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How Our Thinking has Changed

GENERAL OBSERVATIONS We are living in a truly wonderful age. During the last few decades man has greatly increased his knowledge of the physical universe and his control over it. Although we may justly view with alarm our meager progress in the moral and spiritual realm, we must admit that science has opened our eyes […]

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Fighting for Unity

Have you ever noticed a change in your church’s youth group right after attending a Reformed Youth Services (RYS) convention or participating in a Reformed Mission Services trip? In addition to gushing with enthusiasm for their favorite memories of the week or the countless new friends they made, there’s often a euphoria that’s harder to […]

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No Room on the Denominational Plane – Revisited

Several years ago I wrote an article for the Mid-America Messenger entitled, “No Room on the Denominational Plane” (7/9, August, 1989). The article commented on the decision of Synod 1989 of the Christian Reformed Church not to include Mid· America Reformed Seminary on the denominational list of approved causes for offerings in the churches. Since […]

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Unity in Diversity or Disunity in Unfaithfulness?

God’s Word defines a number of ways in which we are united as believers. The foundational unity of the people of God is the fact that we are united to Christ. John chapter 15 gives us a beautiful illustration of this unity as it describes the believer as the branches and Jesus Christ as the […]

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Under the Cloak of Unity

The 1996 Synod of the CRC had as one of its buzz words: “Unity.” The delegates wanting women in the offices of elder and minister in the CRC argued for unity again and again, along with using such words as: peace, love, brothers and love for the church. Those opposed to the ordination of women […]

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Readers Respond

In the September issue of The Outlook, contributing editor, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, wrote an article entitled “A Reformed Dream” in which he expressed a call to unity between Reformed denominations. He proposed that the Reformed denominations which he listed “join together under one general assembly (or general national synod) with each denomination becoming a […]

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Dealing with Our Differences

Perfect harmony among God’s people is not to be expected before we get to heaven. There, where all infirmity and all ignorance is over and gone forever, the Lord’s people will “see eye-to-eye” on everything. There all mysteries will be explained to all the saints, and all the controverted points of doctrine and duty will […]

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Understanding Christian Unity

By way of reminder, the point of this series is that Protestants have good reason to keep protesting. For instance, the doctrines of biblical authority and justification still separate us from Rome. And the Protestant doctrine of salvation and understanding of biblical authority make a big difference in the way Protestants regard and practice their […]

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