Christmas - Glory and Shame

In the midst of the perennial debate about whether the church ought to set aside a special day to celebrate the birth of our Lord, one finds some interesting statements. It is often remarked that the early church did not celebrate Christmas.... next...

We Confess An Exposition & Application of the Belgic Confession Article 28: Of the Communion of the Saints

When we look at the ecclesiastical landscape of our time is it any wonder that the Church has lost its relevance to modern man? With scandals involving money, sex, and power; with its meddling in the realm of political agendas; and with its... next...

“Grace to You and Peace”

It is that time of year again. With the Thanksgiving holiday behind us, we once more make the month long journey toward Christmas. For about thirty days, we see decorations on homes and businesses; we hear Christmas music in the grocery store;... next...

Looking Above A Series on the Revelation of Jesus Christ Revelation 5:8 “Elders and Prayer”

In our last article, we considered the responsibility of elders in teaching, taking note that it was an elder who directed John to the Lion of the Tribe of Judah—the Lamb slain—as the One who has prevailed and is worthy to open the... next...

From the Editor

In this past year we have had over 110 articles written by over fifty different writers from ten different federations/denominations. You may have noticed some changes that took place this year. The most obvious one is that we went to color... next...

The Virgin Mary (2)

Without compromising the core principles of the Reformation—grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone—can we honor and still understand the role of the blessed Virgin Mary in the history of redemption? To phrase the question in another... next...

From the Bookshelf

Rev. Zachary Anderson Seventh Reformed Church Grand Rapids, Michigan With a Shepherd’s Heart: Reclaiming the Pastoral Office of Elder By John R. Sittema Pastors have the privilege and duty of reading scores of books on the subject of... next...

Paedocommunion in History (2)

Eastern Orthodoxy Before we continue the story of the church’s practice in the West, we need to pause a moment to comment on the distinct development of the practice of the eastern church. Even though the formal schism between the eastern... next...

URCNA Classis Michigan

On October 11, 2005, Classis Michigan of the United Reformed Churches in North America met for the nineteenth time. Delegates from the dozen churches in this classis met at the Bethel URC in Jenison, Michigan. The officers of the day were: Chairman... next...

It is Right to Give Thanks A Thanksgiving Meditation on the Eucharist

Have you ever had an “Aha! Moment”? I do not mean one of those times where something you had been struggling to understand suddenly became clear. That is sometimes what we mean when we say “Aha! Moment.” No, I mean when... next...
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