Today is October, the fourth day. Since the first week of August 1 might again be here in Loveland after an absence of two months. During most of that time Candidate Bernard Woudenberg held the fort here in Loveland. The undersigned was occupied with Synod proper, with the work of the Stated Clerk in general and the Court Trial of Second Church. Then too I might enjoy a few weeks of vacation and be with the family in Grand Rapids. But now I am back in Loveland and have no trouble keeping busy and occupied from morning till night.
A New One for the Chaos of the Cults. I have in my library a book entitled: The Chaos of Cults, very ably written by the Rev. J.K. Van Baalen, minister in the Christian Reformed Church. I was reminded of this treatise on modern strange religions when I read the short article appearing in the September 28th issue of The Banner and written by the Rev. Peter Van Tuinen. The subject was: Alice’s Heresy Growing in Africa.
(De Vaste Aftreding van Ouderlingen en Diakenen) “The elders and deacons shall serve two or more years according to local regulations, and a proportionate number shall retire each year. The retiring officers shall be succeeded by others, unless the circumstances and the profit of any church, in the execution of Articles 22 and 24, render a reelection advisable.”—Art. 27, D.K.O. To the above article, our churches have added the following decision: (Acts of Synod 1944):
VIEWS DURING THE SECOND PERIOD (300-750 A.D.) THE LORD’S SUPPER The Sacrifice by Philip Schaff. The doctrine of the sacrifice of the mass is much further developed in the Nicene and post-Nicene fathers, though amidst many obscurities and theoretical extravagances, and with much wavering between symbolical and grossly realistic conceptions, until in all essential points it is brought to its settlement by Gregory the Great at the close of the sixth century. These points are the following:
Budget-making time is here again. That is, Church-budget-making time is here again. Those who are given rule over the congregation, those invested with the right and power to determine the material aspects and needs of the congregation are busy with pencil and paper figuring out how much the financial cost will be for that particular congregation in the year to come. The needs are not always the same.
In the verses 6-8 of the fourth Chapter of I Corinthians we hear an explicit statement from Paul himself as to the reason and purpose of having dwelt rather at length about himself and Apollos in the preceding Chapter.
Election and Reprobation Dr. Berkouwer devotes several pages of his latest book on “election” to a criticism of my denial of the general offer of grace. This we will pass for the time being. Perhaps, in a later connection I may refer back to this. For the present, we are more interested in his presentation of the doctrine of reprobation and related subjects.
“And as Jesus passed forth from thence, He saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and He saith unto him, Follow Me. And he arose, and followed Him. And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto His disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, He said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.