Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in Randolph, Wisconsin on March 3. The churches of the West were represented by nine ministers and fifteen elders. Rev. R. Van Over-loop was also present. Classis gave him the right of the floor on all matters before Classis and asked him to address the Classis on his work as missionary in Birmingham, Alabama.
PROMISE AND DELIVERANCE, vol. IV, Christ And The Nations, S. G. De Graaf; Paideia Press, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada; 294 pages, $12.95 (cloth). (Reviewed by Prof. R. D. Decker) This is the fourth and last volume of a series originally published in the Netherlands under the title:Verbondsgeschiedenis, (History of the Covenant). The author, the late S. G. DeGraaf, was a minister in the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. The translators, H.
(Kuyper has begun his discussion of how a church which has deteriorated must be reformed. In the last paragraph which appeared he strongly emphasized that all reformation must be the work of God alone.)
When Noah, by faith, witnessed to the ungodly of the first world that God would soon send a deluge of water that would destroy the world he became the object of scorn and ridicule. These scoffers who followed after their own lusts derided Noah with these words: “Where is the promise of His coming?
The sin of homosexuality is vile. The punishment of it is severe. The cause is dreadful: God’s giving up of men and women to the sin. Three times does the apostle speak of this “giving up” in Romans 1:18-32 as the cause of homosexual sin in the society of ungodly and unrighteous men who are holding the truth in unrighteousness.
Anyone who keeps up with the news, must have heard in the past months of a strange court trial which took place at Little Rock, Arkansas. It was a trial which pitted evolution against what was called “creation science.” The legislature of Arkansas has passed a law requiring the teaching of “creation science” whenever evolution was presented. Concerning the law, Discover, a secular science magazine, Feb. 1982, states:
Dear Timothy, In my last letter to you, I began a discussion of the work of the ministry and the central importance of preaching. More particularly, I discussed the relation between the work of the preaching on the Lord’s Day and the pastoral labors of a minister, and suggested the possibility that it was possible for pastoral work to take so much of a minister’s time that inadequate time was left for sermon preparation.
Thus far the Standard Bearer has not commented editorially on the movement—chiefly in Christian Reformed circles—to establish the Mid-America Reformed Seminary in northwest Iowa. From a formal, church political viewpoint this is largely an in-house affair for the Christian Reformed denomination; and if that denomination wants to tolerate a so-called alternative seminary, that is their affair.