At the time of this writing, we are aware of two ministers who are considering calls. Rev. Heys has received the call from our Randolph congregation and Rev. VanBaren from the Hudsonville congregation. Rev. Heys had just declined the call from Grand Rapids’ Hope church.
THE CRISIS OF PIETY, by Donald G. Bloesch; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1968; 168 pp., $3.50. Aware of the decline in personal piety, the author of this book makes a plea for a return to the devotional life. He himself states the need for this book on p. 15:
We now call attention to what we read in the Belgic Confession, also called the Confession of Faith or the Thirty Seven Articles, concerning the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Belgic Confession was composed in French by Guy De Bres, who died a martyr in 1567. It was composed in 1561, was adopted by a Reformed Synod at Emden in 1571, and by the National Synod of Dordt in 1619, which subjected the text to a careful revision by a comparison of French, Dutch and Latin copies. Articles 20 and 21 treat this subject of the atonement of...
In the night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said unto God. . . Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this my people, that is so great?
“Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” I Peter 1:20, 21
Many are extremely concerned with developments in recent years within the Reformed community. We have reached such a sorry state that today, when one receives into his home a magazine as the Reformed Journal, a person is inclined to examine the magazine carefully before allowing it to lie around where his young children may read it. The movie reviews particularly in that magazine are oftentimes downright evil and a discredit to the name “Reformed” and “Christian.” Many are sincerely concerned about this and other evidences of worldliness in the church.