In Memoriam: Mrs. Genevieve Piersma

Mrs. Genevieve Piersma, the wife of the late Rev. John H. Piersma, was called home to glory on May 31, 2008, at the age of 91 years. The funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on June 5, 2008, in Covenant Reformed Church in Pella, IA. Rev.... next...


“Tradition. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as . . . as a fiddler on the roof.” So said Tevye, the father of five daughters, in the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof, about his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious... next...

Turning the Reformed Church Outward Cultivating an Accessible Community

North America today is home to some fascinating cultural shifts. As in Europe, there’s been a surge of populism generated by a distrust of the liberal establishment not simply in politics but in the academy and in entertainment as well.... next...

The Dead Will Rise

“Do you believe that, after you die, your physical body will be resurrected someday?” When asked that question a few years ago only 36 percent of a large survey group answered yes. By contrast, 63 percent were “absolutely certain... next...

In a Few WORDS

This issue comes to our readers as we enter the months of May and June. What a wonderful time of the year this is, at least in our northern hemisphere! After a cold winter and a teasing early spring that tested our patience for warmth, we at... next...

The Armor of God: Your Defense Against Satan

When a pastor looks out over his congregation, he should see not only sheep who follow their shepherd but also soldiers who follow their captain. The devil, though, wants the preacher to see his people merely through his physical eyes. He wants... next...

The Armor of God: The Call to Arms Against Satan

In Ephesians 6, Paul preaches the necessity of Christians being strong in Christ against Satan (v. 10). We call this “spiritual warfare.” That might sound to some of us downright charismatic or Pentecostal! But make no mistake... next...

A Spiritual Check-up for the URCNA: Love for the Lost

Do you see, do you see, all the people sinking down, Don’t you care, don’t you care, are you gonna let them drown, How can you be so numb, not to care if they come, You close your eyes and pretend the job’s done. These lyrics... next...

Editorial: Choosing Bible Study Materials

There seems to be no shortage of options when shopping around for Bible study materials. Publishers and retailers provide a host of materials originating from a host of theological convictions. There is quite an array of Bible study books written... next...

How to Do Family Worship

Family worship has fallen on hard times. Parents often say they are too busy to do it. Or else they don’t know how to do it because their parents never did it. When my parents commemorated their fiftieth anniversary, all five of us children... next...
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