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Apple CEO Admits Homosexuality, Blasphemes God Writing for the Washington Post, Abby Phillip reports: Breaking his years of silence, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in an article that he is “proud” to be gay. Cook acknowledged in the essay published on Thursday that while his sexual orientation has not been a secret to many people at Apple (and has long been discussed and debated by outsiders, too), he has never before spoken publicly about the issue. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” Cook wrote for Bloomberg Businessweek. “So let me be...

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 This is the edited text of the speech Rev. Spronk gave at the annual meeting of the RFPA on September 25, 2014. Introduction One purpose of this article is to convince you that you must know the history of the church. You must know, and should be interested in, the history of the church that is recorded in the Bible. You must know and should be interested the history of the church after the closing of the canon of Scripture—from the first century A.D. to the present. Maybe you are wondering if it is really necessary to make the case that...

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I commend the SB for publishing Rev. Clay Spronk’s recent article “The Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham Debate” (May 15, 2014, p. 370). Like Rev. Spronk, I watched the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham with great interest, and came away with an appreciation for the way that Ham defended the importance of Scripture in interpreting science. It is the Bible that must be the “corrective lens” for logical interpretation of scientific evidence by a believing scientist, as it is the only means for obtaining a true vision of the natural world around us. While I largely agreed with...

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On February 4 “the science guy” Bill Nye, representing the evolutionist perspective, and Ken Ham, representing the creationist perspective, debated the question, “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” The debate was live-streamed on the Internet and watched by a large audience. I didn’t find any reports about the size of the audience, but I assume it numbered in the thousands. If you did not see the debate yet, you can watch it for free for a limited time at debatelive.org, and I recommend that you do so. Ken Ham believes in the biblical account...

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“The NIV Bible is no more,” writes Jesse Johnson in a blog post entitled Farewell, NIV. Zondervan, the pub­lishing company that owns the NIV (paid for its transla­tion, copyrighted the material, and receives royalties for every edition of the NIV that is published), continues to publish an English translation of the Bible that it calls the NIV. The Zondervan website lists many versions of the NIV for sale.1 But according to Johnson the NIV Zondervan publishes today is not the same as the NIV published from 1984 to 2011.2 Here is Johnson’s expla­nation of how Zondervan killed the NIV: A...

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Do you belong to a church where the number of songs approved for worship is limited? Has your church used the same songbook for decades? Perhaps you think it is time for a change. You can point to the many deficiencies, real or perceived, in the approved songbook. And maybe you are a bit weary of singing the same songs over and over again. I won’t say that it is impossible to revise or im­prove a songbook. But the article I call to your attention below demonstrates that we have far more reason to love and be thankful for our...

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This summer the newly-elected Pope Francis granted plenary indulgences during the World Youth Day 2013 event held in Brazil. These plenary indulgences were made available not only to the millions who attended the event in Brazil, but also to the 7.5 million people who follow the pope on Twitter, an online social networking service. Many major news outlets reported this story. Here is a short report from USA Today: The Vatican has embraced Twitter, especially these last few months with the arrival of Pope Francis. The pon­tiff will soon start using social media for a longstanding Catholic tradition. The Guardian...

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Yesterday’s Debate – Discussing Evolution Once again with sadness we take note of a pernicious article appearing in the Banner (http://www.thebanner. org/features/2013/05/tomorrow-s-theology). This article is even worse than the articles in a previ ous issue of the Banner promoting doubt about the fundamental truths of Christian religion. This article goes beyond promoting doubt, for it promotes rejecting the historic Christian faith and replacing it with new teachings that are consistent with the conclusions of unbelieving scientists. The title of the article is “Tomorrow’s Theology.” The writer is Edwin Walhout, a retired pastor in the CRC. In the first part of...

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Two writers in the March issue of the Banner, one the editor of the magazine, the other a former Calvin Seminary professor, continue to work at demolishing the Christian Reformed Church. I am not quite sure which analogy to use to describe their destructive work. One could say they are swinging the wrecking ball one more time. But by now it could be argued the wrecking ball has done its work in the CRC. It might be better to say they have lit the match.

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The White House’s Aggressively “Evolving” Homosexual Marriage Agenda The first line of Michael Martinez’s article for CNN.com reads, “He has been declared America’s first gay president [on the cover of Newsweek May 21, 2012—CWS].” After listing some of President Obama’s statements early in his political career against homosexual marriage, Martinez lists President Obama’s more recent actions that signal the “evolution” of his position from hesitant support to an aggressive agenda to seek the legalization of homosexual mar­riage. 2009: Obama signs a memorandum granting some benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. February 2011: The Obama administration in­structs the U.S. Justice...

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