All Articles For Vol 54 Issue 18 7/1/1978

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There have been quite a few news items of late concerning our ministers. With the retirement last year of Rev. C. Hanko and this year of Rev. G. Lubbers, Rev. H. Veldman, and Rev. M. Schipper there have been and will be changes in the pulpits of our churches. As of June 3 the following items were on hand: Rev. James Slopsema has declined the call received from Faith Church in Jenison, Michigan. However, from a trio of Rev. D. Engelsma, Rev. R. VanOverloop, and Rev. Slopsema, Rev. Slopsema received a call from Southwest Church in Wyoming, Michigan.

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“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, hath instituted. And therefore, we reject all human inventions, and all laws, which man would introduce into the worship of God, thereby to compel the conscience in any manner whatever.

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Dear Timothy,  The time has come in our discussion to talk about the office and work of the elders in the Church of Jesus Christ.  In previous letters we have already talked about the basic idea of the office of elders: how it stands connected with the Old Testament offices; how it is related to the office of the apostles and the office of the ministry of the Word; what is the chief feature of this office as a special office in the Church of Christ; and such like subjects. Now we must turn to more practical matters in connection...

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By the time these lines are read, the CRC Synod should be history. At the time of this writing, it is still several weeks away. The issues will have been decided by the time this Standard Bearer is sent out. One wonders what those decisions will be. Likely, on some of the more controversial issues, these will be returned to the hands of a study committee. Some of the issues are reported in the June 1978 issue ofOutlook. Rev. Peter De Jong reports. On dancing:

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In the April 1, 1978 issue of the Standard Bearer there appeared an article entitled “Singapore.” In this article the Foreign Mission Committee informed you that it had sent two emissaries, Elder Dewey Engelsma and myself, to Singapore to investigate a possible field of labor with a group of young people who call themselves the Gospel Letters And Tracts Department (GLTD). This article, written on the basis of past correspondence with the GLTD, was necessarily brief and incomplete.

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Since this was the first opportunity for me to attend synod as a delegate, I looked forward to this with eager anticipation. It is an opportunity that anyone who loves our churches and the work in them would greatly enjoy. With a great sense of excitement, therefore, and a measure of fear and awe I came to the synod. I make this brief report to you not only that you may know some of the decisions made by our synod but also that you might share in a way in the excitement and joy of these labors. This is the...

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It is a special privilege for me to give the address tonight. It is always a privilege to give the address for the Seminary commencement, but it is a special privilege for me tonight. That is because two of the graduates were parishioners of mine in South Holland when they felt called to the ministry. They spoke with me about this and I counseled them at that time. I have observed them through the years of their training, and now they graduate. For that reason I am especially grateful that I may speak. 

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As announced in our May 15 issue, the cut-off date for our RFPA Book Club membership drive is July 15.  Have you, members of your family, and your friends signed up?  Remember, these are the generous provisions:  1. If 1000 readers sign up, Book Club discounts will be 40%.  2. If 400 sign up, discounts will be 30%.  3. If less than 400 sign up, the discount will be 20%. 

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