In a previous article I drew attention to Christological preaching. What makes a sermon
Christocentric, we concluded, was not that the name of Jesus Christ was mentioned a certain
number of times in a sermon, nor that a sentence or a paragraph or a point is devoted to the
events that occurred on the cross of Calvary. Rather, a Christocentric sermon builds on
Christ’s work on the cross and now draws out how God the Father as a result of Christ’s work
actually goes about with people today.
My Son, Listen.... The Attitude of Youth to the Heritage of the Fathers
Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
October 31: in the world the day is known as Halloween. October 31: amongst (Protestant)
Christians the day is known as Reformation Day. October 31: as of this year (1999) the day
may be known as the day when Roman Catholics and Lutherans resolved "one of the main
causes of the Reformation which split the Christian Church" nearly five centuries ago. "After
32 years of talks, the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation [signed] a common
statement on the issue which drove them apart in 1517 – the doctrine of justification."
Headship and Submission
The relation there is to exist between husband
and wife in the Christian marriage is a topic of ongoing interest for every couple eager to submit to the will of the Lord.
Does a Christian Experience his Faith?
Western culture has for years and years given pride of place to the mind, one's powers of
thought, reason. What could be reasoned out was considered true, real, valid. And what could
not be reasoned out was not true, not real, not valid.
1.1 Deborah an Example?
Does Deborah provide us with an example about the place and function of women in marriage, in church
and in society? There are those who think so. Donna Strom, professor at the Presbyterian Theological
Seminary in Dehra Dun, Northern India, laments that women have, in the main, been involved only in
increasing the human population, and done so little ("except for a rare Margaret Thatcher or Indira
Gandhi") to join men in ruling the earth.2 So she writes of Deborah: "What Deborah's example obviously
teaches is that women should not be excluded from any levels of decision-making, religious or political."3
Because Professor Strom sees men hindering women in taking positions of leadership, she writes: "Many
have asked, 'Where are the Deborahs?' But a more relevant question today is: where are the Baraks,
Lapidoths, and 10,000 men who will allow God to use His Deborahs?"4
Preaching plays a fundamental role in the life of the child of God. That’s because the Lord
God is pleased to use the official administration of His Word in the church service to work and
strengthen faith in the hearts of His people (cf Lord’s Day 25; Canons of Dort, III/IV.17).
How, though, is the preacher to open the Word of God? What constitutes ‘good’ preaching?
Can the Lord return tonight?
When shall Christ return? The conviction that Christ will one day came back to earth has led
over the years to a whole wave of material coming off the religious press, material that would
explain just how late it is on God’s clock, yes, material that would convince us too that now
Jesus is coming soon because certain signs are happening.
Calvin on the Sabbath
In discussions relating to the Sabbath and how today’s Christian ought to keep the Sabbath,
one hears from time to time references to the thoughts of John Calvin on the point. Calvin, I
once read in a reformed periodical, "strongly opposed any suggestion of an observance of days
and a literal abstention from work or recreation on the basis of it being commanded by the 4th
commandment." In the Catechism, the article continued, the church echoes this position, for
LD 38 makes no mention of not working on the Sunday; LD 38 explains the fourth
commandment in terms of resting not from work but from evil. So: the Christian may give
himself to work and recreation on the Sunday as long as this work or recreation does not
interfere with the worship services.
Biblical perspectives on Mixed Courtship and Mixed Marriage
What is mixed marriage?
The term mixed marriage could easily be used to describe a marriage between two people of difference
races, eg. between a Caucasian and a Negro. Perhaps in a country such as South Africa that is what is
meant. But for Christians the term mixed marriage has come to refer to a marriage between a Christian
and a non-Christian, between a believer and an unbeliever. The intent of this brochure is to listen to what
Scripture says concerning this matter.