Vol 30 Issue 20

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The Farmer’s Strawstack

It was a beautiful fall day when Ds. Van Ooster came to call on a former parishioner, Mr. DeRoster by name. For DeRoster had not been seen in church for several Sundays and the dominee, as was his pastoral duty, decided to “look him up.” Receiving no response to repeated knockings on the door, he wandered to the barn and, even as he suspected, found the famer there, busy with his chores. The usual greetings having been exchanged, dominee began to inquire as the reason for DeRoster’s absence from divine services. The following conversation ensued:

A Pathetic Picture

What we have to say on this subject, strictly speaking, does not belong to this department. We are supposed to write on matters that have to do with that which is “All Around us.” I am departing from the rule this time due to the peculiar circumstance in which I find myself at the time another article must be sent in to fill my department. I am in the throes of moving, if you know what that means. My study at this moment is a dismal place. All my books and periodicals which I need to read to obtain material,...

Leave of Absence (Artcle 14 – cont’d)

We were last discussing matters that pertain to the granting of ministerial leaves of absence. In the preceding issue of the Standard Bearer we pointed out some of the reasons for which leaves are granted; we mentioned the correct procedure to be followed in obtaining a leave; and we stated that it was quite essential that the consistory and minister concerned have a definite understanding concerning certain things at the time the leave of absence is granted.

Part Two, Exposition of the Canons, First Head of Doctrine, Of Divine Predestination, Article 11.

Article 11. And as God himself is most wise, unchangeable, omniscient, and omnipotent, so the election made by him can neither be interrupted nor changed, recalled or annulled; neither can the elect be cast away, nor their number diminished.  In the above translation the word “annulled,” while it perhaps conveys the general idea of the original, can hardly be admitted as an accurate rendering of the Latin abrumpi. The Dutch “afgebroken” (broken off) is more correct. For the rest the translation is correct. 

The Church and the Sacraments, Early Views on the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper (cont’d), These Views on the Early Church (cont’d)

We concluded our preceding article with the observation that the North African Church revealed rather clear tendencies toward what is called the Reformed view of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Among the leaders of the North African Church are men as Origin, Clement, Tertullian, and Cyprian. Origin, it is claimed, is the only one among the Ante Nicene Fathers (the Fathers prior to the Council of Nicaea, 325) who decidedly opposes those who take the external sign in the Eucharist for the thing itself.

Walking in Error (10)

Twice, under oath in the Superior Court of the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Rev. Kok stated that he considered it to be immoral of the Rev. H. Hoeksema to change his church political views since the court case began.  In the Concordia of July 15, 1954 he dared to write that the Rev. H. Hoeksema would “rather sacrifice the truth than to give up his claim to the properties.” 

Exposition of Romans 1:14-17

No one can preach the gospel of Christ except he be called of God; only when one is separated unto the gospel of Christ can one stand in strength, can he be fearless in the knowledge that God is with him. 

Church News

2nd of GRAND RAPIDS—Reverend M. Schipper has accepted the call extended to him. He will be installed on the 2nd and will preach his inaugural sermon Sunday morning, September 5.  HOLLAND—Reverend J. McCollum has begun his labors with us following acceptance of our call. His examination will be held in the October session of Classis. SOUTH HOLLAND—The Consistory selected the following trio: Reverends G. Vos, C. Hanko and G. VandenBerg.  HULL—The following Trio was selected by the Consistory: Reverends G. Vos, C. Hanko and G. Lubbers. 

The Prophecy of Isaiah

Eliakim’s request; Rabshakeh’s reaction. Isaiah 36:11-20.  There now occurred an interruption in the blasphemous ranting of Rabshakeh that was caused by a request of Eliakim and his companions that he speaks to them in the Aramaic, seeing that they understood that language, and to refrain from speaking the Jewish tongue in the ears of the people on the wall, lest they be discouraged (vs. 11). 

Part 3 – Of Thankfulness, Lord’s Day 41, Chapter 3: Chastity (cont’d). Lord’s Day 42, Chapter 1: Christian Stewardship.

LORD’S DAY 41, Chapter 3: Chastity (cont.)  And hearing this word, and knowing his own sinful nature, he” humbles himself daily before God, with the prayer of the publican on his lips, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” He implores the God of his salvation daily for the forgiveness of all his transgressions, also of the sin against the seventh commandment.