- Families: The Crucible for
Faith, Hope, & Love
by Dr. Scott Coupland
|| What would you
say is the measure of a believer's maturity in the local church?
Possibly it is determined by time spent in prayer, the level of
giving, or the degree of involvement in ministries. I would suggest,
however, that maturity is worked out not only in the church, but
also in families, one of the three basic institutions of society.
Scripture shows clearly that faith, hope, and love are best worked
out in a family context.
- What's in a Family Name?
by Dr. Douglas F. Kelly
America and much of the
industrialized world have experienced a surprising trend during the
last twenty-five years: a massive interest in ancestry, with millions
spending time and money on genealogical research. In the 1970s millions
of African-Americans read Alex Haley's Roots to get in touch with their
ancestral past. Hundreds of thousands of Americans of Scottish descent
attend "Highland Games" every year with their family- reunion atmosphere.
Millions more in both the New and Old Worlds subscribe to genealogical
journals, join ancestral societies, and search the Internet for their
- A Living Memorial to
no doubt about it," says William Vanderbloemen (RTS '98), "when
I came to Memorial in 1998, it was on life support. I had prayed for
a church to revitalize and God definitely answered my prayer!" Memorial
Presbyterian in Montgomery, Alabama, was indeed in trouble, showing
all the signs of a church in the throes of death. It's membership had
been declining for a long time, it had suffered two splits in five years,
and, just before William arrived, the members had voted to sell the
church building and relocate -- but had bought no land to do that.
- A God Who Will Not Let Me Go
The cool night breeze
brushed against the sailor's cheek and brought momentary relief from
the oppressive heat and humidity. He stood atop a wood tower as his
eyes ranged out across the grassy fields. Undulating and wave-like,
they stretched into the distance until they reached the dark line of
the forest beyond.
It was two a.m in 1972. The place was
Southeast Asia, and the date was Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. As Senior
Advisor to River Interdiction Division 42, RTS Professor of Missions
Sam Larsen had received military intelligence warnings that the
communist insurgent Viet Cong were expected to launch coordinated attacks
throughout South Vietnam during the night, especially against remote
bases such as his.
- Jeff Ferguson: A Heart for
than anything else, Jeff Ferguson wants to work with college students,
sharing his faith and watching their spiritual growth. A middler at
RTS/Charlotte, he's interning with Reformed University Fellowship at
Winthrop College in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
"Working at Winthrop has been very rewarding,"
says Jeff. "Many of them know the basics of the Gospel, but it goes
against human nature to believe that God would freely grant salvation.
Some really struggle with what it means to live out the Gospel in their
lives, and I'm privileged to help them work that out."
Volume 20, Number 1
© 2001 Reformed Theological Seminary
Articles may not be reprinted without permission.
Cover art by David Lok/SUPERSTOCK
We Cannot Let Evil Prevail!
During his research on World War
II, Stephen Ambrose, the well-known historian, asked a veteran why he
had been willing to go to war. He replied, "I was nineteen years old.
I had my life ahead of me. I knew the difference between right and wrong,
and I did not want to grow up in a world in which wrong prevailed."
Do You Have Fun Giving?
Q and A with
Robert B. Pamplin
Q. What is your philosophy