Building Progress

Committed to Calvinism

By Devin Maddox
My pastor and brother in law gave me a book last year, Abraham Kuyper's Lectures on Calvinism. I didn't start reading it until this year because I am a slow reader and had others in line before it, but I am glad to finally get the opportunity to ingest the wisdom and eloquence of Kuyper. Every page is flowing with information and thought provoking statements.

The Context:

In the first of his lectures on Calvinism, which were delivered at Princeton University in 1898, Kuyper dealt with the subject of Calvinism as a “life-system.” Today, we might be inclined to refer to it as a worldview. In either way of thinking, we would be considering the greater implications of Calvinism beyond soteriology. Kuyper designated different categories of Calvinistic thought and how groups are associated by these categories, which include the confessional, denominational, and political.

Support HB 1134

The time to end abortion is now! Indiana has such an opportunity. Rep. Curt Nisly has introduced the Protection of Life bill in the Indiana House. It has been assigned as HB 1134 and referred to the Public Policy Committee. Two additional representatives, Rep. Chris Judy and Rep. Robert Morris, have signed on as coauthors.

The GOP leadership in Indiana has vowed to ignore this bill and unless we the people stand up to make our voices heard, this bill will die in committee or killed in some fashion. It is absolutely essential that every Hoosier who is opposed to abortion write, email, and call their House representatives and urge them to support HB 1134. The most urgent task is to write, email, and call Rep. Smaltz who is the chairman of the Public Policy Committee. 

This bill deserves a fair hearing in the committee and on the House floor. Please understand that the Public Policy Committee and every House representative is under extreme pressure not to buck the GOP establishment on this issue.

The Future Belongs to the Vigilant: A Guide to Advancing the Kingdom of Christ—Part 1

By James Brown Jr.


It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.”1

As we begin the year 2017, it is important that we forget what is behind us and reach toward the things that are before us by pressing toward the mark of the high calling of Jesus Christ. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, this is what Paul instructs the Church in his epistle to the Philippians (Philippians 3:13-14)

Paul notes it is important to move beyond our shortcomings with the resolve to press on to achieve the goal. In order to accomplish this we must forget the past and focus upon the things in front of us.

The Need of our Day: Faithful Ministers of Christ

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