July 6, 1966 at Hudsonville Rev. R.C. Harbach led in the opening devotions. After the Classis was constituted, the Rev. G. Lanting presided, while the Rev. Harbach recorded the minutes. All the churches were represented by two delegates each, and Prof. H.C. Hoeksema and Rev. R. Decker, who were in attendance, were given an advisory vote. The transcribed minutes of the April Classis were read by the Stated Clerk and approved. His report re correspondence, as well as the report of the Classical Committee, was filed for information.
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Rev. H. Veldman, of Hope Church, Grand Rapids, has received the call from our Randolph congregation from a trio which included the Revs. J.A. Heys and G. Vanden Berg. Edgerton has announced a new trio: Revs. C. Hanko, G. Lubbers, and M. Schipper. Hudsonville has scheduled a congregational meeting for July 19 when they will call a minister from the, following trio: Revs. G. Lanting, G. Vanden Berg, and H. Veldman.
Pictured here is the First Protestant Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan, of which the Reverend George Lanting is pastor. The church, constructed in the summer and fall of 1964, is located at 290 East 18th Street, three blocks west of U.S. 31 on 16th Street, and two blocks south on Hazel Avenue. The auditorium has a seating capacity of 150; the annex (foreground) contains the entrance hall, three classrooms, and the furnace room.
The crucial question Concerning that which Barth proposes as the true doctrine of Scripture is: does this doctrine have its ground in and does it conform to the teaching of Scripture itself? When we put Barth’s doctrine of Scripture to the test of Scripture, we only heed Barth’s own admonition: “. . . the right doctrine of Holy Scripture cannot claim abstract validity, but its confirmation must always be sought and found in exegesis and therefore in Holy Scripture itself” (CD, I, 2, p. 462).
Our last installment provided evidence that Billy Graham loves to be a great mixer with modernists and ecclesiastical liberals, in fact, that he himself disclaims. Fundamentalism and insists he is a Liberal. The emphasis of the previous article was primarily on the ministry of Graham, while his doctrine was not particularly pin-pointed. Most of Graham’s’ critics take him to task chiefly for his methods, rather than for his teaching: Fundamentalists contend that Graham is wrong in the former; but right in the latter. He is basically right and scriptural in doctrine, they say.
And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons. I Samuel 16:1
THE FATHER’S LOVE FOR THE SON-SHEPHERD(John 10:17, 18) Jesus is the good Shepherd of the sheep which the Father gave Him as His own. He is not an hireling whose own the sheep are not. The sheep are his peculiar possession. He loves all the sheep, both of the Old Testament dispensation and of the New Testament in his blood, with a love which causes him to lay down his life for them. Thus had Jesus spoken in the foregoing section of this chapter.
Handle with Care is not the same as Do not Touch. We may not take God’s name in vain, but we surely must make use of it. We may not lift it idly, but we certainly must lift it. Silence may be golden when the alternative is gossip and slander. But silence is evil when we do not use the name of God when it is required of us.