The time of Sunday worship services seems to be something that receives a periodic review in our churches. The consistory in Isabel, South Dakota, called a special congregational meeting to consider changing the Sunday worship services from 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM to 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM. The consistory felt this would be an aid to the ranchers in the congregation and to those members who travel a great distance to attend services. They could then do their work and travel while it was yet light.
THE ZONDERVAN PICTORIAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BIBLE. Merrill C. Tenny, General Editor; Zondervan Publishing House, 1975; $79.95 (five volumes). [Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko] Zondervan Publishing House has completed its work on an entirely new Encyclopedia of the Bible. The work was a massive undertaking, and the results, generally speaking, are gratifying. The scope and theological position of the Encyclopedia are defined in the Preface:
In the past I have reported various items which point to the possible nearness of that time when a “mark” will be required of all who would buy or sell. The “mark of the beast” is one of the well-known signs of the end of time and the imminent return of Christ on the clouds of glory. We read of this mark in Revelation 13.
It is especially at this time of year that our thoughts turn to the future. As the old and well marked calendar is replaced by a new one, sporting an unfamiliar scene, we consider the things which may come upon us in the coming year. Perhaps it is the sudden and abrupt change from the old to the new that is to blame for this. Even as a sigh expresses the thankfulness that all has gone well in the past, our souls are gripped with fear regarding the future, and various questions of what lies ahead flood the soul.
At the last Synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches, a decision was taken which directly affects the financing of the mission work of the churches. It was a rather momentous decision, a departure from the ordinary practice of the churches to raise necessary funding through Synodical assessments. Yet few have been made aware of the decision. The Acts of the last Synod (at the time of the writing of this article) have not yet been distributed. The consistories have been informed of the decision under consideration, but even there some misunderstanding has arisen.
“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 in 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.
BURNED WITHOUT THE CAMP OF ISRAEL (Hebrews 13:11) The writer to the Hebrews peruses his instruction concerning the error and danger of returning to the Old Testament tabernacle after Jesus has suffered for the sins of the people outside of the gate of Jerusalem, at Calvary.
Challenge for Today In De Wachter, a Dutch weekly periodical of the Christian Reformed Church, on page 5 of the Oct. 21, 1975 issue, appeared a concluding paragraph in an editorial by the editor of that paper, which we now quote, (we translate):
To be completely honest, we both were of the opinion—Rev. Hanko and I—that after our tour of New Zealand the rest of our tour would be somewhat anticlimactic. Part of the reason for this lay in the fact that our New Zealand tour had been so thrilling; part of it lay in the fact that the rest of our schedule was somewhat vague when we began our trip, due to some last-minute changes. However, we could not have been more mistaken! And needless to say, we are glad that we were mistaken.