November

Focusing on Thanks

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13) Growing up in Michigan I recall Thanksgivings where snow covered the ground and relatives filled our home. It was quite the festive time! I remember being very... next...

Shepherding the Flock of God Through Continuing Education

In my short time as a pastor, I have heard a common theme expressed among elders and deacons in various churches: “I don’t feel equipped for the task of serving God’s people.” Whether they know it or not, they are expressing... next...

Teen Scene: PROTECTED

Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless. Proverbs 13:6a Did you ever go outside in the winter without a coat? Maybe you had to run to your car to get something or throw a snowball at a friend who was talking outside of school. I remember... next...

In Memory of Rev. Clarence Werkema

Rev. Clarence Werkema was called home by the Lord on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 at the age of 82. During his life, Rev. Werkema faithfully served as Minister of the Word and Sacraments in three denominations and several independent churches.... next...

Who Controls the Weather?

If you run out of small talk, you can always talk about the weather. When you get up in the morning, you check what kind of day it is. People have always been fascinated by weather forecasts and climate change. They pay careful attention to... next...

Classis Summary

Classis Michigan United Reformed Churches September 10, 2002 A lovely drive in the country brought the delegates of Classis Michigan to the Grace United Reformed Church in Alto, Michigan for their eleventh classis meeting. Joining us at the... next...

The New Perspective on Paul The Contribution of E. P. Sanders (Part Two)

I took the trouble in a previous article to consider briefly several forerunners of the new perspective on Paul, since they pioneered emphases in New Testament and Pauline studies that form the background to the work of E. P. Sanders and other... next...

God’s People, My Parish

Marv sat nervously before the Elders. His voice cracked as he spoke. Marv was a retired farmer in his mid-seventies. Upon retirement he worked at the local lumber yard. He did not want to be in the Council Room. Not then, not ever. The trouble... next...
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