November

Thanksgiving Secret

“...I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret afbeing content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether... next...

The Doctrine of God and the Worship of God (II)

Last month I wrote an article on contemporary worship (The Outlook, Oct. 1995). In it Traised concerns about the “User-Friendly” movement that has been sweeping over churches in the last two decades. I indicated that the motives... next...

The Reformed Family of Churches in Indonesia

INTRODUCTION In the fourth largest nation in the world (population 180 million), live several million Christians who trace their history to Dutch Reformed missionaries. If the 3000 inhabited islands of Indonesia were superimposed on the United... next...

Fraternal Address

The following address was delivered to the Christian Reformed Church Synod ‘95 by the fraternal delegate from the mother church, the GKN. It brought shocked responses from CRC delegates. We must once again repeat the words found at the... next...

Synod ‘95: Cultural Accommodation by Majority Vote

As many readers know by now, CRC Synod ‘95 chose to continue ecclesiastical relations with the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (the GKN). This decision was made on the heels of a flagrantly ungodly speech by the GKN fraternal delegate... next...

The Christian Mind

Christianity is an intellectual religion. If Christians bypass the intellect they will distort the truth of the Bible immediately. Christianity simply cannot survive in a non-thinking environment, no matter how much zeal is sprinkled on its... next...

Television: The Children Speak

For three decades, adults have argued over the quality of television programming and its effect on children. Now the children have spoken and, as usual, their perception differs from the grown-ups’. In a remarkable survey of children... next...

Marie’s Rules for Living

Even as she was fighting her loosing battle with cancer, my friend Marie was leaming and applying a ruler that helped her affirm life. As she did this, she also taught me the importance of friends in such circumstances. It’s normal and... next...

The Bible and “Fishy” Interpretation

Moby Dick by Herman Melville is probably the greatest novel ever written by an American. On the surface it is a great story of men battling the sea in the pursuit of a particular whale. Beneath the surface it is the story of human relationships... next...

The “Signs of the Times”: The Anti-Christ (VII)

Of all the “signs of the times” mentioned in the Scriptures, none is better known or more commonly the subject of speculation than the sign of the coming “Antichrist.” The temptation to go beyond the clear teaching of... next...
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