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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, January 24, 2017

Meeting the Most Powerful Man in the World

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

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.

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, 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

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

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

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

Out of the House of Bondage

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