About me

 

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Greetings!  I am Bill Hornbeck.  I grew up in the Christian Reformed Church denomination in Muskegon, Michigan.  My great grand-father was William Heyns, a Professor at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He wrote several books including Manual of Reformed Doctrine in 1926.  Although he was wrong on some issues (such as common grace and the well-meant offer which the Protestant Reformed Churches have done such a good job of refuting), Reformed Doctrine is still “in my blood” by what I learned growing up at home, in church, and Christian schools, all of which was part of the Christian Reformed Church.

In 1977, I moved to Florida to go to law school, and I stayed here in Florida.  I attended and was a member, even a lay leader, in a large range of churches from Assembly of God to Baptist to Calvary Chapel to United Methodist to nondenominational churches and small fellowships.  At first, I thought Reformed Doctrine would be preached in all Christian Protestant churches.  When I heard some strange preaching or teaching, I first thought that the problem was just with that particular minister or teacher.  Eventually, a childhood friend, who now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, asked me if I remembered “TULIP” which is also known as the Five Points of Calvinism and the Reformed Doctrine of salvation.

“TULIP” is an acronym for “Total Depravity”, “Unconditional Election”, “Limited Atonement”, “Irresistible Grace”, and “Preservation of the Saints” (also known as “Perseverance of the Saints”), the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”.  “TULIP” is a nutshell summary of what is more fully taught in the Reformed Confession called Canons of Dordt.

I studied the differences between Calvinism and Arminianism.  That study made me aware that often what bothered me was not just bad preaching or teaching, but rather the problem was caused by bad doctrine (Arminianism) that broadly and deeply affected that church and its denomination which at some time of its history strayed away from Reformed Doctrine rediscovered in the Reformation.  In contrast to this bad doctrine which I encountered, I began to appreciate more the truth, logic, beauty, and simplicity of “TULIP” which is my heritage.  Though the years, when I would go back to Michigan, it was like a breath of fresh air when I would hear it in a Christian Reformed Church.

I am now passionate about proclaiming “TULIP”, because it is the sound doctrine of salvation and because most Protestant Churches do not teach it.  Even in a Christian Reformed Church in Florida, I remember an Elder coming to me after a Sunday School class that I taught on “TULIP”, and he said with wonder and appreciation that he had not heard it taught before.

My web sites has various links to Reformed Doctrine, including the Canons of Dordt.  I also write daily devotions on my meditations on Scripture as I read it in its order.  See the “Daily Devotions” link in the right column of “Links”.   

On a personal note, I am an attorney, married with three sons.  I attend TULIP Fellowship, a new church plant started in January 2017, which has a link in right margin.

Although I do my best to present true teachings, these are my teachings as a layman.  (I am an attorney, not a minister).  And, although I have been taught by and otherwise influenced by certain Reformed denominations through the years from a very early age to date, my teachings are not necessarily the teachings of the Christian Reformed Church, the Protestant Reformed Churches, or any other denomination.  The reader is advised to follow the example set forth in Acts 17:11:  “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.”

Responses

  1. Mr. Hornbeck

    Rev. Kleyn informed me about your website. Beautiful design and great links..
    Your other website wouldn’t load so I concluded you must have been working on it.
    Have you had much response to your sites? In what ways do you promote them?
    All the best
    Jeff Wambolt

  2. Nice blog site Bill!

  3. Thanks Jeff and Rick! I appreciate your encouragement which helps me continue this work.

  4. I haven’t had the chance to view the site entirely, but just reading the about me page I can both appreciate your courage and relate from personal experience and having been raised in the pentecostal church which is arminian to the core, but most of the people I know are just ignorant of the truth and have wholeheartedly embraced the teaching and tradition as truth and question anyone who questions. It’s staggering to live among them especially after knowing the truth from the PRC.

  5. Thank you Renay!

    I think our experiences make us appreciate Reformed doctrine a/k/a Calvinism more and motivates us to share this truth. Thanks for the encouragement. God bless you!

  6. Thank you for what you wrote in the “About God”section. It give me great confidence in God.

    • Thanks Brian! You made my day by your comment.

  7. I just had a chance to see ‘about you’ after having commented on a post earlier this morning. We share some of the same experiences regarding church attendance, but I was raised and catechized as a Luthern, and am ever thankful for having been taught the great doctrines of the attributes of God that have made Reformed doctrine so grand. It was John 6:44 that the Holy Spirit used to began this journey, about three months after the decision to come home I thought was all my own. 🙂

  8. Hi, Bill I enjoy your web site and blog, I am also a member of Christ the King, My Ministry is to procure bibles and distribute them to individuals God has put in my path, to His Glory. LW

    • Thanks Larry!

  9. Wow – somebody who has something good to say about the Protestant Reformed Churches!
    The well-meant offer and common grace really are fundamental issues to the Reformed faith – yet we are almost always either slandered or ignored for our stand, sadly. Thank you for being willing to stand up for the truth, in these last days of rapidly increasing apostasy.

    • Thank you. The Protestant Reformed Churches have been a blessing to me and others. They have maintained their salt of Reformed Doctrine in a day and age when many other Reformed denominations prefer to appear like everyone else and obscure or minimize the distictive points of Reformed Doctrine. It is an honor for me to commend the PRC and promote them and share links to their resources.


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