News which has, apparently, appeared in all of our church bulletins is that the Mission Committee, in a joint session with the Consistory of First Church, “decided to suspend labors of Rev. Lubbers in Jamaica in December until the 1974 Synod meets.” The bulletins noted that “Rev. Lubbers feels that his work there is finished and therefore his presence is no longer required.” One bulletin gave the added information that Rev. Lubbers plans to arrive in the states on December 11.
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On leaving home for any reason one always desires a safe return. No matter how eager one is to go on a journey to some distant land, or to go and visit some nearby beauty spot, or even to visit a relative or friend, one always has deepest in one’s soul the desire to return safely at home. The minute the car drives off the yard, the moment the bus leaves the curb, the train leaves the depot, the ship leaves the dock, or the plane leaves the terminal, one departs in the hope of a safe arrival and of...
(Continued from November 1st issue) III. Israel, Incorrigible, Nearly Destroyed in Judgment. “Your country, a desert! your cities, burnings! a fire! your land — in your presence (but beyond your power), strangers devour it, yes, a desert, as an overthrowing by strangers,” (v. 7). This was accomplished partly in the captivity and fully in the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans.
Today the emphasis is on witnessing. The search is on for exotic ways by which the Christian can reveal his Christianity. The normal methods for doing this are completely overlooked so that the danger is run that the testimony of the regular life stands in conflict with the special things a person sets out to do. It is well to stress that rather than demanding of us extraordinary efforts and methods of witnessing, the Bible lays upon us the demand to be faithful witnesses of God as we do the things we are given to do.
Those of our readers who follow the reports of classical and synodical meetings will have noticed a request of our Randolph, Wisconsin congregation for permission to seek collections in the churches for their new building. Perhaps your curiosity was aroused, as was mine. Not having visited Randolph for a while, I had no firsthand information as to the progress of their building project. Hence, I sent a request to Randolph’s pastor, the Rev. Wayne Bekkering, for a little information and a picture or two. This brought some results which I would like to share with our readers.
I think it was our editor who remarked a few issues ago that it was extremely time-consuming to look up anything in back volumes of The Standard Bearer. This is not because the articles one is looking for are necessarily difficult to find — although this may also sometimes be the case; for, while there are excellent textual indices available for back volumes, there is no good subject index.
Watergate And The Fifth Commandment It is not the purpose of my brief remarks to enter into a prolonged analysis and discussion of the Watergate fiasco. I suppose that we, who live in a democracy, are obligated in some sense to pass judgment on what transpired. But it is difficult to know the truth of the matter. The news media are not to be trusted by any means. Many who are crying the loudest for justice and the impeachment or resignation of the president are not men whose works can stand the light of day.
About God’s Attributes I have no less than five questions on hand at the moment. I will try to answer a couple of them in this issue. From a reader in the far northwest comer of our country comes the following question: “Recently in our Men’s Society we discussed Article 1 of the Netherlands Confession of Faith. In this article God’s attributes are mentioned. The question is: are ,i>all
By this time it is hardly possible to be shocked any longer by news of deviations from the Reformed position in the Gereformeerde Kerken (synodical). It seems only to be a question of which truth will be the next victim of free-thinking assault — first by some learned individual or committee, and then by the official decision of a synod.