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Vol 67 Issue 10

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. With this issue of the “News” we use the last of our church profiles. Out of our 27 congregations we received profiles from 16 different churches. I hope that over the past two years you have enjoyed this brief look into the makeup of our denomination. Today we look at the profile of our smallest congregation, the Hope PRC of Isabel, SD. I thank Mr. Gus Streyle for the following information. The Hope Reformed Church was organized in 1915 at Isabel, SD. For the first year and...

Another Encouraging Shadow

Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. There are in Hebrews 11 several giants of faith presented with their works of faith. They may be called giants of faith rather than heroes of faith, because it is a greatness of faith which our covenant God eternally decided to work in them. Our God, not men, decided and determined to realize in men the exact physical height of their bodies. Man never decides how tall he is going to get when full grown. He may want more height,. but he cannot realize how tall he will be come. He...

Gotteschalk

Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. In a series of radio sermons, broadcast in the forties, Rev. Herman Hoeksema called predestination “the heart of the gospel.” This precious truth of predestination was first taught in the church in the fifth century by Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo, who developed this doctrine of Scripture in his controversy with the Semi-Pelagians. The Roman Catholic Church, while claiming Augustine as one of its saints and while professing to be faithful to Augustine’s teachings, rejected Augustine’s doctrine of double predestination. The Roman Catholic Church committed...

Recent Developments in Church/State Law

Mr. Lanting, a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church, is a practicing attorney. Operation Rescue and Leader Randall Terry Under Siege Operation Rescue, the activist anti-abortion organization founded by Randall Terry, has fallen on hard times. Numerous federal courts across the country have imposed injunctions, imprisonment, and fines on the organization and its leaders. Operation Rescue’s tactics of using human blockades to deny access to abortion clinics or doctor’s offices is under heavy legal scrutiny nationwide. The courts are seemingly unimpressed by Terry’s argument that his trespass and other unlawful acts are justified to “prevent a greater harm.” Although...

Final Farewell

Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Read and study Philippians 4:10-23 We turn to the final verses of the letter to the Philippians. Paul tenderly recalls the kindness of that church and expresses to them his greetings and farewell. In Philippians 4:10, 14-15 the apostle recalls the gifts which the church of Philippi had repeatedly sent to him. Paul was still in prison. But even here, the church of Philippi had provided for his care. Their care had “flourished again.” There was, evidently, a time in which that church was unable to assist the apostle. The...

News From the Foreign Mission Committee

Rev. DeVries is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Edgerton, Minnesota. The Foreign Mission Committee of the Protestant Reformed Churches continues to labor in the consciousness and conviction that “. . . it was the will of God, that Christ by the blood of the cross, whereby he confirmed the new covenant, should effectually redeem out of every people, tribe, nation, and language, all those, and those only, who were from eternity chosen to salvation, and given to him by the Father…” (Canons of Dordt II, Art. 8). Thus, our work is directed toward those who in their generations...

Mission Principles (III): The Motives

Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. It has been established in previous articles in this rubric that missions, as well as local evangelism and the witnessing of the individual Christian, is not a matter of choice, but of obedience to King Jesus. This is not to say that the work of missions is the exclusive, nor even the chief, purpose of the church. The true church has a genuine, Scripturally directed concern to proclaim the gospel to the fullest of its ability. We have also established that the objects of mission work...

The End Times (9): The Millennium

Rev. Gritters is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. We have tried to answer the question, so far, that the disciples asked the Lord in the beginning ofMatthew 24: “When shall these things be, and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” In other words, when will the end come? The Lord answered their question in a way that startles: “Take heed that no man deceive you . . . ,” He says, and then He went on to list a host of signs that would precede His...

Letters

Rebellious Young People and Children Dying in Infancy I appreciated the clarity of the series of editorials on “The Covenant of God and the Children of Believers.” I have given copies to others. I have two questions on the concluding installment (theStandard Bearer, Sept. 15, 1990). I ask that you answer them in the SB. The first concerns your statement that rebellious young people in the sphere of the covenant are to be disciplined by the church. At what age can a rebellious child be taken by his parents to the elders for discipline? Would not such a child have...

Creation and Science…and Common Grace (1)

The report of the study committee of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) on theistic evolution is out. This 47-page document (with a 19-page concluding scientific postscript intended to overawe the layman with the wonders of evolution’s explanation of the origin of the universe) is entitled “Committee on Creation and Science.” It will be treated by the CRC synod of 1991. The report was occasioned by the teaching and public defense of theistic evolution by several Calvin College professors. Theistic evolution is the evolutionary explanation of the origin of the universe. Over billions of years, the world developed by natural processes...

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