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Dynamic Confession

The acceptance of the Belhar Confession by the Reformed Church in America, and its consideration by the Christian Reformed Church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), challenges the church to consider anew the nature of confession itself. More specifically, it raises…
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One Living Body

With the new year, we begin a new series, "Not My Own: Reflections on the Heidelberg." We have asked various authors to share a time or memory when the beloved Heidelberg Catechism became more significant and personally poignant, an experience…
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The Future is Now

I love the Reformed church as a member, a pastor, and a theologian. I pray that it may have a future. My deeper concern, however, is for the future of the church, and that in a Reformed expression. Is there…
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Joyful Theology

A few weeks ago the third volume of the Collected Works of A.A. van Ruler arrived in my mailbox. It was an important moment for this pastor/theologian. My excitement, though, hardly compares with how a leading Dutch theologian greeted the…
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Minister as Story-Teller

This past summer I told stories from the pulpit. To be more accurate, I moved away from the pulpit to make it clear that I was telling, not exactly stories, but what we call the "great story." It was an…
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Oh, For a Thousand Tongues

The general synod was at evening prayer. The prayers and the scripture were in English. The question of language arose when it came time to sing. Every hymn came in four languages, one language per verse. Xhosa, Venda, Zulu, Afrikaans,…