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Rev. D. Engelsma, of Loveland, declined the call from Hudsonville, Mich. Rev. R.C. Harbach, of Kalamazoo, has received a call from Randolph, Wis., from a trio which included the Revs. Engelsma and Lanting. An Inspirational Christmas Mass meeting was scheduled to be held in Hope Church Friday evening, Dec. 17. Rev. VanBaren, of First Church, was secured to give a message befitting the commemoration of the Incarnation of the Lord of Glory, our Lord Jesus Christ.
THE LORD PROTECTOR, Robert S. Paul; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; 438 pages; paper, $2.95.
THE FORMULA OF SUBSCRIPTION UNDER ATTACK The one chief barrier to doctrinal apostasy in the churches is the presence of the confessions. Especially the churches which trace their spiritual parentage back to the fathers of the Reformation find protection from heresy in the confessions which were formulated in the post-Reformation period. Ministers, theological professors, and officebearers intent on introducing into the church heresy always have the problem of the confessions with which to contend, for the truth is clearly defined in them.
VARIOUS “INTERPRETATIONS” of SCRIPTURE’S ACCOUNT OF CREATION
To what end or purpose did the Lord institute His Supper in the church? It is with this question that the next main section of the Communion Form is concerned. We must not only be subjectively prepared to celebrate the Lord’s Supper in the proper way, so that we may be received of God in mercy and be made partakers of all His benefits, but we must also understand objectively what we are doing. If this is not the case with us, the celebration of the sacrament becomes nothing more than a dead formalism.
For whom did Christ die? The most common answer is: For all men.
And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day. And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him, and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them . . . . Therefore it became a proverb, is Saul also among the prophets?
Barth’s thorough-going criticism of the doctrine of an infallible Bible proceeds from his conception of the Word of God. The Word of God has three important forms. They are Church proclamation, Scripture, and revelation. Of these three forms of the Word of God, Church proclamation and Scripture are the Word of God only conditionally. “They are God’s Word, by from time to time becoming God’s Word” (CD, I, 1, p. 133). “The Bible is God’s Word so far as God lets it be His Word, so far as God’s speaks through it” (ibid., p. 123).
In these days of Gemini 6 and Gemini 7, newspapers, radio, and television are filled with detailed accounts of the wonderful accomplishments of our country’s space scientists and astronauts. This is in itself not so bad, for undoubtedly these accomplishments are interesting and newsworthy.