Spring conference on Addiction in Indiana

The 2019 Spring Conference at Mid-America Reformed Seminary featured Dr. James Berry, who spoke on “Understanding the Insanity of Addiction.” Dr. Berry is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University, where he also serves as the Director of Addiction Services. He is a recognized expert … Continue reading Spring conference on Addiction in Indiana

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Costa Rica Ministry Center opens

Seventeen years after construction began, Costa Rica Ministry Center is finally being fully utilized. The facility houses three ministries: the CECRE (Centro Educativo Cristiano Reformado) Christian High School, the CLIR (Confraternidad Latinoamericana de Iglesias Reformadas) printing operation, and the Pacto de Gracia congregation. The church has held worship services in a finished room on the … Continue reading Costa Rica Ministry Center opens

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.

God’s faithfulness in the fire

  A massive fire destroyed much of the Faith United Reformed Church building in West Olive, MI, on May 13. No one was inside at the time, and Pastor Matthew Nuiver was one of the first to notice smoke as he drove up that morning. “Initially I thought maybe it was a brush fire,” he … Continue reading God’s faithfulness in the fire

URC teen participates on UN panel

  Constance Tyne, a 15-year-old member of Grace Reformed Church, the URC plant in Jersey City, NJ, addressed UN representatives at the Commission on the Status of Women on March 22. She and the four other young people on the panel presented speeches on topics related to the theme “Women’s Empowerment and its Link to … Continue reading URC teen participates on UN panel

URC Pastors taking up new church families

Three pastors, all graduates of Mid-America Reformed Seminary, are bidding farewell to their initial congregations and taking up the ministerial mantle in second charges. Rev. Nick Alons (2006) has moved from the United Reformed Church of Prince Edward Island (PEI) to Lynwood URC in Lansing, IL. Rev. Steve Swets (2007) is moving from Immanuel Covenant Reformed … Continue reading URC Pastors taking up new church families

First URC of Oak Lawn: 100 years and counting

  The stately building of First United Reformed Church sits on a tree-lined corner of Oak Lawn, Illinois. The historic building reflects a lengthy history of Christian worship, and the congregation celebrated its 100th anniversary on September 13, 2015. About 250 people attended that day’s morning service, 180 enjoyed a fellowship lunch, and 200 participated … Continue reading First URC of Oak Lawn: 100 years and counting

Thinking Christianly about vocation, work, and leisure

  Protestants traditionally demonstrate an active work ethic, but many—perhaps particularly within Dutch Reformed circles—have more difficulty viewing leisure appropriately. At the annual fall conference of Covenant Reformed Church in Pella, IA, Leland Ryken, long-time professor and prolific author, guided attendees in developing a biblical view of vocation, work, and leisure. He addressed each of … Continue reading Thinking Christianly about vocation, work, and leisure

Uriah Courtney — wrongfully convicted

In 2005, Uriah Courtney was convicted for a crime he did not commit and sentenced to life in prison. He was released and exonerated in 2013 after new DNA testing proved his innocence. Because he was accused of a sexual assault on a minor, he was not permitted to see his son for the entire … Continue reading Uriah Courtney — wrongfully convicted

Dayspring church plant in Boise

A church plant on the far east side of Boise, ID, is moving forward with faith and vision. Dayspring Reformed Church, a church plant under the supervision of New Covenant United Reformed Church in Twin Falls, ID, may have a rather unusual name, but it is rooted in Scripture. Dayspring comes from the prophecy of … Continue reading Dayspring church plant in Boise