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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Winning One for the Lord? Sunday, February 4, 2007 was “Super Bowl Sunday.” It is considered by many to be the greatest, most important sporting event of the year in the United States. Millions watch. Some, doubtlessly, stayed home…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. “The Science of Addiction” The cover story in Timemagazine of July 16, 2007 had the above title. The article pointed out the serious problems of addiction in society. It was not written from any sort of spiritual perspective. The article…

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The Covenant of Sovereign Grace (9) or The Decisive Influence of the Reformation Gospel upon the Orthodox Doctrine of the Covenant in the Netherlands

Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Previous article in this series: June 2007, p. 397. Calvin’s Influence In confessing that election governs the covenant, as they did at the very beginning of their history, particularly in the “[Reformed] Form for the Administration…

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The Deacons’ Relationship to the Consistory (1): The Confessional and Scriptural Indication of Such a Relationship

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Collecting the alms . . . distributing them to the poor according to their needs… visiting and comforting the distressed . . . keeping in touch with other civil or social organizations who also care for the poor…

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. The CRC Synod and Women in Office Two days after the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) celebrated its 150th anniversary, its synod voted to strike the word “male” from the church order requirement for officebearers. Church Order revisions require…

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Not Anabaptist, But Reformed, Provisional Response to Rev. J.K. VanBaalen Concerning the Denial of Comman Grace

A Word to Our Churches¹  The conflict in our churches is gradually focusing on the subject of grace, and especially on what bears the name “common grace” among us. This has been expected for a long time already. The controversy in our midst has actually focused on this point already…

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The Covenant of Sovereign Grace (8) or The Decisive Influence of the Reformation Gospel upon the Orthodox Doctrine of the Covenant in the Netherlands

Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Previous article in this series: May 15, 2007. p. 370. Covenant and Election in Romans 9 (cont.)  The conditionality of the covenant promise, and therefore the inherent weakness of the covenant promise, is not the solution to…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. “Christian Gays” Assert Themselves Considerable attention has been given in press accounts to a “Christian gay-rights” group called “Soulforce,” which has been visiting Christian college campuses across the country. Recently they have appeared in the Grand Rapids, MI area…

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