Vol 62 Issue 02

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Report of Classis East

Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, September 11, 1985 at the Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Grand Rapids. Devotions were conducted by Rev. B. Gritters, chairman of the May classis. Rev. C. Haak was the chairman of this session. Each church was represented by two delegates. Special welcome was given to Revs. Bruinsma and Houck who were in the city for a conference with the Mission Committee. The business of this session was routine for the most part. Southwest requested and was granted classical appointments. The following schedule was adopted: September 22—Miersma, September 29—Haak, October 6—Bekkering, October 13—Flikkema, October...

Book Reviews

ISAIAH 40-55: SERVANT THEOLOGY, by George A.F. Knight; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publ. Co., Grand Rapids, MI, ISBN 0-8028-1039-X, 204 pp., paper $9.95. (Reviewed by Prof. H.C. Hoeksema) This is one of a series, the International Theological Commentary, currently being published by Eerdmans. The author, a New Zealander, is also co-editor of the entire series. The claim of the series is that it “moves beyond a descriptive-historical approach to offer a relevant exegesis of the Old Testament text as Holy Scripture. The series aims, first, to develop the theological significance of the Old Testament, and second, to emphasize the relevance of...

The Christian Family: Children

Arie den Hartog a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, is currently laboring in Singapore. The Lord has wonderfully designed the home as the ideal place where children should be born and raised. There is no other institution among men which can replace the home to fulfill this task. The Lord does not give children to every Christian home. There are some homes where in the providence of God there are no children. Marriages without children can fulfill the purpose of God. For most Christian couples childlessness is a difficult burden to bear. These however must be assured that the...

The Reformers’ Principles of Scriptural Interpretation: Introduction

Thomas C. Miersma is pastor of the First Protestant Reformed Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In the past several articles we have been considering the reformers’ doctrine of Scripture as they developed and defended the Word of God over against the errors of Rome and led the church back to the solid foundation of God’s Word. We have seen that from the very beginning the reformers took their stand upon the Word of God as the infallible and inerrant word of truth and have seen also that this was in fact never an issue between them and Rome. The issue between...

Genesis—The Beginnings (2)

Jason L. Kortering is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville, Michigan. We continue with the outline of the book of Genesis. 5. The generations of the sons of Noah (Gen. 10:1-11:9). Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Gen. 10:1). The generations of Japheth are listed (Gen. 10:2-5). This is followed by the generations of Ham, including Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord (Gen. 10:6-20), and the generations of Shem (Gen. 10:21-32). The whole earth was one language and dwelt in the plain of Shinar (Gen. 11:1, 2). They began to build a tower of brick...

News Briefs

Robert D. Decker is professor of New Testament and Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. The following items are all gleaned from the September 3, 1985 issue of the <=”” i=””>, a publication of the Reformed Ecumenical Synod, edited by Paul G. Schrotenboer, the General Secretary of that Synod. “The Reformed General Convention of the German Democratic Republic and the Board of the Reformed Alliance (Reformierte Bund) in the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as (West) Berlin, have given their support to the call for the formation of an Ecumenical Peace Council. The call, addressed to the churches of the...

Pope Tells Moslems: “We believe in the same God.”

Robert D. Decker is professor of New Testament and Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Christian News, a Lutheran magazine edited by Herman Otten, in its September 2, 1985 issue carries a report on Pope John II’s recent visit to Morocco. The report was written by Vivienne Heston, a reporter for Religious News Service. Here are some excerpts: Pope John Paul II concluded his pastoral visit to Africa with an historic encounter with Islamic students in Casablanca, Morocco. The pope flew hundreds of miles off the normal course from Kenya to Morocco to show his respect to Moslem pilgrims...

Eternal Thoughts of Peace

John A. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Mention the name Jonah, and those who hear you most likely will think of the prophet in Israel who experienced a violent storm at sea when he took a ship to Tarshish in his attempt to flee from the duty assigned to him, namely, to preach in Nineveh, and who was thrown overboard by the sailors. His story is well known, and he is mentioned in other books of the Bible, as well as in the book bearing his name. He is mentioned in II Kings 14:25. And there...

Introduction (1)

Herman C. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. When Jesus discussed with His disciples the signs of His coming and of the end of the age (Matt. 24), He mentioned that one of the signs would be that iniquity would abound (Matt. 24:12). The Greek word translated “iniquity” in this passage could better be translated “lawlessness,” i.e., disregard for and contempt of law. The reference is, of course, finally, to the law of God, for all human laws in every sphere of life ought to reflect the law which God Himself gives...

Letters

Correspondence From a reader in Ripon, California we received the following letter under date of August 26: Dear Brother in Christ: I have a question in regard to the article on “The Preaching of the Gospel as a Sign of Christ’s Coming,” by Rev. Kenneth Hanko in the Special Issue of August 1, 1985. He writes: “God will not rest, and will not let His church rest, until the word of Jesus has been fulfilled.” My question is whether that preaching and spreading of the Gospel is the sole obligation of His church, or is the church of the Devil...

10/15/1985