(This article was published before in Una Sancta 6 March 2021) Old Testament Labour relations are a big topic in our time. But as God’s people we must know that already 3,500 years ago God made provisions for labour relations among His people. In the Old Testament God gave instructions to His people how the… Continue reading Labour Relations among God’s people
Every Sunday afternoon, we go to church to listen to the Catechism preaching. During the week, the ministers are teaching the catechism classes. This is an old tradition, established by the Synod of Dort, 1618/1619. It has a biblical foundation. In Deuteronomy 6 the parents are told that they should take every opportunity to teach… Continue reading Synod of Dort on Catechism Teaching
About a year ago the Synod of Dort (1618-1619) was remembered, with renewed attention and interest for decisions of this synod and the importance of these decisions. We’ve all learned about this synod in church history and about the decisions it made. I have heard the claim being made more than once that certain practices… Continue reading What did the Synod of Dort say?
Synod Bunbury 2018 had to deal with a number of appeals. Usually, appeals are being dealt with in closed session because the character of an appeal is, that it is about personal matters. Article 31 of the Church Order states: ‘If anyone complains that he has been wronged by the decision of a minor assembly… Continue reading Synod Reflections (2): Appeals
4 – 10 April The material for the April Family Week (in the Free Reformed Church of Kelmscott) is available here. Sermon outline: there is an outline of the sermon of Sunday morning, 4 April 2021 on John 20:1, about ‘The open heaven over the open tomb’. The outline is available here, while the sermon can… Continue reading Family Week April 2021
When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He. (John 8:28) This is not the first time that we read these words in the gospel of John. In John 3:14 the Lord Jesus said in His conversation with Nicodemus, (just before He spoke the words in John 3:16… Continue reading When you lift up the Son of Man …
Due to the sudden lockdown in the metro Perth area, the family week for February 2021 in the Free Reformed Church of Kelmscott now started the 1st of February. The material is available here. Sermon outline: there is an outline of the sermon of Sunday morning, 31 January, on John 3:1-8. The outline is available… Continue reading Family Week February 2021
(This article was first published in Una Sancta 65-06, 21 April 2018.) What makes a great leader? We all may have memories of great political leaders from the past. We will remember some important leaders from church history. And many of us will probably have someone in the past who was important for him (or… Continue reading Called to be godly leaders
We live in a day and age when truth is at a premium. People misrepresent the facts, twist the truth, and jump to false conclusions. This flippancy about the truth reflects a transition from modernism to postmodernism. Although modernism rejected the Bible as the Truth, it still acknowledged that there was truth, although it could… Continue reading The Lie is the Work of the Devil.
I expect that every one, after having done all he can in the way of robbing and murdering, will be so tired as to wish for the peace which he had formerly but did not value. All this we have deserved through our sins. For we are up to our heads in pride and ambition,… Continue reading Pride & Prejudice: Antwerp 1567
When reading or listening to the news, one cannot help but notice a certain bias. This is not only true for the mainstream news but pretty well anything one listens to. Even though the news is meant to be and generally is presented as objective, it appears an impossible goal. One needs only look at… Continue reading A Look at the Ninth Commandment
Have you followed online news stories about the recent election in the United States? Consider the following headings of articles from a news feed based on the search term “US Election” and obtained approximately 4 weeks after the election: Trump lays out election-fraud case in online video: ‘Bad things happened’ Democrats seek disciplinary investigation for… Continue reading Reading the media: to judge or not to judge
The ninth commandment requires that I must love the truth, the whole truth and speak it honestly. I must not give false testimony, twist no one’s words, not gossip or slander, and avoid deceit. The purpose of this commandment is to regulate our minds and lives so that we reflect God’s image, by honoring God… Continue reading Coping in a Post-fact Age
‘What is truth?’ These words from Pontius Pilate, quoted in the Bible in John 18:38, are the summary of what this article is about. However, the words of Pilate can be interpreted and used in different ways. Pilate used it to express his skepticism. Jesus Christ, standing before Pontius Pilate, his judge, responded to a… Continue reading The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
This week is Family Week again in the Free Reformed Church of Kelmscott. For all those who are not a member of the FRC Kelmscott: feel free to join in. The material is available online. If this is new for you, you can read about Family Week and its intention in a previous article on… Continue reading Family Week 6-12 December 2020
Sunday, 1 November is the start of another Family Week. The material for this November Family Week is available here. For Sunday or Monday: Sermon discussion about the Sunday morning service, Nehemiah 6. The sermon outline with questions is available here. The sermon can be watched on YouTube, the account of the Free Reformed Church… Continue reading Family Week 1-7 November
The material for the October Family Week is available here. There is no sermon outline this time since I will not be preaching this Sunday. The Tuesday online Bible Study about Nehemiah 4 can be accessed at the YouTube site of the Free Reformed Church of Kelmscott and will be available starting Sunday evening. An… Continue reading Family Week 4 – 10 October
From 6 to 12 September we have another family week. Here is the material for this week. For those who don’t know what family week is, see my article of two months ago. The material for Family Week is available: For Monday: Nehemiah 1:5-11 A sermon outline and questions about Sunday morning’s sermon. The sermon… Continue reading Family Week 6 – 12 September
This week is the second Family Week. For information about what Family Week is, see my previous article last month. This is an initiative from and for the Free Reformed Church of Kelmscott, but I invite others to participate as well, if they want. This is the material for this week: 1. For Sunday or… Continue reading Family Week 2 – 8 August
In July 2020 the congregation of Kelmscott starts a new project: family week. A document has been sent to the congregation and an article with Biblical background will be published in Una Sancta in the near future. In short, what is happening during family week is being described here. Material for the first Family Week… Continue reading Family Week 5-11 July 2020
The Bible Study about Revelation 10 and 11 is ready to go. It is available on the YouTube account of the Free Reformed Church of Kelmscott. An outline can be downloaded here. With the changing situation and the Bible Study Clubs being able to get together again, starting next week, I will finish this Bible… Continue reading Bible Study Revelation 10 and 11
The Bible Study Revelation 8 and 9 is online now and can be watched here. An outline is available for download here. Revelation 8 Vs. 1: Seventh seal opened! silence: goes to climax! During half hour: preparation for the seven trumpets. Trumpets: to announce. The seven trumpets are going to announce the Judge. They indicate:… Continue reading Bible Study Revelation 8 and 9
The Bible Study for Revelation 7 is available online. An outline can be downloaded here. Bible Study Revelation 7 the sealed servants of God After these things: see 6:17 Four angels: the four corners of the earth. Four winds: Four is number of the earth. Earth, sea, tree: trees mentioned: usually most affected by storms.… Continue reading Bible Study Revelation 7