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Thursday, January 11, 2024

Proclaiming the Doctrine of the God's Word: Using the Catechism Well in Worship

In Reformed churches catechism preaching, as it is often called, has been a staple in one of the weekly worship service for centuries. Long-standing practices, though, often need a fresh look. Why do we have this agreement in our church order? What questions have been raised about it, both in the past and the present? This speech explores the practice of preaching the doctrine of God's Word, using the time-honoured Heidelberg Catechism. It looks at the rationale underlying it and makes suggestions about how this kind of preaching can best serve God's people in our day and age.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Analogy or identification and the road to application

Application is the key for (reformed) preaching. But what can we say about responsible application? A case-study of four sermons about the same Biblical text gives us important insights. It’s all about analogy or identification between then and now.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Night Visions, Fasting, and Weary Shepherding: Reflections on Preparing and Preaching

Four horns, flying scrolls, a wicked witch: how does one preach on such night visions without getting night terrors or at least wondering along with the prophet himself “what are these, my lord” (Zech 1:9)? In this presentation, I will reflect on preparing and preaching from Zechariah without dreading it.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Personally speaking: The manner of addressing the congregation in preaching

What can the Book of Hebrews teach us about preaching? Hebrews is a sermon or exhortation which offers ministers wisdom for making well-timed and varied personal applications in preaching

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

The View from Above: Preaching from the Book of Revelation

Shortly before his retirement, Rev. Jan deGelder felt “confident” enough to start a series of sermons on the book of Revelation. As a kind of byproduct, this resulted in the publication of the book The View from Above: An Exposition of God’s Revelation to John (2020). In his presentation, Rev. deGelder will tell us how the sermon series came into being.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

In Holy Service

In Holy Service covers a wide range of interesting and practical topics which can help to answer questions such as: what does it mean to be a believer and share in Christ’s anointing? What is the place and calling of a woman as a single person, as married, as a member of the church? How can she best use her gifts? What exactly is the calling of a minister of the gospel? What do his duties entail? What about the office of elder? How is our secular age similar to what the early Christian church experienced? How can we learn from their example? And much more can be found in this book.

Saturday, September 9, 2023

The Rise and Fall of Empires, and the progress of the Kingdom of Christ

The rise and fall of earthly empires stand in contrast to the inexorable progress of the Kingdom of Christ. This introduces us on the one hand to cyclical elements, and on the other hand to linear elements in our view on history. What are the implications of this for the witness of the church? How do we introduce the ‘rise and fall’ elements to unbelievers, and how do we show them their place in the progress of the Kingdom from its beginning until its consummation?

Saturday, September 9, 2023

God's Battle Lines: The Antithesis in the Preaching of the Gospel

This presentation will address the following sorts of questions: What is the antithesis, and where does the idea of the antithesis come from? How can the theme of the antithesis be traced through the Bible, from the enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent to the final victory of Christ over Satan? What place should the antithesis have in the preaching of the gospel? Can this theme be misused or overemphasized? How does the minister ensure that his sermons draw the battle lines correctly?

Saturday, September 9, 2023

“Feed My Lambs”: Catechetical instruction within the unity of purpose of home, church, and school

Teaching and encouraging youth in the faith has been and continues to be an important part of the ministry of the Reformed Christian church. We will examine how catechetical instruction has a central role in reaching and teaching youth. By means of catechetical instruction, the youth of the church will increase in their knowledge of God and will be able to hone the skills needed to articulate their faith. We will also consider how catechetical instruction is an invaluable component in the threefold cord of home, church, and school. Bound together in unity, each strand has its distinct responsibility in helping youth “to be entirely committed to him whose mark and emblem we bear.” (BC Art.34)

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Conference 2023 Closing Thoughts

Closing thoughts on the 2023 conference

Friday, September 8, 2023

Convocation 2023

The 54th Anniversary Meeting and the 49th Convocation held Friday September 8, 2023, at Redeemer University in Ancaster. Dr. Arjan deVisser, who is retiring as professor of Ministry and Mission, gave his address entitled “Enlarge the Place of Your Tent, do not hold back”: Reflections on the missional calling of the Canadian Reformed Church. During this evening Dr. Reuben Bredenhof was installed as the new professor of Ministry and Mission. Six students graduated with the Master of Divinity degree: Faustin Emadjeu, Caleb Kos, Timothy Slaa, Matthais Schat, Mark VanderLinde and Adam Werkman.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Convocation 2022

The 53rd anniversary meeting and 48th convocation of the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary held on Friday September 9, 2022, at 8:00 pm., at Redeemer University in Ancaster. Featuring an address by Dr. Jason Van Vliet, professor of Dogmatics, who will be giving a speech entitled “Why Lord? When God’s Providence does not make sense”.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Worship Matters

In Worship Matters, Dr. Cornelis Van Dam explores the foundations of worship including the whom, why, where, when and how of worship.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Convocation 2021

The 52nd anniversary meeting and 47th convocation of the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary. Featuring the inaugural address "Christ (and) the True Temple" by Dr. W. denHollander.

Monday, July 5, 2021

Everlasting Arms

Final chapel message from the 2020-2021 academic year from Deuteronomy 33:26-27, highlighting the “everlasting arms” of our God.

Monday, March 15, 2021

In the Beginning: Listening to Genesis 1 and 2

Concerned with an apparent shift among conservative scholars to answer in the negative, Cornelis Van Dam argues that reading Genesis 1 and 2 as history is not only justified but necessary. Van Dam clarifies the different roles that ancient Near Eastern literature and scientific theories should play in our understanding of the Bible as he carefully deals with the exegetical details of the first two chapters of the Bible.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Convocation 2020

The 51st anniversary meeting and 46th convocation of the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary. Featuring the keynote address "Grace and Peace" by retiring faculty member, Dr. G. H. Visscher, and the installation of new faculty member, Dr. W. denHollander.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Your Word is Our Light: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary

This commemorative book not only relates the reason for and the history of the seminary but also gives an insight into how this institution functions and strives to excel.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Antoine de Chandieu: The Silver Horn of Geneva's Reformed Triumvirate

Offering the first study in any language dedicated to the influential theological publications of Antoine de Chandieu (1534–1591), Van Raalte begins by recalling Chandieu's reputation as it stood at the death of Theodore Beza in 1605. Poets in Geneva mourned the end of an era of star theologians, reminiscing about Geneva’s Reformed triumvirate of gold, silver, and bronze: gold represented Calvin (d. 1564); silver Chandieu (d. 1591); and bronze Beza (d. 1605). Van Raalte's work sets Chandieu within the context of Reformed theology in Geneva, the wider history of scholastic method in the Swiss cantons, and the gripping social and political milieux of this tumultuous time. Chandieu was far from a mere ivory-tower theologian: as a member of French nobility in possession of many estates in France, he and his family acutely experienced the misery and triumph of the French Huguenots during the Wars of Religion. Connected to royalty from at least the beginning of his career, Chandieu later served the future Henry IV as personal military chaplain and cryptographer. His writings range from religious poetry (put to music by others in his own lifetime) to carefully crafted disputations that saw publication in his posthumous Opera Theologica in five editions between 1592 and 1620. Van Raalte argues that Chandieu utilized scholastic method in theology for the sake of clarity of argument, rootedness in Scripture, and certainty of faith.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The Bond of the Covenant within the Bounds of the Confessions: : A Conversation Between the URCNA and CanRC

This book records the written and oral debate of several seminary professors of Reformed Protestant persuasion. In it they discuss the contours and details of the theology of the covenant as it has developed particularly in the Canadian Reformed and United Reformed Churches of North America, in an effort to promote church unity. Co-edited with John A. Bouwers.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Children and the Church: "Do not Hinder Them"

What position should the children of believers have in the church today? And how should this affect the ways in which we nurture them? The authors of this volume share the conviction that children of believers belong to God, and thus ought to be baptized and treated as members of the church, wherein they are called to faith and obedience along with the adults. The contributions in this volume substantiate this foundational conviction through investigations in Scripture and history, and make it clear that the matter of children in the church remains a pressing concern, worthy of our continued attention and energy.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The Deacon: Biblical Foundations for Today’s Ministry of Mercy

The office of deacon is God’s gift to his church to ensure that all can share in the liberating joy of redemption, but today it is often undervalued, misunderstood, and perceived to be of little importance. In The Deacon, the author considers the Old Testament background for this calling, the deacon in New Testament times and in church history, and the current function of the office. You will rediscover the high and privileged calling of deacons and come to a better understanding of what God requires of them.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Hope and Comfort in the Book of Job

Struggling Christians are often drawn to the book of Job, which relates how a suffering child of God wrestled with the problems that threatened to overwhelm his life. We can easily relate to Job’s distress and questions. But what is the main teaching of this part of God’s Word? These sermons show that the focus of the book of Job is on God’s faithfulness to his work of renewal in spite of satanic attacks and human stumbling. This gospel is the true source of hope and comfort for all who experience earthly trials. This book can be used for personal enrichment and encouragement, as a study guide with questions included, or for public worship with liturgy provide.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Between 9/11 and COVID -19

In this final chapel of Dr. Gerhard Visscher, he mentions to the CRTS community that he started teaching in that week when the twin towers of New York came crashing down. He ends using Zoom because of the threat of Covid-19. In these kind of times, we might wonder about the love and goodness of God. Where is He in all this? While not endorsing all that Miroslav Volf writes, he shows how the writings of this Yale professor are quite helpful for us. We wish Dr. Visscher and his wife Teny the Lord’s blessing as he retires after 19 years of teaching at CRTS and over 40 years of ministry. Have a listen if you like….

