Our South Holland Church has called Rev. D. Engelsma, of Loveland, to be their pastor. Hull’s consistory has named the following trio, from which the congregation shall choose one: Revs. R. C. Harbach, D. Engelsma, and G. Lubbers. * * *
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(Treating the Form for the Ordination of Elders) Of the various ordination forms used in our churches, the form for the ordination of elders and deacons is undoubtedly the most familiar to us. This stems from the fact that this form is read in the assembly of public worship at least once a year. Far less frequently is the form for the ordination of ministers read, and, in almost all of our churches, occasion has never arisen for the form for the ordination of missionaries to be read.
The R.E.S., during its brief history, has treated a variety of subjects of interest to the churches in common; it is in process of study on other subjects. One subject of special concern also to us is its study on social and political organizations and the Biblical principles governing these. Particularly there is the question concerning the stand of the church with respect to unionism. I wish to point out the stand of the R.E.S. on this subject in the present article. The quotations which follow are from the “Acts of the Reformed Ecumenical Synod — 1963”.
The Holy Scripture provides for a very clear and plain interpretation of itself. Difficulty, however, will arise if we do not observe that there are words and terms employed in Scripture which have variant shades of meaning. It may not therefore be insisted that each word in every instance of its occurrence has the same single meaning. Such a method of interpretation could easily produce false doctrine. Error would obtain, for example, if we invariably referred the word “flesh” to the physical body. Objectionable it would be also to translate the N.T.
Once more Mr. L. W. of Spokane raises further questions and offers criticisms the esteemed editor and undersigned deem worthy of answer. But as Mr. W.’s letter is rather lengthy for the Question Box, brief excerpts will be taken from it with answer made as concisely as possible. It had been said (TSB, Mar. 15, 1967, P. 287), “the historic creeds and theological systems contain nothing of” Dispensationalism.
It has through recent years become increasingly apparent that the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands are straying far from the truth of the Reformed faith. Magazine articles and books have brought some of these indications to the attention of those in our own country. And reports from people who have traveled to the Netherlands confirm these suspicions that all is far from well.
The Story of an Ass and A Bridge The editor of De Wachter (who does not relish unsolicited advice, but who nevertheless receives it occasionally) does a rather clever take-off on a Dutch word for which there is no exact English equivalent, but which is a picturesque term for our word mnemonic.A mnemonic is a device to assist the memory.
Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity nor sworn decietfully. He shall recieve the blessing of the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Psalm 24:3-6