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A Baptist Minister in a Reformed Pulpit

October 2, 2018 - 5:54 pm in Canadian Reformed Churches, Church Services

Blessings Christian Church (hereafter Blessings), a member of our Canadian Reformed sister churches (CanRC), has caused controversy about its decision to allow a Baptist minister to preach a sermon or two from its pulpit. Blessings’ minister, Rev Bill DeJong,…

The Church, Bulwark of the Truth 1

Recently articles have been published on this site about efforts in Holland and America to entice ‘outsiders’ to church. Such efforts involve changing…

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…

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 a warning example of this in the Netherlands in the RCN (GKv). The following article by Christopher J Gordon…

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. In this second article he expands on the idea that it is based very much on feelings and emotions,…

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…