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January 3,1974 Southeast Prot. Ref. Church Classis East met in regular session on January 3, 1974 in Southeast Church. Each church was represented by two delegates. Rev. H. Veldman, whose turn it was to lead the classis in opening devotions, was absent due to mission work in Houston, Texas. Present at this classis and given advisory vote were Rev. G. Lubbers, Prof. R. Decker and Rev. D. Kuiper.
We have a couple of short items for the little space that remains for the news column. Prospect Park made a trio consisting of the Revs. D. Kuiper, R. Miersma, and R. Moore. They elected to send the call to Rev. Moore. The call to serve as Home Missionary was declined by Rev. Engelsma, who subsequently accepted the call to serve as pastor of our South Holland congregation.
It would be a truism to suggest that many things of striking nature have happened during the past year (and years). It is a fact, however; and it ought to be observed carefully by the child of God. The striking events remind the Christian of the nearness of the end of this age.
Gen. 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and Thou shalt bruise his heel.”
Scientists and Evolutionism We are sometimes left with the impression that there are scarcely any scientists in this country or abroad who do not accept the evolutionistic view of the origin of the creation as the correct interpretation. In fact, scientists and scientific periodicals and science textbooks deliberately try to leave this impression. The idea is apparently to try to persuade the public that no one any more believes in creationism according to the Scriptures.
To the editor of the Standard Bearer. Dear Sir, In the Standard Bearer of Nov. 15, 1973 there appeared an article written by brother Mark Hoeksema under the heading, “Two wise men and a fool. ” In this little story, brother Hoeksema illustrates the foolishness of the Jamaicans. He writes about the foolishness of their way of driving their automobiles, also on the general economic situation, and about Jamaica’s political instability all of which is a result of their foolishness.
THE EVANGELICAL RENAISSANCE, by Donald G. Bloesch; Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1973; 165 pp., $2.95 (paper). A Quotation from the Preface will give the best possible idea of the contents of this book.
The ,following article, written by Rev. C Hanko, is a reprint from Volume XXIV. It was published in the rubric “From Holy Writ.” Rev. C. Hanko was substituting at this time for Rev. G. Lubbers who was ill. The article is entitled “Walking With God.” Scripture says of Enoch that he walked with God.
From a Canadian reader I received a rather lengthy letter which touches on an important question. I will quote most of the letter: “However at this time I will try to put in words something on which I would like to have your opinion. This something concerns the ‘covenant of grace.’
GIFTS AND MINISTRIES, by Arnold Bittlinger; Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1973; 109 pp., $1.95 (paper).