Oh, to be cloned, times two

The week of June 11 was one of those times when I wished I could be cloned so I could be in two places at the same time. Actually, it would have been nice to be in four places at the same time. The United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA) and the Orthodox Presbyterian … Continue reading Oh, to be cloned, times two


Glorying in God’s Grace – book review

The Glory of Grace: The Story of the Canons of Dort by William Boekestein; illustrated by Evan Hughes © 2012 by William Boekestein, Reformation Heritage Books: Grand Rapids, MI, 30 pp.       Readers of the third volume in the Boekestein/Hughes trilogy of children’s books will find themselves glorying in God’s grace. The collaborative … Continue reading Glorying in God’s Grace – book review

New Zealand Reformation celebrations

Reformation celebrations are rather rare in New Zealand. Yet churches belonging to the Reformed Churches of New Zealand (RCNZ) hosted some significant Reformation-related events in 2012. Rev. Leo de Vos says about a meeting held on Reformation Day in the Reformed Church of Silverstream, “Some of our churches are not inclined to have services on … Continue reading New Zealand Reformation celebrations

Lethbridge URC begins “preaching station”

On September 30, 2012, about 30 people attended the first worship service Trinity Reformed Church (URCNA) of Lethbridge, AB, held at a preaching station in Medicine Hat. The term “preaching station” may be unfamiliar within United Reformed parlance, but it’s more familiar in Free Reformed dialogue. Trinity’s Rev. Hank Van der Woerd, who was in … Continue reading Lethbridge URC begins “preaching station”

Avondale RCNZ: Reaching out to a diverse community

Some may envision New Zealand as a paradise of scenic landscapes and simple living on sheep ranches. But while the suburb of Avondale is only 30 minutes from the black sand and surf of the Tasman Sea to the west and only 20 minutes from the white sand of the Pacific Ocean to the east, … Continue reading Avondale RCNZ: Reaching out to a diverse community

Taking aim at church planting in Rifle, Colorado

A new church plant in Classis Southwest US of the URCNA began worship services on September 30, 2012. Rev. Brad Lenzner brought messages on “Free Grace for the Dead and Guilty” from Ephesians 2:1-10, and “The Way God Feeds Us (Part 1): Gospel Preaching,” based on Romans 10. Rev. Lenzner, who pastored Emmanuel URC in … Continue reading Taking aim at church planting in Rifle, Colorado

GI Williamson: Reflecting on 60 years of ministry

Many men may be honored for 60 years in ministry, but few would equal the extensive influence of Rev. G. I. Williamson. Rev. Williamson has spread the gospel in global contexts, preaching and teaching in the United States, New Zealand, and other countries. His written works have been translated into multiple languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, … Continue reading GI Williamson: Reflecting on 60 years of ministry

Milan church: Renovation and reformation

The meeting place of Chiesa Evangelica Riformata Filadelfia (CERF) in Milan, Italy, is undergoing a major renovation. For some time, the congregation has been meeting in a 630 square-foot former computer store. The building, surrounded by apartments and factories, is located on the northern outskirts of Milan. Many people from southern Italy moved to the … Continue reading Milan church: Renovation and reformation

Short Synod for the RPCNA in 2012

    Every four years, the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) hosts a popular International Conference. Since 2012 is the year for the Conference, the RPCNA’s annual Synod was shortened to only three days, instead of its usual five. But three days proved to be enough as Synod finished its business 30 minutes … Continue reading Short Synod for the RPCNA in 2012

PCA GA handles a variety of issues

The 40th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) met from June 19-21, 2012, in Louisville, KY. The 1,120 commissioners, consisting of 832 Teaching Elders (ministers) and 288 Ruling Elders (elders), elected Dr. Michael F. Ross, pastor of Christ Covenant PCA in Matthews, NC, as Moderator. Dr. Roy Taylor serves as Stated Clerk … Continue reading PCA GA handles a variety of issues