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The subject which was given me is, “Thoroughly Equipped in Our Peculiar Times.” The subject “Thor­oughly Equipped” is the main theme of this conven­tion and the keynote speak­er likely has given a rather complete analysis of that subject. It is therefore not necessary for me as fourth speaker of your convention to elaborate upon that part of my subject, namely, to explain what constitutes our being thoroughly equip­ped. Rather do I understand my task as fourth speaker to characterize the times in which we live, to show what is peculiar about them, to show thereby another emphasis upon the main...

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Our Part in the Present Chaos. It has by this time become clear that the United States is almost pledged not only to aid Great Britain materially but also to fight her battle. Before the melodramatic meeting of the President of our country and the Prime Minister of England there were indications of our increasing share. Since that meeting President Roosevelt has delivered a speech declaring that our Navy has been given orders to shoot at any Axis boats which threatened our safety in defense waters. Undoubtedly matters of great importance were discussed by these two leaders at that historical...

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Religious Freedom in Russia Recently the President has evoked a storm of criticism from religious leaders in the country by his statement about religious freedom in Russia. He cited the Russian constitution, article 124, which pledges freedom of religious worship and of anti-religious propaganda. Article 124 of the Russian constitution reads as follows: “In the object of ensuring to the citizens freedom of conscience, the church in the U.S.S.R. is separated from the State and the school from the church. Freedom of service of religious cults and freedom of anti-religious propaganda is acknowledged for all citizens.’’ This, said the President,...

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The events which have been prophesied have taken place. When the war with Japan began the leaders promised many reverses before victory could be expected. Now the fall of Singapore and the threat of Japanese aggression in every place in the far east is a stark reality. On the Pacific coast preparation is being made for every emergency. The people have not only experienced a peaceful black-out but have also been rudely awakened by the thunderous firing of anti-aircraft guns. Whether it was for practice for the army or the populace is not the point. It seemed to bring the...

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Reports of Missionaries We refer with this heading to two reports of missionaries who have recently returned from the Orient. These two reports are found in The Banner and in the Presbyterian Guardian respectively. In the Banner of September 11, Rev. S. A. Dykstra writes the first article about their return from Jukao, China, which belongs to that part of China now occupied by the Japanese. He speaks of the ‘‘Crises in China”, and about this last crisis he writes, “Our third return marks the greatest crisis in mission history. We were shown the door. More than 1,500 Americans were...

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Peace Aims and the Post War World Especially of late has there been a persistent clamor for definite peace aims on the part of the Allies to prepare for the post-war world. Leading commentators and editors have been showing how that it is absolutely necessary to state the war aims and the peace aims clearly now before the war is won in order that the chaos and failure of the last armistice may not be repeated. And, of course, it is also understood that this must be the decision of the United Nations in the form of clear statements of...

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No doubt this subject reminds the reader of the subject of the drama and dramatization or of the novel. And although there is close relation, the subject “the dramatic element and the novel”, does not concern itself with the individual subjects of the drama or dramatization, nor with a complete treatment of the novel. Our subject is limited to the dramatic element and especially as it is prominent in the novel. In the interest of wholesome, edifying art and entertainment for Christian people these subjects, the novel and the drama, have often come to our attention. The drama has come...

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When you read this subject you may be inclined to ask whether time element is different in the Fourth Gospel from that in the first three gospels? And when you ask this you undoubtedly ask with the correct view in mind, that the four Gospel narratives are together the one Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe and can maintain that there is inner harmony between these four gospels. If the four secondary authors give us the revelation of Jesus Christ through that there can be no contradictions, no real difference between them. Therefore we must explain the reason...

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Even though this subject may sound at first out of the range of the interest of most of our people I have no doubt that our interest is nevertheless arous­ed. Because this subject of Apologetics does not ap­pear upon the curriculum of our theological school we would ask the question is there someone who believes that there is a place for such a special course in our school and wishes to contend for such in our Standard Bearer? I would therefore immediately state that the purpose of this article is not to point out the value of Apologetics in order...

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This article of our Belgic Confession has suffered from the hands of critics more than any article of our Confessions. When one is questioned whether he is in agreement with our forms of unity, there is always, the exception made to this article of the Belgic Confession. Although the subject of the article has been discussed and debated often in the history of Reformed churches there is yet no unity of opinion about the meaning of the article nor is there a positive stand taken after negative criticism. Everyone admits there is something wrong with the article. But wherein the...

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