In a Few WORDS

Deliberate Spiritual Starvation? Why would any reasonable person choose to bypass nutritious food readily available while slowly starving to death? It is almost incomprehensible. Just four miles from the rural Wisconsin home where I grew up... next...

Practical Pieces of Advice Regarding Our Tongues

1. Acknowledge that you have a tongue that is prone to sin. One of my favorite hymns is “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” written by Robert Robinson in 1757 when he was only twenty-two years old. Listen to what he says in the... next...

Faith and Fruit in a Post-Christian World: Hospitality

One of the fascinating tidbits in the historical archives of my home church is a property map of the village of West Sayville, Long Island, dating from the year 1927. The recurring surnames of the property owners tell a story: Dykstra, Van Essendelft,... next...

Why We Work: What Is the Point?

You shuffle into work. Clock in on the outdated computer. Report to your boss. “Morning,” you mutter; she grunts in reply. File. Arrange. Rearrange. Click. Shooo. “Ahggh.” Despite caffeine and a full REM cycle, your blurred... next...

Turning the Reformed Church Outward: The Potential for Side-Door Growth

For years, North American churches have grown through what might be termed front-door growth. Churches worked hard on their street appeal and redesigned worship services that were welcoming and exciting to the unchurched. This approach proved... next...

Book Review – A Colorful Past: A Coloring Book of Church History Rev Phillip Stoffregen

Rev. William Boekestein. A Colorful Past: A Coloring Book of Church History. Illustrated by Naomi Kamphuis. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2018. Paperback. 88 pages Yes, a review for a coloring book! You may wonder how helpful a... next...

Index - 2018 Volume LXVIII

AUTHORS Admiraal, James In a Few Words, 3:3 In a Few Words, 5:3 In a Few Words, 6:3 Reader Response, 6:4 Arnold, Harry God's Infinite Mercy, 1:34 Comfort and Hope in Affliction, 4:35 Promises...Promises, 5:37 Beeke, Joel How to Do Family Worship,... next...

In A Few Words

With the appearance this issue of The Outlook, we are approaching two major holidays in this country—Thanksgiving Day in November (Canadians already celebrated it in October) and Christmas in December. Both are secular holidays, by which... next...

The Grace of Predestination

When the Remonstrants or followers of Jacobus Arminius wrote their Remonstrance in 1610, they began with the doctrine of predestination, reflecting the language of Ephesians 1: “That God by an eternal and immutable decree has in Jesus... next...


Most of our thoughts about the future are punctuated by question marks. This is true in the short term; we wonder what the rest of this week will be like. But when we think about eternity, our questions multiply. For those who treasure Christ’s... next...
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