There are no less than four calls being considered at the time of the writing of the news for this issue. It’s been quite some time, I dare say, since this column carried that many at one time. Not only are there three churches currently vacant (Edgerton, Kalamazoo, and Prospect Park), but also, in accordance with a decision of the 1974 Synod, Hudsonville has called a second missionary (whose initial field of labor will be in the state of Maine).
Our conference at Lacovia, when the candidates preached their sermons, also cleared the air and drew the little band of nine churches closer together when the matter of infant baptism was brought on the floor by Rev. Elliott. He firmly declared that infants are not christened and blessed but baptized, that he had baptized a number of children and would ?neverrebaptize them. But he had a question about those who could produce no record of having been baptized in infancy. May they be immersed in the sea or river?
The subject of spiritual growth focuses our attention upon the process whereby we become spiritual grown-ups or mature adults in the Lord. This is a life-long process which does not reach its fulfillment in this life, but through death attains its exalted height in the perfection of the life to come. No matter how old we may be, we must continue to grow spiritually. Since such growth encompasses the whole of our life, we do well to ask ourselves what does it mean to be spiritually strong. What must be the goal for which we strive as people of God?
One hundred years after the flood an event took place according to God’s eternal counsel whose effect is still with us today. And there is nothing unusual about that. Adam’s fall has its spiritual effects upon the human race from that moment until the very end of time. The physical effects of the flood are still with us, and we live in quite a different world from that first world which was destroyed by the flood.
So often one can look back in amazement at the lack of faith he himself has exhibited when subsequently God shows how that He provides even more than we had hoped or asked. So it was with Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids. Many doubted that such a project could be realized. It cost too much money. Not enough of our families were behind it. No ideal central location could be found . . . etc. . . . etc. But sooner than most expected, and to a degree greater than any expected, God provided. The school is a...
It can hardly be denied, I think, that our subject tonight is a subject of current issue. The Association for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship, better known as the AACS, has had, with its headquarters in Toronto, a great deal of influence especially in this country and in Canada, although its influence is also now being extended into lands across the sea.
“(For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted of the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.