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In Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer recorded for us in John 17, we hear Jesus praying tenderly for “those which you (the Father) have given me” who are in the world but not of it. But not only does Jesus pray for those living at that time, but He goes on to say, “I pray also […]

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The Beauty of Reformed Fellowship

This was a speech delivered at the conference of World Reformed Fellowship. When we speak of Reformed fellowship, we are speaking of the Church, the Koinonia, the communion of the saints, the elect, those who were once “no people” but now are known as “the people of God.” Let us focus on the doctrines of […]

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The “Catholicity” of the Church

While attending the organizing meeting of the World Reformed Fellowship, I was reminded of the ancient confession of the church, “I believe … one holy, catholic church” (Apostles’ Creed). When enjoying fellowship with representatives of Reformed and Presbyterian denominations, churches, institutions, and seminaries from throughout the world, the catholicity of the church strikes one as […]

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The Fear of God as a Central Part of Reformed Spirituality

This morning devotional was given at the conference of the World Reformed Fellowship. “Meaningless! Meaningless!/I says the Teacher. Not only was the Teacher wise, but also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he […]

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The Value of an Unwritten Letter (Part II)

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, to those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. Dear friends, although I was very eager…to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I […]

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Psalms, Hymns and Watts

Today we are seeing a revolution in church music. The changes of the past two decades or so include new musical instruments introduced widely into public worship, new and more contemporary styles of melodies for singing, and much more time given to music in the worship service. The new hymnody is more emotionally charged and […]

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Elders as Pastors, One More Time…

One of the things I have learned the hard way is the importance of repeating the important things often, simply, and dearly. For example, preachers like me will fail to preach gospel expositions of passages like John 3:16 because we personally become bored studying and repeating what we might consider simple basics. Or churches will […]

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Book Briefs

A Woman’s Mission by John J. James ISBN 1-57358-117-8 (Booklet, 34 pages). Retail: $3.00 “The sweetness and urgency of this call to piety from the pen ofa pastor who underswod the potential ofa woman when she is transformed by grace—reaches across the decades to the depths ofthe female soul…I pray that women everywhere will heed […]

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