July–August

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...

The Golden Candlestick

“Then you shall make a candlestick of pure gold. The candlestick and its base and its shaft are to be made of hammered work; its cups, its bulbs, and its flowers shall be of one piece with it.” Exodus 25:31 The tabernacle is an... next...

2008 Contest Winners: First Prize: High School Romans 9 and God’s Sovereign Choice

I find the first words of Romans 9 humorous in a sense, as if Paul knew way back then that two thousand years later we would have the same struggle to fully understand what it means ourselves. Paul writes, “I speak the truth in Christ... next...

First Prize: College Contending for God’s Word

A fight is going on. Christian, do you see it? One by one, valuable things are being stripped from you. This is no ordinary fight; it is much more important. The moment you use human weapons or strategies you are done; you fail. This is... next...

Morning Star First Prize: Adult

When I rise on clear mornings, the dark pre-dawn sky is pierced by the beauty of a bright star throb bing like a living diamond. Joyful hope fills my soul and my spirit sings as the star reminds me of Christ, the bright and morning star. This... next...

Examining the Nine Points: Point Three

Synod affirms that the Scriptures and confessions teach the doctrine of justification by grace alone, through faith alone and that nothing that is taught under the rubric of covenant theology in our churches may contradict this fundamental doctrine.... next...

Press Release of the Meeting of the URCNA Songbook Committee April 23 and 24, 2008

Our meeting was opened by our chairman, Rev. Knott, reading and making remarks on Psalm 150, and leading us in prayer. We were advised that Mr. Henry Nuiver, an original member of our committee, had passed away in February of this year. We... next...

Press Release of the Meeting of the Joint Songbook Committee April 24, 2008

Our meeting was opened by Rev. Rand Lankheet, reading Psalm 115, making some remarks, and leading us in prayer. We were made aware of the fact that Dr. Nick Gootjes has asked to be temporarily relieved of his duties on the committee, in view... next...

Classis Reports of the URCNA

Classis Michigan July 8, 2008 Classis Michigan met on July 8, 2008 at the Trinity United Reformed Church in Caledonia, Michigan. Rev. Brian Vos served as chairman. Before tackling the primary purpose for assembling, the delegates elected Rev.... next...

This is My Outlook

For those in the Christian Reformed Church in North America who believe the Bible clearly teaches that women are not to hold office in the church, Synod 2008 has spoken. As seen in last month’s article “It’s Decision Time,”... next...
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