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20 June 2021

The Great Commission in the Old Testament. By L. Michael Morales. https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/great-commission-old-testament/ Properly conceived as grounded in God’s own kingship, the Great Commission begins before humanity’s fall away from communion with God.  On the sixth day, man was… Read More

13 June 2021

Be holy, as I am holy! In our study on the holiness of God so far (and it’s been a while since our last entry!), what we’ve seen is that God’s holiness is His total state of being, wherein He is revealed as being transcendentally separate from all else in existence (if that sounds strange, please reach out to me and I’ll… Read More

6 June 2021

Leaving a church to the glory of God. Pastoral Note: The following article was published on the Reformation 21 website, and was written by Christian McShaffery, a pastor in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (which is a sister denomination to our own CRCA). It might seem an odd choice of article to reprint in our newsletter,… Read More

30 May 2021

The Focus of Worship by Joseph Pipa   As we think about the purposes of worship, there are several important principles. First, the object of our worship is the Triune God.  We worship God the Father, through Christ the Mediator, by the Spirit (Ps. 100; John 4:22-24).  Hence, our worship must be God-centred… Read More

16 May 2021

What is the gospel? by Steve Lawson. The gospel is that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scripture, that He was buried, and that He was raised from the dead (1 Cor.15:3–4).  The heart of the gospel is Jesus Christ Himself—the person and work of Christ, the sin-bearing work of Christ, as well as the perfection… Read More

9 May 2021

A Story of Eternal Perspective. By Aggie Hurst.   Back in 1921, a missionary couple named David and Svea Flood went with their two-year-old son from Sweden to the heart of Africa—to what was then called the Belgian Congo. They met up with another young Scandinavian couple, the Ericksons, and the four of them sought… Read More

23 May 2021

Calvin, the King and Civil Disobedience By Joe Boot of the Ezra Institute (January 8, 2021). https://www.ezrainstitute.ca/resource-library/articles/calvin-the-king-and-civildisobedience/   By… Read More

2 May 2021

Humbled before God’s mystery. Have you ever felt small? I mean the kind of small you feel when you look at the stars and consider the magnitude of space. It’s the kind of small you might feel as you see the power of massive waves crashing on the seashore, or as you hear the rumbling of thunder or the crashing of lightning.… Read More

25 April 2021

Crushing the Serpent’s Head. An excerpt from a sermon by George Whitefield on Genesis 3:15 – “The Seed of the Woman and the Seed of the Serpent.”  Genesis 3:15 “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”    … Read More

18 April 2021

What the Church sings Finally in this series of comments about the singing of the church, we touch on matters that are sometimes controversial.  Even when we all agree on the principles of singing that we have looked at in the last two weeks, churches sometimes fall out over choices of which songs to sing. Biblical The… Read More

11 April 2021

How the Church sings Last week we looked at some of the reasons the Bible gives for Why the Church sings. But does the Bible have anything to say about How the Church sings?  Yes – consider these two parallel passages from Paul’s letters to the churches in Colossae and Ephesus: Let… Read More

4 April 2021

Why the church sings 1  Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. 2  Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to Him with the harp of ten strings! 3  Sing to Him a new song; play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts.  These… Read More