Vol 67 Issue 12

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregational Activities Are you as anxious for the arrival of some spring weather as I am? I know that for us in the Midwest, about the time March rolls around we all have had enough cold and snow. Well, we can all take heart; spring can’t be too far off. At least that’s what some of our churches think. Several of our congregations have already scheduled their annual picnics. And our PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada has even made plans for a golf tournament between themselves and...

That Proper Weeping and Laughing

Rev. Heys is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. In Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 we read: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” It is important, however, to weep at the right time, and because of what truly calls for weeping; and to laugh at the right time, and for what our God wants us to laugh about in this vale of tears and sorrows. This truth we find clearly revealed in the life of Abraham...

The Book of Ruth: Lesson 1

Rev. Haak is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. “Trust and Obey”—Ruth 1:1-18 Under Joshua’s guidance, the land of Canaan had been divided among the twelve tribes (Joshua 13-19). Every family had its own inheritance, within which the family was to continue to live in its generations (I Kings 21:3; Num. 36:7). This represented the Lords gracious care for them, and their inclusion in the covenant rest of God (Ps. 16:5, 6). Yet, sometimes the faith of the Israelites grew weak, especially when outward circumstances of famine and apostasy were heavy; and of themselves they severed that link...

John Calvin and Women Deacons

Rev. Dykstra is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Doon, Iowa. [Some time ago, we began a discussion of how Calvin can be, and often is, misused to support an un-Reformed position. Briefly, three common methods for this are: 1) Quoting Calvin on an issue that he did not face, at least in its modern-day form; 2) Quoting a “Calvinist ” from a later age, maintaining that this is what Calvin taught. 3) Taking Calvin’s words out of context.] In Reformed churches, colleges, and even some high schools the debate over women in church office has raged for some...

Responsibilities Towards Children (3)

Rev. Koole is pastor of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. We have been considering the factors that have contributed most heavily to the breakdown of the home and family in 20th century society, and in particular those things which have affected children and young people most adversely. That the youth have been the primary “victims” of the crumbling home-structure is indisputable. Even worldly society speaks of the youth in terms of alienation and rebellion. Those who have to deal with today’s youth on a regular basis, the school teachers (whether in public or private schools), see the adverse...

Mission Principles (IV): The Task

Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Bethel Protestant Reformed Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The task of the church in her work of missions is to teach. Not to save souls. Not to create church growth. In His “Great Commission” Jesus stated the task in the most simple terms: teach. In previous articles we have already established some of the principles of missions. First, the church of Christ performs the work of missions in obedience to her King, Jesus. Mission and evangelism work is not a matter of choice, but one of obedience. This work must be performed to the fullest...

Boniface: Apostle to the Germans

Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. When in the early history of the new dispensation church God was pleased to bring the gospel to Europe, the continent was overrun with many different barbarian tribes which were in darkest paganism and were constantly on the move. They were uncivilized, warlike, worshipers of idols, and perpetually fighting with each other. They were a threat to the Roman Empire and finally destroyed the empire in the West in the fifth century. All the institutions of society in the Roman world were destroyed—except for the...

Letters

Also Yet the Canadian Reformed (“Liberated”) Covenant View In your editorials entitled “The Covenant of God and the Children of Believers” of April-December 1990, you have made some strong allegations against the Canadian Reformed Churches.  Considering such strong allegations, could you publish our response to your statements? You may then take this submission as a “Letter to the Editor” and give your response to it. 

An “Election Theology” of Covenant (1)

This at bottom is the objection of “Liberated” Reformed theologian Dr. J. DeJong to the Protestant Reformed doctrine of the covenant (cf. the letter in this issue of the Standard Bearer). He expresses this fundamental objection when he writes, “And Engelsma is only perpetuating the same kind of ‘election’ theology which refuses to entertain the Scriptural teaching of faith as the way or condition to salvation….” He says the same thing when he accuses me of misreading the Reformed creeds “through the glasses of the typical Protestant Reformed interpretation that makes election dominate all other doctrines.” For the “Liberated,” the one,...

The Parting of His Garments

Rev. Slopsema is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan.

3/15/1991