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Ressources Chretiennes

Ressources chrétiennes is a website that makes Reformed resources available for the French speaking world. In this presentation Rev. Paulin Bédard explains the character and global reach of the website, as well as future projects that he is working on.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Mission Among Immigrant Communities in Canada

At a conference that focuses on world mission, we cannot ignore the fact that in many ways the world is coming to Canada. Each year more than 250,000 people from other countries receive permanent resident status in Canada. This has led to the establishment of many immigrant communities (and new mission fields!) in and around Canadian cities. Revs. Tony Zekveld and Matthew Vanluik have been involved in efforts to reach these “new Canadians” with the gospel, Rev. Zekveld by way of planting a South Asian congregation in Mississauga, Rev. VanLuik by way of integrating immigrants in an existing church in Brampton. In their presentations they reflect on their respective missionary methods.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Mission Among Immigrant Communities in Canada

At a conference that focuses on world mission, we cannot ignore the fact that in many ways the world is coming to Canada. Each year more than 250,000 people from other countries receive permanent resident status in Canada. This has led to the establishment of many immigrant communities (and new mission fields!) in and around Canadian cities. Revs. Tony Zekveld and Matthew Vanluik have been involved in efforts to reach these “new Canadians” with the gospel, Rev. Zekveld by way of planting a South Asian congregation in Mississauga, Rev. VanLuik by way of integrating immigrants in an existing church in Brampton. In their presentations they reflect on their respective missionary methods.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Work Undone and Fields Unwon: Why Global Missions Needs to be More of a Priority for All of Us

If you talk about the need global missions in Canada today, someone will inevitably share the popular perspective that significant investment of money and time into supporting foreign missionaries is no longer necessary because the nations are now on our doorstep and in our neighbourhoods. In this talk, I hope to expose the fallacy of this line of thinking, and demonstrate that global missions must in fact be more of a priority for us. To do this, I will survey the state of Christianity and missions around the world, share what other conservative, Reformed churches are doing to fulfil the Great Commission, and consider the state of "foreign mission mindedness" among our churches. Throughout, I will draw on my experiences as a pastor in Canada and as a missionary in Papua New Guinea.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

"Preaching the Gospel in Lands Beyond You”: Paul’s Vision for World Mission

The apostle Paul worked tirelessly among the churches he had planted but he never lost his zeal to take the gospel to new areas where Christ had not been proclaimed (2 Cor. 10:16). At the beginning of a conference on world mission it will be good to reflect on Paul’s missionary approach. We will focus especially on the balance he maintained between planting churches in new areas and nurturing the churches he had already planted.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Mission Organization of the CanRC: Time to revamp the model?

When the Canadian Reformed Churches launched their first foreign mission projects in the late 1950s, they decided that the work of foreign mission should not be organized by a central mission board (appointed by general synod) but rather through the initiative of local churches. Ever since, CanRC foreign mission projects have been initiated and supervised by "sending churches" such as Toronto, Hamilton and Surrey. In this presentation we will raise the question whether the time has come to revamp the model and move to a more centralized approach. Advantages and pitfalls of both approaches will be discussed.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Louis Bourgeois or Luiz Gonzaga: Contextualizing Worship in Foreign Mission

Travel involves baggage. We take a lot of stuff with us when we go overseas, especially if we’re going for an extended period of time. The same is true for foreign mission, but the “baggage” that we bring is far less tangible and far more important. We bring ourselves, with our ethnic and social background, with our personal opinions and prejudices, shared experiences and expectations. So with these things in mind, I will be discussing Reformed worship and the “baggage” we bring with us, from my own Canadian-Brazilian perspective. Does our Reformed worship “work” in a foreign mission setting, or is Reformed worship too “euro-centric”? To what extent can or should it be contextualized?

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A Lesson in Humility: The Challenge of Training Christ-Exulting Leaders in Foreign Mission

The great need for well-trained, Christ-exulting leaders in the global and local church cannot be overstated. Having witnessed the fallouts of poorly trained pastors, for example, lessons have been learned that are worth sharing. I will expose some of the inherent struggles in leadership training that we faced in Papua New Guinea - whether with pastors or lay-leaders -- and I will argue for an effective triad of learning between the local church, the local seminary, and post-seminary mentorship.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Exposing Worldviews: How the Challenges of Preaching in PNG are Surprisingly Relevant Everywhere

The process of leaving my ministry in my home culture and learning to minister and preach in another, very different one has been like learning how to crawl again. I have had to rethink the impact that culture, cultural assumptions, and worldview play in proclaiming the gospel of Christ, and I constantly experience how much these things matter. In this talk I want to share some of those experiences, and how the much neglected discipline of Elenctics, coined and promoted by the great Reformed missiologist, J.H. Bavinck, has been invaluably useful. But I think that a greater sensitivity to the impact of worldview and the use of Elenctics is not only valuable for foreign missions, it is valuable for all preaching everywhere.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Reformed Faith Confronting Witchcraft in Africa

Witchcraft beliefs and practices are still widespread in Africa and have a detrimental effect on the well-being of its people. It is a huge factor in hindering development and it has kept many in the bondage of Satan’s grip. The hope and freedom for Africa rests with the Reformed faith. How? Come and hear!

Friday, September 6, 2019

CRTS Convocation 2019

The 50th anniversary meeting and 45th convocation of the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

A Meditation on Romans 1:4

The life, strength, and encouragement that busy Christians need has been given to us by the same Spirit whose power raised our Lord Jesus from the dead.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Reading with Ancient Eyes: Children, Households, and Baptism in the First-Century

The New Testament recounts several occasions on which whole households were baptized (Acts 16:15, 30–34; 1 Cor. 1:16). Were children, and particularly infants, among those who received the sign and seal of the covenant? I plan to address this question from two angles. First of all (and briefly), I will demonstrate that the narratives themselves do not rule out the possibility. Secondly, I will present historical evidence for households in the Graeco-Roman world that suggests that the first readers of these narratives would have assumed the inclusion of children in these household baptisms. Consequently, I will argue that—if infant baptism were contrary to God’s design and desire—their exclusion would have needed to be explicitly marked. In this case, the silence speaks louder than words.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Pearls, Gifts and Beggars: Infant Baptism in the Early Church

In this talk, we will look at three early church fathers (Tertullian, Augustine, and Gregory of Nazianzus) when it comes to their views on infant baptism. Although they agreed that baptism is a precious gift, nevertheless, they disagreed about who should receive it. As we unpack the theological rationale of their respective views, we will also point out the weaknesses of those same views and consider some challenges they present for the Church today.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Those who belong to God have the Spirit of God: Children in the Reformation Documents

Credobaptists often argue that the Reformers uncritically took over infant baptism from the medieval church. The truth is actually that they continued it only on the basis of a fresh examination of Scripture. This examination led them to emphasize a newly-discovered biblical theme: God's covenant of grace with believers and their children. I will explain how Bullinger, Brès, and other reformers urged the churches to believe God when he said that the children belonged to him and that those who belong to him have the Holy Spirit.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Covenant and Christian Education

A good Christian school is a covenant school. A good Christian education is a covenant education. That is, it is one that is based upon the biblical teaching. And the heart of understanding Christian education is to be found in an understanding within your soul of the truth of God’s glorious covenant of grace with believers and their children.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Let the Children Receive the Sign of the Covenant

Should children be baptized and so receive the sign of God’s covenant? The Reformed say “yes”; Baptists say “no.” How can these two groups, who both love the Bible, come to such different conclusions? Much depends on answering two questions correctly. First, to what exactly is the sign pointing? Second, what is the character of the promise-conveying language that is sealed in the sacraments, including baptism? Giving due attention to the OT and NT, this speech will seek to provide relevant answers to these critical questions.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Growing Up into Christ: Renewing the Pathway to Maturity in the Church

How are Christian adolescents faring in the church today? What can the church do to build trust and demonstrate support? How can adolescents be shepherded along the pathway to maturity so as to equip them for a lifetime of fidelity.This speech will probe ways of categorizing adolescence in terms of psychological and faith development, unveil a biblical perspective on stages of spiritual growth, and offer recommendations for renewed pastoral practice today.

Friday, February 22, 2019

“Do not Hinder Them": Children in the Gospels

So what is the position of our Lord Jesus with respect to children? Is there any support in the gospels for the position that also today children are included in the new covenant? Can we learn anything here that helps us with questions about baptism and how we should view our children?

