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In case you missed it, Rev. Dan Holstege broached the subject of artificial intelligence (AI) and ChatGPT for readers of the Standard Bearer in the August 2023 issue.1 He pointed out that some AI experts are concerned about the rapid development of AI and its impact on society, and that those experts have called for a pause on the training of AI systems. He also gave some important cautions for Christians as they evaluate and consider making use of AI in their everyday life. In this article, I will give some further introduction to AI and ChatGPT, and add to...

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The strategy itself It seems that no matter where one turns, the LGBT influence is everywhere. Every day there are new articles and reports defending, promoting, or flaunting the LGBT lifestyle or various forms of LGBT activism. For Christians who affirm biblical perspectives of sexuality and gender, it can be overwhelming. We cannot escape it; neither can our children. A recent article from World offers an explanation of the prevalence of the LGBT influence today by reflecting upon “the astounding success of a gay rights strategy.” 1 The author, Thaddeus Williams, writes from a Christian perspective and calls for Christians...

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As Christians, we believe and confess that Jesus Christ reigns supreme at the right hand of God the Father. Being persuaded that He is “the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (I Tim. 6:15), we have a blessed perspective of the world around us. All that happens in this world, whether good or evil, noteworthy or unnoticeable, is under the sovereign control of the King of kings. Some recent events relating to earthly powers provide an opportunity for us to reflect on the kingdom of God and our comfort and calling as citizens of...

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On a Saturday morning this past December, the smallest of adventures with my two-year-old daughter turned into a parental wake-up call. The adventure was her first trip to the local public library. Her eyes were wide; she had never seen so many books. She could not help but express her excitement (far too loudly for such a quiet space). After a brief lesson in library etiquette, I turned her loose to explore. I was excited for her and with her, ready to gather a stack of books to take home. She made a beeline for a small table of featured...

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If this recent reference to God’s Ten Commandments were in the print news, you would not find it on the front page, nor in the religion section. It would have been the smallest of articles, buried in the back of the politics section. I would have missed it.1 The reference was published in the massive machine of self-publication we know as Twitter—just a few tweets. The author is worthy of note; her name is Dana Nessel, the Attorney General of the State of Michigan. The background Unlike Nessel’s tweets, the occasion for them was frontpage news. It begins with the...

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In the summer of 2020, many, if not most, North American denominations of churches were forced to cancel their general assemblies, synods, and conventions. By the time the summer of 2021 arrived, the restrictions in many states allowed for these larger assemblies to convene and take up their annual work once again.   Growing anticipation for CRC’s next synod One denomination that did not convene a synod this summer is the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRC). The CRC’s “Council of Delegates” convened virtually in June to take up some of the work on synod’s agenda. The Council is...

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Canada: Ontario church elders facing large fines A report from The Christian Post gives an example of civil governments using their authority in relation to the church in a seemingly unprecedented way.1 The circumstances, of course, are unique, but it gives Christians in North America pause when we see the long arm of the law going where it has not gone before, at least not in recent memory. The example arises out of a violation committed by Trinity Bible Chapel of Waterloo, Ontario by virtue of holding a worship service on December 27, 2020. The particular law violated was the...

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Despite the postponement of the 48th General Assembly (GA) of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) to next summer, the PCA’s Ad Interim Committee on Human Sexuality released its report in May, citing the fact that they were “commissioned to engage in this study due to pressing needs in our church and society.”1 This committee’s report is the PCA’s response to the 2018 Revoice Conference. For those not familiar with Revoice, it is not only the name of a conference but also an active organization, whose mission is “to support and encourage gay, lesbian, bisexual, and other same-sex attracted Christians—...

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Unfolding Covenant History: From Samuel to Solomon (vol. 6), by David J. Engelsma. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2020. $28.95. 224 pages, hardcover. [Reviewed by Rev. David Noorman, pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Wyoming, Michigan.] As any reader of the first five volumes of the Unfolding Covenant History series would expect, volume six lives up to its name as a treatment of Old Testament history from a covenantal perspective. The latest volume, From Samuel to Solomon, covers an important and exciting development in the history of God’s covenant: the manifestation of God’s covenant in the structure and...

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