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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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Choice At the Moldy Buffet

By Jeremy Dehaan Saying that we live in an age of relativism is almost a cliché these days. Everyone’s heard that by now. As Christians we know that relativism is false and we’ve probably even got a handful of good arguments against it: if there’s no such thing as absolute truth, is that absolutely true? […]

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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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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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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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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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Finding New Office-bearers

By: Clarence Bouwman Finding New Office-bearers The time is here again: we need to find new office-bearers to replace those whose terms have expired.  [Editors Note: It is the typical practice in the some Reformed Churches for elders and deacons to serve for a number of years (typically two or three) at a time. This […]

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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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