Vol 53 Issue 05

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News From Our Churches

Our church in Hull, Iowa has extended a call to Rev. Mark Hoeksema from a trio which included Rev. Dale Kuiper and Rev. Gise VanBaren. 

About Retirement of Ministers (2)

The final question is: how can we determine when a minister should retire? The Church Order speaks of being “rendered incapable of performing the duties of their office.” Hence, the answer is: a minister should retire when he becomes incapable of performing the duties of his office. This is a rather simple matter to determine, of course, in those instances in which a minister is obviously physically incapacitated. In other instances, however, that “incapable” is a bit more difficult to interpret. When is a man incapable of performing the duties of his office by reason of age?

A Hack-Horse For Sin

“And lambs graze as (in) their pastures and deserts (where the flocks got) fat will sojourners (nomad shepherds) consume” (v. 17, Heb.). 1. Here the second woe ends, the longest of them all. The literal fulfillment of this we see today where modern Jerusalem, about thirty-five feet above the ancient Jerusalem, is a Mohammedan city, and much of Palestine is pasture land for Arab shepherds. Sheep graze over the ruins of Jerusalem as their pasture. (Once Jehovah’s vineyard, now a pasture!) These sheep are God’s people from among the Gentiles.

All Around Us

The R.E.S. and Sunday Observance  The Reformed Ecumenical Synod, meeting in Cape Town, South Africa this past summer, faced the question of a united stand of all Reformed churches on the issue of observance of Sunday. In the R.E.S. News Exchange, it is reported that in 1968 the matter of Sunday observance was raised, and in 1972 an international committee was appointed to study the issue. They were to give attention to:

Christ: Very God and Very Man

“We believe that by this conception, the person of the Son is inseparably united and connected with the human nature; so that there are not two Sons of God, nor two persons, but two natures united in one single person; yet, that each nature retains its own distinct properties.

A Mark of Distinction

God’s people are a peculiar people. Be careful, however, when you say that. They are strange but not odd. They differ, but they are not queer. There is something unusual about them, but they are not squares. 

A Sad Spectacle

In connection with our comments about Present Truththere is a very sad spectacle to which attention must be called. 

Present Truth Betrays Its Real Colors

Present Truth is a magazine which apparently has a rather wide readership among people of Reformed persuasion, including not a few who are also readers of our Standard Bearer. Although the originally favorable opinion of this magazine which some Reformed people had has probably changed somewhat, nevertheless occasionally I still hear favorable comments about it. Besides, the magazine itself claims to go under the banner of the Reformation. Its masthead boasts that it is “dedicated to the restoration of New Testament Christianity (why not Old Testament also?