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The Belgic Lightning Bolt

  Great events in the history of the church are bolts of lightning from heaven.  But they do not strike out of a clear, blue sky on a sunny day.  They flash from storm clouds and are forecast by a darkening day.  Such was the case with the writing, and adoption as a Reformed creed, […]

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Common Grace in the Canons?

In 1924, the Christian Reformed Synod of Kalamazoo made the striking claim that the Canons of Dordt support the theory of common grace. The synod did not merely claim that the theory of common grace did not conflict with the Canons, but also that the theory of common grace was actually to be found within […]

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A Crash Course on How to Study the Bible 

Scripture Reading: Acts 8:26–35  Have you ever felt that way? The way the Ethiopian eunuch felt as he was reading the Bible? He had his Bible open to Isaiah 53. He read it. But he couldn’t understand it!  Has that ever happened to you? You’re around the dinner table. After eating, your father opens the […]

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The Office of All Believer

Question and Answer 32 occupies a blessed location in our Heidelberg Catechism. It comes in the middle of a section that is all about our Savior.  Q&A 31 asks, “Why is He called Christ, that is, anointed?”  Q&A 33 asks, “Why is Christ called the only begotten Son of God?” But between them is Q&A […]

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Musical Gifts? How Music is Learned

There once was a girl who lived on a farm. The privileges she loved  on that farm included shoveling manure, stacking hay bales, and  regularly mistaking her fingernail as the nail head. Blood, blisters, calluses, cuts; her hands were no dainty figures. Now a fourth generation American long removed from the life of the Netherlands, […]

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Thankful for Education

ongratulations! If you are reading this, you are educated. It might not seem like a big deal, but it is. According to UNESCO, only 74% of the world is literate. You are on the good side of that percentage. When you consider statistics about educational opportunity from The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and […]

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Dying on the Vine

The desire for knowledge is dying.  No, not a real death, but a metaphorical one.  Knowledge, now so easily obtained, is disparaged.  With high supply and low demand, her value has plummeted.  In that sense, she is dying.  She is dying, and we would do well to mourn her loss in our culture.     The […]

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Public vs. Christian Education

For many members of the Protestant Reformed Churches, Christian education is the only type of education that they have ever known. As a student of Christian education from the age of five in a room of Hudsonville PRC to the age of 21 at a Christian university in West Michigan, the same can be said […]

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Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

You might have heard in history class of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. You might know that he was a brilliant Civil War general. But did you know that he loved God? Did you know that he sought to keep the sabbath day holy in thankfulness for his salvation? On Sundays during the war, he worshipped […]

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