonly today as it was in the past.  However, it’s not a complicated word.  The word catechism is really just another term for teaching. The Heidelberg Catechism is a teaching tool used instructing people in the […]

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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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The Christian Playing Field – Setting the Boundaries

By Karlo Janssen The Christian Playing Field – Setting the Boundaries Reformed Christians hold to the principle of sola Scriptura. Only the Word of God has complete and absolute authority. It means that for the Reformed Christian what he believes, how he worships, and how he lives, is shaped by what God has revealed in […]

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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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Reinterpret Paul?

New Views regarding Legalism and Exclusivism in Judaism: is there a need to reinterpret Paul? By Gerhard H. Visscher[1]   Our intention is to take a look at some of the works of E. P. Sanders and James D.G. Dunn and to evaluate the so-called “New Perspective on Paul”; the bearing of this discussion upon the task […]

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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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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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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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Order of Salvation

In an excerpt from a lecture introducing the Gospel of John, Rev Chris Gordon explains the process by which people are saved from sin.

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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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