Vol 70 Issue 10

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. School Activities The Board of Covenant Christian High School recently called a special meeting for the Society for PR Secondary Education for the evening of January 10. The Board proposed to the society that it be authorized to proceed with final plans and construction of Phase II of Covenant’s long-range building expansion plan. This plan would include five classrooms, a music room, additional rest rooms, storage, plus parking and grounds improvements, including another exit for traffic unto Wilson Ave. Current estimates place the cost of this project...

Report of Classis East

January 12, 1994 Southeast Protestant Reformed Church Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, January 12, 1994 in the Southeast PRC. Each church was represented by two delegates. This session was chaired by Rev. G. VanBaren. Special welcome was given to the delegates ad examina from Classis West, to the students of Cal Kalsbeek’s church history class from Covenant Christian High School, and to Rev. R. Cammenga who attended as a delegate for the first time. The highlight of this meeting was the approval by classis of the establishment of a new congregation in the Georgetown area of Western...

Chapter 2: The Creative Work in the Beginning (2)

The late Homer Hoeksema was professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. If we remember that creation is a unique work of God, and therefore a history, and if we look upon the narrative in Genesis not as Moses’ conception, nor as derived from ancient myth, but as God’s own narrative with regard to His own work, then we shall recognize that the narrative is full of a merciful attempt on the part of the infinite God to get into our puny little minds a bit of the great work which He wrought; and we shall...

The New Age Movement and Entertainment (2)

Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. The media and entertainment industries have become big business, and are a powerful means of shaping the thinking of our present society. This is true because the tools which these industries use, those of radio and television, are, without a doubt, the most popular form of leisure and recreation in the 1990s. This can be said not only of the generation of the 90s in general, but of the church of the 90s as well. This was not always the case. Though many of the older generation had...

A Pastor’s Heart (1) *

Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. *Keynote address given at the Officebearers’ Conference of Classis West in South Holland, IL on March 2, 1993. Introduction When the committee which plans these conferences approached me to speak on the topic, “A Pastor’s Heart,” I mildly demurred. My reasons were two. Pastors who are actively and almost continually involved in pastoral work, it seemed to me, hardly need anyone to tell them about their work. One does not go to a skilled neural surgeon to explain to him how to go about operating...

The Problem of “Scholasticism”

Rev. Woudenberg is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15 There can be little question but that the deposition of Dr. Schilder and his colleagues by the synod of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands, the Gereformeerde Kerken, was extremely unjust, a ruthless and unchristian act. After all, there was a war going on, with a very wicked and ungodly enemy overwhelming their land, while Dr. Schilder himself – one of the few with...

Exercising Unto Godliness

Rev. Lubbers is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.  I Timothy 4:6-9 Putting the...

Mephibosheth

In Lodebar, the Pastureless, I languished, far, Far from the courts that I had known Near to Grandfather’s throne. A dead dog such as I Could cry And none would hear From Lodebar. And who would understand The wretched poverty, The burden of infirmity That swallowed us The day we fled in fear To this poor, barren land? And then the summons came: “King David calls,” They cried to me. And I was carried to Jerusalem, Not even able to go up myself, With these frail, useless legs you see. And when he called me by my name, “Mephibosheth,” My...

The End of the World

With this article, we begin a series of studies by Prof. Engelsma on the main topics of eschatology, that is, the doctrine of the last things. These studies were first given some years ago as radio messages for “The Reformed Witness Hour.” This will explain the style of the articles. The 24th chapter of the gospel according to Matthew is Jesus’ prophetic teaching about the end of the world. It is one of the most important chapters in the Bible on the truth of the last things. Jesus gave the doctrine in Matthew 24 in response to a question put to Him...

The Bible Version of the Churches

The Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC) use the King James Version (KJV) of Holy Scripture in their worship services, catechism classes, and other official meetings and activities. They use the KJV exclusively. All of the many Christian schools established by the members of the PRC use the KJV. Overwhelmingly, the PR people read the KJV in family worship and in private devotions. This is a rare thing today. There are many individuals and several extra- ecclesiastical organizations that promote the KJV. But there are few churches that use it. There are far fewer denominations that have it as their exclusive English...

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