September-October

Listening to God

The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with a friend. –Exodus 33:11a The title of this meditation is “listening to God.” It may lead you to ask, “How can a person listen to God?” There are... next...

Should We Have Christian Schools? A Defense of the Presuppositions of Christian Day Schools after 1890

This is an amended version of a paper I wrote as a student at Mid America Reformed Seminary for a Denominational History class with Dr. C. Venema. Introduction Generation after generation of Reformed Christians has had to defend their Christian... next...

Looking Above On the Sea of Crystal Revelation 15:2

A preposition can make all the difference. As a case in point consider Revelation 15:2: “And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over... next...

RYS 2011 International Convention Report

“What God begins, He ends. What He does, He does well,” said Rev. Jason Tuinstra. It was a fitting statement, and one that captured the essence of the Reformed Youth Services 2011 International Convention. Convention week began on... next...

RYS 2011 A Student’s Perspective

If you have heard anything about the recent Reformed Youth Services convention at Dordt College, you will not be surprised when I say that I had a fantastic time being a part of it. The RYS convention is not something to attend lightly. I personally... next...

RYS Convention 2011: Under Construction

The typical summertime calm of Dordt College’s campus was shattered on July 25 as 813 teens and sponsors flooded the beautiful grounds and overtook the dorms. Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, was the host site for the 2011 Reformed... next...

Bible Studies on Romans Lesson 1: Romans 1:1–7 Introduction

It is with fear and trepidation, and at the same time with great joy and anticipation, that I embark on writing a Bible study on the book of Romans. Fear because the few pages of each lesson will never be able to explain the incredible wealth... next...

Bible Studies on Romans (1) Lesson 2: A Pastor’s Desire Romans 1:8–13

Paul begins his letter by creating a bond between himself and the believers in Rome. He praises God for them. That praise comes not because they have sent a large donation to his ministry nor because they have built a huge megachurch. He praises... next...

Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed as we know it is more accurately called the Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed. This is because the creed we have is a product, by and large, of both the Ecumenical Councils of Nicea (325) and Constantinople (381). I say by and... next...

Bavinck the Dogmatician: Bavinck’s Interpretation of the Account of Creation in Genesis (2)

What about the Theories of Modern Natural Sciences? Bavinck’s discussion of the issue of the older Ptolemaic-Aristotelian worldview and its relation to the Christian understanding of the cosmos serves as an occasion for an extended discussion... next...
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