Berkouwer and some other theologians

Berkouwer is a theologian whose voice deserves to be heard much more than it has been. A lot of people don't know much about him. They've heard his name from writers who dismiss him because they are wary of him. There is a historical progression in the chair of Systematic Theology at the Free University …

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Blessings overflow!

"Blessings overflow!" (Psalm 23:5). "You are the God who gives me salvation" (Psalm 25:5). "Let all the joys of the godly well up in praise to the Lord" (Psalm 33:1). How much the Lord has blessed us! He has blessed us with his salvation! Let us bring to him our joyful praise!    

Lord, You want to “establish Your Word” among us. Do we “rejoice greatly” when we hear Your Word?

Lord, You want to “establish Your Word” among us (1 Kings 6:120. Do we “rejoice greatly” when we hear Your Word (1 Kings 5:7)? Help us to welcome Jesus Christ, “the Word made flesh”, the living Word who “dwells among us, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Help us to welcome Him as “Emmanuel …

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Help us, Lord, to throw away our bad fruit – “strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness … ” – and enjoy Your good fruit – “love, joy, peace … .”

“A perverse man will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man with the fruit of his deeds” (Psalm 14:14). Lord, You speak to us about two kinds of fruit – good fruit and bad fruit. How are we to have good fruit in our lives? We need Your Word (Psalm …

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Systematic Theology and Experiential Theology

Here are a couple of paragraphs from the “Introductory Preface” of my PhD thesis:  “The Problem of Polarization: An Approach based on the Writings of G C Berkouwer”. —– “With the writings of G C Berkouwer providing its focal-point, this study may be regarded as a study in systematic theology …. attention is drawn to …

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Preaching the Word of the Lord – Psalm 118:10-18

"The Lord is my strength, my song and my salvation" (Psalm 118:14). In the Lord, we have the "victory." This fills our hearts with "joy" (Psalm 118:15). "In the tents of the righteous" (Psalm 118:15) - The Lord has made us "righteous", and He calls us to be "righteous." Let us "give thanks to the …

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Our personal worship is just a small part of something so much richer and fuller – ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’ (Psalm 150:6).

‘Praise be to the Lord my Rock... I will sing a new song to You, O God... I will exalt You, my God the King; I will praise Your Name for ever and ever; Every day I will praise You... My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord... I will praise the Lord all …

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