January

Life Support

Grandma was over 90 years old, and she still lived in her own house. She had a hearty body, a sound mind and a kind heart. She often went to “visit the old people,” as she put it. (I guess she figured those old folks in their seventies... next...

Why is Abortion So Persistent?

I hope I am wrong, and I hate to say it, but twenty years of the pro-life movement, representing millions of dollars and millions of hours of work, have had only limited success. It is true that we have some pro-life Supreme Court justices,... next...

Pro Life Does Not Equal Pro Death

It took the big media about a week to find a fanatic who would attempt to justify the murder of two women at a Massachusetts abortion clinic and the firing on a second clinic in Norfolk, VA. But their efforts did not go unrewarded. Donna Bray,... next...

Unity in Diversity or Disunity in Unfaithfulness?

God’s Word defines a number of ways in which we are united as believers. The foundational unity of the people of God is the fact that we are united to Christ. John chapter 15 gives us a beautiful illustration of this unity as it describes... next...

CRC Church (Dis)Order: Rebuttal to Dr. Henry De Moor’s September 11 Article in The Banner

Dr. De Moor writes, I believe Synod 1995’s decision on women in office fits with our church polity and with our principles. It does so because it’s...a way of finding a middle ground between two Church Order principles that have... next...

The Dialect of Confessional Indifference

When I became a minister five years ago I was asked if I would be willing to promote and defend the confessions of faith that we as Christian Reformed Church adopted. I expressed my desire to do so by signing the Form of Subscription in the... next...

PRAISE THE LORD: Psalm 150

Psalm 150: “Praise the Lord, Praise God in his sanctuary. Praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power. Praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him for the sounding ofthe trumpet. Praise him with the harp... next...

A Study Schedule for Elders and Deacons

Over the years I’ve written this column, I have tried to sound several constant themes. One is that the Biblical work assigned to an elder is pastoral in nature rather than administrative, as many churches seem to envision. Another is... next...

Lessons from Haggai: Haggai 1:1–5

The book of Haggai is one that we rarely study and may even have some trouble finding in our Bibles. Yet when we do study it we invariably develop an appreciation for the prophet’s messages and also discover its timeliness. Over the next... next...

The “Signs of the Times”: Signs of God’s Judgment (VIII)

In my introduction to the biblical teaching about the “signs of the times” I suggested, following the lead of Anthony Hoekema, that these signs can be divided into three groups. The first group of signs bespeaks the present working... next...
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