Our missionary pastor, Rev. Robert Harbach, now has a more ‘permanent’ address. The Harbachs have rented an apartment at 55 Bay Street, Victoria, British Columbia V9A 6X9 Canada. Rev. Harbach is holding regular church services, a mid-week Bible study class in Reformed Doctrine and two catechism classes on Friday evenings, with a third class planned to begin soon. The missionary also visits with those who have expressed an interest in our churches.
September 27, 1977 The meeting of Classis West on September 7, 1977 in Pella, Iowa was brief. Classis finished its agenda shortly after noon on the day it convened. Rev. J. Kortering led the Classis in the opening devotions. He read I Peter 5 and addressed Classis on verse 14a: “Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity.”
“Huisgemeenten” Within Reformed churches there are groups of concerned Christians who are very disturbed at the inroads of heresy in their midst. There is commonly evident a division between so-called “conservatives” and “liberals.” The Netherlands has seen much of this, too. Recently in the R.E.S. News Exchange, Sept. 6, 1977, a report was given of one proposed solution to this difficulty. The Rev. H.J. Hegger proposes “Huisgemeenten”:
Dearly Beloved, the reformed Christian is in danger of losing all that he has held dear in faith. There is an attempt to take from God’s children the Scriptures as the Word of God—normative for faith and walk. This is being done today by those professing a need for and a desire for a “new hermeneutic.” These are strong charges, you might say. Is this really true? Is there really such a danger with the desiring of a new way of interpreting the Bible? (Hermeneutics is the study of the principles of interpreting the Bible.) Recently in Edmonton, Dr.
What is the end and aim that God has for this earth? That it “be full of His glory.” The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof. The Lord God omnipotent reigns and must reign till He hath put all enemies under His feet. The victory is His all along the line. We do not say that the gospel will effect a gradual conversion of the world to God. We do not believe that the Spirit of God, largely, fails until feeble men set up an earthly kingdom for the Lord Jesus.
In two recent articles the Rev. Mark Hoeksema has discussed the “findings” of Dr. Raymond Moody concerning what is popularly called “Life After Life,” which relates to the experiences of individuals who, though declared clinically dead, have lived to tell some strange things which happened to them while “dead.” The reader may refresh his memory by referring to Rev. Hoeksema’s articles. Briefly, he approached the issue from the point of view of II Timothy 3:5, suggesting that the experiences reported and their interpretation represent something of that phenomenon of the last days—a form of godliness without the power thereof. Concerning this...
As I write this, Reformation Day is approaching. The four hundred sixtieth anniversary of the great Reformation of the sixteenth century will soon be upon us. As you read this, that occasion will be just past. It is not amiss, therefore, that our thoughts should turn to the subject of the reformation of the church.
The next item which we wish to examine with respect to this proposed new confession of the Reformed Church in America is its teachings, if any, concerning the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ. Naturally, in connection with the atonement there are also other aspects of the doctrine concerning Christ which are involved.