Rev. C. Hanko, of Redlands, has declined the call from Holland, Mich. and this decision was announced at the New Year’s eve service. Rev. M. Schipper, of Southwest Church has received the call from Hull, Iowa. ***** Jamaican News: The question might be raised concerning the results of the Correspondence Course which the Ministers in the Island are taking, and whether the new preaching of the Word is not now way over the heads of the people of their congregations. Here are some excerpts from letters to answer those questions.
HYMNS FOR YOUTH, Compiled and Edited by John E. Hamersma, et al; published by The National Union of Christian Schools and Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich. (264 pages; 184 songs; price not indicated.) The preface of this hymn book informs us that the songs in the book have been carefully sifted out of the great body of hymns of the past and present, and that the texts of the songs have been weighed for meaningful content, Biblical soundness, and clarity of expression.
In our preceding article we called attention to a second objection lodged against the usual definition of miracles (a miracle is an event, in the external world, brought about by the immediate efficiency or simple volition of God), that they should be referred to some higher, occult law of nature and not to the immediate agency of God. Hodge’s answer to this objection is also pertinent and decisive:
Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD. Psalm 59:1-3
A LOUD, CLEAR PROTEST One aspect of the controversies within the Christian Reformed Church which has deeply troubled many within and outside that denomination is the absence of any effective opposition to the liberalism which is troubling the church. Often the fervent wish is expressed that someone could act as an articulate and forceful spokesman for conservatism and orthodoxy. At times, it is true, various voices of protest have been raised against the evils in the church. But these voices have often been bland and weak, urging only caution and restraint.
If it is legitimate excuse today, it will be one tomorrow. If today it is a principle of the Word of God, it will be such a principle tomorrow and all the days thereafter. For the principles of God’s Word never change. Men may come and men may go. All flesh is as grass and soon passes away. But the Word of God abides forever. Not one jot or tittle of that Word will pass away, although heaven and earth shall both pass away as we now know them.
In four distinct phases the task of the ministry of the Word is spelled out in the Form of Ordination. He must (1) preach the Word of God, (2) lead the congregation in public prayer, (3) administer the sacraments, and (4) together with the elders, exercise Christian discipline. Two things are to be immediately observed here. First of all, it ought to be evident to us that although our Form distinguishes a four-fold labor, the task of the minister of the Word is really one. All of these aspects of his labor constitute a form of the preaching of the...
It is a distinction of Dispensationalism, not of Reformed truth, to speak of spiritual blessings and temporal blessings. The distinction is made because it is mistakenly believed that God makes promises that apply to all men without exception, and that He has blessings for all men, if not spiritual, then temporal. But the promises of God are all made exclusively in Christ. Not one of them can be of any good to those outside of Christ. There is no favor of God shown outside of Christ. To put it more pointedly, there is no favor of God shown to any...