Seeing our two seminary candidates receive and accept calls from our churches has been encouraging to our seminary professors, who have begun teaching five seminary students this fall. To honor this new year of instruction, Prof. H. Hoeksema spoke at the seminary convocation on “The Seminary and the Preacher,” emphasizing the purpose of the seminary to train ministers to preach God’s Word.
BORN ANEW TO A LIVING HOPE: A Commentary on I and II Peter, by Robert H. Mounce; Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1982; 157 pp., $4.95 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko) The author is president of Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington and has authored other books, chiefly commentaries or books in the field of Biblical studies.
September 8, 1982 Hope Prot. Ref. Church Classis East met in regular session on September 8, 1982 at the Hope Protestant Reformed Church. With the exception of Kalamazoo, all the churches were represented by two delegates. A goodly number of visitors were also on hand. Rev. C. Haak opened the meeting with devotions. Rev. R. Hanko chaired this session of Classis.
Cell groups play a very important role in the development of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (ERCS). According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, a cell is “the basic and usually smallest unit of an organization or movement.” In her earliest days as an organization, the ERCS was an unofficial Bible Club in a public school. She ran two Bible Classes—one for the morning session of the school and the other for the afternoon I session. Through the years this Club began to have I Bible Classes in other schools as well.
c/o Gospel Literature & Tract Society Farrer Road Post Office P.O. Box 39 Singapore 9128 To all that are in the Protestant Reformed Churches in America: Dearly beloved in the Lord, Greetings in the Name of our exalted Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This letter that Paul wrote to the Philippian congregation reflects the love which they enjoyed one for another. Though Paul is in prison and about to die, he rejoices before God in the mutual bond of love which prevailed as the gospel of Christ was preached to them and others.
In the previous article under the title “Liberty and Maturity” we showed the principle of freedom for the Christian through the work of Jesus on the cross from the viewpoint of Galatians 5:1. The believer is free from the curse of the law because Christ is the end (goal) of the law for righteousness to every one that believes (Rom. 10:4). This does not mean that the believer is lawless.
Response to the “Dance” The following letter was received in response to the article, “The Dance is Redeemed,” which appeared in the Standard Bearer, August 1, 1982. The letter was signed—though I do not include the signature in the article. Because the letter raises questions of more general interest to our readership, I trust the brother will not object to an answer in the Standard Bearer.
An overture appeared at our last Synod that there be included in our Psalter “the three early-church Trinitarian Creeds: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed; with a brief historical introduction to each creed.” The first and chief ground of the overture was that although we do receive these creeds according to Article 9 of the Belgic Confession, yet the Nicene and Athanasian Creeds are not easily accessible to our people and are thus also unfamiliar.