All Articles For Vol 50 Issue 18 7/1/1974

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Rev. G. Lanting preached his farewell sermon in Edgerton on Sunday, May .26. On the 29th he moved to Colorado, and on the 30th he was installed as pastor of the Loveland congregation. Isabel’s pastor, Rev. Miersma, who was Loveland’s moderator during her vacancy, conducted the worship service and installation.  After Rev. Van Baren declined the call from Edgerton, the consistory there formed a new trio consisting of the Revs. Heys, Lubbers, and Kortering. The calI was extended to Rev. Kortering. 

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In treating the signs of the times, one can not help but recall the prophecy of Revelation 13 which describes the two beasts, one from the sea and one from the land. These picture the kingdom of the antichrist from the viewpoint of his political development as well as his social-scientific-spiritual development.

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The Synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches of 1974 is now part of the history of the Church of Christ. This report of the Synod is unofficial; it is a general survey of the work of the Synod to give our people an over-all view of what Synod did. The Acts of the Synod will be published in the near future, and all our people will receive a copy of the official record of Synod’s business.  Before discussing the actual work of Synod, there are a few general remarks which I want to make by way of introduction. 

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It is always somewhat of an oasis in the midst of the busyness of our synodical meetings when we can gather to mark the graduation of new candidates for the ministry of the Word in our Protestant Reformed Churches. Synodical meetings are busy and require concentrated attention. And while they may be pleasant in their own way, they are not intended to be pleasurable experiences. Hence, it is a relief and a change of pace when we may gather simply for the purpose of celebrating a joyful event.  And this year was no exception. 

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