Hope for Brampton

Hope Reformed Church (URC) in Brampton, ON, installed Rev. John A. Bouwers on December 1, 2017. Rev. Harry Bout, minister emeritus of Immanual URC in Jordan, exhorted from 2 Timothy 4:1-8, on “Preach the Word!” Rev. Joel Dykstra, Wellandport URC, gave the charge to the pastor, and Rev. Matthew Van Dyken, Eternal Life Mission in … Continue reading Hope for Brampton

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New Pastor for Pella OPC church plant

Pastor Zech Schiebout was installed as the minister of Hope Reformed Presbyterian Church, an OPC church plant in Pella, IA, on October 26, 2017. Although illness and losses initially brought the family back to the town where Zech grew up, God provided this new avenue of ministry. Rev. Mark Vander Hart, Associate Professor at Mid-America … Continue reading New Pastor for Pella OPC church plant

Amazing Amazon rankings

Amazon's Best Sellers rankings shot up overnight for the collaborative memoir Exoneree by Uriah Courtney with Glenda Faye Mathes. Uriah and I began communicating almost four years ago, and the book was published in December by the Cascade imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Here's how the March 30, 2018, rankings compared with the previous day: Amazon … Continue reading Amazing Amazon rankings

WSC: New President, student housing

When W. Robert Godfrey spoke to a group of Christian students at UCLA almost 25 years ago, he had no idea that college senior Joel Kim would one day take his place as President of Westminster Seminary California. Rev. Joel Kim began serving as WSC’s fourth president on August 1, 2017, following Dr. Godfrey’s retirement. … Continue reading WSC: New President, student housing

NAPARC: Missions “Thriving” and Organic Unity Discussed

  The annual NAPARC (North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council) met from November 14-16, 2017, at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI. This was the 43rd meeting of the Council, which now consists of 13 member federations. As usual, denominational reports followed by questions and prayers for those organizations took a great deal … Continue reading NAPARC: Missions “Thriving” and Organic Unity Discussed

An American Pastor in Italy: From Santee to Milan for the Brown family

We want the gospel to be proclaimed to all nations, we pray for our missionaries, and we write out generous checks for mission endeavors. But how many of us would be willing to give up our comfortable homes and familiar communities to live and work in a foreign country among people who speak a different … Continue reading An American Pastor in Italy: From Santee to Milan for the Brown family

HOPE in 2018

One of the best things about Facebook is reconnecting with old friends, and I recently had an interesting exchange with a few far-flung friends from my school days. We talked about the word God is leading us to choose for 2018. We may all view this word a little differently, but essentially it captures an … Continue reading HOPE in 2018

Exoneree available!

My collaborative memoir with Uriah Courtney about his wrongful conviction, incarceration, and subsequent exoneration is now available. Such a thrill to finally hold the physical copy of the book in my hand this week! What if America's judicial system, designed to protect the innocent, convicts the wrong man and sends him to prison? Uriah Courtney … Continue reading Exoneree available!

Now emeritus, Pontiers return to Iowa from Alberta

Rev. Ralph Pontier began his ministry in sunny Florida, moved to northwest Iowa, and then much farther north and west to Alberta. After his emeritation, he and Lois moved back to Iowa, but this time to Pella, in the southcentral part of the state. A 1976 graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Rev. Pontier … Continue reading Now emeritus, Pontiers return to Iowa from Alberta

Trinity Psalter Hymnal

Click on this link for how to pre-order multiple copies of the Trinity Psalter Hymnal, the joint songbook project of the URCNA and the OPC. You can save shipping by picking it up at the concurrent meetings of the OPC General Assembly and the URCNA Synod scheduled for June of 2018 at Wheaton College.