Friday, February 22, 2019

The Ups and Downs of Covenant Children in the Reformed Tradition

Dr. Rayburn will be speaking of the doctrine’s ups and downs in the Reformed tradition and of the response in Presbyterian and Reformed circles to his article, published in 1996, “The Presbyterian Doctrines of Covenant Children, Covenant Nurture, and Covenant Succession,” the first significant study of the theology of the covenant child in American Presbyterianism for upwards of 50 years.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Peter, Paul and the Promises of God to the Children of Believers

Are the rest of the New Testament books supportive of the belief that your kids are in the covenant? Texts like Acts 2:39, 1 Cor. 7:14, and Eph. 6:1-4 will be discussed and brought to bear on the larger discussion.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Mature in Christ: The Practice of Covenant Nurture in American Presbyterianism

Few things are dearer to the hearts of parents and pastors than our covenant children. We pray for them and instruct them with the goal “that we might present everyone mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:28). At the center of the church’s ministry is the preaching of the gospel, but our ministry to our covenant children also includes “warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom” (Colossians 1:28) in the context of covenant nurture. One of our greatest hopes and joys is to see them profess faith in Christ in the context of spiritual wisdom, maturity and servant-hood. The purpose of this essay will be to reflect on the way in which covenant kids are nurtured toward spiritual maturity in American Presbyterian Churches (OPC, PCA, etc.). Three particular questions will be addressed: 1. What is required of covenant children in order to make a profession of faith and begin partaking of the Lord’s Supper? 2. What sort of instruction is provided in order to equip covenant children for their profession of faith and servant-hood in the church? 3. What role do parents, pastors and youth ministries play in nurturing covenant children toward spiritual maturity? Empirical research will be presented that surveys the varying approaches taken within these churches, along with pertinent definitions and nuances. A summary and analysis will provide pastoral observations regarding the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the approaches described within these churches.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Caesar's Decree

Jesus becomes the Son of David by imperial decree.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Words of Eternal Life

Shortly after the miracle of feeding the 5000 Jesus’ disciples stood at a crossroads. Would they continue to follow the Lord or leave like others had done (John 6:66)? Peter fervently declares he will stay because Jesus Christ has the “words of eternal life.” What are these words? Why do we need them?

Monday, April 23, 2018

Living by Grace

If you see your own sins, you’ll never be surprised at the sins of others…

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Shock of the Resurrection

The gospel that Jesus rose from the dead is still as shocking as ever, and it’s a gospel that changes our lives.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

God the Holy Spirit and the Real Gospel of Sovereign Grace for You

God not only ordains the ends, but also the means to accomplish his ends. In this talk I plan to look at matters like the rearing of covenant children in relation to God’s promises versus the commands he makes to parents and children to accomplish those promises. I plan to look at how, in the church, we deal with different types of conversions, as well as the reality that some of our children never undergo a conversion experience, but nevertheless are Spirit-led (Rom 8:14) Christians. The doctrine of grace, and what that means for how we live in the church, will also be discussed, especially as many Christians have to learn not only that they are saved by grace, but that others are as well and so we need patience, love, and gentleness as evidence of our own gracious attitude towards others who are not at the same place we are.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Freely-Chosen Faith? Real Gospel and Human Choice

Infants show from a very early age that they have their own will. How can we do justice to the whole of Scripture’s message when we describe the human will? Is it only bound to sin? Partly free? Like a robot that God controls? Objecting to Erasmus, Luther said the will was utterly bound to sin; Calvin said that there is no such thing as God “permitting” sin, for whatever he permits, he wills. Does this mean God has willed us to sin? Are we really responsible for sin? Today the discussion continues between those who describe the Reformed view as “compatibilism” and those who object that this philosophical category doesn’t fit what we confess in the Canons of Dort. I intend to present the options in a simple but clear manner, to help us preach and believe the whole doctrine of God with clarity and conviction.

To view the handout that goes with this video please see here.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

God the Son and the Real Gospel of Sovereign Grace for You

Which news is better: that the battle has been won completely or that most of the fighting still has to be done? Did Jesus only make possible our salvation, or did he actually and fully complete it? In this presentation I hope to present the Son of God as all-glorious in his cross and resurrection, and help us preach the real good news that Jesus has fully redeemed, saved, reconciled, justified, and adopted those for whom he lovingly laid down his life.

To view the handout that goes with this video please see here.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Heidelberg Catechism at the Synod of Dordt

Though the Synod of Dordt met primarily to address the Arminian controversy, the Heidelberg Catechism came up six times on the synod’s agenda. This presentation explores the six ways the synod dealt with the catechism: (1) The synod discussed ways to enhance regular catechism preaching in Sunday afternoon services. (2) It discussed ways to improve the manner of catechizing, for both youth and adults, in the home, school and church. (3) The Remonstrants (Arminians) presented their observations and suggestions for revision of the Heidelberg Catechism. (4) The Palatine delegation from Heidelberg gave its response to the Remonstrant observations. (5) The catechism was examined by the synod and approved by all delegations, both Dutch and foreign, as consistent with the Word of God. (6) The synod prepared forms of subscription, by which ministers, theologians, and teachers were required to affirm that the Catechism, along with the Belgic Confession and Canons of Dordt, fully agree with the Word of God.

To view the handout that goes with this video please see here.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

What Is the Church Order of Dort and how Does It Maintain Real Gospel?

A church’s polity is important. This is where the rubber of faith and confession hit the road of life and practice. In churches with a Dutch Reformed background, the Synod of Dort is not only known for producing the Canons of Dort against Arminianism but also the Church Order of Dort against (Dutch) Erastianism. Dort polity is much appreciated by us Reformed folk as it brings to expression the real gospel of being united to Christ and his body, and being free in Christ and his body. My speech will begin by outlining the development of polity in The Netherlands from the 1560s to 1619. Next I intend to pay attention to some particulars: the role of the offices and congregation, confessional subscription, regulations regarding worship, and the relationship between local churches. This latter point will also be compared to the situation in other Reformed polities, and the presentation will close with a brief overview of the implementation of Dort polity in the centuries after the Synod of Dort.

To view the handout that goes with this video please see here.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

What’s the Problem with Arminianism, and Who Are the Arminians Anyway?

I will give a brief history of the Remonstrants, but will focus in on a couple of key areas in their theology, such as their controversial doctrine of justification by faith. Most assume the Arminians were basically (in)famous for their free will doctrine, but I want to show how one error leads to several. That said, I will also discuss how Arminians are still Christians and how salvation is found by believing in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. I will also highlight the evolution of Arminianism over the centuries, what it can look like today, and the potential pastoral difficulties one has in dealing with modern-day Arminian thought.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A Virtual Tour of the Synod of Dordt

This presentation, with plenty of visuals, will put us on the ground in the old city of Dordrecht in 1618–1619, to depict the circumstances of the Synod of Dordt. We will explore the convening of the synod by the Dutch government, and the facility where the synod was held. The composition of the participants demonstrates that this was a national synod with an international character, with theologians from eight foreign territories. After examining the agenda and procedures of the synod, we will survey the course of the synod’s deliberations that lasted 6 ½ months. These fall into four phases: (1) Pro-Acta sessions, before the arrival of the Remonstrants (Arminians); (2) five weeks of procedural wrangling with the fifteen cited Remonstrants; (3) the synod’s response to the Remonstrant case by drafting and approving the Canons; and (4) the Post-Acta sessions dealing with various Dutch ecclesiastical matters. Finally, we will explore the meticulous process by which the Canons of Dordt were drafted, as the Synod’s response to the Remonstrant objections concerning predestination and related points.

To view the handout that goes with this video please see here.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

God the Father and the Real Gospel of Sovereign Grace for You

Election. Limited Atonement. Perseverance of the saints. These can be difficult doctrines, both to understand and to apply. Questions multiply. Is it fair that God only chooses some and limits the atoning work of Christ to them? How can we confess perseverance when we know people—even those close to us—who once worshipped with us but have now turned away from the Lord? And here are some more, but slightly different, questions. What if election is viewed through the lens of adoption? What if the saints only persevere because God is a Father who will not give up on his very own children? In short, what happens when we remember that the real, sovereign grace of God is a thoroughly paternal mercy? May “God’s fatherly face” shine upon us as we explore this truth together (Canons of Dort, V:5).

NOTE: This speech was given at the CRTS Conference 2018 but recorded at a later date due to technical difficulties at the conference.

To view the handout that goes with this video please see here.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

More Insight Than All My Teachers?

