Saturday, a severe earthquake struck in Italy with the loss of at least eighteen lives, and with at least two hundred seventy injured. In a matter of six seconds the work of centuries was destroyed, when gems of antiquity and pieces of art were destroyed with the museums that contained them. Who was it that said, “Man proposes, but God disposes.” And that in but six seconds!
In our preceding article, beginning our treatment of the history of the dogma of the atonement as set forth by the Reformation, we called attention to what the Lutheran Formula of Concord sets forth with respect to the doctrine of predestination. And we concluded with the remark that, the Lord willing, we would call attention in our following article to certain glaring inconsistencies in this Formula of Concord.
UNION OF PRESBYTERIANS Several years ago the Southern Presbyterian Church rejected merger proposals prepared by a joint committee for union with the Presbyterian Church USA. There were many in the more conservative Southern Presbyterian Church, however, which were never satisfied with this and which continued to press for full organic union with their northern counterpart. A new joint committee was formed, working on new merger proposals which are to be presented to both General Assemblies this year.
(Note: The following is an abbreviated and revised, form of an address delivered on February 18, 1971 in the First Christian Reformed Church at Kalamazoo, Michigan under the auspices of the Association of Christian Reformed Laymen.)
We had always intended to comment at an opportune time on an item which appeared in News of our Churches, now several months ago. But sometimes opportune times do not come: one has to make them.