Rev. George Lubbers preached his farewell sermon in Pella, Iowa, on April 30 and has since moved to Jenison, Michigan, to begin his retirement. Pella called Rev. Rodney Miersma of Isabel, South Dakota, who has accepted his call and plans to move to Pella and take up his labors there by the end of May. Isabel has extended a call to Rev. Arie den Hartog of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Prospect Park, New Jersey.
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Classis East met in regular session on May 10, 1978 at Holland, Michigan. All churches were represented by two delegates. Of particular note is that for two of the ministers in attendance, Rev. Schipper and Rev. Veldman, this meeting marked the last time that they would attend as delegates of the congregations they now serve. Both will retire in June. Also present was Rev. Lubbers who has recently moved from Pella, Iowa upon his retirement from serving our congregation there. The classis will miss the wisdom and counsel of these men.
CALVIN’S DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION1 (Second Edition), Fred H. Klooster; Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Mich.; 98 pp., $3.95 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. C. Hoeksema) This little monograph accurately presents in summary form and with the use of many quotations and references Calvin’s doctrine of predestination. As such, it is a helpful and instructive volume.
Southern Exposure In a fairly new paper, Herald of the Covenant, published by Covenant Presbytery in Mississippi, of the new Presbyterian Church in America, appears a short series on the history of the Protestant Reformed Churches. The articles are written by our own Prof. H. Hanko. These relate the background and history as well as the doctrinal position of our churches. We would express our appreciation and thanks to the paper and its editors for this “southern exposure.”
Dear Timothy, In our discussion of the offices in the Church, we had, in our last letter, turned our attention to the particular office of the ministry of the Word. I want to continue that discussion with you now.
. Seemingly, this is a welcome topic after the passing of the harsh winter months and after being spoiled by the signs of spring. But, before you bring to your mind’s eye the fanciful visions of summer and all the activities it affords, let me explain my purpose in choosing this topic. I do not care to engage in a discussion of the weather or the recreation that summer affords us. Rather, I want to approach this topic from a different point of view. I choose this subject out of concern.
“In the meantime we believe, though it is useful and beneficial, that those, who are rulers of the Church, institute and establish certain ordinances among themselves for maintaining the body of the Church; yet. they ought studiously to take care that they do not depart from those things which Christ, our only Master, bath instituted. And therefore, we reject all human inventions, and all laws, which man would introduce into the worship of God, thereby to bind and compel the conscience in any manner whatever.
Question From a West Coast reader I received a question about infra- and supralapsarianism. My questioner makes reference to a comment of Herman Bavinck about the failure of either infra- or supra- to offer a satisfactory answer to the questions concerning the relation of the various decrees of God, citing the first part of a quotation of Bavinck by Danhof and Hoeksema in Van Zonde en Genade (“Concerning Sin and Grace”).
In 1939, at the time of the first visit of Dr. K. Schilder to this country, there was a conference of Protestant Reformed and some Christian Reformed ministers, with Dr. Schilder present, on the subject of “The Reunion of the Christian Reformed and Protestant Reformed Churches.” At that conference Rev. Herman Hoeksema presented a position-paper on the subject which was later published in both the Dutch language and an English translation (prepared by Rev. H. Veldman). This little booklet is now out of print and hard to obtain.