The following news was printed in the Hope Church (Walker, Michigan) bulletin of January. 15 concerning their pastor, Rev. VanOverloop, who is ‘on loan’ to Christchurch, New Zealand. “Word has been received from our pastor and his family that they arrived safely in Christchurch, New Zealand. They have been warmly received by the congregation and are in the process of ‘settling in’. In addition to preaching twice each Sunday, Rev.
Coral Ridge leaves the Presbyterian Church U.S. One of the best known of the Southern Presbyterian churches, the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, has voted to leave its present denomination to affiliate with the new Presbyterian Church in America. The Presbyterian Journal reports in its issue of Jan. 18, 1978:
When you deal with matters over which you have no control, you often have to hurry. Because we have no control over the approaching storm we hurry to get into a sheltered place, if not to escape the killing lightning bolt, then to be safe from the drenching rain. Because we have no control over the minute virus that causes the fever to rise dangerously near the fatal mark, we rush our loved one or friend to the nearest hospital.
About this time each year we set aside a day of prayer. Sometimes we call this day the Day of Prayer for Crops and Industry. It is this title that brings to light the true emphasis that our Prayer Day must have. The Annual Day of Prayer is to ask the blessing of Jehovah our God upon the fertile fields that they may bring forth a harvest of good things for us. And, although most of us are far removed from the land and agriculture, we do well to pay attention to the emphasis of Prayer Day.
“We believe, since this holy congregation is an assembly of those who are saved, and that out of it there is no salvation, that no person of whatsoever state or condition he may be, ought to withdraw himself, to live in a separate state from it; but that all men are in duty bound to join and unite themselves with it; maintaining the unity of the Church; submitting themselves to the doctrine and discipline thereof; bowing their necks under the yoke of Jesus Christ; and as mutual members of the same body, serving to the edification of the brethren, according...
Frustrating, isn’t it, how we can have good days and bad days. Good and bad, that is, regarding faith. One day we can be so strong, we smile; the next day we can be so cast down, the whole world is shrouded with clouds.
Dear Timothy, In our discussion of the offices in the Church we are about ready to talk about the subject of how these offices came into existence after Pentecost, and what their significance was for the Church of all ages. You will recall that we emphasized especially the fact that Christ is the true and only Officebearer in His Church as the fulfillment of all the typical offices of the Old Dispensation. So the question really is: How did Christinstitute the New Testament offices?
This year of 1978 marks an important anniversary, a silver one, for our Protestant Reformed Churches. “What?” you say. “It is only three years ago that we celebrated the Golden Anniversary of our denomination. And now you speak of a Silver Anniversary?” That is correct. But this is the anniversary, of course, not of the birth of our denomination. That would be impossible.
As these lines are written, our nation has been victimized by a coal-miners’ strike now for some seventy days. According to news reports, a proposed settlement has been rejected by the miners’ bargaining council by an overwhelming vote. No new proposed settlement is yet in sight. In many areas a shortage of electrical power threatens to become a reality in a matter of days; in some places cutbacks in power have already been ordered.