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While writing these lines I am once more at my home address in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was about to write that I am “visiting” a few days at home, however, that would hardly be in good taste. Nevertheless, such the life of a Home Missionary to all practical affects becomes. When these lines come from the press and are being read by you, I expect to be back “home” in Loveland, Colorado in the very neat apartment which the Hope Reformed church of Loveland rents for the Home Missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, laboring in their midst.
The Rising Strength of Christianity In the Religion department of Newsweek of March 11, 1957, we came upon a Special Religious Report intended to show the dramatic rise in numerical strength of the so-called Christian Church and appearing under the above title.
“Four kinds of ecclesiastical assemblies shall be maintained: the consistory, the classis, (the particular synod), and the general synod.” Article 29, D.K.O. In this article the second of four major sections of the church order is introduced. This part, comprising Articles 29-52 inclusive, deals with the various ecclesiastical assemblies. This section may be further subdivided as follows: Articles 29-36 treat the general principles and regulations which concern our ecclesiastical assemblies;
Another attempt at reunion was made by John VII. Palaeologus in the Council of Ferrara, which was convened by Pope Eugenius IV in opposition to the reformatory Council of Basle. It was attended by the emperor, the patriarch of Constantinople, and twenty-one Eastern prelates, among them the learned Bessarion of Nicaea, Mark of Ephesus, Dionysius of Sardis, Isidor of Kieff. The chief points of controversy were discussed: the procession of the Spirit, purgatory; the use of unleavened bread, and the supremacy of the pope.
What do we mean? What do we have in mind? The thing whose beauty we ought to preserve is a thing whose beauty is frequently mentioned in Scripture. We have in mind the beauty of the marriage ceremony and celebration.
In the former article we noticed that in the one church of God there are spiritual gifts. (Charismata). These gifts are all in the church by the operation of the Holy Spirit, as the Spirit of the risen Lord. There is not one gift, which does not come from the risen Lord through the Holy Spirit, and, therefore, does not stand in his service or must not be for the benefit of the entire body of Christ! It is all, in the body of Christ, as the Holy Spirit determines to give to each member.
One of the more impressive of the beasts of the field known to, and most often mentioned by the authors of the Old Testament Scriptures, is the proverbial King of Beasts, the lion. Though inhabiting the wilder regions of Biblical lands, it was frequently driven from its lair by either flood or its ravenous hunger to roam the more domesticated regions in search of prey. Besides its usual prey of deer, antelope, and the like, it was also known to attack the shepherds’ flocks upon mountainside and in the valleys, the beast of burden at pasture and upon the highways,...