About Bill, Billy and R.C.

Three well known leaders within Christianity were in the news recently. Two because of their passing away from this earthly life, one because of his resignation as leader of a well known mega church: Billy Graham, R.C. Sproul, and Bill Hybels. Billy Graham Billy Graham is a world renown evangelist. In February, we published a…

Are we following the Reformed Churches in The Netherlands?

With sadness we see our Dutch sister churches going into a direction which leads away from the truly Reformed heritage. Last year we remembered that five hundred years ago the church under God’s grace returned to the Bible. One of the important issues in the time of the Reformation was the authority of the Bible….

FRCA Synod 2018 – A Preview

On 18 June 2018, the Synod of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia will convene in the Southern River church building. 18 February was the closing date for the material for the provisional agenda. After this date, no new items can be placed on the agenda. Churches can still interact with the material that is…

The Supreme Court as Reformed Synod?

ARPA Canada lawyer, John Sikkema ARPA lawyer John Sikkema appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada last week, making arguments as an intervener in the so-called “Wall” case. That’s the one where the Supreme Court has been asked whether secular courts have authority to intervene in matters of ecclesiastical discipline. The arguments are being heard…

Canada: Criminal Law protections for worship services saved

Andre Schutten, Director of Law and Policy of  ARPA Canada, reports on the proceedings at a Justice Committee meeting of the House of Commons in Canada, as the committee debated the amendments to Bill 51 and the clause on s. 176 which gives enhanced protections to worship services in Canada’s Criminal Code. The government of…

The Netherlands: Church Split and Church Union

From the ‘Reformatorisch Dagblad’, we gleaned two noteworthy developments among the churches in The Netherlands: 1.  Combined Meeting of Two Synods The liberated Reformed Churches (the ‘GKv’, sister churches of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia) and the Dutch Reformed Churches (‘Nederlands Gereformeerde Kerken’ (NGK))decided to have a combined meeting of the two synods on…