January-February

The Trouble with Ministers (3)

More than two decades ago, I took a call to a conservative church. At the first consistory meeting, an elder commented, “At last we have a minister who is willing to stand up for what he believes.” After numerous letters to the board... next...

Job Cries Out

“Then Job replied: ‘How can a mortal be righteous before God? If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.... next...

Martin Luther, the Ottoman Turks, and the Siege of Vienna

The Ottoman Empire was the most powerful country in the world in the sixteenth century. The Ottoman state began in the fourteenth century, ever expanding, conquering by holy war in the name of Allah. It crushed the Byzantine Empire, capturing... next...

The Angel of the Lord (3)

There is no direct reference to the angel of the Lord by that name or title in the book of Joshua. However, there is a record of “a man . . . with a drawn sword in his hand” who confronts Joshua as he contemplates his attack on the... next...

Bible Study on Mark Lesson 7: Christ Conquers Foes Mark 4:35–5:43

In each of the stories in our text Jesus responds to a problem. This problem-response motif tells us something about ourselves and about Jesus. It tells us that after our fall into sin, “man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward”... next...

Bible Study on Mark Lesson 8: The Kingdom Honored and Dishonored Mark 6:1–29

How do you deal with rejection? In our fallen world that’s an important question. One of the major themes in Mark 6:1–29 is that those who live and die in the joy of heavenly comfort still face huge disappointments. In this passage... next...

The Next Generation: Church Lessons from Chick-fil-A

Introduction It all started when I was an eighteen-year-old freshman at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. I was on the soccer team, which meant frequent bus trips and food courts. On one such Saturday, as we traveled deeper into... next...

A Sophomore’s Reflections on College

Do you plan to go to college? If you’re in high school, your search for the place to continue your education has likely already begun. Maybe you’ve already visited a few campuses and experienced the typical sales pitches from tour... next...

NAPARC Churches: Presbyterian Reformed Church (PRC)

The Presbyterian Reformed Church might easily be confused with the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America because of some similarity in name. The Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) will be featured at a later time.... next...

NAPARC Churches Reformed Church in the United States (RCUS)

While Reformed Christians from the Netherlands came to America and brought their faith with them beginning in the later seventeenth century, there was also a great influx of Reformed Christians immigrating from Germany in the early eighteenth... next...
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