January

Evangelism Revisited

What is the Goal of Evangelism? Some hold that the goal, purpose, chief end of evangelism is the conversion of the lost. No doubt, we have here a truly noble sentiment and one worthy of contemplation. If the goal of evangelism is the apparent... next...

The Two Essentials for Pastoral Labor (1)

I have been thinking a lot, in recent days, about the Christian ministry. I wrote an earlier Update (Vol. 5, No. 3, 1996) on the subject of divine call to the ministry. I can’t seem to get a growing concern for pastoral integrity out of... next...

God Wants Me to be Happy Doesn’t He?

I was sitting in her kitchen having a Coke. She was an attractive woman and the parent of a pretty little girl. She was also another sad product of the “Me” generation who had overdosed on the road to “self-fullfillment.”... next...

Music in the Church (II): By What Standard?

In our discussion last monthwe tried to establish some concrete standards of judgment for that subjective art called music as it applies particularly to the church, the body and bride of Christ. But the exercise of our priestly office as believers... next...

Gay ‘Marriage’ and the Hawaii Courts

The decision by one judge in Hawaii that the state may not prohibit same-sex “marriages” goes against the Author of marriage, legal precedent, the will of an estimated 75 percent of Hawaii’s citizens and what used to be called... next...

Synod Letter June 1996

June 13, 1996 Dr. David H. Englehard, General Secretary Christian Reformed Church in North America 2850 Kalamazoo Ave S.E. The Synod of the Christian Reformed Church in North America Grand Rapids, Michigan Dear Brothers in Christ: Greetings... next...

Unity and Schism in the Church

All Reformed believers who cherish the church as the bride of Jesus Christ are vitally interested in the preservation and promotion of unity within the local church and in the relations between all true churches of Jesus Christ. Such believers... next...

Building Men of God (1)

Last month, I wrote this column a piece explaining why I think the unbridled criticism of Promise Keepers I hear from so many quarters of the Reformed world is unwarranted. In short, I argued that we ought to take a balanced and careful approach,... next...

The “Erasmian Impulse” (1)

Desiderius Erasmus was probably the most brilliant scholar in sixteenth-century Europe. He was witty, urbane and sophisticated. Born near Rotterdam ca. 1467 inhumble circumstances he became the prince of Renaissance humanists. When he died in... next...

Book Briefs: The Life and Labours of Asahel Nettleton

THE LIFE AND LABOURS OF ASAHEL NETTLETON by Bennet Tyler and Andrew Bonar, paperback, 456pp, $10.99; ISBN 0 85151 701 3 Asahel Nettleton (1783–1843) was a leading figure in one of the most important half-centuries in American church... next...
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