The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #28

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Free Ebook: Taking God At His Word

Here’s your chance to get Kevin DeYoung’s excellent book at no cost.

Origins of the Creed

In light of adult Sunday school, this article explains the background of our ecumenical creeds.

Word War, World War

This heavy-hitting piece concerns the dire consequences that follow when societies agree to deny God’s natural revelation. Here’s an excerpt, “Predictably, the court went on to order the father to submit to the new trans vocabulary, forbidding him to speak to or about his daughter using her given name, or otherwise use words that would identify her as a female or as his daughter. […] Under trans ideology, the family as natural institution is finished. Whatever remains of its traditional form (now empty of public reasons for its existence) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the state, whose chief regulatory function is to enable its constituents to escape and defy what once were the family’s protective authorities of belonging and relatedness.”

ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #27

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Here are some worthwhile articles to check out on your day of rest.

The First Sexual Revolution: The Triumph of Christian Morality in the Roman Empire

This is a thoughtful review of ways Christianity shaped culture in the first centuries after Christ and what we can learn from it today.

What Draws Atheists, Jews and Catholics to a Presbyterian Church

This concerns a popular church in New York that has sadly “become all things to all people” the easy way, by letting go of their Christian identity. Let it be something like the ghost of PURC Future, warning us not to go down that path.

To Women We Haven’t Thanked Enough

A fine reflection on the value God sees in virtuous women whom the world overlooks.

Will Unbelievers Be Annihilated or Suffer Eternally? (Revelation 14)

Tom Shreiner gives clear biblical explanation to a difficult subject.



ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #26

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After a month-long hiatus, the Sunday Reader is back. Here are some worthwhile articles to check out on your day of rest.

The Power Over Christian Publishing We’ve Given To Amazon

I’m not sure what to do with this, but it’s worth considering the possible jeopardy we put ourselves in by letting secular companies be the gatekeepers of Christian knowledge.

Discipling Guys

This article is aimed at pastors but applies to any man seeking to raise up other godly men.

Wanted: More Older Women Discipling Younger Women

In the same vein, here’s something directed at the ladies. I hope many of you take it to heart and find fresh encouragement and motivation.

A Review of the Christian Standard Bible

Now and then, I get questions about which translation to use. Here’s an overview of a newer translation that is highly regarded for its balance of accuracy and readability.



ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #25

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Life after the Death of a Son: What I have Learned about God’s Calling

Here’s something poignant from children’s book author and fellow URC member, Simonetta Carr, whom we plan to have out next year for a women’s event.

The Westminster Statement on Biblical Sexuality

You might be surprised to learn how much our sister-standards, the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms, say with respect to current debates over sexual identity, attraction, and behavior.

Road-Tripping With the Amazon Nomads

Though not (to my knowledge) written by a believer, this fascinating piece sheds light on a little known sub-culture.

The Things Unseen: A glimpse of God's sovereign work in Corrente, Brazil (video)

A look at the work of reformation in South America.



ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #24

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10 Things You Should Know About Communion With Christ

A good reminder to seek daily renewal and that a deeper experience of the Lord’s presence and joy is possible.

7 Well-Meaning Objections to Church Discipline — And How Pastors Ought to Respond to Them

Our members vow to submit and participate in biblical church discipline. Here’s why.

Does Your Church Truly Care for True Widows?

At the end, the author shares some very concrete examples of how you might express Christ’s love to these dear sisters in our midst.

The Longest Papal Election in History

A funny-if-it-weren’t-true reminder of the inevitable shenanigans that come with deviating from God’s design for church leadership.

ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #23

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Why Does God Allow Us to Keep Struggling Against Sin?

I don’t know about you, but I needed this. “We think growing in grace means getting to a place where we don’t need grace anymore. But growing in grace often means growing in our awareness of our need for grace.”

10 Things to Know about What the Bible Teaches on God and Human Government

A concise, balanced summary of key biblical points with scripture references.

Many Hear the Gospel with Joy but Don’t Continue in the Faith

A compelling admonition to continue bearing fruit by the Spirit in faith.

ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #22

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What Lay Elders Need to Know

A sound reminder.

How Tokyo's suburban housing became vast ghettoes for the old

This informative article should prompt you to think through ways our Christian community can better care for aging image-bearers among us.

Husbands, 8 Admonitions to Love Your Wife

From a friend, Rev. Boekestein. “Ultimately, we are loveless because we love ourselves more than we love God and are dissatisfied with God’s provision. This means that the more you love God the better equipped you will be to truly love your wife.”

ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

The Sunday Reader: Vol. 2 | #21

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Getting Older Involves a Lot of Dying

This post reflects not just on the physical aspect of death, but many other ways that we experience an increase of dying as we age. Yet there are benefits to this! A worthy reflection.

Is Domesticity a Bad Word?

This recommendation comes by way of a respected female member of our congregation who found it beneficial. I’ll only add that men have a place in tending their homes, too.

Is There Really an ‘Orthodox’ View on Sexuality?

“One of the biggest debates facing evangelicalism today is not the nature of marriage and sexuality, but whether or not different views of marriage and sexuality constitute an issue on which orthodox Christians can simply “agree to disagree … Does orthodoxy require a certain stance?”

ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.