Psalm 119 has a rather unusual verse: “I have more insight than all my teachers.” Would that be a good motto for our Seminary?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

13 Reasons Why

In this article, Dr. de Visser takes a look at Netflix's popular show "13 Reasons Why" and offers some insight for Christian viewers. Is there anything positive that can be said about this controversial new show?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CRTS Convocation 2017

The 48th Anniversary and 43rd Convocation of the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary. The keynote address "The Year of Jubilee" was given by Dr. J. Smith.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

By Grace Alone: How and Why the Reformation Occurred (Audio Only)

It began five hundred years ago and it still matters—someone rediscovered grace. What was the Great Reformation? Why did this change happen? This opening presentation will define the event, lament the errors of the medieval church, rejoice in the scriptural incentive for reform, and review the many ways the Spirit used the reformers (preaching, prayer, publications, psalm singing, etc.). A dynamic and exciting picture will emerge to motivate us to keep spreading the gospel of grace today. Audio only.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Calvin on Sola Fide: Justified by an Assured Faith Alone? (Audio Only)

The Reformation made it abundantly clear that we are saved by faith, not by works. At the same time, “faith is the assurance of things hoped for” (Heb. 11:1). But what if I don’t always feel so assured in my faith? Must I be certain in my faith to be certain of my salvation? Following John Calvin as our theological guide, we will explore the challenging terrain of faith, assurance, and justification, with a special focus on comforting those who struggle “with various doubts of the flesh” (Canons of Dort, 5.11). Audio only.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Stealing God’s Glory: Farel, Calvin, and the Importance of a Scriptural Perspective

The overarching goal of early Reformed theology was the guarding of God's glory. Early French-language reformers like Guillaume Farel and John Calvin focused their critique upon all teachings and practices that—whether directly or indirectly—in their view detracted from God’s glory. Late medieval Christianity in particular had established practices that diverted recognition from God to the person. Farel and Calvin maintained that one must listen to God himself via Scripture in order to understand how God’s glory is robbed and how it ought to be acknowledged. Thus the conference will close with Soli Deo Gloria.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Zwingli on Sola Scriptura: The Clarity and Certainty of Scripture

Liberal views of the Bible see it as a book that is meant merely to inform rather than as the Spirit’s tool and power to transform. But when we lose confidence in the dynamic character of Scripture we would do well to listen to how the reformers grasped the living power of God’s Word. For reformer Ulrich Zwingli, the Bible was alive with soul-piercing, heart-discerning, life-giving potency. He believed that even the simplest person that approached God’s word with humble sincerity could come away with a rich knowledge of God, a deep inner delight in his grace, and a lively hope for the future.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Luther on Solo Christo: The Absolute Sufficiency of the Saviour for Sinners

Martin Luther was the most important theologian since Aquinas and the most original thinker since Augustine. His writings divided the western church, sparked revolts, and produced the greatest flurry of literature the world had ever seen. Perhaps no single person ever had more people trying to destroy his work and yet Luther was easily the most published man in the sixteenth century: what Luther wrote, Europe read. It is rare that we get to glimpse a giant, but in this lecture we’ll look at Luther for who he really was: a great man whose greatest accomplishment was to persuade a dying world that its only hope was a fresh understanding of the sufficiency of Christ’s person and work.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Is Grace Well and Alive Among Us?

The basis for our redeemed status is not…covenant, nor works, nor race. It’s just Grace.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Lord will Provide

A Meditation on Mark 6: 45-52

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Gospel Growth

What does springtime have to do with the gospel? Is botany connected to theology? Dr. J. Van Vliet explores these questions in a meditation on Col. 1:5-6.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Visual Worship

Our worship not only involves listening to God's Word, but also looking at His beauty.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Developing a Multi-Year Program for Catechism Teaching: A Current Example

Rev. Peter Feenstra describes his approach to Catechism teaching and the multi-year curriculum which he has developed over the years. Recorded during the 2017 January Interim semester.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Developing Rubrics for Evaluation of Catechism Teaching: A Suggested Approach

Mr. Pieter Torenvliet (retired school principal, Abbotsford, BC) presents an evaluation form that could be used by elders who are called to visit and observe Catechism classes. Recorded during the 2017 January Interim semester.

To view the powerpoint presentation that goes with this video please see here.

To view the lesson plan on Lord's Day 8, please see here. and here. To view the student worksheet on Lord's Day 8, please see here.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Commitment and excitement about Catechism teaching: A review of ministers’ responses

Mr. Pieter Torenvliet presents the results of a survey he conducted among ministers in Canada and Australia, asking them about their approach to and experiences with Catechism teaching. Recorded during the 2017 January Interim semester.

The powerpoint presentation that goes with this video is available here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Meeting the Most Powerful Man in the World

A chapel meditation on Genesis 47:7-10, Jacob blessing Pharaoh.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Good Soldier of Christ

A chapel meditation on 2 Timothy 2:3: Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Where I am, my servant also will be

When a group of Greeks ask to see Jesus, Jesus concludes that it's time for him to be glorified.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Convocation 2016

The 47th Anniversary Meeting and 42nd Convocation of the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Godliness with Contentment

Are you truly content? Also with the material blessings God has given you? This meditation explores this topic in light of 1 Timothy 6:6.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wanted: You at Seminary

Dr. Visscher explains the pressing need for more students at the seminary.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Growing in the Gospel: Sound Doctrine for Daily Living

Do you want to delve into the riches of the gospel more deeply and live out of them more consistently? This three-volume set explores the central truths of Scripture so that those who are already familiar with the basics of the Christian faith continue to grow in understanding the height, breadth, and depth of God's Holy Word. At the same time, our God gave us sound doctrine for daily living. Thus, each chapter draws connections to everyday life as it is experienced by moms and dads, teens and young adults, married and unmarried, as well as people who are healthy, sick, happy, and distressed--in short, real people living real lives in a really broken world.

Author: J. Van Vliet. Publisher: Lucerna: CRTS Publications, 2016. ISBN 9780994805935

Monday, May 16, 2016

A Spirit-Filled Church

A meditation on Acts 4:24-31.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Presence of God

A meditation on Exodus 33:1 - 14.

Friday, April 15, 2016

What is it that really matters?

1 Chronicles 28:9 describes David passing on the kingship of Israel to his son Solomon. At such an important moment, what is the advice that David wants his son to hear?

Friday, March 11, 2016

Christ’s Psalms, Our Psalms: Seeing the Saviour in the Psalms

Rev. Peter Holtvüwer describes the Psalms Project, a massive digital library of information and homiletical insights on the psalms, especially focussing on the lines that can be drawn to Christ. He uses Psalm 35 as an example. Recorded during the 2016 January Interim Semester.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Peacemaking in the Church: Unity in Decision-Making

Dr. Andrew H. Selle, Executive Director and counselor at Christian Counseling & Mediation, describes the factors that frequently lead to church conflict and the lays out some principles for peaceful decision-making and unity within the Christian church. Recorded during the 2016 January Interim Semester.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Notes or full manuscript?

Rev. Clarence Vandervelde, pastor of the Rehoboth Canadian Reformed Church in Burlington-Waterdown, explores the merits of preaching from notes instead of a full manuscript. Recorded during the 2016 January Interim Semester.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Peacemaking in the Church: Sowing for the New Creation

Dr. Andrew H. Selle, Executive Director and counselor at Christian Counseling & Mediation, lays the theological foundation for a culture of peacemaking in the Christian church and life. Recorded during the 2016 January Interim Semester.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

One Lost Sheep Over Ninety-Nine

A meditation on Luke 15.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

From Father to Children: What an Inheritance! A Meditation on Revelation 21:7

Have you ever wondered what life will be like on the new creation? In this meditation on Rev 21:7, Dr. Van Vliet explores one aspect of eternal glory.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Would Schilder Pass Classis?

At the 2016 CRTS Conference, Dr. Arjan de Visser describes the characteristics of the renowned preaching of the famous preacher and theologian Klaas Schilder—but considers whether some of those characteristics might have jeopardized his chances at passing a Canadian Reformed Classical Exam.

Lecture outline available here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Preaching from Leviticus

At the 2016 CRTS Conference, Dr. James Visscher, Emeritus Pastor of the Canadian Reformed Church in Langley, B.C., explains the importance of preaching from Leviticus, and offers guidance and principles for doing this in relevant ways for our present day.

Lecture outline available here.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Faith and Hearing

Preaching: the Holy Spirit's means of repairing our sin-damaged hearing and hearts.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Imitating the Saints in Hebrews 11: Revisiting the Questions of Christocentricity and Application

Rev. Eric Watkins, pastor and church planter at the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, FL, uses the model of Hebrews 11 to illustrate that the saints of the Old Testament played out the drama of redemption which would be fulfilled in Christ, and that the church of today is called to do the same.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Preaching from Song of Songs

Rev. Matthew VanLuik, minister of the Word at Grace Canadian Reformed Church in Brampton, ON, shares some insights and principles for preaching on the Song of Songs.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Light of Life in the Shadow of Death: Gospel Ministry at Funerals

Rev. Bill deJong, pastor of Blessings Christian Church in Hamilton, ON, shares some insights and principles for leading funeral services and delivering Gospel-centered euologies.

Lecture outline available here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

As You See the Day Approaching

We are in the last days. Living well in such a time depends upon believing that Christ has conquered sin and death and is ruling today, alive at God's right hand. These essays on the end time will help Christians live like people who really have eternal life already--the life of the Spirit of Christ who lives and moves in both Christ and Christians.

