September-October

Grace Beyond Measure

Paul greets the Ephesians with a benediction of grace and peace (Eph. 1:1–2). An outburst of praise then follows (Eph. 1:3–14). What does the apostle want us to know? God has blessed us beyond conception! We have grace beyond measure.... next...

Synod Nyack 2012: From Adolescence to Young Adulthood

Introduction Among the various summer activities the Lord decreed for the year of 2012, the United Reformed Churches of North America (URCNA) found themselves gathering together in Nyack, New York for their eighth synod. It was the author’s... next...

URCNA Synod 2012 Impressions

After giving a thumbnail sketch/report of what happened at Synod this year to our council I was asked if I would be willing to put some of those thoughts down on paper. I will not attempt to summarize every decision made but try to touch on... next...

Report on Synod Nyack of the URC

Synod 2012 of the United Reformed Churches in North America met on the bank of the Hudson River, on the campus of Nyack College in Nyack, New York, on June 11–16. Represented were 191 delegates from 102 churches, along with sixteen fraternal... next...

Practical Ecumenicity: Synod Nyack Accepts OPC Invitation

In 1999, Synod Hudsonville (MI) tasked the Psalter Hymnal Committee to begin the work of producing a new psalter hymnal for the URCNA and to provide a list of songs to be included to a future synod. Synod Hudsonville also instructed the committee... next...

Letting Culture Dictate Practice?

There has been a vigorous debate on Wes White’s blog, Johannes Weslianus,2 regarding whether or not establishing the office of deaconess (or placing women in the office of deacon) would push the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) down... next...

Salvation – Personal or Corporate?

“Everything in the work of redemption is personal, individual, and prepared for each person. Everything has its own address and name and title. It is not a retail store where things are sold and, therefore, everyone can take according... next...

Help for Teaching Your Children Well!

God call parents to “train up” their children in the “instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). Psalm 78:5–7 sets before us the reasons why we should perform this task: God “decreed statutes for Jacob and established... next...

The Marks of the Master

“I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.” —Galatians 6:17 If you are at all a people watcher, you will see different people wearing different marks on their bodies. Those marks tell you something about that person. For example,... next...

Effective Group Bible Study

It’s six o’clock Wednesday evening. Your church’s mid-week Bible study starts in one hour, but you don’t feel like going. The trouble is that you can’t think of a fresh excuse, and you don’t dare to say what... next...
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