Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Isabel, South Dakota, has a trio consisting of Rev. Arie den Hartog, Rev. George Lanting, and Rev. James Slopsema. A congregational meeting was scheduled on April 30 after the afternoon services for the purpose of calling a minister from this trio. Isabel’s pastor, Rev. Rodney Miersma, has accepted the call to labor in Pella, Iowa. Rev. James Slopsema and eider Dewey Engelsma have returned from their trip to Singapore with a positive report as to their contacts there.
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Pain! Reflect on it for a moment. Remember the burning deep inside, the tears you shed, the groaning. Sometimes you felt like screaming but bit your tongue in silence. Some of us have experienced a lot more of it than others. Think of Job for a moment. The catalog of pain for that poor man is indeed long.
The Necessity of Faith, by Harry M. Kuitert (translated by John K. Tuinstra); Wm. B. Eerdmans Publ. Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.; 159 pages, $2.95 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. C. Hoeksema) This is a translation of Kuitert’s notorious Zonder Geloof Vaart Niemand Wel (Without Faith No One Fares Well).
Two little unborn members of the human race fought so fiercely in their mother, Rebekah, that they caused her unusually great discomforts. And the fierceness of that struggle came again to manifestation, and demonstrated itself with prophetic symbolism, when the day came for them to be born.
Sportianity” In the April 10, 1978 issue of “The Christian News,” an interesting article appears with the above title and written by Clyde Kaminska. He points out rather dramatically some of the impact and effect of sports in the world and especially upon the Christian. Some of his solutions and conclusions are wrong. But his evaluation is worth considering. He writes:
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
The reality of the kingdom of antichrist in the last days is an indisputable fact. The Scriptures, especially the book of Revelation, picture to us the rise, establishment, and inglorious end of this kingdom. All Reformed Christians, indeed, all evangelical Christians, albeit with differences, acknowledge the truth of Scripture concerning the antichrist. Since to us who live in the last times this is an important subject, it is worthwhile to examine that kingdom in the light of Scripture, and also attempt to fit present-day events into that Scriptural perspective.
There is a question which gets much attention today—as it has gotten much attention down through the ages—but which is actually a very foolish question. This question is: Does God exist? Men pose this question, apparently in all seriousness, and then debate it vigorously. Some list many arguments against the existence of God and solemnly conclude that there is no God.
Here is big news about our RFPA Book Club! Up to this time we have been advertising that Book Club members will be entitled to buy all RFPA publications at a 20% discount (plus shipping) if they agree to purchase every new book automatically (with the exception of educational manuals and workbooks). We have had only a moderately good response to this offer. To date approximately 225 readers have signed up.
In the same article in which he writes about a United Reformed Church, Rev. Vander Ploeg takes exception to recent remarks by Rev. Van Baren in our February 15 issue. Rev. Van Baren, you will recall, suggested that it is time that The Outlook (and its new managing editor) pay attention to the clear cut relationship between present CRC trends and 1924. Rev. Vander Ploeg claims to respect our right to reiterate our rejection of common grace “year after year after year.” He asks that we respect their conviction that the CRC position on common grace is “Biblical and is...