REPORT OF CLASSIS EAST October 3, 1973 Hudsonville Prot. Ref Church Classis East met in regular session on October 3, 1973 in Hudsonville. The churches were each represented by two delegates. Rev. R. Van Overloop led the classis in opening devotions; Rev. H. Veldman presided over this session.
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We are now only a few days from Thanksgiving Day, a national heritage. As he has done in the past, the President of the United States has declared that all the citizens of America should pause on the twenty-second of November to offer thanksgiving to God. In response to this tradition most American churches will reflect upon thanksgiving in some special way. Many will even hold special services on this day.
In the anniversary year of our Standard Bearer, each writer of this magazine has been asked to devote one article which relates the anniversary to the general theme of his rubric. It has been my task in various articles to remind ourselves of the signs of the times about us. One of these signs is apostasy—and with it, doctrinal deviations of every sort. In this connection it is not difficult to remind again our reading public that theStandard Bearer came into existence to combat doctrinal deviation, or, more bluntly: heresy.
The Standard Bearer has always been a doctrinalpaper. It began that way; it has continued that way until the present. This is very deliberately the path whichThe Standard Bearer chose to walk. There are reasons for this. The Standard Bearer has as its main purpose the defense and development of the truth of the Scriptures. It arose out of doctrinal controversy and has always appeared as one periodical intent on maintaining and developing the Reformed faith.
The assignment given me at a recent Theological School Committee meeting was to write for publication in The Standard Bearer a brief summary of the activities of the committee and the seminary. In trying to fulfill this mandate I found that it is not easy for a neophyte member of this committee to write such a summary. There is so much history and therefore so much learning and adjusting to do that one scarcely has the time to reflect long enough to report in any detail what has happened.
Once upon a time there were two wise men and a fool. All three were motoring along a road which traversed a mountainous island. The road was a dangerous one; rough, narrow, hilly, and winding, it was bordered on the one side by the sheer rock wall of a mountain cliff, and on the other by emptiness ending in the sea far below. The one wise man was wending his way carefully along the road, sounding the horn of his car at every blind curve, when he noticed that another car had approached quickly from the rear and was following...
At the annual meeting of the Staff of the Standard Bearer, undersigned promised to send in some news from time to time for our readers. I believe that this is not only interesting, but also very important; it is necessary that our people be informed of the facts and developments in the field. Sometimes this is not an easy task. One must not lose the necessary objectivity in reporting. And when one is personally involved in the happenings, this becomes still more difficult.
Have you ever read one of those magazine stories in serial form with short installments appearing each month? Then you will also remember wondering how many chapters were still forthcoming. In fact, some single chapters were strung out so long that one even wondered when he would be introduced to a new chapter. Well, the story of our work in the Jamaican Mission Field is one such, with parts of chapters written in installments. This time we will start another chapter.
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