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Hit the pause on artificial intelligence! In an open letter published last March and signed by over a thousand of the world’s artificial intelligence (AI) experts, including the wealthiest man in the world, Elon Musk, we read the following: AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity, as shown by extensive research and acknowledged by top AI labs. As stated in the widely endorsed Asilomar AI Principles, Advanced AI could represent a profound change in the history of life on Earth, and should be planned for and managed with commensurate care and resources. Unfortunately, this...

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In her book Say Among the Heathen the Lord Reigns, Mrs. Jean Kortering tells the conversion stories of several individuals in the continent of Asia. The first story is about a young girl in Singapore named Poh Li who was raised by a strict Buddhist mother and a father who was a gambler and drunkard. One day, a young woman named Karen of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church saw Poh Li in a store studying a picture of Jesus. Karen asked her if she knew who was in that picture, and Poh Li said no. So she started to tell...

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Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes. Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant…. Song of Solomon 1:15, 16 Do you hear the warm and tender affection of Christ for His beloved wife? He does not look with longing eyes or speak with intimate affection like that to anyone else, for He has vowed to be a faithful Husband to this one woman forever. O what high esteem Christ has for His beloved! What gentleness toward His precious bride! Though she is sinful and unworthy of Him, He sees her clothed in...

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The Asbury University revival What happened at Asbury University this past February? Asbury is a university that was founded in 1890 in the small town of Wilmore, Kentucky by men of the Wesleyan and Methodist movement with its “tradition of revivals and a theology that teaches people to wait for a divine wind to blow.”1 On February 8, a regular morning chapel service at the Hughes Auditorium on campus unexpectedly did not end. After the choir sang a final chorus, according to one Asbury professor, “… something began to happen that defies easy description. Students did not leave. They were...

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I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning…. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I John 2:13 A Christian novelist whose books I enjoy reading once in a while made the striking comment that a child is born into this world with a hole in his chest in the shape of a father. That hole needs to be filled, but only a father can fill it. In other words, a child has a profound need for a loving relationship with a father. If that need is not...

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Rev. Daniel Holstege, pastor of the Wingham PRC in Wingham, Ontario, Canada   Most of you know by now that the nation of Israel was attacked by Hamas in what was reportedly the deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust.1 Hamas is the radical Islamist group that has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007. The Gaza Strip refers to a narrow strip of land situated between Israel and the Mediterranean Sea. The Gaza Strip and West Bank, a territory sandwiched between Jerusalem and the Jordan River, are home to the Palestinian people, an Arabic people, most of whom bow to...

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“Young, Restless, and Reformed” today Back in September of 2006, the year I started seminary, Collin Hansen wrote a feature article for Christianity Today entitled “Young, Restless, and Reformed.” That phrase became the watchword for a movement of young people who were taking a greater interest in Reformed theology, many of whom were from the Baptist persuasion. In 2009, even Time magazine noticed and spoke of “The New Calvinism” as one of the most influential movements in the United States at the time. The heroes of the movement include John Piper, John MacArthur, Mark Dever, R.C. Sproul, Tim Keller, D....

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Toward the end of last year, the Lord called me to the Wingham Protestant Reformed Church in Ontario— from a mission field in the metropolis of Manila in the Philippines, to a furlough in the United States, to a pastorate in a small town in rural Canada. The Lord leads, and we follow. But when He led me from a mission field in densely populated islands in the western Pacific to a little congregation in Wingham (the only Protestant Reformed church in the huge province of Ontario), He did not revoke the missionary calling as such, for He calls every...

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Rev. Daniel Holstege, former PRC missionary and now pastor of the Wingham Protestant Reformed Church in Wingham, Ontario Does the title of this article seem strange?1 This will be my last article on the covenant and missions. Since the Lord has called me from the Philippine mission field back into an established church in North America, this will also be my last article for this rubric. So to conclude both this series and my writing on missions in the Standard Bearer for the foreseeable future, I would like to face the matter of our motivation to evangelize. Evangelization is chiefly...

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Rev. Daniel Holstege, former PRC missionary and now pastor of the Wingham Protestant Reformed Church in Wingham, Ontario Previous article in this series: March 1, 2022, p. 255. As promised in a previous article, we now turn to the ideas of covenant, missions, and the antithesis as they relate to all believers. We have already considered the topic as it relates to ministers of the gospel. We saw that if we have a culture for missions in our covenant community, we do not only focus inwardly on the needs of our own churches, but we just as zealously focus on...

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