In their commentary (1954) of the Church Order of the Synod of Dort, Idzerd Van Dellen and Martin Monsma argue persuasively “that doctrinal unity forms the foundation for denominational unity.” They call the “confessional writings” the “very cornerstones” of the Dutch Reformed church and ably demonstrate that “The Reformed Churches have felt the need and import of doctrinal purity and unity from the very beginning of their existence” (221-222).
So what might doctrinal purity and unity look like in the Reformed Church in America?
Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey – $3.99
Church Planter by Darrin Patrick – $3.99
The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever – $6.39
Stephen Altrogge offers an extremely thoughtful review:
Before I criticize any parts of the book, I do want to point out a few strengths. First, Rachel is a good writer and very readable. Second, she presses some good buttons when it comes to the complementarian position (i.e. God has given men and women different roles). Unfortunately, many complementarians aren’t careful or nuanced in their application of certain passages, particularly when it comes to leadership/submission passages.
Other Christians. Can’t do corporate worship without them, and yet sometimes it feels like we can’t really do corporate worship with them either.
How nice would it be if everyone would just mind their manners in weekend worship? So thinks our old self.
Let’s admit it. We’re tough on others, easy on ourselves. We assume others should give us the benefit of the doubt—which is the very thing we don’t give to others.
Over the last couple of months I’ve really been thinking about how I can be a more thoughtful consumer of the technology that I consume, especially my mobile phone. As a pastor and therapist I have grown increasingly concerned with the side effects that our technological culture has on relationships. And I’ve wondered aloud more specifically about our use as adults/parents has on the lives of our kids. In July I wrote a post called Laptops & Mobile Phones: Creating The New Deficit In Our Kid’s Lives. I won’t go into that post here, but will at least say that a lot of our active use of technology can create a passive neglect in the lives of our kids who are watching everything we are doing. It’s very subtle, but powerful. Hence, why I feel I need to be a more thoughtful consumer.