All Articles For Vol 42 Issue 18 7/1/1966

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MIRACLES: YESTERDAY AND TODAY, TRUE AND FALSE, by Benjamin S. Warfield; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; 1965; 327 pp.; $2.25; paper.  This volume contains the Thomas Smyth Lectures delivered by the author at Columbia Theological Seminary in 1917. It was originally published in 1918 under the title “Counterfeit Miracles” by Scribner’s. With this paperback volume, Eerdmans has made the book, long out of print, available. 

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In our liturgical study the next matter for consideration is the Form of Excommunication as it appears in the back of our Psalter. The material or content of this form is inseparably connected with the broader subject of ecclesiastical censure or discipline, since excommunication is but one step, the final step, in this process. When the ecclesiastical machinery of discipline is activated by gross sin in the church and there remains no evidence of repentance in the sinner, the end result is excommunication, and where this is necessary the form which we purpose to discuss is to be used.

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The fourth and final session of the Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church came to its conclusion last December 8, 1965. Much happened during the four years this Council was in session. That is true in the world about us, but particularly in the realm of that which is called “church.” It is difficult now yet to believe that so much could have happened in the “church world” during this time. One cannot but be reminded that the end of time must be at hand.  THE COUNCIL’S CONCLUSION 

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Tucked away in the far northwest corner of Iowa is the small hamlet of Doon. Here too, for many years, the heritage of the Reformed faith has been maintained by one of our Protestant Reformed Churches. Here, west of the Mississippi, after an absence of sixteen years, the Synod of our Churches met. It was in 1950 that the Synod met in Hull; this was the year the Declaration of Principles was first proposed for adoption. The contrast between that Synod and this one is indeed striking. At that Synod our Churches faced a major crisis—a crisis which later came...

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The doctrine of the providence of God is generally treated from the aspect of three elements which constitute the Lord’s providential control of all things: preservation, cooperation and government. Before we call attention to these three elements in particular, we wish to present a brief historical review of this doctrine as set forth by the late Prof. L. Berkhof in his “Reformed Dogmatics, pages 165-166:

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And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of yams.  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou bust rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. 

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Recently many of us read an editorial in a “Reformed” publication concerning the preaching of Billy Graham. The article surprised, even shocked many of us, since it slighted a man thoroughly Reformed and came to the defense of one whose true colors are anything but of a Reformed hue. The item referred to did what is so commonly done with this modern prophet in religious circles today, namely, it sugarcoated him as a Fundamentalist next to whom any good Reformed man could be proud to stand. But it is at least extremely inaccurate, if not, false, to portray Billy Graham...

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Our readers will recall that I recently reported on and criticized the April 22, 1966 issue of Chimes, a Calvin College Student Council publication. In the interest of complete reporting I now want to give the sequel to this incident, as I gleaned it from Church and Nation of May 31 and June 21, 1966 (Dr. Marten H. Woudstra, Editor). From an article entitled “The Great Gap” I quote the following:

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