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Vol 69 Issue 03

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Ministerial Calls As many of our readers know by now, Rev. A. Spriensma accepted the call he was considering to serve as pastor of the Grandville, MI PRC. Rev. Spriensma was scheduled to fill a classical appointment at Grandville the week after he received the call. So at that evening service he first read his letter of having received the call from Grandville and then he read another letter of his acceptance of that call. We could also add here, as a footnote to the above, that...

Is He Coming Soon?

Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. The closing prayer of Scripture is found in Revelation 22:20: “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” The prayer appears to be misleading. Uttered nearly 2,000 years ago, it has not yet been fulfilled. What then was Christ’s meaning when He declared, “Surely I come quickly”? Some claim that the writer misunderstood or else wrongly anticipated the soon return of the Lord. Yet Christ speaks. His Word is true. The quick return of Christ must not be understood in terms...

The Christian and Sickness

Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. Sickness and disease is a common, fearful reality that we all have to deal with in this sin-cursed world. How many hundreds of different kinds of sicknesses there are! From birth our bodies are filled with an army of germs and potential diseases. Some already afflict the babe in its mother’s womb and prevent it from ever seeing the light of a single day. Sickness can afflict man in the strength of his youth and cut him down and leave him languishing on a bed without even being...

John Knox: The Reformer of Scotland

Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. God not only calls men to particular tasks in His kingdom; He also suits the man He calls with the personality, gifts, and strength to do the work. So it was with John Knox, the Reformer of Scotland. Born and raised in a harsh land, he emerged from his years of preparation a harsh and unbending defender of the faith. With roots deeply sunk into the soil of his motherland, he was fed with the sturdiness of Scotland’s gloomy heaths. Heir of the dour, unbending...

The Bible and Your Faith (2)

Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. In our last article, I asked you to put on your thinking caps to consider the place of the Bible in your defense of the faith and in resolving your own doubts and struggles. You were able to see, even briefly, how Scripture bears testimony within itself as to its authority. Scripture itself bears witness that it is from God Himself. When you face attacks against your intelligence for believing the inspiration . and authority of the Bible, you may be confident that you have a strong intellectual...

1. More Leakage or Hemorrhage? 2. Mid-America Preparing to Move 3. Reformed Ecumenical Council 1992 4. All Within Us

Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. More Leakage or Hemorrhage? Since we last reported on the statistics of those congregations which have seceded from the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), seven more groups have formed independent churches. Only three of the previous secessions have occurred outside of Canada. Of the seven which have left the CRC, four are in the United States and three of the four are in West Michigan, long a center of denominational loyalty. The seven newly formed independent congregations total some 1,400 members. The total number of seceders has now topped...

Reflections from the Bible about Tornadoes

Mr. Hilton is principal/teacher in the Free Christian School of Edgerton, MN.

Free Christian School Edgerton, Minnesota

Mr. Huisken is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Edgerton, MN. What is “Free”? This question has been asked over and over. The name was suggested by Rev. William Verhil, who was pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Edgerton in 1944, the year that the school society was organized. Rev. Verhil was an immigrant from The Netherlands. In 1834 our forefathers separated from the State Church. The State Church received aid from the State at that time. The reason they separated was that the State Church had become too liberal and had drifted away from the truth....

Letters`

The Reformed View of the “Real Presence” As a subscriber to the Standard Bearer, I have been reading with interest Prof. Hanko’s articles in recent issues on Ulrich Zwingli (cf. the SB, August 1 and Sept. 1, 1992). In the most recent article, you mention the problem of the Real Presence. You reject the extremes of consubstantiation (and, I am sure, transubstantiation) and Zwingli’s memorialism. But what view lies in between? What is your own view or the view of your church? I have read several books and tracts published by your church, but I have yet to see this...

The Death of Confessional Calvinism in Scottish Presbyterianism (4): Denial of Total Depravity

Influential Scottish Presbyterian theologian Donald Macleod denies the creedal Reformed and Presbyterian doctrine of total depravity. This is the biblical truth that the natural man, that is, the unregenerated human, is completely sinful. Macleod denies this doctrine in his recent book, Behold Your God (BYG). The denial of total depravity is clear, bold, and explicit: Some unregenerate men . . . (are) good (BYG, p. 130; emphasis, Macleod’s). Laudable qualities (are) to be found in the lives of those who are totally alienated from God (BYG, p. 117). Such is the goodness and moral excellence of these praiseworthy qualities in...

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