Articles by William Boekestein

Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them

Article by   February 2019
Lois Lowry tells a story about how a utopian state required that all of the community's memories going back through the generations be committed to a single person, a receiver. The elders engineered a society where no one but the receiver had to feel or remember. Life was safe and comfortable. The citizens were spared the pain of knowing, of emoting. And they could always call on the receiver when faced with a decision that exceeded their self-imposed limited experience. continue

A Beautiful Scandal

Article by   October 2018
Newton's story is a beautiful scandal. Like Paul, he increasingly woke to the nightmare of his sin personified by the beautiful black faces of his victims. But God's grace had introduced a new reality: undeserved pardon. The man who should have died a thousand deaths for his sin died at peace in the hope of new life because of the single death of the Savior Jesus. continue

The Doctrines of Grace

Article by   September 2014
Shane Lems, The Doctrines of Grace: Student Edition. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2014. 143 pp. $9.99/₤6.99 In recent years the so-called Five Points of Calvinism have received increased attention and adherence. The Five Points seem to have a growing number of... continue

Lady Jane Grey

Article by   December 2012
Simonetta Carr, Lady Jane Grey (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2012), $18.00, hardcover.One of the most encouraging trends in Christian children's literature is the publication of more stories that our kids will not like. If our children like all their... continue

Weight of a Flame: The Passion of Olympia Morata

Article by   May 2012
Simonetta Carr, Weight of a Flame: The Passion of Olympia Morata (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2011).In the interest of disclosure this review was written by a thirty-something-year-old man with the help of two young ladies under age five and a... continue

Good Friday: Christ our Great High Priest

Article by   April 2012
In 1941 Winston Churchill stood before an eager audience at an all-boys school in war-torn England and spoke these famous words, "Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in." (1) Churchill's words echo the thrust of the message of the writer to the Hebrews. But where Churchill rested his comments on the "honor and good sense" of his audience, the writer to the Hebrews urges confidence in the high priestly work of Jesus Christ. continue

Effective Group Bible Study

Article by   January 2012
It's six o'clock Wednesday evening. Your church's mid-week Bible study starts in one hour but you don't feel like going. The trouble is, you can't think of a fresh excuse and you don't dare to say what you, (and several others) would like to say: "Is this really what a Bible Study is supposed to be like?" continue

A Model Sermon:

Article by   March 2011
Learning from Peter's PreachingIf you have young children or grandchildren in your family, perhaps you've seen the Disney-Pixar film, A Bug's Life.  The movie imaginatively portrays life in an ant colony which is visited annually by a group of marauding... continue

Avoiding Chronological Snobbery

Article by   October 2010
A Call to Add Church History to a Healthy Spiritual DietMany of us may struggle with the feeling that the church is already too old-fashioned. If so, why should we study church history? Shouldn't we stop looking backward to the... continue
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