All Articles For Vol 62 Issue 19 8/1/1986

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David Harbach is a teacher at Adams St. Prot. Ref. Christian School, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rev. K. Hanko comments that the annual lectures they held were edifying, and that it was good also to visit with Rev. Engelsma and Rev. and Mrs. Miersma. They had several visitors again. Rev. Hanko is presently working on beginning a class for instruction about the office of elder. He writes, “This will have a two-fold purpose: it will be used by God, we hope, to discover and make use of the spiritual gifts which He has given to our people, and it will help...

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CHRISTIAN ENGLAND from the 18th Century to the First World War, by David L. Edwards (Vol.) III); Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1985; 378 pp., $8.95 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko) It is probably best to quote from the blurb to give our readers some idea of the contents of this book. Recognizing the impact of Christianity on the lives and imaginations of the English, Edwards focuses more on people, literature, architecture, art, and prayer than on ecclesiastical administration or theological controversy. The result is a lively and readable account accesible (sic) to general readers and students. In this...

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Gise J. Van Baren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. The title catch your attention? It has to do with attendance at societies within the church where the Word of God is studied. Many Reformed churches have discarded the societies within their churches because of lack of interest. Some have substituted mid-week meetings for the whole family—but these are not always well attended either. Within our own churches there is evidence of problems as well. Many do not attend societies—some for legitimate reasons, but others for no good reason at all. Often, those who belong to...

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Kenneth Hanko, a missionary-pastor of the Protestant Reformed Churches, is currently laboring in Bluebell, Pennsylvania. Rev. Tom Miersma in his regular column in The Standard Bearer has been treating carefully the subject assigned to me for this special issue. In order to avoid repetition I am going to 1) recommend that you read carefully his articles on this subject (there is much valuable material in them), and 2) take a different viewpoint. He has set forth the principles which must apply in the study of a particular passage. I will try to set forth a broader application of these principles to particular...

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Cornelius Hanko is an emeritus minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Upon entering a covenant home one often sees a Bible lying on the living room table. This is certainly to be commended, particularly if the Bible is used as much as it is in evidence. The Bible should have a central place in our homes. No item should be considered more important than that. No duty should be considered greater than the function of the father in carrying out his prophetic, priestly office in the family. Moses instructed Israel, saying, “These words which I command thee this day, shall...

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Ronald L. Cammenga is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. There is one rule for the Christian life. That rule is Holy Scripture. Scripture alone is the standard for the faith and practice of the people of God. The Psalmist expresses this in Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Our Belgic Confession of Faith, in Article VII, the title of which article is “The Sufficiency Of The Holy Scriptures To Be The Only Rule Of Faith,” states: We believe that those Holy Scriptures fully contain the will of...

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Thomas C. Miersma is pastor of the First Protestant Reformed Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. When we as children of God take up God’s Word to read and study it, we do so by faith. God has given us His Word for this one purpose, that we might understand it, that is, that it might be to us, both as believers and as churches, the only rule of faith and life. That Word of God is clear and readily understood by the child of God. As Reformed people we confess the truth of the clarity or perspicuity of Holy Scripture. This...

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Herman C. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. The word “Hermeneutics” refers simply to “the principles of interpreting Scripture.” Throughout the history of the church of our Lord Jesus Christ, various principles of interpretation have been almost subconsciously used by the church as the people of God turned to God’s Word to understand its meaning. The most basic principle that con- trolled the church was the one very obvious principle: “Scripture is the inspired Word of God.” Never in all the history of the church was this principle denied. It controlled all...

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There is probably no single doctrine of the Christian faith that has, especially during the past two centuries, been attacked more frequently than and in as many ways as the doctrine of Holy Scripture, particularly in the twin aspects of inspiration and infallibility. This is not the place to enumerate and to describe all these attacks; but a study of modern and recent church history would surely confirm this claim. From a certain point of view this seems strange and inexplicable: for does not a church deny its very right of existence and, so to speak, cut its own throat...

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Index. If you are planning to reserve a copy of the new index which covers the first 58 volumes of theStandard Bearer, make work of it immediately. The deadline, I have been informed by the committee, is August 31! There will be no extra copies printed; hence, if you want a copy, you must write in promptly! No final decision can be made on cost at this time; the committee’s estimate is $25 to $30 per copy. Send your reservation to our Business Office. New Magazine. If you are interested in a magazine emanating from Orthodox Presbyterian circles, let me...

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