Rev. Gise Van Baren declined the call he received from our Hope Church in Walker, Michigan. From a new trio consisting of Professor H.C. Hoeksema, Rev. Richard Moore, and Rev. Bernard Woudenberg, the Hope congregation extended a call to Professor Hoeksema. At this writing, Professor Hoeksema is on a trip to the Far East with his wife and daughter.
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THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GRACE, by Arthur C. Custance; Baker Publishing Co., 1979; 398 pp., $12.95. (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko) In many ways this is a strange book. The author came to his views by means of a personal study of the Scriptures. He tells us himself:
We are digressing from our Missions series on the principles of missions to bring the reader news from the mission in Singapore. In that distant and foreign culture Rev. Arie den Hartog preaches and teaches the gospel of sovereign grace to a group of young converts recently saved out of heathendom. In addition to his wife, Sherry, Rev. den Hartog is aided in the work by Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Engelsma who are members of our Hope Church, Walker, Michigan.
Dear Timothy, In our last letter we spoke of what Scripture means when it speaks of walking before the face of God with a good conscience. You will recall that we talked about the fact that a good conscience is possible only in the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross. It is only when we, by faith, appropriate that sacrifice in all its fulness that we can also have a good conscience. This means, as I explained last time, two things.
The husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church. The headship of the Christian husband is fundamentally a spiritual headship. Satan assaults the husband in order to cast him down from his God-given position.
A reader sent in a letter which I quote in part: “From most of that which I have read, of which I have quoted some, which without doubt, could be multiplied by you, I get the firm impression, that through the fall we lost the image of God. “Now comes the question. Again and again I come across writings that either slightly contradict, or add something that to my mind confuses the subject, sometimes coming from the same sources or author.
The Synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches convened on June 11, 1980 at Randolph, Wisconsin. The meetings continued through the afternoon of June 18. The Synod was wonderfully provided for by the ladies of Randolph congregation and the delegates were most hospitably received within the homes of the members of the congregation. It was very pleasant visiting with members of the congregation—and the Synod itself provided an opportunity of blessed fellowship and mutual refreshment.
Ques. 32. But why art thou called a Christian? Ans. Because I am a member of Christ by faith, and thus am partaker of his anointing; that so I may confess his name and present myself a living sacrifice of thankfulness to him, and also that with a free and good conscience I may fight against sin and Satan in this life: and afterwards reign with him eternally over all creatures. Heid. Catechism, Lord’s Day 12