The- Congregation of Edgerton extended a call to Rev. B. Woudenberg; Rev. C. Hanko received the call from Hull: Randolph, chose Rev. H. Hanko from a trio which also included the Revs. G. Vanden Berg and M. Schipper. REPORT OF CLASSIS EAST held January 6, 1960 at First Church, Grand Rapids, Mich. Rev. B. Woudenberg, chairman of the October Classis, led in devotions. All the churches were represented by two delegates except Grand Haven which had only one delegate present. Rev. C. Hanko, following order of rotation, led this session of Classis.
The name of Michael Servetus is best known, by friend and foe of Calvinism, not for his intellectual prowess and scientific accomplishments, nor even for the diabolical heresies which he fathered and propagated, but for his execution near Geneva at the hand, more or less, of our own illustrious John Calvin. For four centuries now the latter’s disciples have been apologizing for this affair and struggling to present it in the best possible light, â€• more, perhaps, than the facts in the case call for.
THE TIME OF THE REFORMATION VIEWS ON THE CHURCH We concluded our preceding article with the remark that the main principles of the Reformation are usually considered to be two, namely the formal and the material principle. And we planned, the Lord willing, to look at these two principles in this article.
There are times when the question arises, Shall we punish for the evil or shall we praise for the good? Shall we encourage the backward child by speaking a word of praise for what he has accomplished, or shall we call his attention again to his failings and make him suffer his punishment? Will we arrive at our desired goal with that child by the encouraging praise or by making him understand and never forget that to fail brings punishment?
X I I I (R o m a n s 15:22-29) We will now continue with our exposition of the last section of Romans 15. We noticed in the former essay of this section that this is really the close of the letter of Paul to the Romans. Paul is motivated only by the love of Christ in these labors, and by the consciousness of his exalted calling unto the office of apostleship.
And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand . . .
We were discussing the very important idea of the covenant. And in this connection we naturally came across the idea of the promise which is closely related with that of the covenant. In fact, as we saw the last time, Heyns identifies the two. About this idea of the promise we must still say a few words, especially in comparison with the so-called “well-meaning offer of grace and salvation” which we Protestant Reformed people repudiate. The promise of God is certainly no well-meaning offer of salvation to all that hear the gospel.