The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram. Matthew 1:1-3
Trios and calls certainly figure in the news for this issue of The Standard Bearer. From a trio consisting of Rev. R. Decker, Rev. M. Schipper, and Rev. G. Lanting, Hope Church (Grand Rapids) has extended the call to Rev. Decker. Rev. G. VanBaren received the call from our Redlands Church. He was chosen from a trio which included also Rev. R. Harbach and Rev. J. Heys. Randolph’s trio consisted of the following: Rev. Decker, Rev. Schipper, and Rev. Woudenberg.
THE CURE OF SOULS: An Anthology of P.T. Forsyth’s Practical Writings; edited by Harry Escott; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1971; 138 pp., $1.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko] If one may judge the number of books being published of Forsyth’s writings and the number of books published concerning his theology, there is a revival of interest in this author. He lived from 1848 to 1921 and spent most of his life as a minister and teacher in the Congregational Church in England.
THE PEDAGOGICAL WAY OF THE LORD WITH THE PATRIARCHS (Hebrews 11:10) The thought arises: how could Abraham have understood the promise as referring to a heavenly city, the beautiful cleansed Bride of Christ, which will one day descend from heaven in perfected state in a new heaven and in a new earth?
That there are wars yet today is a fact of which we are painfully aware. In spite of constant cries for peace, although many “prayer days for peace” have been observed—there is yet war. The United States agonizingly and slowly seeks to remove herself from Vietnam. Tension continues and even grows in the mid-east. Trouble continues in East Pakistan. Thousands dies daily because of starvation—one of the sorry results of the war there. Many others, according to report, are cruelly killed. War threatens between India and Pakistan. “Civilized” mankind has, obviously, not rid itself yet of wars.
There are several denominations in this country which are in the midst of bitter struggles between “liberals” and “conservatives.” In several of these denominations, the conservatives have given up hope that their denominations will return again to the truth of the Scriptures and their confessions. The result is that organizations have been formed in these denominations by conservatives to prepare for eventual separation so that the cause of the truth may be continued. One such denomination is the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:13, 14
In the December I issue we began to discuss the developments in the Reformed Churches of New Zealand as they concerned the doctrinal issues brought to the fore especially by the writings and teachings of Dr. K. Runia (at that time Vice Principal of Geelong Theological College and now a professor at Kampen). The erroneous positions of Dr.