This article considers what is meant by the question in the Heidelberg Catechism, "What do you believe concerning the holy, catholic, Christian church?" It is especially the matter of faith in relation to the church that this aritcle seeks to address.
This article considers the view of J.G. Vos on the [[imprecatory]] psalms. It first offers a number of unsatisfactory solutions that have been offered to the question of whether it is appropriate to use these psalms. Then it offers Vos's solution.
When it comes to deacons needing to showing mercy in the church, are there limits to their compassion? This article offers some principles to help deacons navigate the course of mercy and compassion. Among other things, it calls deacons to keep a biblical perspective on suffering, keep the big picture of stewardship in mind, and not enable fools in their folly.
This article shows what happens when the church stops depending on God’s word for its guidance in favour of experts. Evolution is considered as a case for this. The church as a whole must take responsibility for the truth.
This article is an introduction to the ten plagues God brought over Egypt. The author looks at the unfolding of Genesis 3:15 (the enmity between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman) in the ten plagues of Exodus 7-11.
This article discusses the importance of evangelism, but also the dangers of using wrong methods. The author specifically looks at the psychological aspect of altar-calls, and what conversion really is.
This article looks at the task of the Christian in this world. The Christian must oppose false teaching, guard what is valuable, and treasure and share the gospel. The author looks extensively at 2 Peter 1:1-4 and Jude 20-25.
This article starts by discussing the main plot of the Bible and the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament. The author continues on to discuss the relationship between rest and creation, rest and redemption, and the purpose of the Sabbath day.
This article is on the topic of prayer. The author looks how great God is, and how we as little sinful people pray to Him in the Name of Jesus Christ. This article also looks at Hebrews 4:16 and the work of Christ, who intercedes for us as our Mediator.
This article discusses the topic of women in office in the church through the lens of an Arminian hermeneutic, and shows how this contrasts with Reformed hermeneutics that arebased on the authority, inspiration, necessity, perspicuity, and sufficiency of Scripture.
This article looks at Herman Bavinck's view on the Person of Christ. The author discusses the expectation of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament, and the relationship of the incarnation to the Trinity, creation, and the testimony of Scripture.
This article looks at the work of Jesus Christ as our High Priest in heaven, and what this means for the fulfillment of God's work and the perseverance of believers. The author specifically discusses the work of Geerhardus Vos on the book of Hebrews in relation to this.
What is the church called to do? Taking its cue from 1 Corinthians 1:2, this article explains that the church is called by God to call upon God, to preach the gospel, to be saints, and to comprise all peoples.
This article looks at our heavenly rewards as a gift of grace from God, and not because of our merit. The author looks at this reward as encouragement to the Christian, and discusses the question whether there will be different degrees of reward in heaven.
There have been two kinds of observations on John Calvin's use of Scripture. The one says that he held to the verbal inspiration of Scripture, and the other says he was the father of the scientific criticism of the Bible. This article considers the contradiction, and shows that it is ultimately fictitious.
This article is about Abraham Kuyper as an advocate of a Christian worldview, and what he believed constitutes a Christian worldview. The author discusses Kuyper's theology of God's sovereignty and grace.
This article emphasizes the importance of elders being active in prayer for those in the church entrusted to their care. Elders should pray for spiritual protection, spiritual joy, and effective witness. The author uses John 17 as a guide.
If music is not a prominent element in the New Testament, what kind of singing should feature in our worship services? The author discusses the value of singing the Psalms, and evaluates common objects to exclusive psalmody.
This article is about the doctrine of hell. What exactly is hell? Is the doctrine of hell compatible with God's love and God's justice? The author also discusses the ideas of universalism and annihilationism, which have been raised as alternatives to hell as an eternal punishment.
This article highlights common sins that ministers fall into. Christians must be on guard for false ministers dwelling in these sins. In contrast to this, the author outlines the goal of pastoral ministry and the importance of encouraging true ministers.
What is the right way to worship God? This article discusses the dialogue between God and man that occurs in worship, as an outworking of the covenant relationship that God has established with his children. The author also discusses the order and elements of worship.
What is the relationship between the church and world in worship? Should the church's worship resemble what we find in the world? Should the worship service be user-friendly and seeker sensitive? This article engages with the topic, giving special attention to the identities of the church and world, the difference between holiness and worldliness, and how the church must be antithetical to the world.
This article is about the regulative principle of worship. The author looks at the regulative principle in Scripture, the creeds, and church history—in both the Puritan and continental Reformed traditions—and discusses why it is important for our worship today.
This article discusses the events that will be concurrent with the return of Christ. It focuses particularly on the final judgment., discussing the timing, necessity, and purpose of the final judgment.
What does it mean to be a Spirit-filled church? The author looks at Acts 2:42-47 to see that a church filled with the Spirit is a learning church, a loving church, a worshiping church and evangelistic church.
This article focuses on what it means to worship God, and how we must worship God. It explains that a church needs to worship according to its theology, and if a church is Reformed, its worship needs to reflect that.
This article is about the resurrection of the body, when Christ returns. The author also discusses what the nature of the resurrection is and the relation to the renewal of all things. He concludes by discussing questions about the resurrection of the body in instances where the body was destroyed or impaired on earth, or where infants died prematurely. He also answers questions about how we should treat our bodies today, and if we will recognize our body in heaven.
This article considers the importance of providing pastoral care to singles in the church. It raises in particular some concerns that are unique to singles, with a view to equipping the church to minister to them more effectively.
Among the signs of the times leading up to the return of Christ is the is the sign of apostasy and unfaithfulness among the people of God. This article goes into some detail on the scriptural concept of apostasy, considering also whether there will be a period of "great apostasy" before the end. The author then considers the implcations of the sign of apostasy for the church's calling today.
This article discusses the dangers of creating "user-friendly" worship that seeks to attract and entertain people rather than glorify God. Understanding God's holiness helps shape our worship services.
This article looks at the phrase, "Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda" ("the church Reformed must always be reforming"). It studies the history of this phrase and what it means for the church today.