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We miss in the Reformers not only missionary action, but even the idea of missions, in the sense in which we understand them today.—Gustav Warneck1 Instead of saying ‘We ought to have missions, and we will have them, as soon as the Lord opens the door,’ the Protestants tended to say ‘Missions are neither obligatory nor desirable, and our lack of them cannot be held against us as blindness or unfaithfulness.—Stephen Neill2 One would naturally expect that the spiritual forces released by the Reformation would have prompted the Protestant churches of Europe to take the gospel to the ends of...

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Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15 Here we are. Gathered around the feet of the Master, high up in a mountain of Galilee, where the view of the sea, hills, and fields below is truly spectacular. Only recently our...

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More than anything else, what do we need in order to live happily in this world and to die in peace? Is it not the certain knowledge that our many sins, which are so great and terrible, are forgiven by God because of the death of Christ? Is it not the assurance that after this life we will go to be with Christ because not even death can separate us from His love? All who receive this gospel of salvation through Christ by a true faith have joy and comfort in life and in death. This gospel of the glory...

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New Government in Myanmar (Burma) In the April 4 issue of Time we read, On April 1, Burma, a nation under military dictatorship for nearly five decades, will have a new government headed by the democratic opposition. The triumph of the National League for Democracy (NLD), headed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, was a victory for democracy in the face of repression (13). This is striking. But what does it mean? Is the door of mission work in Myanmar finally opening wide? Will the PRCA, who have had close contact with Rev. Titus and the PRC...

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Two Kingdoms Conference On the cover of the November 18 issue of Christian Renewal was a photo of Dr. David VanDrunen and Dr. Cornelis Venema and the words “Two Kingdoms, Two Views.” VanDrunen is professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary in California and a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Venema is President of Mid-America Reformed Seminary in Indiana. The debate took place last October at Preakness Valley URC in New Jersey prior to the meeting of Classis Eastern U.S. of the URC. VanDrunen defended his view, known as “Two Kingdoms (2K) Theology.” Venema gave his...

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Pope Francis’ First Visit to the U.S. “As Francis makes his first U.S. visit, his emphasis on serving the poor over enforcing doctrine has inspired joy and anxiety in Roman Catholics”—that is the subheading of an article on Pope Francis by Robert Draper in the August issue of National Geographic. The new pope visited the United States for the first time in his life September 23-27, 2015. On the docket, according to the August 31 issue of Time, were two days in Washington D.C. to visit President Obama and discuss their shared values, such as responding to global warming and...

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De Reformatie Ceases Publication The last issue of De Reformatie appeared on December 30, 2014 after ninety-plus years of publication (1920-2014).1 Some of the readers of the Standard Bearer know what De Reformatie was. But I suspect that many of the younger readers do not know. De Reformatie (The Reformation) was the Dutch church paper edited for many years by Dr. Klaas Schilder, a Reformed pastor and theologian who, after being ousted from the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (GKN) in 1944, helped form a new denomination that still exists today, the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (“Liberated”). On the...

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The Millennials Are Leaving! “Like some reverse Paul Revere, many ride through the fiber optics of the Internet and into church basements shouting, ‘The millennials are leaving! Watch out for the rise of the nones!’ Simply put, millennial anxiety—a concern shared by both mainline and evangelical churches—is the fear that those between ages 18 and 25 have little interest in the church, and that the church has failed to convince them to stay”1. The churches in western Christendom are concerned about the millennials. That is clear from the title of the featured article in the January/February 2015 issue of Christianity...

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Is Anybody Out There? The July, 2014 issue of National Geographic poses the question on its cover: “Is Anybody Out There?” In the background is a picture of the planet Jupiter with Europa, one of its moons, in the foreground. The article is entitled “The Hunt for Life beyond Earth.” The subject is the (foolish and unbelieving) search for extraterrestrial intelligence, which today goes by the acronym SETI, and refers to the various projects involved. Astrobiology is their area of expertise. Wait, astrobiology?! We all know that astronomy, the study of the stars, is a real and legitimate science. But...

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