NEWS HEADLINES 06 URC Conference for Pastors on Missions by Glenda Mathes Speakers from the URCNA, PCA, CanRC and OPC, including Renewal contributing writer, Dr. Brian Lee, were featured at a recent conference of missions. Here’s what Glenda Matthes reported on what they had to say on vital subjects of church planting, consumerism and reaching millennials.
10 Now emeritus, Pontiers return to Iowa by Glenda Mathes Although Rev. Ralph Pontier is now officially “retired” from the ministry, he doesn’t consider his emeritus status as a period of inactivity. “Retirement, as time of self-indulgence, is a worldly concept that has no place in the lives of God’s people.” See what we found out about his plans.
12 Westminster California appoints new President by Glenda Mathes Dr. Joel Kim, who is a minister in the PCA and earned his Ph.D. under Prof. Dr. Richard Meuller, has been appointed by the Westminster Seminary in California board as its new president. 12 ICRC to gather in Jordan in July The International Conference of Reformed Churches meets next month. Here’s a report of what’s on the agenda for this time when, as Rev. James Visscher says, it is important to promote “a bond between Presbyterian and Reformed churches . . . the Christian faith is under attack in many quarters.”
13 New Senior Pastor Installed in First Chino by Glenda Mathes Rev. Brad Neymeyer has been installed as the next pastor of First Chino URC with participation by Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, Rev. Andrew Cammenga and Rev. Ronald Scheures.
14 Intelligent Design Conference report by Gerry Wisz "The rejection of intelligent design is a kind of self-induced blindness that must do its best to ignore human awe at the power and wisdom of God in order to tell itself the story that it’s not real.” CR contributor, Gerry Witz, offers a riveting first-hand account of a conference with speakers like Dr. Vern Poythress and Dr. Douglas Axe, who share findings that continue to haunt scientists.
37 RCN to vote on women in office by John Elliot Get in touch with what the “Mother-church” of the Canadian Reformed Churches, the Vrijgemaakt Gereformeerde Kerken, is up to in making a push for women in office at their Synod this year.
FEATURE ARTICLE 24 The Hermeneutics of the Immigration Divide by H. David Schuringa Surprisingly, even mainliners are quoting the Bible these days when it comes to the plethora of texts that speak directly to welcoming aliens and strangers. The question is posed whether the Word of God is being “rightly divided” (interpreted) when it comes to today’s immigration crisis.
COLUMNS 20 The Gift of Song by Marian Van Til CR resident musicologist describes her personal journey in learning (somewhat) to sing, as inspiration for any and all Christians to make a joyful noise and sing a new song unto the Lord.
22 Dekker on Deck by Norm Bomer Would any responsible Christian parents actually let their thirteen-year-old daughter go sailing, by herself, around the world? See what the parents and the government decided, and then ask what you would do in their situation.
28 Building for the Long Term by Brian Lee Concluding a series on church real estate, a case is made for long-term, rather than short-term planning when it comes to church planting.
34 Things Change by D. Allan Stares Only this boy named, David, grew to lead such a unique, global and adventurous life that, with an amazing wife behind him, earned this moving tribute upon his death.
36 Church Theology In-Formation A new, regular column is keeping you up-to-date on important discussions, of value to all, within various conservative Reformed churches that are considered treasured members of the Christian Renewal family.
REFORMATION 500 17 Reformation and Division in the Church The Reformation is often criticized by opponents for dividing the church. But was the division in the aftermath a good or bad thing? See how theological professors J.V. Fesco, William Van Doodywaard and D. A. Strangeview the events.
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