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Volu 100 Issue 5

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Called to the ministry of preaching unsearchable riches

Rev. Dennis Lee, pastor of Kalamazoo PRC in Kalamazoo, Michigan   Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.  Ephesians 3:7, 8   One of the great needs of the hour is the need for ministers and preachers. But what is the nature of the ministry? What are its challenges? And is it really a desirable...

Correction

Asleep at the (theological) switch Our thanks to an alert reader from the UK who pointed out a significant error in the October 1 issue (“The Belgic Confession and Missions [5]”). Athanasius was included among the “heretics and false teachers” (mentioned by name in Belgic Confession, Article 9) who denied the doctrine of the Trinity. Of course, Athanasius is mentioned at the end of Article 9, not as one of the heretics but as the (supposed) author of the creed that defends the doctrine of the Trinity.

When discipline “descends into butchery”

Prof. Barrett Gritters, professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of Hudsonville PRC   There are two maxims I try to emphasize in seminary and my students will not be surprised when I repeat them here: “Avoid extremes” (keep your balance!) and “remember history.” Both maxims are important when it comes to the exercise of Christian discipline in the church, especially to discipline of some gross sins. The extremes to be avoided are improper leniency and undue severity. An attempt to reflect the grace and mercy of God may result in improper leniency. A desire...

An introduction to Isagogics

Rev. Daniel Kleyn, pastor of Doon PRC in Doon, Iowa   Bible study is an essential part of the Christian life. Isagogics is a subject that can greatly help us in our study of God’s written Word. We hope to write a series of articles on this subject, beginning now with an explanation of what Isagogics is. The word “isagogics” is derived from the Greek language and its literal meaning is “to lead into.” The purpose of Isagogics therefore is to lead us into God’s Word. Isagogics aims at doing this by giving a compre­hensive introduction to each book of...

What the layman should know about textual criticism: Introduction

Prof. Douglas Kuiper, professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of Trinity PRC   Suppose you are reading the Bible, the NIV or ESV, for instance. You keep seeing footnotes saying that some manuscripts add or omit a word or phrase, and that other manuscripts use different words. Then you come to Mark 16:9-20, Mark’s narrative of Christ’s ascension into heaven and His words to His disciples immediately preceding it. You notice that in the ESV the entire passage is sandwiched between double brackets [[…]] prefaced with this remark: “[Some of the...

Under His wings we trust

Mrs. Margaret Laning, wife, mother, and grandmother in the Protestant Reformed Churches   The book of Ruth is a brief gem that lends itself to reading aloud with your family, even in one sitting. Infallible and inerrant just like all of Scripture, it is a true story. It is about a Moabitess convert who trusted in Israel’s Jehovah, with all the components of an enthralling story—tragedy, hope, romance, suspense, courage, and faithful heroes. A seemingly impossible story, Ruth causes us to focus on an unlikely ancestress of King David and the King of kings, Jesus Christ. What good can come...

How to study the Bible

Rev. Heath Bleyenberg, pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta   Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? Acts 8:30-31 Can you empathize with the Ethiopian eunuch of Acts 8? He was returning from Jerusalem where he had offered his sacrifices and worshiped God. Now he was sitting in his chariot. His Bible was open to Isaiah 53. He was reading the passage. He was trying to understand what it was saying and about whom it was talking. But he was having a difficult time of it. Philip...

The Supreme Court expands public accommodation protections for Christians

Mr. Brian VanEngen, member of the Hull PRC in Hull, Iowa, is a practicing attorney   In recent years, the courts have issued rulings allowing same-sex couples to marry and requiring accommodations for those of varying sexual identities. Many state and federal laws provide protection for those of differing sexual orientation and identities, much like the laws prohibiting discrimination based on race or national origin. The United States Supreme Court has also acknowledged rights of those with differing sexual orientations and identities, including the right of same-sex couples to marry, but at the same time has issued rulings guarding the...

Spreading the Reformed gospel to the four corners of the earth

The following is an edited transcript of a speech given by Rev. Daniel Kleyn at the annual Reformed Free Publishing Association meeting on September 28, 2023, in Grandville PRC. Rev. Kleyn served as a missionary in the Philippines for more than 14 years.   Reformed literature, specifically Protestant Reformed literature, and more especially the literature produced by the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA), has served the spread of the Reformed gospel in the Philippines in significant ways. Recently I asked some of our Filipino brothers and sisters to comment on the role Reformed literature played in their journey to and...

RFPA annual secretary report

  When our children enter the Christian day school, teaching them how to read well is one of the primary goals for both parents and teachers. This is because reading is a skill that we utilize throughout our entire life in the home, in the church, at school, and at work. But not only is it important that God’s people know how to read well, it is also important that they read good Christian literature. The RFPA is committed to producing books and material that are not only Christian, but also Reformed, edifying, and God-glorifying. By God’s grace, the Reformed...

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