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All Articles For Vol 66 Issue 19 8/1/1990

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. The congregation of the Byron Center PRC in Byron Center, MI, sponsored a special Sunday evening church service recently. On the evening of June 24, Byron held a special service which dealt with the proper observance of the fourth command—the command to rest. Through press ads and by personal witness, Byron made a special point of inviting the public to attend this service. Our congregation in Byron wanted to address a serious problem, one that faces each one of us. In the 20th century, and especially in...

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WILLIAM III AND THE REVOLUTION OF 1688 & GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS II ELECTED KING OF SWEDEN OF THE GOTHS AND VANDALS, two essays by Marjorie Bowen; Inheritance Publications, Box 154 Neerlandia, Alberta, Canada, 1988; 144 pp., paper. (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.) 1988, the year this book was published, was the 300th anniversary of the Glorious Revolution, the year in which the Stuart dynasty was ended in the British Isles and Ring William the III took the throne of Britain in the bloodless revolution. It contains an essay on William III as well as an additional essay on that great fighter...

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Philippians 1:27-30 presents a word of encouragement to the church at Philippi. Without doubt, the church was in need of that encouragement—and, in fact, every church needs this same Word. With that encouragement comes also instruction concerning a godly walk. The Word is applicable to us especially today. In verse 27, the apostle speaks of our “conversation.” This word is generally understood to mean not one’s speech, but rather his entire life and walk. Literally, the word speaks of “citizenship.” We have a place, a citizenship, hem on...

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Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. June is the month when most of the synods and general assemblies of various denominations in the Reformed and Presbyterian traditions meet. In what follows we have gleaned some of the more important, interesting, and significant decisions of some of these meetings. The Christian Reformed Church In North America The CRC Synod of 1990 will long be remembered for its decision to open the offices of elder and minister to women. By a narrow margin (99-84) the synod voted to “permit churches to use their discretion in utilizing...

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Rev. Mahtani is pastor of Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore. Besides giving greetings this afternoon on behalf of the ERCS, may I express our thanks particularly to the Contact Committee of the Protestant Reformed Churches which has labored hard over the years to make this Conference possible. May God bless your labors as you continue to seek the unity of the Spirit through the spread of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and through further contact with the Lord’s people all over the world. Do not be discouraged when in the busyness of laboring to uphold the Reformed...

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Rev. Coleborn is pastor of the Brisbane Congregation of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia. Brethren of the P.R.C. Synod, Thank you for the privilege of inviting me to address you. I bring Christian greetings from the E.P.C. Synod, and the prayer that the Lord would keep you in. His truth, and use you in His service in these days in which we live. Pastor Burley and I have come from a far land to observe your Synod and to address you. This is most unusual for us, and I think unusual for you too. Why is it unusual that...

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Rev. Rawson is pastor of the Measbro Dyke Evangelical Church. Mr. President and delegates to the Synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches, I count it a privilege and a joy to bring you greetings in the Name of Christ Jesus our Lord. These greetings I bring from the office bearers and members of the Measbro Dyke Evangelical Church in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. I little thought, when I first came into contact with the Protestant Reformed Churches, that I would, as at this time, be standing upon the floor of Synod to bring you these fraternal greetings. It was in...

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A True Christian Asceticism? I would like to present some ideas in response to Prof. H. Hanko’s article, “Anthony and the Ascetics” (The Standard Bearer, June 1, 1990). Why in our age which is so obviously carnal is it not time to advocate that we seek a more ascetic, “other-worldly” life-style in order to keep ourselves “unspotted from the world” (James 1:27)? We should listen to I Timothy 6:3-11: “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men...

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If the historical aspect of the Baptist pastor, William Oosterman’s, objection to my explanation of the Reformed doctrine of the covenant is mistaken, the theological aspect is surprising. (See the “Letters” column of the July 1, 1990 issue of The Standard Bearer. The first installment of my response to this Baptist objection also appeared in the July 1 issue ofThe SB.) Oosterman takes issue with my statement that Baptists deny church membership to the children of believers, with the result that there are no children in a Baptist church. This analysis of Baptist ecclesiology is “wrong,” according to Oosterman, a setting...

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PRC Synod: Missions and Contact The Protestant Reformed Synod 1990 kept the promise of its agenda. Its decisions showed a readiness to witness to the Reformed faith at home (the United States and Canada) and to the ends of the earth (Jamaica; Singapore; Australia; New Zealand; and Northern Ireland). Missions and contact with other churches dominated. Accentuating the emphasis on looking outward were addresses to Synod by representatives from several churches and fellowships in foreign countries. Two of these addresses appear in this issue of The Standard Bearer. Synod made the areas of Venice, Florida and of Larne/Ballymena, Northern Ireland denominational...

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