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2019 RFPA Annual Meeting Video

2019 RFPA Annual Meeting   "Training Our Children in the Discipline of Reading"Rev. Justin Smidstra Date given: 09-26-2019 Location: Zion Protestant Reformed Church (Jenison, MI)

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RFPA Annual Meeting TONIGHT

RFPA Annual Meeting TONIGHT

"I will be making the case that reading is a spiritual discipline, that teaching our children to read is a important part of covenant instruction, and that one of the crucial ways to teach our children this discipline is for parents regularly to read to their children and also to be readers themselves."—Rev. Smidstra     Location details:Zion Protestant Reformed Church7551 12th AveJenison MI 49428 (This meeting provides the only opportunity for men to join the Association.) A nursery will also...

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RFPA Annual Meeting - THIS THURSDAY

RFPA Annual Meeting - THIS THURSDAY

"I will be making the case that reading is a spiritual discipline, that teaching our children to read is a important part of covenant instruction, and that one of the crucial ways to teach our children this discipline is for parents regularly to read to their children and also to be readers themselves."—Rev. Smidstra Location details:Zion Protestant Reformed Church7551 12th AveJenison MI 49428 (This meeting provides the only opportunity for men to join the Association.)

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The Second Year of Seminary

As the three seminary students who have finished their second year of seminary can attest, second year is probably the toughest year of seminary, but also a year of rich blessings. These go together and there are a couple of reasons for this. First, second year brings a sizable increase in the seminary workload. The biggest part of this increased workload is beginning Exegesis classes. Along with Dogmatics, Exegesis forms the heart of the seminary curriculum. Exegesis is the hard work...

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The First Year of Seminary

Last time we took a brief look at some of what is involved in pre-seminary studies. Today we move on to the first year of study at the Protestant Reformed seminary. At our Theological School we have a four year long course of study (though it was not always so). A lot can be covered in four years, yet it seems like barely enough time to scratch the surface of some subjects. Nevertheless, as a recent graduate from the seminary I...

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Pre-Seminary Studies

For the month of September we will be posting a few mini blog series from some of the new candidates for the ministry in the Protestant Reformed Churches, each of which were asked by the RFPA to guest write for the RFPA blog. This first article and mini series is written by Candidate Justin Smidstra. ____________ In this post and the next my intention is to describe the early years of a seminary student’s course of study and relate a few...

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