Editor: T. G. Van Raalte. Publisher: Pickwick/CRTS Lucerna Publications, 2016. ISBN: 9781498234061

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Preaching the Whole Counsel of God

Dr. Lawrence W. Bilkes, Emeritus Pastor of the Free Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI, explains the importance of preaching the whole Gospel of God, and not merely those elements that are popular or pleasing to the culture of our present day.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Spiritual Guidance in Preaching

Dr. Lawrence W. Bilkes, Emeritus Pastor of the Free Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI, explains why true preaching presents the Gospel to the mind, the heart, the soul, and the conscience of the hearers.

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Relevance of Redemptive-Historical Preaching in a Postmodern Context: An Optimistic Proposal

Rev. Eric Watkins, pastor and church planter at the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, FL, shows how the objectivity of redemptive-historical preaching and the metanarrative to which it points answers many of the questions that dominate our postmodern context.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Captives of Christ

Christ, the victorious general, is celebrating his glorious triumph... but where are we?

Monday, January 25, 2016

How to do Sermon Evaluation at Consistory

Rev. Jack Moesker, Emeritus Pastor of the Canadian Reformed Church in Owen Sound, ON, offers guidance and principles for consistories to do effective sermon evaluations for the benefit of their pastor and congregation.

Lecture outline available here.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Evangelism and Planting Reformed Churches: Winning the Lost without Compromising the Faith

Rev. Eric Watkins, pastor and church planter at the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, FL, shares his personal story and the lessons that he has learned about how to bring the gospel to the lost without compromising the faith.

Monday, December 21, 2015


Who was Quirinius? Besides Luke 2, he is not mentioned anywhere else in the Bible. How does he factor into the story?

Monday, December 14, 2015

Keep Your Head

A meditation based on a chapel given at CRTS on survival in the ministry.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Compelled by the Knowledge of His Glory

True Christian ministry is compelled by the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, and true Christian ministers are therefore servants of the Word where that glory is revealed.

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey

Why does the Lord promise the Israelites a land “flowing with milk and honey?” The Lord uses language that his people will readily understand to be an amazing inheritance.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Ecclesiastes: An apologetics of despair

Christians have hope in Christ, not despair. But whoever seriously reflects on life apart from Christ ultimately finds only despair, and this is something Scripture also teaches us, especially in Ecclesiastes.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Prayer Lessons from Psalm 59

This meditation draws lessons about prayer from Psalm 59.

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Reason for Our Hope: Christ in Our Apologetics Part 1

Part 1 of the Convocation address in 2014.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Daily Trials, Genuine Joy, and Final Perfection

A meditation on James 1:2-4.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CRTS Convocation 2015

The 46th Anniversary Meeting and 41st Convocation of the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Paul and Epaphroditus: A Meditation on Philippians 2:25-30

Reflecting on the ministry of Epaphroditus helps us to appreciate the fact that the Lord uses a variety of servants for the spreading of the gospel.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Jesus Excommunicated

Jesus died not just for our ignorance, but also our apostasy.

Friday, July 17, 2015

One Day's Trouble at a Time. A Meditation on Matthew 6:34

In this meditation, Dr. Van Vliet focuses on our inclination to worry about the future. Why do we not have to worry about tomorrow? And how do we resist our inclination to worry about what lies in store for us?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Have Anxiety? Consider the Chickadee. A Meditation on Matthew 6:25-26

A meditation on the well-known command of the Lord Jesus Christ: do not worry. Is it wrong before the Lord to worry, or is worry just a natural part of life in this world? How does Jesus teach us to overcome the anxieties in our lives?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Ecclesiastes 3:11 "The Tapestry of Time"

A chapel delivered by Dr. Jason Van Vliet in which he deals with the busyness of our lives. The Preacher offers another, more beautiful, and more encouraging view of time than we often have as we work to complete our many tasks.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

He Knows Them All by Name

In this chapel message, Dr. J. Van Vliet explores the implications of Isaiah 40:26 where the Holy Spirit reveals that our God knows all the stars by name. How many stars are there? And consequently, how many names does God hold in mind? And most importantly, what does this teach us about the glory and power of the God whom we serve?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Musical Instruments in Worship (Part 1)

Biblical foundations for the role of music in worship.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CRTS Convocation 2014

45th Anniversary Meeting and 40th Convocation of the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Van Raalte's keynote speech was "The Reason for Our Hope: Christ in our Apologetics." It begins at the 24 min 39 s mark in the video.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Will We Really Live on a New Earth?

Recorded during the 2015 CRTS Conference. Dr. Visscher examines some of the passages which deal with the doctrine of the new earth. Does the fire described by Peter in 2 Peter 3 eliminate the possibility of a new earth? Just how much can we expect of an eternal physical existence, according to Scripture? He also draws some conclusions regarding the question to what degree a new earth can be part of the believer’s hope and the church’s expectation.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Look! A rainbow!

A meditation on Rev 4:3

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Correctly Handling the Word of Truth

How should the Word of God be interpreted and applied today? In this volume, no less than sixteen Reformed scholars from four different countries join together to tackle the hard questions that often arise when we busy ourselves with the weighty responsibility of interpreting Holy Scripture. As iron sharpens iron, so also these Reformed scholars challenge each other and their readers to ask not only how hermeneutics can be done, but ultimately, how it should be done so that God's Word of Truth may be handled correctly (2 Tim 2:15).

Editor: M. te Velde, G.H. Visscher. Publisher: Wipf and Stock, 2014. ISBN 9781625649119

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

God and Government

This book addresses such fundamental issues through the eyes of Scripture and against the backdrop of North America's dual heritage of Christianity and humanism. Government, politics, and the Bible do not seem like a good mix. But as this book aims to show, the Bible has much wisdom to teach us about the place and role of government and its citizens.

Author: C. Van Dam. Publisher: Wipf and Stock, 2011. ISBN 9781610973267

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Living Waters from Ancient Springs: Essays in Honor of Cornelis Van Dam

Which fountains of wisdom, which never-failing streams, which wells of joy-filled salvation are we missing out on, if we neglect the Old Testament? In this celebratory volume, fifteen scholars collaborate to explain diverse aspects of the Christian life, with a special focus on drawing lines from the Old Testament.

Editor: J. Van Vliet. Publisher: Pickwick Publications, 2011. ISBN 9781608999491

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Early French Reform: The Theology and Spirituality of Guillaume Farel

Offering both a scholarly overview of Farel's life and access to his own words, this book demonstrates the importance of Farel to the Reformation. It will be welcomed not only by scholars engaged in research on French reform movements, but also by students of history, theology, or literature wishing to read some of the earliest theological texts originally written in French.

Authors: T.G. Van Raalte and J. Zuidema. Publisher: Ashgate, 2011. ISBN 9781409418849

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Teaching and Preaching the Word

With this collection, some of the most important studies of Dr. N.H. Gootjes are made available to a wider readership. The topics covered remain as relevant as ever: creation and general revelation, the birth and work of Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, the Reformed Confessions, sacraments, and preaching.

Author: N.H. Gootjes. Publisher: Premier Publishing, 2010. ISBN 9780887560989

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Translated Hallelujahs: A Linguistic and Exegetical Commentary on Select Septuagint Psalms

This book explores the meaning of five psalms in the Septuagint version (Pss 104, 105, 110, 111, 112), not as interpreted in later reception history but as originally intended by the translator. The author retraces the translator's path, accounting for translation choices by comparing the Greek with its Hebrew source, and measuring the impact of the translator's decisions upon the profile of the Psalter, such as the effect of semantic shifts and the extent to which Hebrew poetic features, lexical links, and Pentateuchal intertextuality have been lost or preserved.

Author: J. Smith. Publisher: Peeters, 2011. ISBN 9789042923843

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Children of God: the Imago Dei in John Calvin and His Context

Jason Van Vliet examines Calvin's explanation of the image of God within the times and ecclesiastical circumstances in which he lived. He aims at giving a satisfactory answer to the question of whether Calvin's teaching on this subject can be considered one of the stronger or weaker points of his reformatory work.

Author: J. Van Vliet. Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2009. ISBN 9783525569184

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Prayers of the Saints

A collection of fourteen congregational prayers that can be used by ministers and elders in the worship service. It also includes an appendix with helpful guidelines on how to lead the congregation in prayer.

Author: J. Smith Publisher: Reformed Guardian, 2010.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Romans 4 and the New Perspective on Paul: Faith Embraces the Promise

As the vigorous debate over the New Perspective on Paul will only be decided by means of careful consideration of the relevant Scripture passages, this book makes a significant contribution to the discussion. Interpretations by scholars promoting the New Perspective approach are reviewed in detail and contrasted with those of scholars who are critical toward this method. A detailed analysis of the context and exegesis of Romans 4 completes the work. By suggesting a more nuanced exegesis of Romans 4, this book is able to offer a careful critique of the New Perspective while still noting the positive aspects of this approach.

