LATEST CHURCH NEWS
6 Puritan Project Reformation Conference in Brazil by Glenda Mathes
Report on a conference in Brazil that is supported by the Canadian Reformed Churches. Free Reformed pastor, Rev. Wes Bredenhof, was the main speaker addressing evangelism and Reformed Theology for 500 eager listeners.
8 OPC GA: Mending Fences by Glenda Mathes
While tending to doctrinal disputes at home, see how the OPC General Assembly established ecumenical fellowship with several denominations including, significantly, The Bible Presbyterian Church.
12 PCA GA: Healing for some, hurting for others by John T. Elliot
CR reporting provides a first-hand account on the General Assembly’s work on diversity, opposing racism and cracking open the door for female participation in the ministry of the church.
13 Dr. Ferguson at Geneva College by Michael Kearny
A member of the Class of 2017 reviews Dr. Sinclair Ferguson’s address that encourages Geneva College graduates to take their education, go out, and learn to sing the Lord’s song in a strange land.
14 LOCAL CHURCH: Jordan; Greenville, SC; Toronto; St. Catharines
Reports from the trenches of confessional reformed congregations celebrate recent conversions leading to adult and family baptisms that are empowering the entire church for “a closer walk with the living God.” Also, Greenville Seminary sends out eight M.Div. graduates for Great Commission ministry.
24 The Story of James Evans by Scott Bredenhof
Ever hear of Missionary James Evans? This historical piece traces the treacherous and dangerous adventures of a sinner, guided by a sovereign God, who painstakingly brought salvation to Canadian indigenous peoples.
17 Counting the Cost of Missions by Brian Lee
Seeking to navigate the choppy waters between congregational and denominational mission efforts, Dr. Lee asks, “How much do URCNA churches spend on missions? I don’t think anyone knows. But I think it is worth asking, and it’s a question we should be prepared to answer.”
18 Lessons from God in Adversity by Marian Van Til
Marian speaks from her heart reflecting on what she’s learned about the Sovereignty of God through her painful, medically baffling and never-ending health challenges.
20 Tragedy and Triumph by Norm Bomer
“The persecution inflicted for decades upon Hungarians by the Soviet Russians—particularly against Christians—is notorious. Who would have thought to ask the Russians for forgiveness?”
35 Cybercrime and Cyber Warfare by Ruth Vanhooydonk
Concerned that your credit card information could be hacked? You should be. But hacking is child’s-play compared to cyber-criminal activity that has advanced in frightening proportions with our technological achievements.
34 Church Theology In-Formation
In this issue of CR’s new column, gleanings from periodicals within the OPC, RCUS, RPC, PRC and beyond will keep you updated on uplifting conversations within the family of confessional churches.
22 Old Habits Die Hard: Calvin on Baptism by Timothy Scheuers
This week focuses on the Genevan Reformer pastorally challenging the medieval superstition of baptizing covenant children dying at birth, as well as parents who didn’t feel the need to attend the baptisms of their infants who lived.
30 On Worship: The Experience of Worship by Nick Smith
"Everything we do in worship is intended, not to resist the idea of experience, but to honor and embrace the experience of heaven that God’s Word promises. . . .”
37 Our Father: A series on the Lord’s Prayer by Gerry Wiscz
The case is made for the fact that Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father” rather than, “My Father” has concrete implications for prayer in the life of a congregation. See if you agree.
THEOLOGY IN PRACTICE
28 How Great is Your God? by H. David Schuringa
“Let’s just face it head-on. Is God, then, the author of evil?” At first, you might judge the writer’s perspective as Soli Deo Gloria on steroids. But then, you might think again about the premier “Alone” of the Reformation.
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