Rev. C. Hanko of First Church in Grand Rapids, has received the call from Redlands, Calif. Randolph’s pastor had to move back his Classical appointment to Lynden one week. This change in Rev. VanBaren’s schedule was necessitated by the death and funeral of 85 year old Jacob Lont, one of Randolph’s oldest members.
The spring meeting of our Eastern Ladies’ League was held the evening of April 23, 1964, at our Hope church. We began our meeting with the singing of our theme song, Psalter No. 374:1, 2, 5, and Psalm 256. Our president, Mrs. J. Kuiper, read from II Cor. 6:11-18, and verse I of chapter 7, after which Rev. R. Harbach offered prayer.
Editor The Standard Bearer Grand Rapids, Michigan Dear sir, A friend has mailed me your comments on an article of mine recently published in The Reformed Journalunder the title “Why Teach in a Secular College?” It is obvious that your primary intention is to embarrass the editors of the Journal as being remiss in their obligation to split hairs of the Reformation faith, but since the brickbats were lobbed specifically at me, I suppose I am entitled to something of a rejoinder.
CAN NATURE BE TRICKED BY SCIENCE? An interesting article recently appeared in a local newspaper discussing the subject of control of the weather under the above title. The article speaks of progress that has already been made, and claims that, in another decade or so, weather will be so completely controlled by man that he will be able to make it rain where water is needed; he will be able to prevent rain where it.
We believe that the same God, after he had created all things, did not forsake them, or give them up to fortune or chance, but that he rules and governs them according to his holy will, so that nothing happens in this world without his appointment: nevertheless, God neither is the author of, nor can be charged with, the sins which are committed. For his power and goodness are so great and incomprehensible, that he orders and executes his work in the most excellent and just manner, even then, when devils and wicked men act unjustly.
it begins this thirteenth article with the words, “We believe that the same God . . . .” Our Heidelberg Catechism already points to this in clear language in the well-known Question and Answer 1, where this truth of God’s providence is placed in the context of our only comfort in life and death.
Johnny was being troublesome. At least that is the way the story went, fragments of which I heard on the radio the other day. Johnny was not only standing up on the back seat of the car while his father was speeding through the busy traffic, but Johnny also on occasion jumped up and down on the springs of the back seat. Johnny’s father told him to sit down!
Anyone who has had the opportunity to read through the Agenda for our next synod will realize that mission work will take up a lion’s share of the discussions. It so happens that this year we have no examination of candidates, nor any (other matters that will demand a lot of synod’s time and effort. This may be advantageous. As one of the ministers expressed it, this will give our synod ample opportunity to make a thorough study of all the problems involved in our present mission program. The matter of domestic missions appears on the Agenda.
We have considered the two schemata adopted by the Vatican Council: The Constitution on the Liturgy andThe Decree on the Communications Media. There remain fifteen additional schemata which have either been discussed or await treatment, but which have not yet been officially adopted. These schemata contain material, the adoption or rejection of which will have a marked effect on the Romish Church not only, but also upon the ecumenical movement of our day. The Rev. H.