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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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A Wedding Sermon from a Prison Cell, Part 2

  By Dietrich Bonhoeffer Continued from Part 1… God makes your Marriage Indissoluble God makes your marriage indissoluble. ‘What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder’ (Matthew 19:6). God joins you together in marriage; it is His act, not yours. Do not confound your love for one another with God. God makes […]

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A Wedding Sermon from a Prison Cell, Part 1

By Dietrich Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a famous pastor and theologian from the Germany of both World Wars.  He famously took part in a plot to assassinate Hitler in 1942-1943.  The plot ultimately failed, and he was arrested on April 5, 1943 in connection to that plot.  While in prison in May 1943, he wrote […]

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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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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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Adultery Today

See the stats Get Wisdom! Adultery and Young, Modern, Tech-Savvy Christians by: Rev. Ryan deJonge, Pastor at Langley Canadian Reformed Church  The book of Proverbs is a book about two ways to live, the paths of wisdom and folly. The way of wisdom is the way of the righteous, the way of blessing, and the […]

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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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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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For The Gals: 8 Principles For Dating

I recently came across a 20-year-old photo of Phil and me when we were dating. I started thinking about how very little I knew about relationships, men, and marriage then.

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The Truth About Marital Compatibility

When it comes to compatibility, my wife and I couldn’t be more different.

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Saving Some Is Not A Compromise

Abortion in Canada is big and it’s wrong. It’s big because there are no limits to abortion in Canada, resulting in the death of about 100,000 children in Canada every year. It’s wrong because it goes against Jesus command to love others (Matthew 22:37-40), which includes unborn babies and mothers. The truth is that abortion kills a […]

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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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A Meditation on Ecclesiastes 9:10

“Whatsoever our hand findeth to do.” One good deed is more worth than a thousand brilliant theories. Let us not wait for large opportunities, or for a different kind of work, but do just the things we “find to do” day by day.

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Man Up – Biblical Masculinity

What does the bible say about being a man? What steps can you take to grow in manhood? In this lecture Clarence Bouwman works with scripture to find out.

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