All Articles For Vol 62 Issue 11 3/1/1986

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David Harbach is a teacher at Adams St. Prot. Ref. Christian School, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rev. R. Moore submitted to emergency gall bladder surgery at Sturgeon Hospital in St. Albert at the end of January. He is recovering well at home. He was supposed to have given a lecture to the Society for Protestant Reformed Christian Education the same evening, on the topic, “The Moral Environment of the Christian Day School.” Now that Rev. C. Haak has accepted the call to Lynden Church, Washington, Rev. Veldman will preach in Doon Church, Iowa. Rev. and Mrs. Veldman had planned to stay...

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Steven R. Houck, a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, is currently laboring in Ripon, California. The Comfort of God’s Sovereignty From all that we have shown in our previous articles, it ought to be clear that the various themes of the sovereignty of God run throughout the Psalms like golden threads. They are everywhere. If you were to pull out these threads by cutting out the doctrine of God’s sovereignty, you would unravel the entirePsalter. For there is not one Psalm that does not refer to the sovereignty of God in one way or another. It is impossible to...

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Barrett L. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. (In the past 2 articles we have seen the Confessional and Biblical basis for church discipline of unrepentant sinners. The step of silent censure and the first two public announcements have been treated. Now we proceed to the third.) The Third Announcement. After the second announcement of discipline has been made to the congregation, the elders continue to work with the unrepentant sinner. It is difficult to continue labor when there is no positive fruit, but the call is still to work with the sinner. The...

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Ronald L. Cammenga is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. All of us need to be sensitive and open to criticism. None of us is above criticism. We ought to be willing to receive the criticism of others. We have much to learn and can profit immeasurably from the loving criticism of friends in Christ. Last time we discussed giving criticism. In this article we want to focus on taking criticism. The Bible has much to say about our taking criticism, especially in the form of correction and reproof. Solomon speaks of the importance of this in...

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Jason L. Kortering is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville, Michigan. We continue with our outline of the book of Exodus. 5. Preparation for and the deliverance from Egypt (Ex. 4:29-13:16). Moses and Aaron inform the congregation the deliverance is near (Ex. 4:29-31). They also go to Pharaoh and demand, in the name of the Lord, that he free Israel to worship in the wilderness. Pharaoh reveals his hardness of heart not only by refusing to allow this, but he increases Israel’s burden by insisting that the people get their own straw for bricks (Ex. 5:1-19). Israel expresses...

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Robert D. Decker is professor of New Testament and Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Seminaries and Your Grandchildren’s Pastor This is the title of William S. Barker’s editorial in the January 22, 1986 issue of The Presbyterian Journal. In this editorial Barker makes some points well worth pondering. Writes Mr. Barker: But the challenge for the church is how to keep our seminaries sound—not only doctrinally, but spiritually and practically. For the historical trend has generally been for the educational institutions to fall away from fidelity to the Lord. And then as the products of the seminaries fill the...

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John A. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. When God called Jonah to go to Nineveh and warn the inhabitants that in forty days Nineveh would be destroyed because of its sin, Jonah’s problem was that he could not see how this would fit in with God’s covenant promise to His church as given to Abraham, and with the coming kingdom of the promised Messiah. His sin was that he exalted himself above God, and tried to flee from His presence, so that Nineveh would be destroyed, because he was not there to give them the...

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(In the last paragraph Kuyper has argued against all wrong passivity by explaining in some detail the words of Zechariah 4:6: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” In discussing this passage he has underscored the importance of active participation in the work of church reformation although in complete dependence upon the work of God.) 61. Concerning Reformation In Distinction From Revolution. Even when one introduces the work of reformation in a cautious though energetic way, objections are raised against what he does. One who is concerned for church reformation does not...

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At the conclusion of my previous editorial on this subject, I called attention to the fact that to a certain extent Dr. Vander Goot’s analysis of the Christian Reformed position with respect to higher criticism is a breath of fresh air. This is true, I said, because of his reference to the “Mind of Common Grace” and because of his making a connection between higher criticism and common grace and between the Janssen Case of 1922 and the Common Grace decisions of 1924. Dr. Vander Goot’s position seems to be that especially the promotion of higher criticism in the Christian...

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The Presbyterian Reformer. This is the name of a new quarterly magazine being published by our sister church in Northern Ireland, the Bible Presbyterian Church of Larne. The magazine is, of course, published primarily for home consumption in Northern Ireland and other parts of the U.K. In an introductory note it states: “It is a humble contribution to the written ministry of the church with the intent of reviving and sustaining a healthy interest in Biblical Presbyterianism. The objective is to educate, inform, encourage and inspire those of the Lord’s people who truly seek to conform in all their ways...

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