The Fall Meeting of the Officebearer’s Conference in Classis East was held in Hope Church (Walker) on September 29. Rev. C. Hanko spoke on the topic “Should We Consider Starting Our Own Institutions of Mercy?” The speaker identified institutions of mercy as sheltered workshops for the handicapped, clinics or homes for the mentally disturbed, rest homes for the long term sick, and homes for the aged. It was the speaker’s contention that the need was most pressing for the first two—both of which he felt were practical possibilities.
WHAT IS THIS “FREE OFFER” OF SALVATION?, by James Payne; 12 pp. This brief pamphlet is a reprint of an article which originally appeared in the Magazine Watching & Waiting, and which was sent to the Standard Bearer for review.
It is said that when the school year begins, the life of the family changes. This change is caused by the fact that now the attention of the entire family concentrates on the instruction of covenant children. It is true that after a summer of vacation, the children are wholly taken up with school; but what about their parents? Are they taken up with the education of their children?
Shall We Take Inventory In a magazine, THE BANNER OF TRUTH, July, 1975, page 14, appear a few statements which I wish to pass on to our readers. After writing that he had no true religion at all up to the time that he was about twenty years old, the writer offers the following which, though not an excuse for his conduct, may serve to some extent as an explanation of it:
“We believe that the Father, by the Word, that is, by his Son bath . . . also created the angels good, to be his messengers and to serve his elect; some of whom are fallen from that excellency, in which God created them, into everlasting perdition; and the others have, by the grace of God, remained steadfast and continued in their primitive state.
John Calvin takes up the doctrine of the call of the gospel in Book III of the Institutes, in connection with the doctrine of God’s eternal election. In chapter XXII, section 10, after he has taught that God elects some to Salvation and reprobates others to perdition, he notes that “some object that God would be inconsistent with himself, in inviting all without distinction while he elects only a few.
I made mention in a previous article of the fact that this rubric ought to be as practical as possible so that it can be of benefit to all our readers. A theoretical discussion of the various branches of Practical Theology would not be of as much interest to all our readers as a more practical discussion of the matters related to this subject might be.
On October 7 and 8, 1975 at the Richmond Lake Youth Camp, located on the shores of Richmond Lake, a few miles northwest of Aberdeen, South Dakota, an unofficial conference was held between interested ministers and elders of the Reformed Church in the United States (Eureka Classis) and of the Protestant Reformed Churches of America. The conference was well attended, in that there were twenty-two men present (11 from each denomination) for the duration of the two-day meeting.