May-June

URCNA Psalter Hymnal Committee Report

With an eye toward fast-approaching Synod Nyack 2012, the URCNA Psalter Hymnal Committee met April 10–12 at the facilities of Faith URC in West Olive, Michigan. The main priority for the Committee at this meeting was to select psalm songs... next...

Divine Hope in a Prison

“We need Reformed systematic theology!” This is the plea that Juan, an inmate at Danville Correctional Center, made to the men from Immanuel United Reformed Church when they held a Bible conference in the prison three years ago.... next...

Bavinck the Dogmatician: The Origin of Sin (1)

The third volume of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics treats the broad topics of the introduction of sin into God’s good creation and the subsequent work of redemption that culminates in the person and work of Jesus Christ. After... next...

The Titanic Century Jeremiah 13:1–11 and 29:4–14

Exactly one hundred years ago, on Sunday morning April 15, 1912 at 1:30 a.m., something happened that continues to fascinate the world. After two hours of steady flooding, the huge, unsinkable luxury liner, the Titanic, began to submerge into... next...

How Should Moses Be Read? A Debate in Contemporary Reformed Theology

Over the last half-century or more the dominant view regarding the Mosaic covenant—though by no means the only view—was that it was an administration of the overarching covenant of grace with no antithetical works-inheritance principle.... next...

Bible Studies on Romans Lesson 10: By Faith Alone (2), Romans 4:9–25

Paul continues his logical explanation of why salvation is apart from the law and only to be rooted in a true faith in Jesus Christ. Having shown the Jews how the father of their race, Abraham, was declared righteous by grace through faith,... next...

Bible Studies on Romans Lesson 9: By Faith Alone (1), Romans 4:1–8

I know a wonderful man who owns an excavating business. He tears down buildings so that Americans can build bigger buildings. He once told me, “Every morning as I drive to the city, I thank the Lord that I have job security.” He... next...

Sarah: A Mother by Grace

“Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah, as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.” —Genesis 21:1 Quite often we say about someone who was a devoted Christian that he or she was a true saint. I have heard... next...

A Call to Be Godly Men

A few years ago I was asked to lead a workshop on the roles of men and women. As I was preparing, I was again struck by the immense need of our time for men to be real men. I do not mean men as it is defined by the world: the image of a macho,... next...

A Virtuous Woman Who Can Find? Proverbs 31:10–31

This passage is one of several that are often used to celebrate Mother’s Day, as it directly describes the practical, everyday life of one who is an example of a wise mother. However, I am not going to address this passage as if it were... next...
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