Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in Doon, Iowa from Tuesday morning, September 21, until late in the evening on Thursday, September 23. At the request of two Consistories and by the action of the Classical Committee, Classis had been postponed from the date originally set, September 1, in order that Classis might examine two men who had accepted calls to churches in the West. Ten ministers and fourteen elders represented the churches of the West. Rev. R. Moore presided over the meeting. The delegates ad examina from Classis East—Rev. C. Hanko, Rev. G.
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Chapter II The Great Hermeneutical Rule Of Interpreting Prophecy (1) In our present church-world, to mention hermeneutics seems almost like joining the multitude of voices, all clamoring for a hearing for their understanding of the correct, orthodox way of interpreting the Scriptures, particularly the Old Testament Prophetic writings called the Scriptures.
It is certainly true that the Christian life is not an easy life. It is a hard life, with many problems and difficulties. For we are sinners and our sinful flesh is constantly seeking to hinder us from performing the good works we will to do. It is no wonder, therefore, that we Christians find it so hard to tell others of the faith that God has given to us. For presenting the gospel to others, especially to strangers, is indeed a most difficult and arduous task. It is hard work that demands courageous zeal from a heart filled with...
HISTORY The Nicene Creed can not be fully appreciated without a proper understanding of its history. The Nicene Creed arose out of the great Trinitarian controversy that rocked the church early in her history and threatened her very existence.
This letter to the church at Colosse is closely related to the one to the church at Ephesus. They were written about the same time and under the same circumstances. Even the thoughts are very similar. There are differences however. Colossians is more polemical, it deals with combating error, while Ephesians concentrates upon encouragement and teaching. The polemics of Colossians deal with a specific heresy that plagued that congregation, while Ephesians has a broader application.
In this rubric, “Taking Heed To The Doctrine,” we wish to call attention, first of all, to the doctrine of God’s providence in sin. We believe this subject to be pertinent. It is surely a fact that the doctrines of the sovereign government of the Lord over all things and sin have been a “bone of contention” throughout the ages. The Pelagian would solve this problem by simply denying God’s absolute sovereignty and maintaining the will of man as wholly independent of the Lord. He confuses man’s freedom with man’s sovereignty. He denies the organic connection between Adam and the...
II. About Christianity and Judaism At a popular restaurant in a southern city the Reformed pastor, Rev. Nathanael K. Russo and the Rabbi Nathan Klug met over a mid-day repast to resume a friendly conversation centering around the Being and nature of God.
A wise man once said, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” That wise man was Solomon; and the words which he spoke were not merely words of wisdom but the Word of God (Ecclesiastes 1:9). It is true therefore; there is no new thing under the sun. What we see happening today in the world and church has happened many times over.
Dear Timothy, After a rather long break, I want to resume our correspondence on the subject of the relation between pastoral work and Biblical psychology. It was almost a year ago that we interrupted our discussion of these things, but we did break off the discussion at a point where we can now pick up a new subject.
Recently there was sent to me for review a copy of the “Report to RES Chicago 1984 on Ecumenical Relations.” A title imposing enough to scare a person! Actually the report deals with a perplexing problem which the RES (Reformed Ecumenical Synod) has faced repeatedly over many years, but never solved. The problem is that of dual membership in the RES and the World Council of Churches. More concretely, it concerns such dual membership on the part of the GKN (Reformed Churches in the Netherlands) and the Indonesian churches which belong to the RES.