All Articles For Vol 46 Issue 21 9/15/1970

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From the looks of this wonderful stack of news, we’re going to have to be selective again this time. Let’s begin with a couple of items most easily dated.  Rev. C. Hanko has declined the call from Doon, Iowa, as has Rev. G. VanBaren the call from Randolph, Wisconsin. Those of you who place announcements in bulletins of other churches might be interested in knowing thatthe new “bulletin-maker” at our Hudsonville church is Mrs. Henry Bergman, 2005 Edson Drive, Hudsonville, Mich. 49426. 

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Hence, rather commonly an entirely different consideration is adduced, namely, the fact that the Lord takes such children away in their early childhood. Not so much the covenant as the fact that they are taken away in infancy is then the ground upon which they wish to assume that such children are saved. Now there is indeed a certain validity in this consideration.

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The believer is a pilgrim.  Having said this we have not said anything distinctive about him.  All men are pilgrims whether they belong to Caesar’s kingdom, that is, to a kingdom of this world, or whether they have their citizenship in heaven. All men not only stay on this earth temporarily in one of Caesar’s kingdoms, but all men are traveling to a different country than that of their earthly life, and presently will be everlastingly in a realm other than that over which Caesar or one of his counterparts ruled. 

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We concluded our preceding article with the remark that distinctive clarity of thought with respect to the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ did not characterize the doctrine and teachings of the church until later. This is understandable. It is always heresy and attacks upon the truths of the Word of God that evoke and call forth from the church its answer to these attacks upon the truth. This is true of the union of the divine and human natures as united in the one Divine Person of the Son. This is also true as far as the atonement and...

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The Rev. G. Van Baren  c/o The Standard Bearer  Dear Rev. Van Baren:  Your recent article on “Father Groppi at Calvin College” has been brought to our attention, and since we were the three Calvin professors who were on stage with Father Groppi we feel that some explanation on our part is in order. We hope that you will be so kind as to print this reply in The Standard Bearer. 

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Recently a new church formation came into being in The Grand Rapids area. It is called the Christian Reformed Church. It was initiated by the Rev. Vincent Licatessi, who resigned as pastor of the Godwin Heights Christian Reformed Church, along with an “interim committee” of likeminded men. I have no statistics as to the actual size of this new movement at present; nor will I pass along any of the many rumors about its size. I do know that on July 16 there was a rather well-attended meeting held in the DAV Hall in south Grand Rapids, at which meeting...

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Recently there was given me a complete set of “Our Guide, For Use In the Protestant Reformed Sunday School” for the coming Sunday School term, along with a “Bulletin of the Protestant Reformed Sunday School Association” for distribution at the beginning of the new term to the parents. Perhaps by the time this appears in print, at least some of you will have received this bulletin and will know whereof I speak; I do not know what the schedule is. But I do wish to make a few comments on this subject.

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