All Articles For Vol 52 Issue 07 1/1/1976

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Most if not all of our churches use tape recorders to bring recordings of church services into the homes of members of the congregation who are shut-in. Tape ministries have also been an effective tool in church extension work. First Church in Grand Rapids began this service with the use of wire recorders about 30 years ago. Recently, the following report appeared in First’s bulletin concerning the cassette tape ministry conducted there:

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“We believe that God created man out of the dust of the earth, and made and formed him after his own image and likeness, good, righteous, and holy, capable in all things to will agreeably to the will of God. But being a honor, he understood it not, neither knew his excellency, but willfully subjected himself to sin, and consequently to death, and the curse, giving ear to the words of the devil.

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We are presently examining the doctrine of the call of the gospel in Reformed theology of the past. We are concerned to discover whether Reformed theology has historically maintained the doctrine of the well-meant offer of the gospel, as is confidently asserted and widely accepted today, so that the denial of the offer must be regarded as conflicting with classic Reformed thought, if not as hyper-Calvinism. In the previous article, we looked at the theology of John Calvin. We now consider Francois Turrettini. 

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Dear Timothy,  In our last letter we talked about the fact that the so-called New Hermeneutics was fundamentally a rationalistic approach to the Scriptures which had to be rejected. Setting this rationalist approach over against the approach of faith, we decided that the issue was, at bottom, a spiritual, ethical issue—an issue which involved the difference between faith and unbelief. 

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From France  In response to the Rev. Veldman’s comments in the October 1 issue we received the following letter from Pierre Courthial, Academic Director of the Faculty of Reformed Theology at Aix-en-Provence, France. The letter was written in French; and I must thank my sister, Mrs. Chas. Kregel, for the following translation:  “Dear sirs and brother, “I thank you for having addressed me in the October first issue of The Standard Bearer, the contents of which are very interesting to me. 

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In the last portion of our report, we had left Christchurch, New Zealand, and flown across the Southern Alps of New Zealand and across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne, Australia—some 1800 miles to the northwest. After a 5-hour layover at the Melbourne airport, we traveled another 250-300 miles south over Bass Strait to Wynyard. This was our first stop on the island-province of Tasmania. 

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