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Fathers and Brethren! “Give Heed to Reading”

Paul’s first epistle to Timothy is a a masterpiece of inspired counsel for the busy young bishop and pastor in metropolitan Ephesus. By nature somewhat reticent and faced with overwhelming problems, Timothy needed encouragement and advice. The veteran missionary does not hesitate to give both, even to insisting, “Give heed to reading, …” (I Tim. 4:13b).         […]

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Fathers and Brethren!

One day Benjamin Harrison, then president of the United States, was engaged in earnest conversation with Philadelphia’s merchant prince, John Wanamaker. Said the former, “I have received many honors which I held dear and to which I tried to be true. But none of these do I esteem higher than my calling as ruling elder […]

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Deacons at Prayer

In the last issue, I challenged the eldership to prayer: specific, diligent and faithfully practiced prayer. In this one, I direct that same challenge to the deacons in the church. A couple of introductory comments are in order. With the elders. a warning needed to be sounded about the danger of forgetting that their work is […]

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Lessons from Romania (II)

Last month I wrote describing my recent (Feb. 93) trip to Beius, Romania. There I worked with a medical mission team for two weeks caring for bodies and preaching to hearts of people who had been denied the gospel during the 45 years of the Ceausescu regime. I observed with delight the wisdom of God […]

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Deacons: Another Look at an Important Work

Periodically, it is important to revisit the basics of our work in the Lord’s church. Marriage partners should re-read Ephesians 5:21ff; preachers should not neglect to preach on John 3:16 or Ephesians 2:1–10 on a regular basis so as to remind God’s people of the fundamentals; and elders and deacons should review the basic Scriptural […]

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Deacons at Prayer

In the last issue I challenged the eldership to prayer: specific, diligent and faithfully practiced prayer. In this one, I direct that same challenge to the deacons in the church. A couple of introductory comments are in order. With the elders, a warning needed to be sounded about the danger to forget that their work […]

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Building Men of God (1)

Last month, I wrote this column a piece explaining why I think the unbridled criticism of Promise Keepers I hear from so many quarters of the Reformed world is unwarranted. In short, I argued that we ought to take a balanced and careful approach, testing the produce and the fruit of the movement before opposing […]

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Many Churches Evade Responsibility for the Poor

When Ebenezer Scrooge meets a group of Londoners collecting for the poor in Charles Dickens, classic “A Christmas Carol,” he dismisses personal responsibility for his fellow men by asking if there are not enough poorhouses and debtors prisons in the country. Flash forward to 1996 and the state of Maryland where recently a group of […]

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In the last article, I suggested a list of 8 propositions summarizing what Scripture said about the ministry of mercy. It was (and is) my hope that these propositions would find their way to a Deacon’s Meeting table, and prompt careful Scriptural study and policy review and revision. In this one, I wish to explore […]

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