VOLUME 35 Issue #11 May 3, 2017
06 Come to the Water Cornerstone conference
According to Sarah Ivill, “The world wants us to believe our deepest contentment is found when we glorify ourselves.” Read the coverage of a women’s conference that overflows with living water for this dry and thirsty land.
09 On Choosing the Good Portion conference
“We will not be able to serve well and with the proper focus if we are not more enthralled with Jesus.” That’s just a sip of the counter-cultural message at a popular women’s conference in Hamilton.
10 Surveying the Significance of the Reformation
The seventh annual conference of the Canadian Reformed Seminary featured a full slate of intriguing speakers including Dr. Van Raalte who “outlined 12 means of grace in the restoration of the church.” Do we still treasure them 500 years later?
14 A Gospel work grows in Naples, Italy
Gerry Wisz offers a first-hand report of a tiny church plant blossoming in heart of Naples, the city of the Mafia, gangs, political corruption and the ever-imposing Roman Catholic Church.
17 An MP with both rhyme and reason
A young, articulate member of Parliament, Arnold Viersen is the face of a political movement engaging confessional reformed churches in the political process. Here’s Michael Sweep’s exclusive interview to see what he’s up to.
FEATURE: PROFILE IN HISTORY
24 A Real McCoy: His efforts to minister to Indians
The unjust treatment of native Americans is a pretty familiar story. Call it the majority report. For the minority report, here gain another perspective.
19 A Letter from Heaven (Bomer)
Norm Bomer was all set to crank out his next CR column when he got side-tracked by a sunset of the heavenly kind.
20 Institutions Matter (Lee)
Reporting from Washington DC, Brian Lee has learned something of the importance of a church being not only a living organism, but also a dynamic institution with a name and place in the heart of our cities.
22 The Sheep and the Goats then and now (Van Til)
If you have a problem with the parable, and all those fine folks heading for hell, you may have difficulty with an absolutely sovereign God who both judges the wicked and welcomes sinners.
32 The Open Source Movement (VanHooydonk)
A technical series more for giraffes than bunnies, VanHooydonk traces in this installation a fascinating antagonistic synergy that gave rise to the internet software explosion enjoyed today worldwide that couldn’t even be imagined less than 20 years ago.
36 Rain (Stares)
When it come to the big or the small stuff in everyday life, Stares shows that to “sort of” believe in providence misses the whole point.
26 Our Monastic Catechism
Have you ever considered becoming a monk? Probably not, as Calvinism and monasticism, like oil and water, don’t mix. But then, what’s with that Gem of Heidelberg in Lord’s Day 1?
BOOKS & IDEAS
28 The Benedict Option: Dreher’s dire forecast
Our news commentator, John P. Elliot, reviews a disturbing and influential book rehearsing the modern evangelical movement which has created so much dissonance that believers may soon find themselves as cultural refugees heading for the hills.