Our church in Randolph, Wisconsin, has a new trio consisting of Rev. Rodney Miersma, Rev. James Slopsema, and Candidate Kenneth Koole, from which the congregation will select one to receive a call to serve as their pastor.
Dear members and friends of the RFPA In this the 53rd year of publishing the Standard Bearer, the board comes with a report of the activities connected with its publication during the past year.
(Connection: In the previous section, the Remonstrants were still trying to obstruct the convening of a National Synod, even after the States-General had decided it should be held in 1618. The Remonstrants sought a Provincial Synod in Holland—something which they formerly opposed. They tried to get an Ecumenical Synod. But the States-General continued to insist on a National Synod. The only thing accomplished by the Arminians was that this National Synod was again delayed for a few months.
It sounds too good to be true—triumph through trials. It even sounds contradictory. Trials: the word is pregnant with heaviness: —pain, “Oh God, how can I stand it; can’t someone do something about it?” —misery, “Let me die; I can’t go on any more.” —fear, “Is it cancer? How long do I have, Doctor? Will I have much pain?” —sorrow, “He’s gone, Oh bitter grief!” —loneliness, “The house rings with silence. I hear her voice, yet she’s gone.”
A man who was one hundred and forty years old wanted a wife; but it was not for himself that he wanted this wife. It was for his forty year old son who was not yet married, was in no mood to get married or even to look for a wife, and whose father was filled with concern, and was extremely eager to see this son married to a child of God before he would leave this son and go the way of all flesh. For he, Abraham, had some very rich promises from God that centered in and revolved...
“Life less painful, death more hopeful” In the spring, 1977 issue of the Bethesda Bulletin, there came to my attention an article by the chaplain of that institution, Rev. Richard Bennink, with the above title. The substance of the article is rather disturbing—for it is hardly Reformed and surely not Scriptural. He appears to reject the idea that God “permits” pain and death. He will have nothing of the thought that God uses this as a means of testing our faith. He has reservations about the idea that pain and death are the result of sin. He writes:
“We believe that our salvation consists in the remission of our sins for Jesus Christ’s sake, and that therein our righteousness before God is implied: as David and Paul teach us, declaring this to be the happiness of man, that God imputes righteousness to him without works. And the same apostle saith, that we are justified freely by his grace through the redemption which is in Jesus Christ.