Music in Worship: An Historical Sketch and Theological Appraisal

Music has occupied an important place in the Christian life down through the centuries. Musical expression itself is part of the common human experience, a natural response of the soul to the sufferings and the joys of life. The use of music... next...

The Rev. Peter De Jong: A Personal Reminiscence

With the death of the Rev. Peter Dejong in July, the Reformed churches lost a faithful minister and The Outlook lost a friend and former editor. He was a remarkable servant of Christ, and although not all spoke well of him (a point in his favor... next...

Protestant Reflection upon the Canonization of Mother Teresa

September 5, 1999, marks the second-year anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa who spent her life ministering to the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, India. She founded an international order of nuns, the Missionaries of Charity. Six sisters... next...

The Revelation of Jesus Christ: Studies in the Book of Revelation #3 Strengths and Weaknesses in Congregations

Revelation 2:1–11 Churches often receive “official” visitors. Among the hierarchical organizations this is the bishop; among the Reformed for several centuries, two neighboring pastors. These offer encouragement, advice and,... next...

The Revelation of Jesus Christ: Studies in the Book of Revelation #4 When the Church Begins to Compromise

Revelation 2:12–29 Do you remember the story of that little Dutch boy? Walking along the dike, he noticed a small break through which the waters were seeping. Bravely he put in his hand, then his fist, and finally his body to stem the... next...

The Revelation of Jesus Christ: Studies in the Book of Revelation #5 Judgment Begins At The Lord’s House

Revelation 3:1–22 Often we find strange statements in Scripture. One of these deals with judgment. Many suppose this happens only at death or on that great Day of days. Or if present, then usually only for those whose conscience has been... next...

The Revelation of Jesus Christ: Studies in the Book of Revelation #6 The Vision of the Heavenly Throne

Revelation 4:1–10 For believers the visions found in Scripture are nothing strange. Often in a variety of such forms the Lord made known His word and work to mankind. Already Enoch, seventh from Adam, knew that the Lord would come with... next...

A Father’s Response to Killings

I seldom relinquish this colunm to another, but I think that the testimony of Darrel Scott before the Subcommittee on Crime of the US House of Representatives is worthy of the widest possible audience. Darrel is the father of slain Columbine... next...

Feed My Lambs: God’s Workshop

As a child I often drifted sleep to the sounds of a pounding hammer and a purring sewing machine. Days later, we children would stand in amazement at the transformation done by dad in a remodeling job, or a dress or suit made by mom. Many evening... next...

The Shepherd’s Staff: Compassion Must Be Wise

I’ve written previously, and frequently, about the role of deacons in the ministry of mercy. I’ve argued that deacons are not to be the church’s mercy-workers, but that showing mercy is part of the ministry of the whole church... next...
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