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...

A Mighty Ruler from a Little Town

"But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans ofJudah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity." Micah 5:2 When the wise men came in those... next...

Anti-Catholicism, Good and Bad

In the first two articles in this series we attempted to define a Protestant as a western Christian (as opposed to Eastern Orthodoxy) who is self-consciously out of fellowship with the Bishop of Rome but belongs to a Protestant church. This... next...

Bavinck the Dogmatician (4) Special Revelation and Inscripturation

In addition to general revelation, which is mediated through the creation itself and the history of all things under God's sovereign dominion, Bavinck insists that the Triune God has revealed himself from the beginning ofhistory also by way... next...

Bible Study on the Book of Judges Lesson 7: The Call of Gideon

Readings: Judges 6 In Judges 6, Israel had again fallen into sin, resulting in the LORD handing them over to the Midianites. For seven years the Israelites toiled under Midianite captivity. The Midianites took everything-all the crops, sheep,... next...

Bible Study on the Book of Judges Lesson 6: The Torch and Trumpet

Readings: Judges 7–8:22 Judges 7:1–23 tells us of the crucial conflict between Midian and Israel within the story of Gideon. In the passages preceding Judges 7, God called Gideon to deliver Israel from the Midianites. Gideon performed... next...

Examining the Nine Points: Points Seven and Eight

One of the great misconceptions about the Western church before the Reformation and therefore about the Reformation reaction to it is that the medieval church taught "salvation by works" or, more precisely, "justification by works" whereas the... next...

Gratitude to God

"Oh that men would praise Jehovah for His lovingkindness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men." (Psalm 107) Readers in Canada have just finished celebrating Thanksgiving Day; those in the United States anticipate celebrating the... next...

Zacharias Ursinus (II)

In September of 1561, Ursinus arrived in Heidelberg. By the spring of 1562, he was doing some preaching and some teaching at Sapience College, a seminary that was set up by the elector to train men as pastors for the Palatinate. This would be... next...

The New Riddle of Roman Catholicism Riddles, Mysteries, and Enigmas (II)

Defining Roman Catholicism and Protestantism Alert readers may have noticed that in the opening article we did not abbreviate the Church of Rome with the term "Catholicism." The adjective "Roman" is important for this series because its aim... next...
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