Rev. M. Schipper, of Southeast Church, declined the call tendered him by our Hull, Iowa, congregation. * * * Southwest Church has appointed two clerks, the new consistory clerk is Mr. Ted Engelsma, 2333 Clyde Park Ave., SW., Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49509; and the bulletin clerk is Mr. P. Lotterman, 2141 Newport S.W., Wyoming, Mich., 49509. Southeast’s new clerk is Mr. John DeVries, 824 Evergreen St. S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich., 49507; and First Church has appointed Mr. James Heys, 1432 Giddings Ave. S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich., 49506. * * *
(Editor’s Note. Following is the substance of an address delivered by the Rev. R. C. Harbach for the League of Men’s Societies at its fall meeting in 1966. Deeming this address instructive, the League asked that it be published in our magazine, and we gladly concur with this request. H.C.H.)
WHAT CHAPLAINS BELIEVE One of our servicemen, now serving outside this country, recently sent me a small booklet entitled “Protestants Believe.” It was published and copyrighted by the “General Commission on Chaplains,” and is evidently intended to serve as a basis for the instruction of servicemen in the Protestant Faith. This appears from a statement found inside the back cover which reads: MY PERSONAL COMMITMENT
What is the Scriptural idea of the miracle, or wonder? We can understand that the miracle should be discussed in connection with the providence of God, and particularly with that aspect of God’s providence which is known as Government. When discussing the providence of the Lord we distinguish between Preservation, Cooperation and Government. And Government stresses that aspect of God’s providence whereby the Lord guides all things to their own determinate end, as willed by Him from before the foundations of the world.
Jesus said it. He said it in Matthew 5:44. And He said it in slightly different language. He had already given us the command, “Love your enemies.” And therefore now He declares, “Do good to them that hate you.”
We concluded our previous article with the observation that to the task of the ministry of the Word belongs the labor of publicly calling upon the name of the Lord in behalf of the whole congregation. The minister is also a priest. He must carry the needs and the burdens, as well as the thanksgivings, of the congregation to the throne of grace. Continuous prayers and intercessions must be made, for, as we saw, this task is not an occasional% one but a perpetual one. The minister of the Word carries the church in his heart, .and, seeking her welfare,...
God’s plan of the ages is not the mere unfolding of the eras of time until the last when eternity is ushered in. The periods of the world are directed in the providence of God through their beginning, continuance and end according to the will of God for all things. Each period is marked by a particular progressive development of the divine purpose to the end that the promise gradually revealed be seen in ever clearer light until it is realized in its most comprehensive fulfillment. The dispensations begin then with not man, but the promise.
A WORD OF INTRODUCTION The report referred to in the above caption is, of course, the report of the study committee appointed in the so-called “Dekker Case” by the Christian Reformed Synod of 1964. this committee, you will recall, submitted its report after two years to the 1966 Synod. The Synod postponed consideration, at the same time referring the report to the churches for study (results of which study were to be sent to the Study Committee by the end of January, 1967) and posing some additional questions, or problems, in connection with the report.
“Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, and said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!”