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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2010, p. 159. With official sanction, and on a wider scale, Reformed churches ought to permit women to serve as assistants to the deacons. Arguing that this should be done on a wider scale, I recognize that it is already done to a limited degree by a Helping Hands Committee or by some other means. This is good. Where it is already being done, let us be sure that it is being done with a clear understanding of the biblical basis for it, and that it is being done in a biblical manner....

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Previous article in this series: October 15, 2009, p. 36. In our last article, we surveyed the history of the Christian church permitting women to assist the deacons through the time of the Middle Ages. We concluded that at times the early Christian church did let women perform duties that Scripture does not permit women to perform; that, nevertheless, one cannot appeal to the history of the early church to defend women holding church office; and that the church in her early history did set a positive example...

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Classis West met in special session on October 21, 2009, to examine Mr. Cory Griess, who had accepted the call to Calvary PRC of Hull, IA. Calvary PRC hosted this meeting of Classis, which was held in the facilities of the Hull PRC. Rev. R. Kleyn presided over this meeting. Already on Tuesday night the delegates and synodical deputies gathered in the sanctuary of Hull PRC to worship our God, and to hear Mr. Griess preach his specimen sermon on Isaiah 55:1-2, under the theme “God’s Marketplace for the Soul.” Having heard this sermon, Classis judged that Mr. Griess demonstrated...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Previous article in this series: October 1, 2009, p. 18. That God in His Word both forbids women to hold the office of deacon, and at the same time permits the deacons to use women as assistants in their work of mercy, we have seen in our last article. In this article we begin to survey the history of the church permitting women to assist the deacons. Noting the teachings of the church fathers, the statements of church councils, and the opinions of scholars, we will draw some...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Before concluding our detailed examination of the office of deacon, we must yet delve into the matter of women assisting the deacons. Historically, such women were called deaconesses, or said to hold “the office of widow.” Regardless of the terminology, we desire to investigate the matter of women assisting the deacons. The reader should know from the outset that the following articles will not advocate opening the office of deacon to women; nor will these articles evaluate the practice, all too common in Christian churches today, of admitting...

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September 7, 2011 Classis West met in regular session on Wednesday, September 7, in the facilities of the Peace PRC of Lansing, IL. Rev. Dennis Lee chaired this meeting. The highlight of the day was the examination of Mr. Brian Huizinga, pastor-elect of the Hope PRC of Redlands, CA. At an official worship service the evening before Classis convened, Mr. Huizinga preached a sermon on Isaiah 55:6-7 under the theme “Seek Ye the Lord.” On Wednesday Classis examined Mr. Huizinga in the six loci of dogmatics, knowledge of Scripture, knowledge of the confessions, controversy, and practica. Classis approved Mr. Huizinga’s exam and...

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*The articles appearing under this theme are the substance of a lecture given in the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church of Northern Ireland on January 12, 2011. Previous article in this series: September 15, 2011, p. 488. In our last article we noted that the Scriptures refer to and warn against various sins against the Holy Spirit. Noting the pertinent passages in Scripture, we drew out of them the doctrine of the Holy Spirit that Christian and Reformed believers confess: that the Holy Spirit is truly and eternally God; that the Holy Spirit is a distinct person of the triune Godhead;...

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