Vol 44 Issue 12

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News From Our Churches

The Beacon Lights February Hymn-sing was held in Southwest Church and drew a pew-filling, aisle-stuffing crowd of enthusiastic singers. Jim Schipper led the “sing” in his usual jovial manner, lifting the spirits of the people to a rafter-ringing response to his direction. A sixteen voice segment of Adams St, School choir rendered a few numbers; Mrs. Phil Lotterman and Kathy Clawson gave an organ-piano duet and also accompanied the singing. Ken Kuiper gave a reading which revealed his responses in an imaginary debate with an unbelieving acquaintance who challenged his faith.

The Book of Hebrews

Hebrews 6:1-8 (Read from your own Bible) 

Ecumenicity In The Netherlands

A reader of our Standard Bearer recently gave to me a couple of copies of the Dutch paper De Spiegel. Evidently this paper has become very interested in ecumenical developments in the Netherlands, especially in the Reformed Churches. One issue contained an interview with a retired minister from the Gereformeerde Kerken by the name of Ds. Sillevis Smitt. He commented at length on the state of affairs in his own denomination and about his feelings towards ecumenicity in general and union with Rome in particular.

Abner and Ishbosheth

But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul’s host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;  And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.  II Samuel 2:8, 9

Sanctified Freedom of Speech

These lines can be and are written because in our land we have a certain freedom of speech. There is a wholesome benefit for us that we have this freedom. Because of it we are free to publish our Standard Bearer and let others know what we believe. Because of it we can share with others the heritage of truth which is ours. Because of it we may hold our public lectures, have our divine worship services, teach our children, maintain our own Christian schools and beam the truth by radio across the miles of our own land and into foreign lands...

Worship Order

The whole Word of God is, of course, applicable to every facet of the function of the church but, if we may single out the particular Word of God in I Corinthians 14 and apply it specifically to a singular ecclesiastical function, we would say that it especially applies to the worship of the church. We refer particularly to the exhortation in I Cor.

A New “Anti-Abstract” Theological Method

Last time we discussed this subject, attention was called to the fact that the “method of doing theology” proposed by Dr. Henry Stob in the course of his criticism of the Doctrinal Committee especially, but also of Prof. Dekker, isrationalistic. This, we found, was the more striking in the light of the fact that Dr. Stob complains that the old method of doing theology is abstract and rationalistic. 

Editor’s Notes

At your editor’s request? Prof. Hanko submitted the manuscript of his recent lecture on “Biblical Ecumenicity” for publication in our Standard Bearer. Due to the fortunate circumstance that we had some surplus space in this issue, we are able to present the entire lecture in one issue, rather than in installments. This is recommended reading both for those who heard the lecture and for those who were not present.

Jesus, Silent and Speaking

But he held his peace and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.  Mark 14:61, 62