Our congregation in Redlands, California, has extended a call to Rev. Wayne Bekkering. Their trio also included Rev. John Heys and Rev. Dale Kuiper. Rev. David Engelsma declined his call from Redlands.
“It is appointed unto men once to die,” the author of the epistle to the Hebrews rightly declares. Arid this truth was known by the saints in the Old Testament dispensation as well as in the days when the epistle to the Hebrews was written. Isaac knew this and said to Esau, “Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death.” And these were introductory words to his command that Esau get venison for a delicious meal that would precede giving him the blessing of God’s covenant.
Many are the complaints which issue forth, not only from the mouths of the ungodly citizens of this world but also from the mouths of children of God, concerning the leaders of our countries. We complain about the ever-rising costs of living. We readily criticize many of their policies, such as Salt II, the Soviets in Cuba, governmental regulation of prices. We become rather upset and irritated over what goes on in our courts of law—and sometimes rightfully so. We raise our eyebrows and justifiably question their attitude toward abortion or toward minority groups such as the homosexuals.
J. H. Bavinck, the late professor at Kampen, the Netherlands, calls the Book of Acts “A mission document par excellence” (Introduction To The Science Of Missions). This is so very true. Anyone wishing to formulate a theology of missions could ill afford to ignore the Book of Acts. The Book of Acts has much to say concerning both the principles of missions and the proper method of performing mission work. Acts records the history of the early expansion of the church.
The various Christian Reformed attempts to deal with Dr. Harry Boer’s Gravamen against Articles 6 and 15 of the First Head of the Canons of Dordrecht remind me of a pussycat confronted by a bowl of steaming hot milk. Such a pussy approaches the bowl ok milk from this angle and that, only to find that, no matter what the angle, the milk is too hot to drink. Thus it seems to be with Boer’s gravamen. Of all those whom I have heard or read on the subject thus far, no one has dealt head on with the substance of...