Classis East met in regular session on July 6, 1977 at Southwest Church. Covenant Church, Wyckoff, New Jersey, was the only delegation absent and that due to the recent birth of a child to the Rev. den Hartogs. Rev. VanOverloop chaired, this session of classis.
Rev. Wayne Bekkering, pastor of our church in Randolph, Wisconsin, has accepted the call to be the first pastor of our new church in Houston, Texas, Trinity Protestant Reformed Church. From a trio of Candidate Ken Koole, Rev. James Slopsema, and Rev. Ronald VanOverloop, Randolph has extended a call to Rev. VanOverloop. A Farewell Potluck Supper was planned for Rev. Bekkering and his family on August 1 in Randolph Park. Rev. Bekkering planned to preach his farewell sermon on Sunday, August 7.
FREEDOM AND GRACE: ESSAYS by J.R. Lucas; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1976; 138 pp., $7.95. The author of the essays in this book is a fellow of Merton College, Oxford. The book was first published in Great Britain, but Eerdmans has received publishing rights in this country. The author is an excellent writer, somewhat on the order of C.S. Lewis; and the book makes for interesting reading.
Various magazines and papers from within Christian Reformed circles are reporting on the action of their last Synod. These reports indicate a great amount of activity—one is amazed at the amount of material that is treated within the span of less than two weeks. The Outlook of Aug. 1977, through its reporter, Rev. John Piersma, summarizes the Synod as follows:
Writing in the April 15, 1977, Standard Bearer we reflected on the subject of life after death under the title “Form Without Power.” A review was given of some features of the studies of a Dr. Raymond Moody, who published accounts of strange phenomena connected with the experiences of those who apparently died but were brought back to this life by medical science.
The Trihagia (cont’d). Qadosh! Qadosh! Qadosh! Holy! Holy! Holy! What is it which qualifies and motivates a man for the work of preaching the gospel and his going forth to that task as one divinely called and sent unto it? Nothing less than a sight of the holiness and glory of Jehovah! This is about the strongest impulse to impel a man to the highest calling. It is to see and know by faith that the Lord, the God of the universe, is not dethroned and displaced by would-be autonomous man, but He sits on the throne of His everlasting kingdom,...
It was through Isaiah that God declared, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8. And it is so often in life that we find this to be so very true. Incidents recorded in Scripture show this to be the case, but also in our lives and in the day in which we live, we find that God’s thoughts and ours are not the same.
Dear Timothy, I had not anticipated that this discussion would take quite so long. But the issues are worthwhile enough to discuss them thoroughly. You will recall that my last letter interrupted our discussion of I Timothy 4 to concentrate on DeKoster’s criticism of Lindsell’s book, “The Battle For The Bible.” And we were particularly interested in what DeKoster’s position really was (and is).