UNDERGROUND CHURCHES In the Grand Rapids Press of Saturday, August 16, an article appeared on the church page written by Carl Strikwerda which reported on the establishment of “underground churches” in the area. The article reads as follows:
WORLD VISION International is an interdenominational missionary service agency organized to help meet emergency needs in crisis areas through existing evangelical agencies. Its deepest concern is for the great masses of people who have never heard the Gospel. Along the way of its many Red-Cross-style activities it sponsors evangelistic crusades, Bible study, Bible memory courses and distribution of Scripture portions.
In connection with Dr. K. Runia’s thoughts on “The Joy of Systematic Theology” (“The Banner,” June 20, 1969, pp. 18, 19), I cannot escape the impression that underlying all that he writes is a faulty understanding of the very nature and task of dogmatics. It is true that Dr. Runia writes only very briefly,—far too briefly, in my opinion, for such an important subject.
There are two very closely related aspects of government subsidy to non-public schools (and particularly to our Christian, covenantal schools) which we must still consider. One aspect is that of any possible government control which might be involved; the other aspect, inseparably connected, is that of the principles of education on which the theory of government subsidy is based and to which it gives expression and to which it will inevitably lead those schools which accept any proffered subsidy.
“To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. “ I Peter 1:4, 5
From a trio which included Revs. R. Decker, D. Engelsma, and R. Harbach, our South Holland, Illinois congregation has extended a call to Rev. R. Decker to become their pastor. In answer to the call of Southwest Church Diaconate for used clothing for the Jamaican needy, Rev. Moore’s people utilized the opportunity to send a very large carton of clothing to the Grand Rapids church by a Michigan visitor at Classis West.
HOLY BOOK AND HOLY TRADITION, edited by F.F. Bruce and E.G. Rupp; W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1968; 244 pp., $5.95. This book contains a series of papers delivered at the International Colloquium held in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Manchester. The purpose of the conference is described on p. 21:
ng attention to the doctrine of a common grace as set forth in the writings of John Calvin, we concluded our previous article by noting that Calvin does not only speak of a common grace which is shown to the entire creation, without any distinction, but he also speaks of a common grace of God to mankind in distinction from the creation, and also this grace must be viewed only as relating to the realm of nature.