The news from our church in Holland, Michigan, is that the pastor, Rev. Heys, declined the call from Doon, Iowa. And, according to news from another of our churches, Rev. Heys, eleven days later, received the call from Southwest Church. The diaconate of Hope Church in Grand Rapids was happy to announce that the recent Jamaican Clothing Drive was very successful. On November 10, no less than 3000 lbs. of clothing was sent to Jamaica.
The members of a Mr. and Mrs. Society in our churches, I understand, are husbands and wives whose combined ages total no more than seventy or seventy-five years. That being the case, I have before me tonight parents of teenagers, or of children below that age, who soon will be teenagers. And let me point out to you, then, that you are in the most important period of your married lives. For this is the time for you to train your children in the Fear of God’s name. From childhood until your marriage you were in the period of preparation.
II. THE BELIEVER IS A PILGRIM, BUT A PILGRIM CALLED TO SOCIAL INVOLVEMENT, THAT IS, INVOLVEMENT IN EARTHLY AFFAIRS. The second truth that must necessarily be established is the truth that every believer is a pilgrim. Probably, no other truth is as widely ignored and denied in practice as is this one. In our ecclesiastical and material ease, we pay lip service at the most to the reality of our pilgrimage. It is natural enough, then, that we take part, even enthusiastic part, in the affairs of our homeland.
DR. MclNTIRE AND THE A.C.C.C. Some time ago we reported in that column that Dr. Carl McIntire had been expelled from the American Council of Churches (ACCC) because some of the leadership differed with him on his involvement in politics and because they were weary of his one-man rule.
Question The following communication is a further question about the reply given in the Dec. 1 issue concerning priestly marriages in Israel: “Dear Prof. Hoeksema, “I am writing in regard to the answer you gave in theStandard Bearer of Dec. 1 concerning the matter of divorce in Israel. “The reader’s last question was, Is it implied that the other Israelites could marry a divorced woman? Your. answer (negative, HCH) is found in the last paragraph.
From time to time The Standard Bearer has called attention to the doctrinal tensions “down under” in the Reformed Church of New Zealand and the Reformed Church of Australia—tensions which center about various doctrinal expressions of Prof. Dr. Klaas Runia, of the Geelong Theological College. The Standard Bearer intends to reflect on this conflict “down under” in detail and to give its attention to the various doctrinal issues involved. We shall write on these matters in greater detail in coming issues.
Christchurch, New Zealand. Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, England. Gerdview, Transvaal, South Africa. What do these romantic sounding cities in far away lands of three widely separated continents have in common? And why are they mentioned in The Standard Bearer?