Probably the most exciting news for this issue is that of the organization of the new Protestant Reformed congregation in the Grandville-Jenison area. The organizational meeting, preceded by a divine worship service, was held in the Hope Protestant Reformed Church, of Grand Rapids, on February 23. The public was invited to the divine worship; and was privileged, also, to witness the organization procedure itself.
THE COVENANTAL SABBATH (The Weekly Sabbath Scripturally and Historically Considered), By Dr. Francis Nigel Lee; The Lord’s Day Observance Society, London, United Kingdom (343 pages, 2.00 pounds) [Reviewed by Prof. H. C. Hoeksema] On the dust jacket of .this book there is an interesting note about the author. However, I prefer to quote the author’s own testimony as found in the Introduction of this book:
Tolerance is allowance for error or deviation. The human body is able to tolerate certain environmental factors which work physiological detriment externally, or the body can tolerate a certain level of poison (drugs) which combat the body’s well-being internally. The term toleration is also commonly used in the manufacture of tools and machines. By using hard metals and precise measurements, workmen are able to produce parts which deviate from a standard by as little as .005 of an inch. This allows for mass production and the interchanging of parts.
One concise statement in the fourteenth article of the Belgic Confession expresses volumes of truth concerning the image of God. “We believe that God created man out of the dust of the earth and made and formed him after his own image and likeness, good, righteous, and holy, capable in all things to will agreeably to the will of God.” We have considered the implications of God having formed man out of the dust of the ground. We examine in this article the effects of God’s image upon man.
The quake was not, according to the Richter scale, particularly severe. It did not take as many lives as many other earthquakes. Yet, two days before Christmas, there was a reminder of the terrible devastation that an earthquake causes. The Central American capital Managua, of the country of Nicaragua, was virtually wiped off the map. The quake, with its epicenter in the heart of this city, caused unbelievable destruction. Evidently no one knows for certain the number of lives taken. Time magazine presented the estimate of 6,000 dead and at least 20,000 injured.
THE SUPREME COURT AND ABORTION All our readers are, no doubt, aware of the fact by this time that the United States Supreme Court has overthrown the abortion statutes of the State of Texas, and, in effect, of all the states who still have anti-abortion laws on their books. There were some peculiar features of the Supreme Court ruling which are worth noting.
In our discussion of the proposed merger of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the Reformed Presbyterian Church (Evangelical Synod) we must diverge briefly from the discussion of the OPC and Arminianism, in order to pay attention to another—to me, new—aspect of this proposed merger.