Three months ago we reported concerning the difficulty of our bulletin typists to find room for the numerous spring bulletin announcements. Things are quite different now: announcements are spread out across the page and excess space is often given to a variety of poems and other quotes.
THE CHURCH IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: Elect From Every Nation; by Louis Praamsma; Paideia Press, 1981; 289 pp., $9.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. H.C. Hanko] This is the last volume in Dr. Praamsma’s series on the history of the Christian Church. This book is a translation from the Dutch in which language it was originally printed.
At Babel God confused man’s speech and drove the descendants of Ham and Japheth away from those of Shem, who remained in the area where that tower of Babel was built. Japheth’s descendants went north into Asia Minor and into Europe. Ham’s descendants settled in the land of Canaan and in Egypt and Africa.
In the first part of this article we saw how both the truth of inspiration in general and the specific principle of organic inspiration can be applied in our study of the Word of God. In this second part we turn to another aspect of the doctrine of Scripture, the principle ofverbal inspiration. This principle also can and must be applied and will help in its own way to give both purpose and direction to and searching of the Scriptures.
To accomplish the work of the ministry of the Word in China Dr. John L. Nevius made extensive use of native leaders. These men were unordained and unpaid by the mission. They remained in their station and calling in life while leading the worship and teaching classes in their mission stations. For various reasons, some of them practical, Nevius used as few paid native preachers as possible. (Cf. The Planting And Development of Missionary Churches, pp. 35 ff.). In our previous article [Missionary Methods (12)] we criticized Nevius at this point.
Suggestions for Improving Synod In this issue and the next a few suggestions will be offered toward the improvement of our synodical gatherings. These are based, for the most part, on my observation of the activities of the Synod just completed in June. Most, if not all, of them could be followed without bringing about any formal change in the rules; some of them merely involve adhering more closely to rules and practices which we already have.