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

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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

URC seeks right house for worship in DC

  For the last five years, Christ Reformed Church (URCNA) has met for worship in the historic Grace Reformed Church building, located on 15th Street in downtown Washington, DC. Like other Gothic Revival style churches, the building features lofty spires and luminous stained-glass windows. But the architecture stands alone in its sculptural tributes to key … Continue reading URC seeks right house for worship in DC

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

Wide range of responses to 2016 PCA GA’s actions

  The 44th General Assembly (GA) of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) met from June 20-23, 2016. Responses to its actions ranged from trivial humor to full approval to serious concern. A new denominational logo, which depicts a cross and an open Bible, occasioned social media remarks noting a resemblance to the helmet of … Continue reading Wide range of responses to 2016 PCA GA’s actions

RCA: Somber synod affirms joyful marriage

  The 2016 General Synod of the Reformed Church in America affirmed marriage as “a joyful covenanting between a man and a woman,” but Synod’s atmosphere was more melancholy than joyful. And a similar level of disunity would strain any marriage. Some delegates, who anticipated difficult decisions regarding denominational affiliation, felt a sense of reprieve. … Continue reading RCA: Somber synod affirms joyful marriage

Mid-America appoints new Vice President of Advancement

  On May 4, 2016, Mr. Michael B. Deckinga began his position as the Vice President of Advancement at Mid-America Reformed Seminary in Dyer, IN. The VP of Advancement nurtures the Seminary’s external relationships and advances its mission through marketing, communications, and development. Mr. Deckinga’s work includes managing fundraisers and gifts as well as providing … Continue reading Mid-America appoints new Vice President of Advancement

Mid-America no longer going with the “Flo”

  Vice President of Administration retires after 35 years Over 100 people gathered on the evening of May 11, 2016, to celebrate Florence Kooiman’s 35 years of faithful service to Mid-America Reformed Seminary . The bittersweet celebration also marked her retirement in the summer of 2016 from her position as Vice President of Administration. Anyone … Continue reading Mid-America no longer going with the “Flo”