Recently, I (and I assume all the clergymen of our area) received a special mailing from G.R.A.C.E. (the ecumenical council of clergymen and rabbis in Grand Rapids) encouraging participation in a “hunger week” beginning last April 13. This was designed to make people aware of the hunger problem in the world as well as to raise monies to help relieve the problem. Enclosed: in this appeal was a suggested Bulletin insert for the Sunday of April 13, entitled, “The Shakertown Pledge.” I do not know how many churches actually printed that in their bulletins. Probably many did.
Rev. Van Overloop, pastor of our Hope Church in Walker, Michigan, returned to his congregation early in April after spending some time in Houston, Texas, working there with our missionary, Rev. R. Harbach. Rev. Van Overloop gave the following report to his congregation in his April 11 bulletin: “Your pastor gives thanks to God for being safely brought back to your midst after working with Rev. Harbach for two full weeks.
POWER-WORD AND TEXT-WORD IN RECENT REFORMED THOUGHT, by Harry L. Downs; Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing, 1974; $3.50 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko) This book, by the pastor of the Dresden Christian Reformed Church in Dresden, Ontario, is an analysis of “the view of Scripture set forth by some representatives of the philosophy of the law-idea.” Particularly, the author examines in some detail the views of the A.A.C.S. with respect to their basic doctrine of the Word of God.
Dear Sir: I am astounded at the way Prof. H. Hanko represents my views in his review of A Christian View of History? He quotes a passage in which I say (in part) that Christians should study history “since the Christian’s task is to live in this world and to witness to the love of God as manifested in Christ, it is essential for us to understand ourselves and the world as well as we possibly can.” Prof. Hanko observes, “This taken by itself, is a wholly inadequate reason for studying history, but it follows from the general view of the...
As you recall, we left Asaph with a very painful problem in his soul. He witnessed to us that his “feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped” when he considered the ways of the wicked. The strength of the wicked is firm, there are no bands in their death and they are not in trouble as other men are. Asaph became envious of the prosperity of the wicked and did not understand why the people of God have the waters of a full cup wrung out to them. While the wicked prospered, he was chastened day by...
WHAT ABOUT MOVIES, RELIGIOUS OR OTHERWISE (4) THE MESSENGER is the organ of the Free Reformed Church of North America. In its January issue, 1976, Vol. 23, on page 1, an article appeared on movies, religious or otherwise. We wish to quote from this article. May we all take this to heart—also our young people, but not only our young people.
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A year ago I commented in these columns about a communication to the Christian Reformed Synod by Dr. Harry Boer. He, himself called this communication a request that Synod furnish “the express testimony of Sacred Scripture” which Canons I, 15 asserts is available to establish the doctrine of reprobation. Not only did Dr. Boer address this communication to the Synod, but he also published it in the Reformed Journal. In an editorial on this subject I pointed out that this was actually a gravamen in disguise.