URCNA Classis Western Canada welcomes two pastors

Classis Western Canada met in a special session on April 7, 2017, in order to conduct colloquium doctums for two ministers. The consistory of Trinity Reformed Church of Lethbridge, AB, desired to call the two men to serve its congregation. “This classis meeting was truly a joy to witness,” reported Stated Clerk Rev. James Roosma … Continue reading URCNA Classis Western Canada welcomes two pastors

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A dangerous book

Choosing the Good Portion: Women of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church; edited by Patricia E. Clawson & Diane L. Olinger; published by The Committee for the Historian of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church; cloth, 470 pages; © 2016   This is a dangerous book. Like Proverbs 31, it can make women feel inferior if they begin to … Continue reading A dangerous book

The path to ministry from Michigan to New Zealand

On December 10, 2016, Aaron Warner was ordained in the Reformed Churches of New Zealand (RCNZ) and installed as the minister of the Reformed Church of Palmerston North. Rev. Warner was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is a 2015 graduate of Mid-America Reformed Seminary. About 100 people attended the ordination and installation, … Continue reading The path to ministry from Michigan to New Zealand

Annual gathering provides fellowship and teaching for pastors and wives

For the past several years, pastors and wives from Canadian Reformed and United Reformed churches in western North America have gathered for the Western Ministerial Conference (WMC), which many participants describe as more of a retreat. Part of the relaxed feeling may arise from the conference’s scenic location at Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Center in … Continue reading Annual gathering provides fellowship and teaching for pastors and wives

Rev. Jeff DeBoer examined at Classis Central US

When Classis Central US met on September 12 & 13, 2016, a significant item on the agenda was the colloquium doctum for Rev. Jeff De Boer. But before that conversation began, a question was raised regarding its necessity. A little background helps explain Rev. De Boer’s path to that moment. A 2000 graduate from Mid-America … Continue reading Rev. Jeff DeBoer examined at Classis Central US

Classis Michigan declares URCNA candidate

When Classis Michigan of the URCNA met on October 11, 2016, the primary item on the agenda was the candidacy examination of Arjen Vreugdenhil. According to Classis Clerk Greg Lubbers, delegates took most of the day to conduct a through exam before determining “without dissent” that Mr. Vreugdenhil had sustained all sections of the examination. … Continue reading Classis Michigan declares URCNA candidate

Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing percolates Christian worldview

The Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing, a Christian worldview conference for students and adults on October 15, 2016, in Johnston, IA, featured an impressive line-up of speakers and panelists. “The conference speakers sounded a clarion call to the church not to retreat, but to stand firm in their public witness as Western culture grows increasingly hostile to … Continue reading Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing percolates Christian worldview

PRTS Conference on the Christian Worldview

What do we mean when we speak of a worldview? At a conference in August of 2016, Dr. Joel Beeke defined it as how “we see and evaluate everything” with “assumptions that control how we think and feel and act.” A worldview, he said, is “not just a pair of glasses or contact lenses that … Continue reading PRTS Conference on the Christian Worldview

OPC church plant in Wisconsin: unique outreach efforts

Next time you vacation in the Wisconsin Dells, plan to drive less than 20 miles southwest to Reedsburg and worship with the saints at Grace Reformed Church. You’ll find sound preaching and warm fellowship in a congregation that reaches out in unusual ways. The church began as a mission work of the Presbytery of the … Continue reading OPC church plant in Wisconsin: unique outreach efforts

Rosaria Butterfield offers a Gospel perspective

How should Christians participate in today’s culture wars? Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in New Braunfels, TX, addressed that question by hosting a conference at which Dr. Rosaria Butterfield spoke about “A Welcoming Gospel.” Rosaria Butterfield is the well-known author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, which chronicles her journey from a tenured professor, … Continue reading Rosaria Butterfield offers a Gospel perspective