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The Burning of the Wooden Shoes 2

May 19, 2018 - 9:24 am in Church doctrine, Church Services

Here follows the second and final part of Christopher J Gordon’s pertinent warning. Social Justice or Gospel Injustice? The pressures being laid upon Reformed churches are many. As a pastor, I have felt the pressure to conform to the American way of church.…

The Burning of the Wooden Shoes 1

May 17, 2018 - 7:14 pm in Church doctrine, Church Services

The attempt by churches to make themselves more acceptable to the world and to attract more members has led to a decline in those churches. We’ve seen…

Are We Following the Decline in the RCN? (2)

In the previous article based on Rev J Moesker’s speech he illustrates that what we see happening in the RCN are changes to accommodate today’s culture.…

Are We Following the Decline in the RCN? (1)

Are Canadian Reformed Churches (CanRC) following the decline in Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (RCN)? Rev J Visscher says no. Rev J Moesker says yes. What follows is a somewhat condensed transcription of his speech “Are we following the Reformed churches…

Who Reads Scripture in Public Worship?

Many Protestant churches today allow unordained male and female members of the congregation to be readers in church services. Our Dutch sister churches, the GKv, have joined them. In this article, Dr Cornelis Van Dam investigates whether this practice is something…

To Stay or to Leave?

In Nederlands Dagblad (18 April 2017) Kees de Ruijter, emeritus professor of the GKv’s Theological University at Kampen, writes that he recently met someone at a (GKv)[i] church service who hadn’t attended for 20 years. “Reverend,” the man had cried…

The Church Service

April 8, 2017 - 1:38 pm in Church Services

We usually go to church twice every Sunday; or, at least, that is the expectation. When this is done on a regular basis it tends to become, like so many other things, habitual and a routine, while its purpose and privilege can be forgotten. Consequently, we…

Evangelical and Reformed Worship: What’s the Difference?

March 7, 2016 - 11:44 am in Church Services

As evangelical services continue to attract young and even older members from Reformed congregations in which they were raised, it is well to ask, but what are the key differences between evangelical and Reformed worship? This article considers some characteristics…