Vol 72 Issue 14

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. School Activities We received the following note from Rev. R. Moore, pastor of the Hull, IA PRC, and now pass the information on to you. Rev. Moore writes, “The Consistory at its last meeting, in accordance with its call to promote good Christian schools, has been working on ways to promote the beginning of a PR Secondary Education Society and has decided to seek out three men from our congregation to work to organize a basis for establishing such a society. We have also sought out our...

Report of Classis West

March 6, 1996 at Pella, Iowa The March meeting of Classis West was held in Pella, Iowa on Wednesday, March 6. The customary Officebearers’ Conference was held the day before. The theme of the Conference was “Discerning the Spirits.” The keynote address was given by Pastor Steven Key, who spoke on “Trying the Spirits.” Also giving presentations at the conference were Rev. Ron Cammenga, “Promise Keepers: What Should Be Our Response?”; Rev. Charles Terpstra, “Conferences: Of What Value?”; and Rev. Michael DeVries, “The Multiplication of Signs and Miracles: An Examination of the Influences of Pentecostalism.” In attendance at the conference...

Book Reviews

Seasons of Refreshing: Evangelism and Revivals in America, by Keith J. Hardman. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1994. 304 pp. $16.99 (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. Herman Hanko.] For a thorough history of revival in the United States one can do no better than purchase and read this book. It is interesting and well-written, and traces the history of revivalism from the Great Awakening in New England to modern mass evangelism under the leadership of Billy Graham and Luis Palau. The purpose of the book is not, however, merely to give a bird’s-eye view of the history, but, as Luis Palau...

John Gill: Hyper-Calvinist?

Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. John Gill and the Cause of God and Truth, by George M. Ella. Eggleston, Co. Durham, England: Go Publications, 1995. 365 pp. $16.95 (paper). This new, well-written biography of 18th century, Particular (Calvinistic) Baptist preacher and theologian John Gill is welcome for several reasons. Gill was a notable pastor, theologian, and Bible commentator. Some of his writings are still being published today. His dogmatics was republished in 1977 by Primitive Baptist Library as A Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity. Baker Book House published this dogmatics...

A Lover of God… or a Liar?

Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. We hear it all the time: love God and love the neighbor. We hear it from the pulpit, in the classroom from our teachers, and surely we hear it at home from our parents. The one, great commandment of God’s law is to love God. The second commandment is like unto it: love your neighbor. We do not have to be great theologians to understand this command. We do not even have to be an adult or a young person to know what it is to love God...

The Reformed Family: Houses

Mrs. Lubbers is a wife and mother in the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. “The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.”  Proverbs 14:11 The Arabs live in tents; the Eskimos, in igloos; the island people, in crudely-constructed huts; the Englishman, in his compact cottage. Probably no culture spends so much on the spacious design of a house, along with its compatible furnishings, as the American. A goodly part of his annual income and life investment is spent on a house. Time (1/29/96) reports the average American as spending 393% of...

Man: God’s Unique Creation

Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. It is unquestionably true, as one who subjects himself to the revelation of Holy Scripture can easily see, that man occupies a unique place in God’s creation. For that very reason Scripture gives special attention to the account of man’s creation. In doing so, Scripture demonstrates the importance of having a correct understanding of Adam, the first man, and of his place in the creation and before his God. Necessary knowledge A scriptural view of man is essential. That is true not only in order that we might...

All Around Us

Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. What is “Reformed”? The Grand Rapids Press, February 24, 1996, reports on a controversy engaging Classis Muskegon of the Reformed Church. The report, on its front page, states: A pastor with tolerant, yet controversial, views on homosexuality faces the likelihood of being forced out of the Reformed Church in America, following a committee recommendation to an RCA church governing body. The Rev. Richard Rhem, pastor of the 3,500-member Christ Community Church in Spring Lake, should leave the RCA due to his “unacceptable” views on Scripture and salvation, according...

Letters

Deathbeds and Angels I am writing in response to the Rev. Dale Kuiper’s articles entitled “The Reformed View of Angels” (Standard Bearer, Feb. 15 and March 1, 1996). In the first article, on page 225, he sets forth his approach to the subject: When we studied the available literature on our subject, we found that as soon as an author went beyond the Bible, without exception he became speculative and fanciful. We are not interested in that. We will restrict ourselves to the Word of God as the only source of truth regarding angels. However, in the second installment, on...

5. Matthew 24 (cont.)

The apparent difficulty with Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:34 is that they seem to predict the end of the world in the lifetime of His disciples. He has been instructing the disciples concerning the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the world (v. 3). He has just spoken of His visible, bodily coming in the clouds (v. 30). Then, in verse 34, He declares, “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” In fact, of course, He did not return, nor did the world end, in the lifetime of the generation...

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