...

All Articles For Vol 68 Issue 12 3/15/1992

Results 1 to 10 of 11

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Young People’s Activities The thought crossed my mind just now that perhaps it would be a good idea to have a section of the “News” dealing with young people’s activities. There seem to be more and more activities each month. Why not give them their own section of this back page? So, without any further introduction, let us include a couple of young people’s activities. The Young People’s Society of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI contacted members of area PR churches to have them take part...

Continue reading

The Secret of Communion with God, by Matthew Henry; Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, Michigan; 128 pp., $6.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Rev. John A. Heys.] This book, written in 1712 by Matthew Henry, brings to us an awesome calling, which presents to us what we must do every day without any exception. Let it be pointed out that this is not a book about the sacrament of Holy Communion, even though the word communion appears in the title of the book. The word communion here means covenant fellowship with God. We do well to read this book in order to be...

Continue reading

Rev. Koole is pastor of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. (What follows is the text of a speech given last year to a gathering of Sunday School teachers. I was asked to address the subject of the inability and refusal of the disciples to understand Jesus’ teaching on the nature of His Kingdom.) Let me state here at the outset that there is a very short explanation for the disciples’ inability to understand Christ’s teaching on His Kingdom and for their refusal to receive it. You know the answer as well as I. It was because the Holy...

Continue reading

Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. While we usually consider Luther’s act of nailing his 95 theses on the chapel door of the church of Wittenburg to be the beginning of the Reformation, the fact remains that God began the work of reformation long before the days of Martin Luther. Two men are called “Pre-reformers” by historians: John Wycliffe of England and John Hus of Bohemia. Perhaps to call them pre-reformers really does them no injustice; but they were more than pre-reformers; they were reformers in the truest sense of the...

Continue reading

Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. My younger brothers and sisters in the faith: I call you today to examine the way you think. I have entitled this article “Mind Games.” There are plenty of them being played today. But what often are called mind games are not games at all In fact, there is a battle being waged today. And that battle is being fought on the battlefield of our own minds. Have you ever stopped to consider what a wonderful gift God gave you in your mind? When you consider the concept...

Continue reading

Rev. Mahtani is a pastor in the Evangelical Reformed Churches in Singapore. (This article is a report on a special program organized by the Theological Training Committee of the Evangelical Reformed Churches of Singapore.) “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37, 38 Only about thirty people were gathered on the hot Saturday afternoon of 25th January 1992. The opening word of welcome included a word of encouragement taken from the words of the prophet Zechariah, chapter 4, verse...

Continue reading

Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. The Fastest Growing Religion in America One of every five individuals in the world claims to be an adherent of this religion. Both Europe and the United States are undergoing an explosion of evangelism by this religion. More than four million in the U.S. profess to be adherents of this religion. The goal of this religion is to have six million followers in the U.S. by the year 2,000. Already four million dollars have been earmarked for evangelism in America. The religion of which we speak is Islam,...

Continue reading

May Major Assemblies Depose? I have some questions with respect to synodical authority raised by your current editorial series, “Church Unity, Reformed Synods, and Independency” (The Standard Bearer, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, and March 1, 1992). Does classis or synod have the right and responsibility to depose officebearers? If so, for what reasons? When officebearers promote secession from their denomination, is this a legitimate reason for their deposition? Paul Wiersma Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Response Regarding your first question, concerning the right of major assemblies to depose officebearers, I have treated this, if briefly, in the editorial of June 1, 1991...

Continue reading

From the British Reformed Fellowship (BRE), a group committed to the promotion of the Reformed faith in the British Isles, we have received a request to publicize in the Standard Bearer a family conference scheduled for this summer. This we gladly do, both because we are pleased to cooperate with the promotion of the Reformed faith everywhere in the world and because the conference in Northern Ireland is connected with the Protestant Reformed mission in Northern Ireland, the Covenant Reformed Fellowship. The following information about the conference is drawn from materials provided by the BRF. In cooperation with Covenant Reformed...

Continue reading

The profane poet recommended seeing ourselves as others see us. O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! Even if we do not share the poet’s enthusiasm for the supposed benefit of seeing “oursels as ithers see us” (“It wad frae monie a blunder free us, An’ foolish notion”), we are interested in knowing how others see us. A recent issue of the Dutch paper, Nederlands Dagblad, featured the Protestant Reformed Churches in its section on “religion.” The bold heading reads, “Closed Protestant Reformed Churches Observer at Interchurch Council.” The reference is to...

Continue reading