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Classis Pacific Northwest Overtures

The following are two overtures from Classis Pacific Northwest to Synod Wyoming 2016, to be held on June 13-17, at Bethany URC in Wyoming, Michigan. Overture re-union with the Canadian Reformed Churches:  Classis Pacific Northwest overtures Synod Wyoming 2016 of the United Reformed Churches to direct CERCU to discontinue all further action, advancement, processes, efforts […]

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California Covenant Conversation

Introduction On a hot summer night in Visalia, California, four men sat down together for a theological conversation, a colloquium. The night was June 4, 2014. The discussion, or colloquium, took place in the middle of the schedule of the Synod of the United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA), in the presence of all […]

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2015 RYS Convention

Reformed Youth Services (RYS) might well be regarded as one of best things going for the United Reformed Churches in North America. RYS membership of nearly one hundred churches also includes churches from the Christian Reformed Church, Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church of America, Reformed Church in the US, and some independent Reformed congregations. RYS […]

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Getting the Log Out

Introduction In response to a query by The Times to a handful of thinkers and writers of the day to the question, “What’s wrong with the world?,” G. K. Chesterton replied with an answer that was as stunning as it was succinct: Dear Sirs, I am. Yours, G. K. Chesterton Any man can tell you […]

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The Log of Tribalism

Introduction Now that we’ve reached the halfway point in this series of articles, let’s review where we’ve been and where we’re going. Fueled by a desire to be helpful to our confessional and conservative churches, I’ve been identifying some of our most prevalent weak spots with the hope that we will corporately turn in humble […]

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Salt Life Report – RYS Convention 2016

Salt is good, but if salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another. ­—Mark 9:50 This is my third year at the RYS Youth Convention. I can undoubtedly say that it is a tremendous blessing as a young Christian to […]

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Convention 2016: Salt Life

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver —Prov. 25:11 This year at convention we learned how to live the salt life. Our main sessions taught about being at peace with one another. As Christians, “we are broken to bless, to bless the broken.” “We are a rock that needs […]

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Are There Really Five Points of Calvinism?

The end of 2018 through the beginning of 2019 will mark the four hundredth anniversary of the Synod of Dort  (held November 13–May 29) and its greatest achievement: the Canons of Dort.1 This synod or ecclesiastical assembly of professors, pastors, and politicians from throughout Reformed regions in Europe gathered in the city of Dort in […]

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2018 RYS Convention

2018 RYS Convention Every year, the last day of the Reformed Youth Service (RYS) convention is comprised of tear-filled goodbyes, mutual promises of shared contact, and a general excitement for the next RYS convention. But among the hugs, kisses, and exchanging of social media and contact information is one person who is doing something a […]

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What Does It Mean to Be Reformed? Part 1: Worship

What Does It Mean to Be Reformed? Part 1: Worship As I sit in my study gathering a few books to do some reading and writing, I am reminded of what I have on my wall. I have pictures of each of my children scattered throughout my bookshelves. I have a picture of my dear […]

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