We understand that Seminarians VanOverloop and Kamps share the task of giving catechism instruction at Hudsonville Church. That arrangement, though, is likely only temporary, since Hudsonville is looking forward to the arrival, in the near future, of Rev. C. Hanko. October 17 is the scheduled date for Rev. Hanko’s Farewell Sermon in Redlands, and October 31 for his installation in Hudsonville.
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THE JUDGMENT OF JONAH, by Jacques Ellul, (translated by Geoffrey W. Bromiley from the French); Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1971; $1.95 (paper). Written by an increasingly popular author, this book seeks to interpret the prophecy of Jonah for modern times. The author however, is not particularly interested in the questions of the historicity of Jonah and the authenticity of the miracle. On p. 63, e.g., he writes:
That’s right my friends! You and I must choose today whom we will serve! Doesn’t sound Protestant Reformed, you say? We don’t believe people must choose, you object? We believe in sovereign predestination from before the foundations of the world, which means God makes the decisive choice of whom we will serve. We also believe that all are totally depraved, inclined to all evil, and wholly incapable of any good so that all men will inevitably choose to serve sin unless God intervenes by His grace and Holy Spirit. Yes, that is our faith and that is the unmistakable truth...
At the last Standard Bearer staff meeting it was decided, among other things, to add this rubric in our magazine in place of that one which the writer formerly edited: Examining Ecumenicalism.
Of late even the man in the street has become aware of the vastness of space. In fact, even while these lines Of late even the man in the street has become aware are being written, three men are orbiting the moon with a view to another landing upon it. And the man in the street receives the report of their progress, and is told how many miles they are away from us here on this earth. Likewise is the man in the street given much technical information about the distances of space and of plans to go to other...
A Footnote on Abortion We have written in previous issues at some length on the abortion question, and have discussed particularly the whole abortion question from the viewpoint of the sin of murder involved. This is not, of course, the whole question. There are other important mattersrelated to this question. One of them is the question of motive. From a spiritual and ethical point of view, what is the motive behind the clamor for legalizing abortion?
“Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture; Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but, unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient; whereunto also they were appointed.”
In a recent issue of the Banner (Sept. 3, 1971), in the department “Readers Ask,” Dr.. John H. Bratt is confronted by a rather knotty question, knotty, that is, for one who holds to and must defend the theory of common grace. The question is as follows:
Two New Departments In this issue we are introducing another new department, The Signs of the Times. Rev. G. Van Baren, who formerly wrote on matters ecumenical, will be the editor of this department, which is scheduled to appear in alternate issues. Not really a new department, but nevertheless an innovation, is the letter from the seminary faculty which appears in this issue. We hope to carry similar letters from time to time; and these will serve as somewhat of a replacement for news articles from the Theological School Committee.