Rev. H. Veldman, of Hope Church in Grand Rapids, has accepted the call to “come over and help us” tendered him by our Hudsonville Church. He plans to take up his new charge within the month. Rev. G. Lubbers, of the Southwest Church in Grand Rapids, has declined the call which he had received from our Edgerton, Minnesota Church.
We have already remarked that the doctrine of the providence of God is generally treated from the aspects of three elements which constitute the Lord’s providential control of all things: preservation, cooperation, and government. We now plan to call attention to these-three elements in particular.
But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from the LORD troubleth thee. Let our lord now command thy servants, which aye before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
We have been discussing the parable of the Marriage of the King’s Son as recorded in Matthew 22:1-14. We say that this parable speaks of the preaching of the gospel as the glad tidings of salvation, in this case announcing the marriage of Christ, the Crown Prince, to His Bride, the Church. This announcement includes a call to the citizens of the kingdom to come and honor the Son by their presence at the wedding feast.
In the last issue I gave a brief review of a “regional conference” sponsored by the North American members of the R.E.S. (Reformed Ecumenical Synod). This was held at Knollcrest Campus of the Christian Reformed Church.
It is that time of the year again. By the time this appears in print, some of our churches will have already resumed catechism classes, and the rest will be at the point of doing so. In this connection, I wish to make a few suggestions, based both on observation and experience. Perhaps from a negative point of view these suggestions could all be subsumed under the caution: do not minimize catechetical instruction!