At the annual Congregational meeting of Grand Rapids’ Hope Church, held on November 27, Rev. C. Hanko was called to be minister, from a trio consisting of Rev. C. Hanko, Rev. J. Heys, and Rev. B. Woudenberg. By the time you read this, Southwest will also have chosen a minister at their December 4 Congregational meeting.
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In the previous article we saw that election has its origin, according to Scripture and one of the Reformed confessions, in the decree of God. The purpose or aim of God’s decree is His own glory. Since this is God’s own ultimate end and aim which He has in mind, it must also be man’s chief end. There is no higher purpose or goal than the glory of God, and He will have nothing less than the highest (than himself) for man’s aim. God must always be man’s aim. He must have his sights always, unwaveringly, on God.
Probably the most difficult aspect of writing articles of this nature for our Standard Bearer is choosing the various subjects. This particular rubric is directed to the youth of our churches and must deal with subjects of interest to them or it will fail in its purpose. When casting about in my mind for subjects of interest and concern to covenant youth, it occurred to me that the best way to find these subjects would be to ask the young people themselves. This is what I did.
There is tension in the topic, “The Pilgrim’s Involvement in Earthly Affairs.” There are two elements in the topic that appear to hang together and harmonize only with difficulty, if they harmonize at all. That a pilgrim should involve himself in the societal affairs of the country in which he is a pilgrim and a stranger seems incongruous at best and wrong at worst.
Concluding our discussion of the history of the doctrine of the atonement in the second period, 254-730 A.D., we wish to quote a certain letter which was written to an unknown heathen, Diognetus. The late Dr. Bavinck, in our quotation which we quoted from him in a previous article, also refers to this letter. This passage which we promised to quote appears, according to Philip Schaff, in an epistle by an anonymous author to this Diognetus. This epistle has sometimes been ascribed to Justin, but is probably of much earlier date.
For many in these northern climes it just does not seem like Christmas unless there is a cover of white snow upon the ground. Our flesh so quickly associates a snow cover with the celebration of Christmas, and then it gives the pre-eminence to the incidental and loses the essential. The white snow on the ground becomes in our thinking essential as a part of Christmas. Its absence detracts from the significance of the holiday for us, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with the true meaning of Christmas.
There are apparently rumors abroad that Calvin College and especially Calvin Theological Seminary has adopted “The New Hermeneutic.” That is, there are those in the Christian Reformed Church particularly who believe that Calvin Seminary has adopted principles of Biblical interpretation which deny the truth of 1 the infallible inspiration of Scripture. In a recent article in The Banner, John Stek, associate professor of Old Testament in Calvin Seminary, takes note of this. He writes:
In the November election in the State of Michigan Proposal C, the so-called antiparochiaid amendment to the state constitution, was approved by an overwhelming margin. This means that in Michigan, as of December 18, state aid to non-public schools is constitutionally prohibited.
In the December 1 issue we wrote about the issues confronting the General Synod of the Gereformeerde Kerken in the Netherlands. The crucial session dealing with many protests about the so-called “new theology” has been held. A decision has been reached. At this writing we are not acquainted with reactions to this decision in the Netherlands. But, as we feared, the Synod attempted to straddle the issues, rather than to face them; and the result was that the Synod reached a decision which can only be bad, very bad, for theGereformeerde Kerken.