Friday, April 13, 2018

Mostly Canticles

I have recently published a second edition of Mostly Canticles. It can be purchased online here

This book consists of 54 hymns and canticles based upon texts or themes found in the Bible. The lyrics are all written by George van Popta, and the tunes are mostly in the public domain while several of them are new compositions. This book of songs is dedicated to the students of Ambassadors Christian School in Ottawa and any proceeds will go towards the support of Ambassadors.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Contact with the FRCNA

The Clarion magazine issue of March 9, 2018, has a report about the recent meeting of the International Conference of Reformed Churches (ICRC) held in Jordan, Ontario. Among the many interesting things reported is a note about the four delegates of the Free Reformed Churches of North America (FRCNA) approaching the four Canadian Reformed (CanRC) delegates with the question why the FRCNA and the CanRC are no longer talking (at the level of synod and/or ecclesiastical committee). It led to the eight brothers having lunch together and agreeing that more formal effort should be put into connecting with each other. Talks petered out long ago and the eight brothers agreed it was time for them to be resumed.

This is great news. The FRCNA and the CanRC are both members of both the ICRC and the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC) At the grass roots level we have come to know each other better through organizations such as ARPA and CARDUS. Hopefully we will, before long, officially recognize each other for what we surely are, sister churches. That will smooth the way for acknowledging one another's preaching, worship, and discipline as faithful to the Word of God.

We live in a post-Christian context where we increasingly need one another. We hope the brothers who met informally will be able to encourage our respective ecclesiastical contact committees to reach out to one another and to submit good recommendations to the two synods. May God bless the new talks and contact for the edification of the church of Christ!

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Monday, March 05, 2018

CRMA blog

Check out the latest Canadian Reformed Missions (CRMA) blog post here. It is about Cornerstone Church Hamilton's mission work in Maceio, Brazil.

Ensure that you bookmark the CRMA blog.