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The First OPC Timothy Conferences

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Parenting the Baptized

A senior prank to foam the halls of a Christian high school is thwarted by local police at around 4:00 a.m. Is their action an illegal entry or an innocent prank? After graduating, many graduates descend upon the beaches to celebrate. For many, the festivity includes the tradition of alcohol and sexual promiscuity.

A star athlete is caught violating the printed ethical standards of the school: should discipline be exercised, knowing that it may cost a conference, regional, or state championship? A student is caught stealing at the school, but he is defended by his parents on the basis that "everybody" steals and we shouldn't judge others (Matt. 7:1). These are a few situations I encountered while teaching in a Reformed Christian high school for seventeen years. In an environment where the covenant was stressed, one may be mystified by such conduct by students and parents. Since such behavior is more common than we may wish to admit, perhaps it can be helpful to reassess some aspects of life in covenant with the triune God of the Bible in order to encourage godliness. Read more

Let the Children Come ... Quietly

Sitting in the pews listening to the pastor preach can be very trying if you have a burbling, wiggling ten-month-old on your lap and a three-year-old intent on coloring the hymnal beside you. You're in a quandary. You do not want to disturb those in neighboring pews, but you do want your children to learn to participate in worship. What's a parent to do?

Timothy Conference 2008
Timothy Conference 2008
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Helps for Worship #30: Christian Baptism

Then those who gladly received his word were baptized.... And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:41–42)

Baptism and the Lord's Supper are the two sacraments of the Christian church. They are part of "the ordinary religious worship of God" (Westminster Confession, 21.5) and should occur regularly in church. Read more

Still Protesting

Dear James,

News of the recent storm on your campus reached me even before your letter of last week. I read in the newspaper that the new faculty that Rutherford College hired for next year included two Roman Catholics and that the Dean resigned in protest. Read more

 
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