Professor H. Hanko declined the call he had received from our congregation in Redlands, California. Redlands’ new trio consists of Rev. Marvin Kamps, Rev. Kenneth Koole, and Rev. Richard Moore. One of our ‘retired’ ministers, Rev. M. Schipper, has been preaching in Redlands for the month of February.
Having explained the Reformed doctrine of reprobation and having defended it against the attack on it within Reformed circles today, we are permitting ourselves to take the offensive against the enemies of reprobation. The denial of reprobation, we assert, is part of the ongoing assault upon the sovereignty of God. Among the various attacks, the denial of reprobation has this dubious distinction, that it attacks the sovereignty of God in His dearest, greatest, and most glorious work — the work of salvation.
With two wives, two concubines, and four sets of children Jacob had all the troubles he needed. But added to this is the fact that he also had some very serious father-in-law troubles. All his wealth could not give Jacob joy and peace, though he craved them constantly. He was not a happy man in Haran in spite of all his material prosperity. Had he only dared to do so, he would have returned to his father in the land of Canaan without hesitation. In His mercy God gave him the courage to set out to do so.
A reader writes, There is a phrase in the ordination of office bearers that has always bothered me and which I have often thought should be changed. The phrase is: “Be charitable, ye rich, give liberally, and contribute willingly. And, ye poor, be poor in spirit, and deport yourselves respectfully towards your benefactors. . . .”
We are still busy with the principles of Missions as these may be gleaned from the New Testament Epistles, especially the Pauline Epistles. In the previous two articles we noted that the Epistles emphasize the absolute necessity of the preaching of the Gospel. There can be no mission work apart from the preaching. The missionary is called and ordained by Christ so that he is an ambassador of Christ. As the official representative of Christ he speaks the Word of Christ.
February 15,1980 Dear Timothy, There are a few aspects of man’s creation which we must still discuss before we enter into the whole area of pastoral counseling itself. These areas include: 1) the conscience and the role that the conscience plays in the life of man; 2) the emotions and their importance in our physical life; 3) the question of the will including its relation to the mind and the broader question of what has been called the primacy of the will. We will try to say something about these questions in this letter and succeeding letters.
Recent news reports have informed us that President Carter, because of the international crisis, wants to reinstitute registration for compulsory military service, or, simply, the draft. This, you will recall, was given up soon after the Vietnam War. These same reports tell us that the intention at present is only registration in the interests of preparedness, not an actual draft. It seems, further, according to these reports, that the president already has the power to inaugurate such registration by executive order as far as young men are concerned.