Candidate Kenneth Koole has accepted the call from our congregation in Randolph, Wisconsin, to be their pastor. Randolph requested a special meeting of Classis West in order that Mr. Koole might receive his classical examination prior to his being installed as Randolph’s pastor. Classis was scheduled to meet in special session on December 13 for this purpose.
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C.H. DODD, INTERPRETER OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, by F.W. Dillistone; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1977; 255 pp., $11.95. (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko) Since we cannot review this book in any kind of detail, we offer a rather lengthy quote from the flap of the book to inform those of our readers who have not heard of C.H. Dodd who he was.
Television Addiction There appears a review of a new book in The Christian News which may also be of interest and concern to us. The book, Telegarbage, written by Gregg Lewis, published by Thomas Nelson, Inc., $2.95, presents some serious objections to television programs presented today. In the review of the book, some sobering thoughts are presented. Perhaps we do well to consider these—and also the question whether we also are failing in our responsibilities to remain properly separate from this world.
Although we may not like to think of it, we cannot deny it, and Hebrews 9:27 declares it so emphatically: “. . . it is appointed unto men once to die. . . .” And the main reason for our fears of that day is expressed in the next phrase, “But after this the judgment.” Separation from loved ones through death is painful and not to be coveted.
“We believe that we have no access unto God, but alone through the only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous, who therefore became man, having united in one person the divine and human natures, that we men might have access to the divine Majesty, which access would otherwise be barred against us. But this Mediator, whom the Father has appointed between him and us, ought in no wise to affright us by his majesty, or cause us to seek another according to our fancy.
Jesus taught His disciples and us how to pray to God. All of you are very familiar with the Lord’s Prayer. Look at the first two words of that prayer, “Our Father.” Why did Jesus have the prayer begin in this way? It tells us to whom we are praying. We are praying to God. But we are praying to God Who is our Father.