Author: G.H. Visscher. Publisher: Peter Lang, 2009. ISBN 9781433105371

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Elder: Today's Ministry Rooted in All of Scripture

To rediscover God’s gift of eldership for the church today, we need to go back beyond the New Testament to the origins of the office of elder in ancient Israel. There we discover the enduring principles that guided the elder in antiquity—and that guide the church today. In this book you will develop a renewed understanding of the office of elder and of godly discipline.

Author: C. Van Dam. Publisher: P&R Publishing, 2009. ISBN: 9781596381414

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


This small volume contains a collection of speeches that arose out of the Western Australian Evangelism Convention in Rockingham, held on May 18 and 19, 2007.

Author: J. Smith. Publisher: Reformed Guardian, 2008.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Belgic Confession: Its History and Sources

The Belgic Confession is one of the most important and oldest doctrinal statements of the Reformed churches. Written in 1561, it became a confession of Protestant believers in the Netherlands in the face of persecution from the Roman Catholic government. Despite its importance, there has been no comprehensive study on the history and background of this confession in English—until now. In this volume, Nicolaas Gootjes explores several key aspects of the confession, including its early history, authorship, authority, translation, revision, and relationship to Calvin and Beza. It is a valuable contribution to the field of Reformation studies.

Author: N.H. Gootjes. Publisher: Baker Publishing Group, 2007. ISBN 9780801032356

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Treasures New and Old: Exploring the Riches of Scripture

Dr. J. De Jong’s passion was to search the Scriptures and to bring its treasures, both new and old, to the attention of God’s people. With his insights into God’s Word he was able to encourage, instruct, and comfort many when his meditations were first published in the Clarion magazine. His work retains its value and can be used for personal Bible study and devotions as well as for group study into God’s Word.

Author: J. De Jong. Editor: C. Van Dam. Publisher: Premier Publishing, 2004. ISBN 0887560857

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Perspectives on Worship, Law and Faith: The Old Testament Speaks Today

The principles underlying the laws respecting worship, clean and unclean, and the care of the poor and needy are as applicable today as they were back then. God’s Word includes the Old Testament laws and their message still needs to be heard. The purpose of these lectures is to show something of the truth and substance of the gospel that is embedded in the Old Testament laws and to help sensitise us to the fact that the New Testament gospel has its basis in the Old Covenant.

Author: C. Van Dam. Publisher: Pro Ecclesia, 2000.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fathers and Mothers at Home and at School

This short volume explores the role that parents should play in the education of their children, as well as the importance of a close working relationship between parents and Christian schools.

Author: C. Van Dam. Publisher: Reformed Guardian, 2000. Available for purchase from Pro Ecclesia.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Credo: An Overview of the Church's Confession as summarized in the Three Forms of Unity

“What do you believe about God? About salvation and redemption? About the Ten Commandments?” These are the kinds of questions young people are confronted with in today’s climate of religious pluralism. This book—originally designed as a course for public profession of faith classes—has been structured to help young people answer these questions and to confirm them in their own faith. It presents an overview of the continental Reformed confessions known as the Three Forms of Unity: the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dort.

Author: J. De Jong. Publisher: Premier Publishing, 1997. ISBN 0887560687.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Urim and Thummim: A Means of Revelation in Ancient Israel

This is the first exhaustive study of the Urim and Thummim since 1824, and in this book Professor Van Dam investigates all of the biblical data concerning them and their connection to the phrase "to inquire of Yahweh / God" in the historical books. He traces the use of the Urim and Thummim from the time of Joshua through the early monarchy under David and describes its apparent disappearance by the time of the classical prophets, where a shift to primarily verbal oracles occurs.

Author: C. Van Dam. Publisher: Eisenbrauns, 1997. ISBN 9780931464836

Friday, May 8, 2015

Finding Eschatology in the Old Testament: The Psalms as Case in Point

Recorded during the 2015 CRTS Conference. Dr. Smith proposes a distinction between finding eschatology by way of explication (mining passages containing direct information about the end), by way of implication (exploring typological features, secondary fulfillments, etc.), and by way of application (pulling through eschatological lines; drawing out the significance of a passage for our future hope), illustrating the importance of such a distinction with samples from the book of Psalms. He concludes by asking in what sense an OT book can be called eschatological.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Love Never Ends

When Christians hear the word "love," they quickly think of 1 Corinthians 13, and rightly so. However, how can the Apostle Paul say that "love never ends," when in reality we see many different situations in which love is put under stress and, at times, even seems to come to an end. God's Word in 1 Corinthians 13:8 forms the basis for this speech by Dr. Van Vliet, given to a youth rally in Ontario in 2014.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Reformed Church Planting in the 21st Century

Talk delivered by Rev. Ross W. Graham at the 2nd annual CRTS Lecture Series - Rejoicing in Growth: Church Planting and Evangelism.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Threefold Office of Christ and the Believer (Video)

A close look at Christ as our chief Prophet, only High Priest, and eternal King. Also, the implications of this for the lives of Christians is explored.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Remembrance Day

November 11 is a day on which to reflect and to remember. Remembrance Day is a day that pushes us beyond the Reformed communities to which we belong and reminds us that we shine as lights in a big universe. It is a day that jolts us out of our daily routines, and it reminds us that life is a lot bigger than our personal deadlines and plans. These are the opening thoughts of Dr. Smith's meditation on Ecclesiastes 3:2, 8.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Faith and Shame

Is there a connection between faith and shame? We might not think to put them together, but the Bible does. In this article Dr. Smith explores the relationship between faith and shame by way of a brief meditation on Psalm 25.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Divorce and Remarriage in the Light of Old Testament Principles and Their Application in the New Testament

Divorce and remarriage are not pleasant topics. The beautiful institution of marriage is under siege in our day. The result is that also in Reformed circles the subject needs to be discussed more and more. The questions that come up raise sensitive and emotional issues. This publication is a look at what Scripture says on the topic. Highly recommended for office bearers and also very useful as a guide for Bible discussion groups.

Author: C. Van Dam. Publisher: Premier Publishing, 1996. ISBN 0887560644

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Always Obedient

In this compact volume, seven contributors examine Klaas Schilder's life and his thought regarding five crucial topics: revelation, covenant, culture, church, and heaven.

Editor: J. Geertsema. Publisher: P&R Publishing, 1995. ISBN 9780875522394

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Bound Yet Free: Readings in Reformed Church Polity

The aim of this book is to set forth the Scriptural principles of Reformed church polity. The articles will assist churches grappling with the issues of independence and hierarchical government to implement patterns of church government that model Biblical teaching.

Editor: J. De Jong. Publisher: Premier Publishing, 1995. ISBN 088756061X

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Both in Life and in Death

The topic of euthanasia is current and much debated. Does suffering serve a function? Are we to preserve life at all costs and resist death in all situations? Is death a natural consequence of life or is it foreign to human life? Are we to be active or passive with respect to life? These are some of the questions raised when confronted with our human frailty. In this booklet, Dr. Gootjes offers an overview of this topic.

Author: N.H. Gootjes. Publisher: Inter-league Publication Board, 1994. ISBN 9780886660451

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fulfil Your Ministry

A series of twenty-two articles for ministers of the Word and for all who have to fulfil their service before God. The diverse selection of topics covered include: the responsibilities of parents, Reformed liturgy, preaching, mission, and church government.

Author: K. Deddens. Publisher: Premier Publishing, 1990. ISBN 0887560482

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Unity in Diversity

A collection of essays by ten different contributors presented to Jelle Faber at 20th Anniversary Meeting of the Theological Seminary on September 8, 1989.

Editor: R. Faber. Publisher: Senate of the Theological College, 1989.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Eschatology: The Letter and the Spirit in 2 Cor. 3:6–18

Recorded during the 2015 CRTS Conference. Dr. Tipton argues that 2 Cor 3 does not draw the absolute contrast of letter and Spirit that some might discern. Rather, Paul speaks of what once gave life and righteousness (the letter) by comparing it to the super-abounding righteousness, life and glory of Christ, as well as the life-giving Spirit. The contrast is therefore a relative one that demonstrates how much richer God's people are after Pentecost, in some ways even richer than Adam and Eve in Paradise.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Zechariah's Night Visions: 6 Outlines

The night visions of Zechariah show us how the Lord remembers His church in a time of reconstruction and restoration after the dark years in exile.

