Sunday, February 8, will bring another milestone in the history of the Reformed Witness Hour. We have already witnessed two generations of program announcers and two generations of Radio Committee presidents. The 1727th broadcast of our radio program will begin a series of eight messages on the general theme of the Covenant Home, by Rev. Mark Hoeksema. Rev. Mark Hoeksema is the third generation of Hoeksemas to speak on the broadcast. The late Rev. Herman Hoeksema spoke on the broadcast when it first began in the early 1940’s. The second generation is represented by Prof. H. C.
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THE CHRISTIAN LOOKS AT HIMSELF, by Anthony A. Hoekema; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1975; 152 pp., $1.95 (paper). The main theme of this book is an idea that is being bandied about a great deal nowadays: it is the calling of the Christian to get rid of a “negative self-image.”
In the Apostles’ Creed we confess to believe that the Holy Catholic Church is the “Communion of the Saints.” Both from a doctrinal and practical point of view this is a wonderful and blessed aspect of the doctrine of the church as it is taught us in the scriptures. This truth views the church from the aspect of the spiritual fellowship the church as a whole has with God in Christ Jesus and the mutual fellowship that lives among the members.
Dear Timothy, I think we can probably wind up our discussion of the New Hermeneutics in this letter. We have a number of loose ends to tie up and I want to make some comments yet about the relationship between the New Hermeneutics and the preaching.
Reformation Church or Modern Method In an editorial in the Banner of Oct. 31, 1975 the editor wrote on the subject: REFORMATION CHURCH OR MODERN METHOD? We quote the concluding remarks of this editorial, page 7:
Thoughts on Christian giving offered last month in this column lead one naturally to the subject of tithing and the place of tithing in the service of the New Dispensation saint. There are denominations in which this practice is enforced assiduously, and there are individuals in many other denominations (ours?) who carefully lay aside precisely a tenth on the Lord’s Day. To this question the answer must be given, not simply that tithing is unnecessary, but that tithing is wrong.
“Now Jehovah says, because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched out throat, and with ogling eyes they go, walking and tripping, and with their feet they make a tinkling, there-fore Adonai will make the crown (of the head) of the daughters of Zion bald, and Jehovah will uncover their nakedness.”
This is a true story about a real girl suffering tribulation in heathen surroundings in the country of Malaysia. I can write about this without embarrassment to this young Christian because she will not even be able to read what I write. At present we are unable to reach her by the Standard Bearer or even by letter. Besides, I feel certain she would want you to know her circumstances, so that you may remember her in your prayers.
We had a hectic experience at the airport in Hobart on the morning of our departure, July 8. All along we had blissfully been planning on an 11:50 A.M. departure, and we had planned accordingly during our brief sightseeing tour of the penal colony at Port Arthur. Imagine our surprise when we arrived in the terminal building and were being paged! Our plane was scheduled for 11:15, not 11:50! And we still had to make some ticket changes! The TAA plane was held up a few minutes for us, and we were virtually shoved toward the waiting airliner.