Now that the second semester at our seminary has begun, Ken Hanko and Barry Gritters are looking forward to their graduation this coming spring. Their graduation this spring will end many recent years of intense training and academic instruction. I know that both seminarians are earnestly awaiting the confirmation of their calling to be a minister in one of our churches or our mission fields. May God graciously provide them a place of labor in His vineyard.
FOUR TROJAN HORSES OF HUMANISM, by Harry Conn; Mott Media, 1982; 143 pp., $5.95 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko) While the book, in an interesting way, exposes the errors of humanism in our society, its apologetic value is limited because of the author’s defense of the doctrine of free will. which leads him also to wrong conclusions about God’s providence in this world.
There is an essay by a well-known British author of this century entitled “Creed or Chaos?”² In the essay the author defends the use of creeds in the church, and the title of the essay very aptly describes the urgency of maintaining and defending our creeds. The only alternative is ecclesiastical chaos. History has proved that, especially in the last century.
A reader asks: “I have a question on Christ’s suffering and death for our sins. Our sins require satisfaction, so that God’s wrath against our sins can be satisfied. Only Christ as God’s Son can do this. Therefore He must assume our human nature, to suffer and die on the cross, and bear away God’s wrath and curse against us.
(In the last article Kuyper began a discussion concerning reformation by means of separation from the denomination. He suggested, in this connection, two possibilities: one possibility is that the consistory of a local congregation is in conflict with the church federation; the other is that an individual is in conflict with the church federation. Kuyper now proposes to discuss these two possibilities separately.)
Government Control Over Christian Schools Many in the state of Michigan are rejoicing over a court ruling which appears to loosen a bit the grasp of “big brother” from parochial and private Christian schools. The increasingly oppressive regulations of the state threaten the very existence of the Christian schools. In the Grand Rapids’ Press, James Kilpatrick, a syndicated writer, stated.
In our first article on this subject we considered what is the primary responsibility of the individual believer. Three introductory observations were made. First, every true believer is concerned with and desirous for and prays for the growth of the church of Jesus Christ. From this perspective it is easy to see that this is true of the believer in the established congregation as well as in the mission field.
Two successive issues of Clarion, The Canadian Reformed Magazine (Jan. 14 and Jan. 28, 1983) have carried a transcript of an address by the Rev. D. DeJong to a Christian Reformed Elders Conference in Lethbridge, Alberta. The address is entitled “A Canadian Reformed View of the Christian Reformed Church.” As the title suggests, the Rev. De Jong is a Canadian Reformed (Liberated) minister. According to his own testimony in the course of the address, he came to Canada and to the so-called Liberated Churches there in 1963.