Jubilee Tour explores Reformation sites

Dr. Cornel Venema and his wife, Nancy, never expected they would lead a tour group in Europe to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. But in God’s providence, they were in Germany on the actual date marking the event. Tony Aguilar, representing Levia Tour in New York City, contacted Dr. Venema and asked … Continue reading Jubilee Tour explores Reformation sites

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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

Greenville Conference Celebrates Gospel Freedom

“Trumpet Call: 500 Years of Gospel Freedom” served as the theme for the spring conference of Grenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (GPTS). About 375 people (including people from Nigeria, South Africa, and Canada) attended all or part of the lectures presented at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Simpsonville, SC, from March 14-16, 2017. A chapel … Continue reading Greenville Conference Celebrates Gospel Freedom

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

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