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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

“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

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.

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?

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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Lord will Provide

A Meditation on Mark 6: 45-52

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.

Monday, May 16, 2016

A Spirit-Filled Church

A meditation on Acts 4:24-31.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

One Lost Sheep Over Ninety-Nine

A meditation on Luke 15.

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.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Captives of Christ

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

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.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Look! A rainbow!

A meditation on Rev 4:3

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

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

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.

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.

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 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.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Purpose of Romans

Why did the Apostle Paul write Romans?

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

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.

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.