Who says the Bible is true? This article explores the scriptural data to show that God says it himself, and expressly shows the reliability of Scripture in the death and resurrection of Christ his Son.
This article considers how feelings can become such an important characteristic of faith and piety. The author goes on to explain, however, that one’s faith cannot be measured by how he is feeling. Faith has to rest on the revealed will of God.
What is true piety all about? This article considers what it means to have a personal relationship with God through Christ. It shows from history how rationalism has impacted how the Scriptures and God are viewed. It ends with an emphasis on faith and trust in God.
Since God does many things that we don’t understand, there are times when we carry questions that can quickly become an accusation against God, even a complaint. This article explains the process that God's children often go through, from complaint to realization how great God is. The author pays particular attention to the way in which Job worked through his intense suffering. Humility is greatly needed, as a protection from unbelief or from calling God to account.
Should there be a ministry of exorcism? This article engages with this question, highlighting the scriptural data on the influence of the devil among God's children, demon-possession in the New Testament, and then making some remarks on Mark 16:17-18, a passage often cited as proof that also today evil spirits can be driven out in the name of Jesus. The author emphasizes the importance of God's people being armed with the Word and prayer.
What are you to do when you doubt as a child of God? This article first mentions the various kinds of doubts that can exist among God's children, then considers a passage often mentioned in this discussion, Mark 9:24. We are to go to Jesus with our doubts, and surrender to him.
This article examines the Scriptures on the matter of angels. It explains that in the Old Testament we encounter a celestial court council, of which the angels constitute a part. The article then outlines the duty of the angels, as well as their essence (as spirits). It emphasizes that we cannot abstract the angels from Christ. Finally, it gives some attention to a book by L.F. de Graaff on the topic.
How have Christians and Muslims framed their profession that, respectively, God or Allah is King over all of life? This article addresses this question, first by surveying the relationship between church and government on the one hand, and mosque and government on the other.
God calls office-bearers through the church. This article explains that office-bearers are a gift to the church. Their calling comes with responsibility. They are called to lead the church through God’s Word, and the church has the obligation to submit to their authority.
How soon should infants be baptized? This article explains the obligation parents have to get their children baptized as soon as possible. It lays the biblical ground for infant baptism and its relation to church membership.
Should confessions have authority? Looking at the relationship of the Bible to the confession this article explains that the authority of confessions is a derived authority. And since the confession are a profession of the church they also bind to the office bearers.
Does God allow and use evil in this life? Some say God is a sadist, some say he is hopeless in the face of evil. What does God say? This article explains the relationship between sickness, sin, and God’s punishment, and the role of Satan in the face of evil.
Numbers 6:24-26 records the blessing often given at the end of a worship service. Whose blessing is this? Who must pronounce it? This article looks at the place of this blessing in the Old Testament, the use of the blessing inside and outside a worship service, and the practice of the minister raising his hands for the blessing.