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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2023, p. 228. After the split in 1953, the Mission Committee was left to pick up the splinters left behind in its mission work. The Mission Committee reported to the 1954 meeting of synod that Rev. Andrew Cammenga was removed from his position as missionary due to his insistence that Rev. DeWolf along with the men of First Protestant Reformed Church (Grand Rapids) who followed him were the legal consistory of First PRC. It was also reported to this synod that “the Revs. Blankespoor, Kok, Knott, and elder Bouma were not present (at...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2022, p. 230. The morning of June 6, 1951 was a typical summer day. Very few are alive in the Protestant Reformed Churches who remember the events that began on this day some 70 years ago. Sixteen men met in Fourth PRC (now Southeast PRC) to conduct the business of the synod. Tensions were running high. The adoption of the famous (or infamous, depending on what side of the issue one stood) “Declaration of Principles of the Protestant Reformed Churches” was to be decided at this synod. Since the 1950 Synod, ministers, consistories,...

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Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, pastor of Pittsburgh PRC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   Previous article in this series: September 1, 2023, p. 471.   It was the 1950s. The aftershocks caused by the split of 1953 were still rumbling throughout the denomination. The churches were in a turmoil. Struggling to survive, the remaining men on the Mission Committee knew it to be the calling of the churches to send forth men into the harvest. Missions is an integral part of the work of the church of Christ. Neglecting the work of spreading the gospel was not an option. The committee approached the...

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Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, pastor of Pittsburgh PRC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   Rather than addressing the subject of preaching on the mission field from an abstract point of view, I intend in this article to exemplify what I write by using some of my experiences on the mission field both in a foreign country and in the United States. Though I have preached in several third world countries (Ghana, India, and the Philippines), I can best draw from my labors for several years on the island of Jamaica. Likewise, though I have preached in several different cities in the U.S., I...

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Introduction Satan is a ruthless enemy of the church of Jesus Christ. In Revelation 12 we learn that Satan is filled with great anger because of the victory over him that Christ achieved at the cross. In that anger he has turned against the bride of Christ to make war with “the remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (vv. 12, 17). In this war with the church Satan uses every means possible to obliterate her name from the earth. His intent is to be rid of her and the...

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Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Previous article in this series: February 1, 2022, p. 205. Nurturing involves discipline. Discipline is necessary to cultivate in our children a sense of what is right and wrong. There are various forms of discipline, of course—from an angry, disapproving look to a good, sound spanking. The latter of these is frowned upon and even condemned by the unbelieving world as abuse. The world does not take into account what God requires for the careful nurturing of children. But, as is always the case, our unbelieving society exerts...

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Previous article in this series: November 15, 2021, p. 88. Tensions were running high! It was the talk of the churches. Is God’s covenant conditioned on faith or is it unconditional and rooted in election? The Protestant Reformed Churches and her ministers were divided on the answer to this all-important question. Would Arminianism be injected into the truth of God’s covenant, resulting in a “semi-Arminianism,” or would the truth of God’s sovereignty in salvation prevail? The Mission Committee set in motion the events that resulted in the actions of the Synod of 1950. At its August 8, 1949 meeting (Article...

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Previous articles in this series: June 2021, p. 403 The spiritual nurture of our children from the time of infancy is vital to the confidence, security, and strength they will exhibit in their future lives. Though the topic “Nurturing Preschool Children” may seem blasé and undeserving of our attention, this could not be further from the truth. The years from birth to the time our children enter school are the most formative years of their lives. Neither do we concern ourselves in these articles with the care given our little children from an earthly, material point of view, though this...

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Previous article in this series: April 15, 2021, p. 329. After the synod of 1948, Protestant Reformed mission work among the Dutch immigrants in Canada who had been members of the Liberated Churches (LC) in the Netherlands became an obsession. The Mission Committee, First PRC (the calling church of our missionaries), and most of the membership of the PRC viewed this labor as most advantageous for church extension. There were a few who eyed this work with suspicion. Rev. George Ophoff was wary of the sharp doctrinal differences between the LC and the PRC on the covenant (conditional vs. unconditional)....

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Previous article in this series: December 1, 2020, p. 113. I am not a trained professional who has received a degree in child psychology or family practice. I do not have a Ph.D. in sociology or family counseling. Neither is it my life’s occupation to diagnose childhood disorders or strange behavior patterns in children. I am not saying that these practices are wrong or unnecessary. I am merely saying these are not my credentials. My credentials are more of a practical nature. I was raised in a covenant home with believing parents, my father being a strict disciplinarian and my...

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