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Vol 65 Issue 16

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregational Highlights A special congregational meeting was scheduled on April 24 at the Lynden P.R.C. in Lynden, WA. The agenda dealt with approving the plans for their new church building. Also from Lynden: their Young People’s Society sponsored a supper of hamburgs and fries on April 21st at Covenant Christian School. Donations were for the 1989 Young People’s Convention. There was another congregational meeting held in April, this one on April 4 at the parsonage of the Immanuel P.R.C. in Lacombe, AB, Canada. One it6m considered that...

Book Reviews

CALVIN: GENEVA AND THE REFORMATION, by Ronald S. Wallace; Baker Book House, 1988; pp. viii-310 (cloth). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko) Ronald Wallace is Professor Emeritus of Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia. He now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland where he also earned a Ph.D. in Divinity. He is a Calvin scholar of -the first rank and has put his massive learning into an important, interesting, and excellent book. His book gleans its material from all of Calvin’s writings, including Calvin’s Commentaries, his Tracts and Treatises, his correspondence, as well as Calvin’s magnum opus, “The Institutes of the Christian Religion.” Anyone who...

Exposition of John 21:15-19

Rev. Lubbers is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. The threefold “Simon, Simon, Son of Jonas”—continued Perhaps it might be beneficial to the reader that at this point we stop and consider briefly the terms wherewith Jesus designates His church to Simon. Such a study often gives opportunity to unfold some more of the riches of the words of life of Jesus. To each of these questions we will now turn our attention. In the question to Simon, Christ reminds him of his self-confident boasting! He had stated very boldly that “if all be offended in thee this...

Supervision of the Ministry

Rev. Cammenga is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. “No one shall be permitted, neglecting the ministry of his church or being without a fixed charge, to preach indiscriminately without the consent and authority of synod or classis. Likewise, no one shall be permitted to preach or administer the sacraments in another church without the consent of the consistory of that church.” Introduction The principles set forth in this article are deduced from previous Church Order articles. Article 3 specifies that none shall be permitted to administer the Word and sacraments unless he be lawfully called. Article 4 describes...

A Disappearing Distinctive Difference

Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. In the mother promise of Genesis 3:15 the word translated as bruise is more correctly translated as crush. The seed of the woman shall crush the head of the serpent and his seed, and the seed of the serpent shall crush the heel of the seed of the woman. We do well to take note of the tremendous difference between the head and the heel of a person, and also between crushing one’s head and crushing one’s heel. Crush the head and you have ended that man’s life. Crush one’s heel...

Little Children, Keep Yourselves From Idols

Rev. denHartog is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. The above exhortation is the last word of the inspired apostle John in his first epistle. It was written out of great love and concern. Therefore John addresses his hearers as “little children.” He writes to those who are children of God by the wonder of the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. John has said much in his first letter about the fact that we are the children of God. The fact that we are called the children of God is the great evidence of the love which...

A Brief History of the Northwest Chicago Mission

Alice Stob, a housewife, is a charter member of the newly organized Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She is the pianist/organist of the congregation. She is also one of the founding members who met in living rooms early in 1983 studying the Canons of Dordt. In the year of our Lord 1974, a young man from Wisconsin visited his relatives living in South Holland, Illinois. It was a Sunday and they attended the worship services of the South Holland Protestant Reformed Church where they heard their new minister, the Rev. David J. Engelsma, preach. These...

Jesus Builds His Church: The Organization of Bethel Protestant Reformed Church

Rev. VanOverloop is a missionary pastor of the Protestant Reformed Churches. On March 29, 1989 that which was known as the “Northwest Mission” in the Protestant Reformed Churches became “Bethel Protestant Reformed Church.” The new church is located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, with the worship services being held in rented facilities in Elk Grove Village. The organization of this mission field into an established, local congregation culminated six years of prayers that the Lord of the harvest would bless the labors performed. The institution of this new congregation was under the supervision of the Council of the...

Letters

“Ye shall know them by their fruits.” I see two trees. One is called “Christian Resistance,” the other, “Christian Submission.” The “Christian Resistance” tree has borne the fruits of the Protestant Reformation, the Bible in our own tongue, the Puritan revolution, the Scottish covenanters, and the American Revolution. The “Christian Submission” tree has borne the fruits of popery, no Bible, tyrannical persecution, infanticide, sodomy, and feminism. Even so, every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. The tree is known by his fruit . . . . Cancel my subscription to The Standard Bearer....

Still the Spirit of Truth

A strange “Spirit” is abroad in the churches today. It is acclaimed as the Holy Spirit of God, indeed as the Holy Spirit in a fullness of power, a treasury of gifts, and a glory of operations such as have not been experienced by the church since the day of Pentecost. But this “Spirit” is strange. It behaves oddly. The strangeness is not its mysterious character. Like the wind, the Holy Spirit is mysterious, as Jesus pointed out in John 3:8: “The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell whence it comes, and...

5/15/1989