Previous article in this series: December 15, 2011, p. 138. The reader will remember that, with a view to a study of the beginning of New Testament history, we were looking first at the end of the nation of Israel in the Old, not for its own sake, but for the light that the Old sheds on the New. Of special interest to us, for this purpose, is the testimony of the prophets—particularly now, with respect to the ten tribes, the prophets Amos and Hosea. We saw that the prophecy of Amos was clear. “The eyes of the Lord God...
Several items of our January 1 news had to omitted at the printer’s shop because the undersigned was “five inches too long-winded.” We’d like to resurrect those for this issue—at the beginning this time. The items mentioned were concerning the church extension work of several of our churches. One of those was Southeast Church of Grand Rapids which has taken on the rather ambitious project of adding another station for our radio broadcast. This one is station WLVP, 102.3 on the FM dial, in Franklin, New Jersey.
News about trios and calls and declines is generally “old” before it gets into print; but we’ll pass it on anyway. Our Randolph, Wisconsin congregation had a trio consisting of Rev. Kortering, Rev. VanBaren, and Rev. Veldman, from which they have, undoubtedly, already called one. Rev. Veldman has declined the call extended to him from our Doon Church. And the installation of Rev. Kuiper in Pella, Iowa, took place on January 8. Rev. Vanden Berg conducted the installation, and Rev.
“Today we welcome Rev. M. Schipper to our midst.” Sunday, Feb. 1, wrote finis to a whole series of similar notices in the bulletins of Southwest Church. The first announcement in their Feb. 8 bulletin read “We are happy that Rev. Lubbers has returned to us from Jamaica after his extended stay.” And, further, “We take this opportunity to thank Classis for furnishing us pulpit supply while Rev. Lubbers was in Jamaica, and to the ministers and students who brought us words of edification both in preaching and catechism classes.” Rev.
Mr. Doezema is a member of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church and secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee. Northern Ireland Though the organization of a church is not the be-all and end-all of the work of missions, there’s no denying that the reaching of that goal brings intense satisfaction to the parties involved—the members of the mission who ask for it, the calling church and the mission committee that evaluate the request, and the synod that finally approves it. With respect to synod, that “intense satisfaction” was clear from the opening lines of its letter to the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church...
A congregational meeting of our church in Doon, Iowa, was held on February 24 to choose a minister from the following trio: Rev. M. Schipper, Rev. G. VanBaren, and Rev. J. Kortering. At the time of this writing, the Express was still on its way to Grand Rapids with news concerning the results of that meeting. We try, in our own belated little way, to keep you informed.
If you live in the Grand, Rapids area, you won’t want to miss the next lecture. It’s next week Tuesday, April 9, at 8 P.M. in First Church. Rev. G. VanBaren plans to speak on “The Return of the Glorified Lord.”
The last in a series of lectures in the Grand Rapids area was held in First Church on April 9. Rev. G. Lubbers, the chairman of the meeting, mentioned that the committee was happy with the subject chosen. We find ourselves living in the last hour—that is, between the cross and the return of Christ. Since we are a church of hope, the topic, “The Return of the Glorified Christ,” is of utmost importance and of very real interest to us. Rev. Lubbers also mentioned that the committee was happy to have as a speaker, Rev. G. VanBaren.
The convocation program, marking the beginning of a new year of instruction in our seminary, was held on September 6, in Southwest Church. Prof. Hanko, the speaker for the evening, began by noting some of the many evidences of God’s favor, as far as our seminary is concerned. Among such evidences was the fact that God has given a constituency which supports the seminary, as is plain, Prof. Hanko remarked, from the wonderful crowd present at the program.
A couple of our churches have recently made trios from which they have called ministers. The information we have at the time of this writing is limited to the trios. Hull’s Consistory has one consisting of Rev. D. Engelsma, Rev. R. Harbach, and Rev. G. Lubbers. Doon has called one from the following: Rev. C. Hanko, Rev. J. Kortering, and Rev. M. Schipper.