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Speaking not only for myself but for all the newly elected officers and the entire board of the Federation, we wish to thank you for the honor you have con­ferred upon us in choosing us to be your leaders. We consider it an honor for we feel that it is an indica­tion that you have confidence in our ability. We shall strive to live up to the reputation you have given us by conducting ourselves as worthy servants. In order that this may be accomplished we need your wholehearted support. Not only of the delegates here present, nor yet of...

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The Bible has been received by the church of Christ from the first ages as the Word of God, the great fountain of truth. As such it has been the object of wider, deeper, more earnest, and more assiduous meditation and study than any other book whatever; yea, even more than all other books combined. Thousands upon thousands of works have been written, to unfold its truths and apply them to the hearts of men. The amount of Biblical literature during the four centuries since the Reformation is prodigious. The labor of a lifetime would not suffice for a bare...

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Our ‘’modern age” must also have “modern” technique and methods in the field of education. Largely under the influence of the philosophy of John Dewey, new theories have been conceived, stated, and incorporated into the public school systems in a varying degree. The results are called by various names: Progressive Education, New Education, Social Education, Social Experimentalism, etc. The purpose of this “modern” education is expressed in the names by which it is known. The development of a socially efficient individual is the primary end sought by the new educators. Social education should prepare the pupil for living with his...

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So much has been written and said on this subject in the past twenty years of our history that it is not likely that anything new will be found in this discussion. Nor is that, perhaps, the most important at present but rather to re-emphasize what has already been said and written, and that is important. In reviewing our missionary activity of the past twenty years one finds cycles or periods of enthusiasm and labor and lethargy and non-activity. At present, apparently, we are approaching the bottom of the latter cycle, which finds our missionary activity in a state of...

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Last time we discussed the missionary calling of the Church in general. Our calling as Protestant Reformed Churches is not different than, or distinct from, that calling, yet even as we have a specific place as Churches so do we have a specific calling within that general mandate. This follows from our specific calling as Protestant Reformed Churches. We believe that by God’s grace, we represent the purest manifestation of the Church of Christ in our present time. We believe, therefore, that Christ operates in and through us with His Spirit and Word revealing the will and counsel of God...

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John Milton, in his “Paradise Lost”, gives a vivid and terrifying description of death and its origin. According to the poem Satan is searching his way out of hell to seek out the created world in order to tempt man. He makes his way to the “gates of Hell” and there he finds: “On either side a formidable Shape; The one seemed woman to the waist, and fair, But ended foul in many a scaly fold, Voluminous and vast, a serpent armed With mortal sting: about her middle round A cry of hell-hounds never ceasing barked With wide Cerberean mouths...

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Since our Editor has been criticizing the Complaint against Dr. Gordon H. Clark of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church we thought it might be interesting to inform our readers concerning both Dr. Clark and the disposal of the case. In 1936 Dr. Clark was invited to become Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College. At that time Dr. Clark was a member and ruling elder of the Redeemer Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia. After a year’s probation at Wheaton College, Dr. Clark was elected Associate Professor of Philosophy and made a permanent member of the faculty. In June, 1942, a committee of...

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AN APPRECIATION Under the Book Review volume in The Banner of September 21, we found1 the following: FIVE BOOKS, by the Rev. Herman Hoeksema; namely, The Royal Sufferer, The Amazing Cross, The Mystery of Bethlehem, In The Sanctuary, and Whosoever Will. Published by Wm. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Mich. The first two volumes are books for the Lenten season. The titles of the chapters of The Amazing Cross are as follows: (They follow). These two books are among the very best that I have read on the general subject of our Lord’s suffering. They have the following commendable...

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Since the complete proceedings of the Conference between the ministers and students of the Reformed Church in the U. S. and the ministers and students of the Protestant Reformed Churches will be published, we intend to give only a brief resume of the meetings. Our own Churches were well represented by all the ministers, except one, and all the students, plus several consistory members and visitors from our various Churches. The Reformed Church in the U. S. also had a sizable representation of ministers and an especially large number of lay members present. The average attendance throughout the two days...

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Commendable If members of the Presbyterian Church in the II. S. A. take the advice of the leaders of their presbyteries and synods, they will postpone all plans to build new buildings or to add to old ones until their denomination becomes able to extend help to fellow Christians in the devastated areas around the world. This policy was decided upon recently at a meeting held in Chicago. Leaders asked that all local building plans be deferred until the denomination reaches its goal of raising 27 million dollars for restoration and assistance of Churches abroad. German Protestants Reorganize Both the...

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