Articles

In Whom Do We Place Our Trust?

We often hear about and read reports about notable people who attract large crowds wherever they appear in a public event. One personality reportedly drawing large crowds in recent times is President Donald Trump. He has been drawing large... next...

What Every Elder Needs to Know About Congregational Singing

One of the most prominent aspects of our worship is singing and music. So how can we help guarantee that ruling elders are qualified to deal thoughtfully, biblically, and practically with these matters? It is rare for sessions or consistories... next...

What Does It Mean to Be Reformed? Part 1: Worship

As I sit in my study gathering a few books to do some reading and writing, I am reminded of what I have on my wall. I have pictures of each of my children scattered throughout my bookshelves. I have a picture of my dear wife on my desk. But... next...

Ministering to the Sick and Dying

Visiting the sick and dying is one of the most important duties for those who are called to the offices of elder and deacon. It can also be the most trying. It is difficult to know what to say or how to give spiritual counsel to those who are... next...

Faith and Fruit in a Post-Christian World The Sabbath

The comedian Brian Regan used to perform a sketch about the moving sidewalks found in airport terminals. No matter how abundant the directives to Stand Right, Walk Left, there are always a few passengers who fail to understand the distinction.... next...

The Biblical Traits of a Christian

“How may I know that I am a Christian?” This question ought to be a matter of utmost importance for us, for the answer to that question will determine our eternal destiny. Therefore, to assume that we are Christians because we have... next...

Elders and Deacons Are Hospitality Leaders

My wife and I were nearly in shock. We had just exited the train that had taken us from Milan to Venice, Italy. As we stepped out of the station we were nearly swept away by the churning stream of tourists. We hadn’t prepared for Venice.... next...

New Jersey Christmas Display is Ruled Unconstitutional

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. (EP) – A federal appeals court ruled Jan. 13 that a Christmas display in Jersey City, N.J., violated the constitutional principle of separation of church and state. The display featured both a Christian creche and a... next...

Three Ways Adult Children Can Honor Their Mothers

Every second Sunday of May, Americans, Filipinos, and countless others around the globe celebrate Mother’s Day. This celebration centers on honoring mothers. Although this tradition originated in ancient pagan festivals, the motive embedded... next...

My Father-in-Law’s Advice to Me

I’m blessed to have a godly and wise father-in-law, Rev. Bartel Elshout, who is known for his translation of Wilhelmus à Brakel’s The Christian’s Reasonable Service. I so much value his wisdom in that whenever I need... next...
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