Author: K. Deddens. Publisher: Premier Publishing,1988. ISBN 0887560415

Friday, May 1, 2015

Tracing Guido de Brès in Doornik

Report on a visit to Doornik - including the place where Guido de Brès was imprisoned.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Comforted I in the Catechism (Video)

The Heidelberg Catechism is known for its warm, personal tone. In this speech the author explores why this Catechism uses personal pronouns, such as I, me, and my when it does.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Catechism Preaching: Keeping it Fresh and Relevant

The Heidelberg Catechism, as a summary of God's Word, is used regularly in the afternoon worship service of many Reformed churches. How can the preacher keep his catechism sermons vibrant when he comes back to the same Lord's Days year after year?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Off to Work? Don't Forget your Doctrine

An article exploring the intersection of well-known doctrines and daily work.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lift Up your Hearts: Biblical Principles for Music in Worship

A presentation at the Church Music Conference held in Burlington, Ontario on October 24, 2014.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Genevan Psalter – 450 Years

The history of the Genevan Psalter, with an analysis of its character and its significance.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Until He Comes": Eschatological Aspects of Reformed Worship

Recorded during the 2015 CRTS Conference. Dr. de Visser begins by discussing Biblical foundations for the topic. Next he argues that faithful preaching should have a distinct eschatological quality. Then he examines what eschatological elements are found in the Reformed worship service, including psalms, hymns, and liturgical forms.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Evangelism according to the Scriptures

Discussion of the principles, history and practice of evangelism

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Schilder’s views regarding the Reformed Hymnary

Why Dr. K. Schilder was in favour of singing (more) hymns

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Schilder’s views regarding the Reformed Psalter

Why Dr. K. Schilder wanted to sing the Psalms in contemporary language

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Who's Really in the Class?

A speech delivered at the International Conference of Reformed Education (2013), hosted in Orillia, Ontario. Reformed educators, especially principals, from different countries gathered to explore various facets of Reformed education, including this topic of the identity of the students in the classroom and how that affects the teaching that goes on in that room.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Honoured but Eclipsed: Beliefs about Christ in an African Church

Analysis of the Christology of the Zion Christian Church, the largest church in southern Africa

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Restorative Justice: Righting the Relational Wrongs

A speech given at the ARPA's 2014 God and Government Conference in Ottawa, Ontario.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Doorkeeper in the House of My God

Inaugural address at the 2012 CRTS Convocation on the task of the temple gatekeeper.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Psalm 51:7 "Hyssop and White Snow"

A chapel message delivered by Dr. Jason Van Vliet which gives insight into the full extent of our forgiveness, based on what is revealed in Psalm 51.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2 Timothy 1:11 "Preachers as Heralds"

A chapel delivered by Dr. Jason Van Vliet which explores why the Apostle Paul refers to himself as a herald in order to encourage a young preacher named Timothy.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage

A biblical look at same-sex marriage and its destructive consequences.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Preaching Through Revelation

Rev. G.Ph. Van Popta, pastor of Jubilee Canadian Reformed Church in Ottawa, ON, discusses his experiences of preaching through the book of Revelation, and the lessons he has learned. Recorded during the 2012 CRTS Interim Semester.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Motivating Reformed Churches to Multiply: The 2011 Metro Vancouver Church Planting Initiative

Dr. T.G. Van Raalte discusses the 2011 Metro Vancouver church planting initiative. Delivered at the second annual CRTS Conference in 2012. "Rejoicing in Growth: Church Planting & Evangelism"

Monday, April 27, 2015

From Catechumen to Communicant: Setting up a Curriculum for Catechetical Instruction

A speech presented at the CRTS January Interim 2013 dealing with how to arrange various levels of catechetical instructions from a pedagogical point of view. Mrs. Christine van Halen-Faber is the principal of the Covenant Canadian Reformed Teachers College.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spreading the Seed of the Word: Reformed Foundations for Evangelism

Talk delivered by H. Drost, a Reformed church planter in Ukraine, at the second annual CRTS Conference, "Rejoicing in Growth: Church Planting and Evangelism."

Monday, April 27, 2015

Developing Missionary-Minded Congregations

Henk Drost, a Reformed church planter in the Ukraine, delivers a speech at the second annual CRTS Conference "Rejoicing in Growth: Church Planting & Evangelism."

Monday, April 27, 2015

Preaching With Illustrations: Is It Really Necessary?

Rev. T. Lodder, pastor of the Cloverdale Canadian Reformed Church, discusses the necessity of preaching with illustrations. Recorded during the 2012 CRTS Interim Semester.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Preaching Through the Gospels: Avoiding Pitfalls

Dr. G.H. Visscher, professor of New Testament at CRTS, discusses some of the pitfalls that are commonly encountered when preaching through the Gospels, and how to avoid them. Recorded during the 2012 CRTS Interim Semester.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Preaching the Gospel from the Law

This is an article on how to preach on Old Testament laws. It was first presented at the Preaching Seminar held at CRTS in January 2012.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Preaching the Gospel from the Law (Video)

Dr. Jannes Smith, professor of Old Testament at CRTS, explores how to preach the Gospel from the Old Testament Law. Recorded during the 2012 CRTS Interim Semester.

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Christian Funeral: A Witness to the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Video)

Mr. R. Ludwig, owner of Kitching, Steepe, and Ludwig Funeral Homes, discusses the Christian funeral as a witness to the death and resurrection of Jesus. He also deals with the topic of cremation. Recorded during the 2014 CRTS Interim Semester.

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Christian Funeral: A Witness to the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Mr. R. Ludwig, owner of Kitching, Steepe, and Ludwig Funeral Homes, discusses the Christian funeral as a witness to the death and resurrection of Jesus. He also deals with the topic of cremation. Recorded during the 2014 CRTS Interim Semester.

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Homosexual in the Church

Rev. J. deGelder, minister emeritus of the Flamborough Canadian Reformed Church, discusses the issue of members in the church with homosexual inclinations. Recorded during the 2014 CRTS Interim Semester.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Biblical view of poverty

Recorded during the 2015 CRTS Interim Semester. Rick Postma, Director of Public Relations for Word & Deed, describes a Biblical view of poverty.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mission work among the First Nations of Canada

Recorded during the 2015 CRTS Interim Semester. Rev. Jim Witteveen speaks of Mission work among the First Nations of Canada, and its potentials & pitfalls. Rev. Witteveen is a missionary of the Canadian Reformed Church in Smithers, serving in Prince George, B.C., Canada.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Developing a Plan for Congregational Outreach

Recorded during the 2015 CRTS Interim Semester. Rev. William Boekestein, minister at Covenant Reformed Church in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, speaks about developing a plan for congregational outreach.

Friday, April 17, 2015

The State of Confessional Presbyterianism and Where it Seems to be Heading

Recorded during the 2015 CRTS Interim Semester. Dr. Alan Strange, Professor of Church History at Mid-America Reformed Seminary, discusses the state of confessional presbyterianism and where it seems to be heading.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Planting a Reformed church in the “Northern Capital of BC"

Recorded during the 2015 CRTS Interim Semester. Rev. Jim Witteveen describes the task of planting a Reformed church in the “Northern Capital of British Columbia." Rev. Witteveen is a missionary of the Canadian Reformed Church in Smithers, serving in Prince George, B.C., Canada.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mission work in Mexico

Recorded during the 2015 CRTS Interim Semester. Rev. Richard Bout, former missionary of the United Reformed Churches having served in Tepic, Mexico, speaks of mission work in Mexico.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Catechism Preaching

Dr. J. Visscher, associate pastor of the Langley Canadian Reformed Church, discusses how catechism preaching is different from preaching on a Scripture passage.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Incense Offering in its Biblical Context

An exploration of the incense offering in the light of all Scripture.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Burnt Offering in Its Biblical Context

A discussion of the burnt offering and its significance also for today.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Threefold Office of Christ and the Christian (Audio)

A close look at Christ as our chief Prophet, only High Priest, and eternal King. Also, the implications of this for the lives of Christians is explored.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Threefold Office of Christ and Christians

An article commemorating the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism and focusing on LD 12

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Two Books Debate: What if Scripture and Science seem to say Different Things?

Recorded during Conference 2014: "Correctly Handling the Word of Truth: Reformed Hermeneutics Today." It is common to speak of the two books of God's revelation: the book of Scripture (special revelation) and the book of creation (general revelation). Support for this approach has been found in Article 2 of the Belgic Confession. However, should the book of creation, and scientific discoveries from it, impact how we interpret the book of Scripture? Or should it be the other way around? Dr. B. Kamphuis responds to this speech.

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Comforted I in the Catechism (Audio)

The Heidelberg Catechism is known for its warm, personal tone. In this speech the author explores why this Catechism uses personal pronouns, such as I, me, and my when it does.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Elders: A Treasure to Cherish

The office of elder as a gift of God to his people.

Monday, April 6, 2015

New Perspective: Is there a need to reinterpret Paul?

Is the New Perspective on Paul correct? This is an evaluation of various authors and aspects within this movement.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Interpreting the Bible in and with the Church: The Imperative for and Challenges of a Confessional Hermeneutic

Recorded during Conference 2014: "Correctly Handling the Word of Truth: Reformed Hermeneutics Today." This address revisits the issue of the authority and function of the church’s creeds and confessions in the interpretation of Scripture. After reviewing the decline of, and challenges to a confessional hermeneutic, in the centuries after the Enlightenment, the more recent emergence of the “theological interpretation” of Scripture is explored. This speech offers a defense of a confessional hermeneutic in the face of contemporary challenges. Dr. Dean Anderson responds to this speech.

Monday, April 6, 2015

New Confessions: Do We Need Them?

An evaluation of need for, and process involved in, updating our confessions or writing new ones.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Infant Baptism: Should We Agree to Disagree?

