First Protestant Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan has made a change in the singing of the doxology. After the morning service, they sing Psalter No. 197, and after the evening service they sing the words of “May the Grace of Christ Our Savior” to the tune of Psalter No. 222.
DRENTHE IN MICHIGAN, H.J. Prakke (Translated by the Dutch-American Historical Commission); Wm. B. Eerdmans Publ. Co., Grand Rapids, MI; 84 pp., $8.95, paper. (Reviewed by Prof. H. C. Hoeksema) This little book was originally written in Dutch and published in the Netherlands in 1948. Its occasion was the centennial of Holland, Michigan (and the surrounding settlements). Now we are remembering the sesquicentennial of the Secession of 1834. And the colonization of 1847 was, of course, accomplished by Secessionists who emigrated from various parts of the Netherlands.
THE RULES AND METHODOLOGY FOLLOWED Great care was taken to give the translators guidelines to follow in their work of translating. If all these men were going to work together as a harmonious whole, they would need some very strict rules to follow. The scheme for the entire work was set down in the form of fifteen specific rules. To name just a few: 1) The “Bishops’ Bible,” the official version of the church, was to be as little altered as the truth of the originals permitted. 2) There were to be no marginal notes with the exception of explanations...
A reader asks: Should a Reformed Christian sign up with the Farm Program, for instance, like the Payment in Kind, PIK, like we had in 1983? “Every man should eat of the fruit of his labor.” Allow me to remark at the outset that I have personally been so far removed, for such a long time, from the problems involving farmers that it is a bit difficult to understand and evaluate the various farm programs that have arisen during the past few years.
The Middle Ages were characterized in our last article as a period in the history of the church in which there was a famine of the hearing of the Word of God. Social and political chaos had followed the Germanic invasions of Europe, and out of that chaos emerged a church, centralized in the papacy, with great temporal power and influence, capable of lording it over the minds and consciences of men. The Word of God was withdrawn from circulation, and learning and even literacy itself declined and were preserved mainly in isolated monastic communities.
In the past few articles we have been considering the truth that God’s people are the servants of the Lord. The Lord is pleased to use His people for the realization of His purpose: the advancement of His kingdom and the glory of His own name. We have been made the servants of the Lord through the wonder of the grace of God. No man by nature is the servant of the Lord. By nature men are rebels against the Lord. They seek only themselves, to live in lust and wickedness for their own vain glory. We are to be the...
The background for Peter’s first epistle was the Roman persecution that threatened those who were converted to Christianity, whether Jews or Gentiles. To them Peter wrote concerning their hope in God. As pilgrims they must expect tribulation and realize that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the eternal weight of glory in Christ Jesus. Now, at a later date, Peter directs his attention to the enemy that was rising from within the church. False teachers were raising their ugly heads and spewing forth their pernicious doctrines.
Creation: a World-view There has been in the news recently reports of at- tempts made in several states to have “creation- science” taught alongside of the view of evolution. The theory is that “creation” can be taught as science just as easily as can evolution. Both would, presumably, be presented on the basis of “scientific facts”—not at all on the testimony of the Bible. However, there are obvious difficulties with such an attempt. It is, first of all, a compromise with the truth.
We propose in this article to discuss the matter of congregational singing as it forms an important part of the worship service. Our purpose is not, however, to discuss at length the whole question of Psalm-singing vs. the use of hymns. Our churches are committed to Psalm-singing in the worship services, and we hope and pray that this will continue to remain the case as long as there are Protestant Reformed Churches upon the earth.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ: We are nearing the end of another school term, and we thought it well to end the term as we began it, by communicating with you via our Standard Bearer. Without such communication the seminary tends to be somewhat isolated from the churches, while it is nevertheless the school of the churches and wants to be remembered as such.