Law or Love

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love... next...

We Confess An Exposition & Application of the Belgic Confession Article 30: Of the Government of the Church

The Church is Jesus’ “new creation by water and the Word.” As the Belgic Confession has made so clear, to be united to Christ includes being united to his Body, the visible Church. For those not formally belonging to a local... next...

Press Release of the Joint Meetings of the Standing Committee for the Publication of the Book of Praise and the Song Book Committee of the URCNA November 10-11, 2005

Our committees met together Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11, in Jenison, Michigan, at the Bethel United Reformed Church. Rev. Douwe Agema, Mr. Chris Nobels, Dr. Christine van Halen-Faber, and Rev. George VanPopta were present from... next...

True Enlightenment

Central to the biblical teaching concerning the human condition is the doctrine of the fall of man from an original righteousness into the depths of sin. The Reformed theological tradition has strongly emphasized the pervasive impact of sin... next...

Family Visiting Notes and Observations

The work of an elder in Christ’s church is a noble and holy calling from God. The elder has reason to rejoice greatly while overseeing professions of faith, baptisms, and celebrations of the Lord’s Supper. It is also, at times, a... next...

Postmodern Liberalism: Repainting a Non-Christian Faith A Christian Critique of Rob Bell’s Velvet Elvis (Part Two)

Rob Bell, in keeping with the doctrinal declarations of Mars Hill church states, “I affirm the historic Christian faith, which includes the virgin birth and the Trinity and the inspiration of the Bible and much more”.1 Rob Bell’s... next...

Looking Above A Series on the Revelation of Jesus Christ Revelation 5:8-14 “The Song of Heaven”

The book of Revelation has much to teach us concerning the life of the church. We have seen that already in chapters 4 and 5. These chapters have much to teach us concerning the role of the elders of the church—those elders represented... next...

Mission Trinidad

This summer, traveling to a foreign country was not as foreign an experience. It was wonderful being back in a place that just a year ago I was so afraid I might never see again. But while so much around me was familiar, so much about this year’s... next...

Paedocommunion and the Reformed Confessions Part Two: The Two Sacraments of the New Covenant

The sacraments are, in the nature of the case, visible signs and seals that the Lord alone can appoint for the use and benefit of the church. Because they require divine authorization, the church may not appoint as sacraments any church rite... next...
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