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Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in Doon, Iowa on February 6. The Classis met a month earlier than the date originally scheduled, in order to examine the then Cand. M. Hoeksema, as was requested by the Ebenezer Church of Forbes, North Dakota. Nine ministers and thirteen elders represented the eleven churches of Classis West. Three ministers from the East, Rev. C. Hanko, Rev. J. Heys, and Rev. G. Van Baren, attended Classis as delegates ad examina. Rev. R. Moore ably presided over this Classis.
As our churches become more and more engaged in mission work, this activity becomes increasingly a topic of conversation: among ministers, on Sunday evening visits between saints, even among the young people. Frequently questions arise concerning the methods that we presently employ and have employed, in Jamaica and in other places. The remark is even heard from time to time that one reason our mission efforts have been only meagerly successful is that we do not follow the Scriptural principle of sending out two missionaries to work the same field together.
In all of this earthly creation there is no phenomenon as beautiful as God’s rainbow upon the background of His storm cloud. It has color like nothing else. It has such perfect symmetry. It is such a welcome sight after the thunder rumbles at a point beyond where it shook our homes just moments before, and after the brilliancy of the frightful lightning-flash has also been dimmed by the distance of the storm beyond our position of the moment.
SCRIPTURE, TRADITION AND INFALLIBILITY, by Dewey M. Beegle; Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, 1973; 332 pp., $4.95. (Continued). In our last article, we began a review of this book and promised to continue it in a further article. We think the book deserves lengthy review because it promotes a view of Scripture’s infallibility and inspiration which is increasingly influential in evangelical and Reformed circles.
[It was the year 1950. The Protestant Reformed Churches were in the process of celebrating their 25th anniversary. On what would have normally been an occasion of great joy, there was reason for sorrow. Disagreement on fundamental doctrinal issues was evident in the churches. It seemed not impossible that a rift would occur. Rev. H. Hoeksema writes his editorial for the March 15th issue of the Standard Bearer in a spirit of gloom and disappointment.
(The text of the address given at the Dedication Program of the Protestant Reformed Seminary Building) Mr. Chairman, Members of the Theological School Committee, esteemed colleagues of the faculty, students, brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ; the Lord has done great things for us whereof we are glad! This first of all! We rejoice tonight in what God has done and not in what we have done. To rejoice in our accomplishments would be quite vain and very sinful. We must be careful lest we fall prey to that great evil.
Editor’s Notes Change of Address, Editorial Office. Effective March 15, all correspondence for our Editorial Office should be addressed to 4975 Ivanrest Ave., Grandville, Michigan 49418. Moving is at best a rather traumatic experience, especially if it involves moving an office and a library and trying to keep everything operating smoothly meanwhile. It will help if all correspondents take note of this change of address.