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Hughes’ key verse is 1 Timothy 4:7–8, “Exercise (discipline or train) thyself rather unto godliness.” Rev. Hughes is convinced that godliness and discipline are intrinsically linked. His opening chapter is entitled “Discipline for godliness.” Thereafter the book chapters include the topics of discipline in relationships, discipline of self (soul and character) and discipline in church […]

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Book Review: Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men Derek Kuiper   The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men, by Richard D. Phillips. Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing. Pp. xi + 220. $12.53 (softcover).   What is your mandate as a man? Is it to spend endless amounts of time on your electronic devices? Is it […]

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The Elusive Virtue of Contentment

Erik Raymond. Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age. Crossway, 2017. 166 pp. $14.99, cloth    Contentment is a virtue that is much easier to discuss than to practice. Whether in the back of church or on social media, the definitions roll easily off our tongues. “It is being satisfied with everything that God […]

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A Solid Resource for the Great Transition  

David. J Engelsma. The Belgic Confession: A Commentary. Vols. I-II. Jenison: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2019. Reviewed by H. David Schuringa      Although at this moment you may not sense an inner call to become a minister, or the wife of a minister, you have a calling to be an “armchair theologian.” That endearing term […]

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Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age 

  We are living in an age of spectacles. No, I’m not referring to the fact that people have started to wear eyeglasses for purely fashion purposes. I’m talking about things like YouTube celebrities, political scandals, Super Bowl ads, social media influencers, viral news stories, sports highlights, virtual reality video games, pornography, and the latest […]

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Christian Teachers in Public Schools

Stronks, J. K. and Stronks, G. G., Christian Teachers in Public Schools. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1999.  This was a textbook for one of my education courses at Calvin College this past semester, and honestly, I hardly read any of it. I simply read the title and figured its content didn’t apply much to […]

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When I was 13, my mom gave me the book Lies Young Women Believe. I didn’t read it right away, but when I did, I looked up the website listed inside: www.liesyoungwomenbelieve.com. I signed up for the emails and was presented with another website: www.girldefined.com. I signed up for their emails too. After a while […]

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Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God

Rankin Wilbourne. Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2016. 370 pp. $19.99, hardcover What does the phrase “union with Christ” mean to you? For many of us, the phrase may not be something completely new, but these are not words that we have spent much time […]

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