Community Churches. The Rev. H.J. Kuiper in his rubric Timely Topicswrites in the February, 1958 issue of Torch and Trumpet on the question, “Do We Want Community Churches?” We have reason to believe that this is indeed a timely topic in his particular church.
1. To Whom Must the Contention of the Appeal Be Proved? Under this subheading we are concerned with the question whether, when an appeal is made to an ecclesiastical body, the appellant must prove his contention to the satisfaction of the body to which the appeal is directed or whether it is sufficient that he proves to himself that the decision questioned is contrary to the Word of God or the Church Order. That is the question!
I am addressing this letter to you as a reply to the article you wrote in the Reformed Guardian of Jan, 25, 1958. I will not quote it in its entirety. This I consider unnecessary. However, if I have in any way misquoted or misrepresented you I will gladly be corrected. My first observation concerns your remarks about personal theological opinions.
“In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, love.” These words of Peter Meiderlin we quoted at the end of our discussion of these matters of spiritual sensitivity last time.
In our essay published in the former issue of The Standard Bearer we did not complete our discussion on the meaning of these verses, namely, the verses 12-16. This is particularly true of the verses 15, 16.
2. And it shall be in that day, saith Jehovah of hosts, I will cut off the names of the idols of the land, and they shall be remembered no more; and also the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness, will I cause to pass out of the land. 3. And it shall be, if a man still prophesy, his father and his mother; who begat him, shall say to him, Thou shalt not live, for thou hast spoken a lie in the name of Jehovah; and his fatther and his mother, who begat him, shall pierce him through in his...
CHAPTER XV The Shake-up of the Physical Universe Revelation 6:12-17 The black signal changes, and reveals that the train is approaching. Smoke from the locomotive is seen in the distance. The shrill yell of the whistle is presently heard. And you are certain that the train is coming. These last signs are inevitable manifestations, the unavoidable signs of the coming train.
A Wonderful Meeting On the evening of January 23 we had a most wonderful and enjoyable meeting in the auditorium of the First Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The meeting was called by the radio committee and a very nice and edifying program was prepared by them. The chief purpose of the meeting was to acquaint the audience with the work of the radio committee and to inform our people about the various stations from which our program is broadcasted and thus to create more interest in our radio work. In this they succeeded very well.
“. . . . Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.” “And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?” “. . . . And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.” Gen. 50:15, 19, 21