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Vol 66 Issue 06

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregational Highlights On Friday evening, November 10, and all day Saturday, November 11, a Conference on Reformed Evangelism was held at the Byron Center P.R.C. in Byron Center, Michigan sponsored by Byron’s Evangelism Society. First up on Friday evening was Prof. David Engelsma’ who spoke on the necessity of the local church doing the work of evangelism. Prof. Engelsma stressed that there is indeed such a thing as Reformed evangelism and that every believer is involved in this aspect of the church whether consciously or unconsciously. He...

Dr. Dad Contra Mundum

Reprinted with permission from American Reformation Movement, 7341 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111. A long time ago, there was a pernicious fellow named Arius who troubled the church. He taught that our Lord Jesus Christ was not the eternal God, the Second Person of the Trinity, but rather was a created being, not of the same essence with the Father. Arius wrote, “The Unbegun made the Son a beginning of things originated; and advanced Him as a Son to Himself by adoption.” Needless to say, this foul heresy, if accepted by the church, would have destroyed Christianity. The...

Husbands, Love Your Wives…

Rev. Koole is pastor of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. It is my understanding that before this article appears in this rubric dealing with the Christian Family another article written by a “woman” will have appeared; and I understand it will deal with the giving of woman as wife to Adam, and hence to man. That this should appear first is very good and highly appropriate. The simple fact is that until woman (Adam’s wife Eve) appeared on the scene there could be no family, period. The woman came first, then the family. You can not talk about...

A Return Visit to Singapore

Rev. denHartog is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. It was with great joy and excitement last summer that we accepted an invitation from the Evangelical Reformed Churches in Singapore to come to Singapore to speak for their Reformation Day Rally in October. In the providence of the Lord we (my wife and I) were able to spend the last two weeks of October among the beloved saints there. Our trip was sponsored entirely by the churches there. It has been almost exactly three years since we returned to the U.S. after our years of missionary labors...

The Psalms, Metrical Psalmody, and the Psalter

Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Norristown, Pennsylvania. Part 1—The Texts of the Psalter A comparison of the texts of The Psalter with the texts of the Psalms in the KJV reveals not only that our versification of the Psalms are loose but also that the theology of the authors was not in all respects soundly Biblical. I do not mean to say that a significant portion of the words of The Psalter is objectionable. There is little that is. Rather I mean to say that the approach to psalm singing taken by the authors, and that therefore the underlying, rather...

All Around Us

Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Missions, A High Priority The World Council of Churches (WCC) sponsored a “Conference on World Mission and Evangelization” early last summer in San Antonio, Texas. Missions also received a great deal of attention from the 240 delegates representing the 170 member churches of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) which met in Seoul, Korea this past August. While little can be expected from either the WCC or WARC, these meetings do indicate that even among the more liberal churches there is a renewed interest in missions. Of...

“Greetings!”

Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. We begin a study of the epistle to the Philippians. In this study of the book, we will be considering sections at a time. In this article we look at Philippians 1:1-11. One need not feel compelled to finish the section in one society meeting. It can be treated as quickly or as slowly as is considered most profitable for the society. It must be remembered too that this article serves onlyas a guide to study. It is not designed to be a detailed exegetical study of the book, nor...

Letters

Mr. John Hilton’s article regarding our form for Confession of Faith (Nov. 15, 1989) was right on target. The name of Jesus Christ certainly should be spoken as public confession is made. Jesus is the very center of the Christian faith—for through whom else can we be saved? Not only is salvation itself impossible without Jesus Christ, but so is the Christian life. Jesus is our strength, our hope, our joy. Yet His name is not even spoken as our young people make public confession of their faith in Him. How tragic. I sincerely love the Protestant Reformed Churches. However,...

Incarnation and Church

It is common to lament weaknesses in the celebration of the birth of Christ by “conservative” Christians. There is indeed a deficient celebration of Christmas by “conservative” Protestants, including Reformed and Presbyterian Protestants. But it is not that they buy presents for loved ones or, as some charge, that they observe an illicit holiday. The weakness is far more serious. It is a celebration of Christ’s coming, while neglecting the church for which He came; an honoring of Him Who, “being in the form of God, . . . emptied Himself and took upon Him the form of a slave”...

Editorially Speaking

The staff of The Standard Bearer extends greetings of love to our readers in the Name of Him Whose birth we celebrate at this time of the year—Jesus Christ the Lord. Our heartfelt desire is that you rejoice in the Savior and His salvation from sin and death, regardless of your earthly circumstances. In this way, the triune God and Father of Jesus is glorified by His joyful people. 

12/15/1989