Is infant baptism a non-essential doctrine that is open to various interpretations? This article counters that notion.

Monday, April 6, 2015

A Blessed Commemoration: The Heidelberg Catechism is turning 450

A survey of some of the events and initiatives surrounding the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism

Friday, April 3, 2015

Musical Instruments in Worship (Part 2)

Historical background and practical advice for the role of music in worship.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Origin and Character of Sacrifice in Scripture

A discussion on the sacrifice in the Old Testament in the light of the New Testament.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

How Shall We Read Genesis 1?

An article exploring the meaning of the first chapter of Scripture.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Multicultural Challenge: A Christian View

A speech held in the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, Ontario, on March 27, 2012 on a biblical view of multiculturalism.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Prayer as an Incense Offering

Considering prayer as an incense offering offers surprising insights into what prayer is and how it should be practised.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pentecost: the Feast in the Light of the Old Testament

This Old Testament feast has enduring consequences for today.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Challenge of Multiculturalism

Is the western liberal ideal of peoples of different cultures living peaceably together attainable?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Was Adam the First Human?

According to evolutionary theory as held by some Christians, hominoids preceded Adam. How should we understand Scripture on this issue?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Is Genesis 1 Real History?

Many dismiss Genesis 1 as real history. Is such an attitude warranted?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

What is Human Dignity?

There is much talk about human dignity and dying with dignity. What are the issues at stake?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Science and Ideology

Is science always objective or can it be influenced by philosophical presuppositions?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Preacher as Priest

There are important priestly aspects to the office of minister of the Word.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Defending Christian Freedom: Our Civic Responsibility

A speech underlining our need to be actively involved in the political affairs of our country.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Weakening of the Institution of Marriage

An article on the current challenges to marriage.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Biblical View of Marriage

Marriage as a precious gift of God to be treasured and protected.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Privilege and Challenge of Educating the Lord’s Special Children

What does the Word of God say about educating covenant children with disabilities?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

What is Worship? Some Biblical Principles of Public Worship

An article answering the questions why and how do we worship?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Why Frederick III wanted the Heidelberg Catechism and why we should too

A survey of the original preface of the Heidelberg Catechism, including the original motivation for writing it, and how this still applies today.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Toronto Blessing

How should we understand the work of the Holy Spirit?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Purpose of Romans

Why did the Apostle Paul write Romans?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Let's Just be Friends

The relationship between the Canadian Reformed Churches and the United Reformed Churches re-evaluated after the URC 2010 Synod.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

How Reliable is the New Testament

Do we have the actual New Testament Text in our hands?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lord's Supper: Cause for Division?

How exactly should the Lord's Supper be celebrated? What should be done when the method of celebrating causes tension in a local congregation?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

So What does Separate the Sheep from the Goats?

This is the author's inaugural address as Professor of New Testament at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary. He looks closely at an often misunderstood parable in Matthew 25:31-46.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Attraction of Evangelicalism

What draws Reformed people in an Evangelical direction?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Connected Preaching and Seminary Education

What kind of preaching should we strive for?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

CanRC Answers to URC Questions

Questions asked of professors from the Canadian Reformed Churches by Classis Southwest of the United Reformed Churches of North America in 2010.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Teaching Sound Doctrine as Redeemed Servants

A condensed version of the author's inaugural address as Professor of Dogmatics at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Stolen Goods, Broken Trust

An article about the Old Testament laws of restitution and their message for today.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

This is my Father’s World

An article outlining a Christian worldview.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

1 Timothy 2:12-15: The Nature of Paul’s Injunction about Women

Recorded during Conference 2014: "Correctly Handling the Word of Truth: Reformed Hermeneutics Today." This speech begins by considering the role of women in the Greco-Roman world, discusses some aspects of Paul’s views in 1 Corinthians, and then explores to what degree his view was rooted in his convictions about the creation and fall of mankind.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Reader as Focal Point of Biblical Exegesis

Recorded during Conference 2014: "Correctly Handling the Word of Truth: Reformed Hermeneutics Today." Many scholars have accepted the idea that biblical exegesis should focus on the text rather than on original author's intention. More recently, a third perspective has been added, which focuses on the reader of Scripture. In short, the reader (or: every reader) makes the (or: his/her own) meaning. This speech evaluates that approach.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Soteriological Perspective on our Understanding

Recorded during Conference 2014: "Correctly Handling the Word of Truth: Reformed Hermeneutics Today." According to Paul in 1 Corinthians 2, it is the Holy Spirit who teaches us, and the mind of Christ that we receive. This indicates the importance of a soteriological perspective on how we interpret the Bible. Participation in Christ is a central motif in this address. Dr. Alan Strange responds to this speech.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Structure of Jeremiah: Confessional Integrity and Quality Control

Recorded during Conference 2014: "Correctly Handling the Word of Truth: Reformed Hermeneutics Today." The first part of this speech will present a proposed structure for Jeremiah. A second part introduces and applies some critical methods to test the validity of the proposal. A third part assesses the profits and perils of the critical methods themselves and suggests what a Reformed Old Testament scholar can and cannot say. In this way the structure of the book of Jeremiah serves as a test case for the interplay of confessional integrity and quality control. A panel discussion follows this speech.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Accommodation: Another Wax Nose?

Recorded during Conference 2014: "Correctly Handling the Word of Truth: Reformed Hermeneutics Today." In Reformation times both sides were accusing the other of making Scripture a wax nose. Today one may well wonder whether the doctrinal construct of God’s “accommodation” in divine revelation has become a wax nose.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Hermeneutics of Dogma

Recorded during Conference 2014: "Correctly Handling the Word of Truth: Reformed Hermeneutics Today." Not only the Biblical text, but also Christian doctrine requires interpretation. First, in discussion with Harnack’s thesis of the Hellenization of the gospel, this speech shows the importance of investigating this historical aspect of dogma. This also has consequences for the character of our commitment to the confession. Further, the catholicity of doctrine will be dealt with. Finally the metaphorical character of doctrine and its consequences will be discussed. Dr. A.J. de Visser responds to this speech.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Interpreting Historical Narrative: Questioning a Methodology

Recorded during Conference 2014: "Correctly Handling the Word of Truth: Reformed Hermeneutics Today." In discussions on understanding portions of Scripture that narrate historical events, the distinction is being made in conservative circles between Scripture’s truth claim and truth value. This speech asks whether such a distinction and method of determining truth and meaning in narrative passages is warranted and necessary as a model for biblical exegesis. Dr. van Bekkum responds to this speech.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Christian Ethics and God’s use of the Bible

Recorded during Conference 2014: "Correctly Handling the Word of Truth: Reformed Hermeneutics Today." Christian ethics is one area in which the modern and postmodern challenge is felt strongly. New questions arise about which the Bible does not seem to speak. Existing answers to old questions are attacked and give way to new proposals. How do Christians deal with this? Dr. T.G. Van Raalte responds to de Bruijne's speech.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Beginning Well in Ministry

The keynote address of Convocation 2013. What I wish I was told when entering the ministry.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Is Hell Obsolete? The Place of Eternal Punishment in Preaching Today

Recorded during the 2015 CRTS Conference. Some people believe that hell doesn’t exist, and that in the end, everyone will be saved. Other people believe that hell needs to be redefined. What exactly should we believe about hell? What does the Bible say about it? And doesn’t preaching about hell teach people to live in fear rather than faith? These questions, and more, are explored in this presentation.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Working Politically and Socially in Anticipation of Christ’s Coming

Recorded during the 2015 CRTS Conference. Dr. Van Dam begins by asking whether we have a political and social task. This question is answered in the affirmative based on the biblical evidence. How are we to realize this responsibility? Is the recent two-kingdom approach an option? Finally, what sort of expectations can we have as we go about exercising our Christian witness as anointed pilgrim servants of the King, Jesus Christ?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

In Between and Intermediate: Living in Heaven's Glory

Recorded during the 2015 CRTS Conference. Dr. Van Raalte sets his talk within the framework that the New Creation is the thing we really are aiming for, whereas going to live with God in heaven is an intermediate step towards that goal. Within that framework, he argues against the view that persons are only physical and against the theory of soul sleep. Conversely, he supports the view that believers, in their souls, are immediately raptured into heaven's glory upon death and enjoy an ongoing existence there until Christ's return.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Calvin's Teaching on the Image of God

An article summarizing some of the key points of the author's doctoral dissertation on the same topic, Children of God: The Imago Dei in John Calvin and his Context (V&R, 2009)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Character of the Afternoon Service

Why our afternoon services should have a teaching quality

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Church Music in Calvin's Tradition

What we can learn from Calvin's view of music for today

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Marriage vs. Mawwiage

An article about Biblical laws and customs regarding marriage in light of modern misconceptions.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Out of the House of Bondage

An article on the slavery laws of the Old Testament and their gospel message for today.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

God and Government

A recording of the speech given to parliament March 3, 2009 on behalf of ARPA.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

To Bury or to Burn?

Should Christians cremate their loved ones?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Why Second Service

Do we still need a second service with catechism teaching?