All Articles For Vol 66 Issue 01 10/1/1989

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Ministerial Calls Our congregation in Pella, Iowa formed a trio from which to call a pastor consisting of the Revs. W. Bekkering, R. Cammenga, and M. Joostens. I am happy to write that, from that group, Pella extended a call to Pastor W. Bekkering, and that he has subsequently accepted that call. The Hope P.R.C. in Redlands, CA has extended a call to Rev. C. Haak from a trio of the Pastors R. Dykstra, C. Haak, and J. Kortering. Pastor R. Cammenga has declined the call he...

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FAITH & REASON, by Ronald H. Nash, Zondervan, 1988, 295 pages, $15.95 (hardcover). (Reviewed by James Lanting) Is the historic Christian faith rational? Is Christianity philosophically respectable or somehow epistemologically inferior to other world-views? How can a Christian convince the atheist of the reasonableness, say, of miracles or of the Incarnation? Are there convincing answers to the serious challenges to the Christian faith (such as the “problem of evil”)? These kinds of heavy-duty questions are treated in this book which is designed primarily as a text for introductory college and seminary courses in the philosophy of religion and apologetics. Dr....

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. Some time ago we attended an informational meeting for prospective freshmen at the Christian High School in our area. Our family has come to a new stage. Our oldest child begins high school this fall. We are conscious of the change this will involve for our family. High school has its own challenges, temptations, and difficulties for young people. Some major adjustments no doubt will have to be made in the routine and order of our family life. The years of high schools will inevitably make a great...

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Rev. Houck is a home-missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches. The New Age Movement is not a structured organization like the Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses, but is a loosely connected movement. It is made up of all kinds of different people—some who adhere very closely to its beliefs and practices and others who embrace only some of them. This is one of the fastest growing movements in the country. That is why we must be concerned about it. This movement is extremely anti-Christian, anti-God, and anti-Christ. Its beliefs and practices are directly contrary to all that we believe as Christians....

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Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Synods and General Assemblies In the past our churches and some of our ministers have had contacts and correspondence with the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland. This church, we recently learned, has suffered a split. The Banner of Truth (August-September 1989) reports: At the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland Synod meeting in Inverness held on Thursday, May 25th this year, a critical division took place. As many as 14 ministers out of a total ministerial strength of about 36 have broken away from their church to form the Associated Presbyterian...

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Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. The tower of Babel of the kingdom of Nimrod, who tried to unite the whole human race as one worldwide kingdom, was a shadow of what lies ahead of us. As pointed out last time, another Nimrod is coming, namely, the antichrist as king of the one-world kingdom presented to us in Revelation 13. Way back before the days of Abraham, and after the judgment of God in the Flood in the days of Noah, it was possible for the seed of the serpent to attempt the formation of such...

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. With this article, a new rubric begins in the Standard Bearer. In earlier years, in both Beacon Lights as well as in the Sunday School magazine, Our Guide, articles have presented a study of passages and books of the Bible as a guide for discussions in societies or Sunday School. After a period of time, this practice fell by the wayside—perhaps because it was difficult for societies to keep pace with the studies. Still, it was the opinion of the Standard Bearer staff that a study guide for a book of the Bible in...

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Lying—Is It Always Wrong? That lying is indeed always wrong is the contention of Prof. H. Hanko in his article in the Standard Bearer of August 1. 1989, entitled: Lying (2). We would have no criticism of this article except for the incidents which he cites. In this article he refers to certain incidents of lying in Scripture. He writes that, although Scripture does not specifically condemn these lies, and also that the saints who committed these lies were always properly motivated, the lie, according to the Word of God, is always wrong, and these lies must also be condemned. He refers...

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With Eerdman’s publication in 1988 of the fourth volume, the ambitious project of producing a fully revised edition of the well-known and highly regardedThe International Standard Bible Encyclopedia(“ISBE”) is completed. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia has long been a standard Bible reference work—a classic in its field. As a Bible encyclopedia, “ISBE” consists of articles on the names of all the persons and places mentioned in the Bible, as well as the other Scriptural terms that have theological or ethical meaning. Although based on the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, “ISBE” contains cross-reference entries to the forms used in the King...

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Every earthly thing that is alive changes. Whatever does not change is dead; and it changes too—it decays, or becomes stagnant. Very much alive, The Standard Bearer does not resist all change. Volume 66 of The Standard Bearer, which begins with this issue, will see several changes both of writers and of rubrics. Rev. Jason Kortering will share with Rev. James Slopsema the writing of the meditations. Professor Robert Decker will take over the column, “All Around Us,” noting and commenting briefly on significant developments in the ecclesiastical realm as brought to light in the religious press. Professor Herman Hanko will produce a...

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