“Purity in the hands of a holy God is a powerful instrument.”
Reflections on the Bible, theology, or doctrine from a Reformed perspective.
Have you ever driven yourself to your destination with no memory of the drive? Or perhaps you’ve discovered yourself lost in a daydream when you intended to be in prayer? Mindfulness can help you focus on the now.
Jesus held his threefold office in perfect balance. We do not. In fact, we are prone to emphasize one of the offices at the expense of the other two. Each of us is lopsided. What’s worse, our lopsidedness does more than hinder our personal growth. It also causes us to discount other believers who do not share the same lopsidedness.
If we want church to resonate with the next generation, here are a few words to consider dropping.
At the risk of insulting the intelligence of his student, Solomon calls him a “sluggard” and tells him to go learn how to live wisely from an insect.
Too many of TULIP’s terms are misleading and easily caricatured; they end up misrepresenting the Canons of Dort and giving a distorted impression of Reformed theology.
In a culture drowning in conflict, there is simply nothing more beautiful, needful, or relevant than the reconciling power of the gospel and a people willing to live in light of it.
My evangelistic challenges don’t end with casual friends and strangers. I’m better at sharing the reasons for my hope with people close to me. Still, some of the people I care most about care hardly at all about Jesus. They’re good people. They often love their neighbors in ways I fail to. They just don’t engage with Jesus or his church.
We had just crossed the border from Michigan into Ontario. I was driving a van filled with seven college student worship leaders, and one of the guys piped up, “It’s two hours till we're back on campus. I’d like everyone to name their favorite Bible verse and explain why it matters to you.”
Nobody imagined what would happen as the result of Ruth gleaning in Boaz’s field.
If we believe that God has already inaugurated his reign and rule, then the primary way to unlock the power of the Holy Spirit is through our believing actions.
Understanding the books of Kings and Chronicles may help us navigate today’s challenging political climate.
Earlier this year we were standing in the eating area of prison block Number 4 at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Let’s recognize the Canons of Dort for what they are: not a summary of Reformed theology, or even a full account of election, but a crucial clarification of some key issues that matter as much now as they did 400 years ago.
The Heidelberg Catechism is the most popular, most loved catechism of many that emerged from the Reformation. But it is over 450 years old. Does it still speak to our churches—and to each of us—today?
From beginning to end, Our World Belongs to God testifies that God is fully present and involved in our lives.
The Belgic Confession clearly has a powerful early history. But does it have any lasting significance for our churches today? Is it more than a historical document established as one of the three confessional standards of the Christian Reformed Church? In what ways does the Belgic Confession still speak to us today?
One of the most important theological distinctions—a distinction with vast implications for how we understand God, our world, and ourselves—is the difference between the God who pushes and the God who pulls.
Where does God live? Our quick and easy answer is almost dismissive of the question but at the same time almost staggers us with its implications.
What congregations can do―and avoid doing—when they’re in a transition zone.
The weathered and white-haired Christian Reformed elder says to my father, “This is the true church!”
The Reformed tradition has often been accused of being overly cerebral and intellectual.
- There may be times when your prayers appear to do nothing more than bounce off the ceiling.
- It’s strange that the traditional forms for baptism used in the Christian Reformed Church never mention the baptism of Jesus.