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Vol 73 Issue 17

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Minister Activities Rev. A. Spriensma received the call from our Hull, IA PRC to serve as our churches’ missionary to Ghana. In news from our sister churches in Singapore, we learn that Pastor Lau Chin Kwee, minister of the First Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore, has received the call from Covenant Reformed Church of Singapore to be their minister. Covenant called from a duo of Pastor Lau and Candidate Cheah Fook Meng. Rev. C. Haak declined the call he had been considering to serve as the next...

The Covenant of Marriage: 1. Its Mystery (cont.)

Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Sin-weary saint! Have you ever become so burdened with your sin that you despaired? Have you ever fallen so deeply into sin that you wondered whether God would accept you again into His presence and favor? Does your daily battle against sin at times weary you to the point of despondency? It is at these times in our lives that we hardly dare lift our prayers to heaven to plead with God for forgiveness. We feel so guilty and unworthy. Yet, with shame and sorrow we confess our...

Our Only Mediator

Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.”  I Timothy 2:5 Such is the gospel proclamation of salvation to all who believe. It is the only way of salvation. There is one Mediator, one Savior. There is one God, who alone determines the who and the how of salvation. We have received grace to see ourselves as we stand before the great and holy God, who is perfectly righteous in all His judgments. None can escape the punishment of His...

The Covenant View of Herman Bavinck

Rev. Woudenberg is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. Romans 9:8 As I mentioned a few months ago, Mr. Roelof Janssen from Inheritance Publications sent me a copy of their new book, American Secession Theologians on Covenant and Baptism & Extra-Scriptural Binding — A New Danger, evidently with the intention that I should comment on it. The second part of this book consists of Dr. Klaas Schilder’s reflections on our “Declaration of...

All Around Us

Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. “Salvation by UFO?” Most of our readers have heard of the shocking multiple suicides of the 39 members of “Heaven’s Gate” sect. One could almost with certainty predict that the unbeliever would use those deaths as an occasion to scoff at all of Christianity and equate its faith with the foolishness of a sect. That quickly became evident in articles written in the press. It was the occasion to mock Scripture, the church, and God Himself. Doubtless, Satan uses all these things likewise to persuade many to believe...

Language: 1) God’s Gift

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. We use language every day. Speaking and writing, reading and hearing — all are instances of our use of language. Without language, we could not communicate. That we use language every day indicates that language is important. Not just how we use language is important, but language itself is important. Its importance is that by it we have fellowship with God and with fellow saints, and by it we manifest our separation from the ungodly and the powers of darkness. Or, to rephrase this last sentence with...

In Christ, No East or West

Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary, and a member of the PRC Committee for Contact with other Churches. So wrote one of the sisters, a member of First Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore, in a farewell card given to us just before we left Singapore to return to the States. “In Christ,” she wrote, “there is no East or West, in Him no South or North; but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide world.” My wife and I, together with Elder and Mrs. Harry Langerak, experienced the truth of this on...

George Martin Ophoff:Humble Servant of the Truth (2)

Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Ophoff’s Pastoral Work George Ophoff was ordained into the ministry of the Word and sacraments on January 26, 1922 in the Hope Christian Reformed Church during the evening worship service. The congregation had been in existence since 1916, though it had never had a pastor. It belonged to Classis Grand Rapids West, and was supplied by ministers from the Classis and by students and professors from the seminary. It was a rural congregation numbering between thirty and thirty-five families, most of whom farmed. In many...

Letters

A Radical Stand I am writing concerning your editorial, “Free-Willism: Another Gospel” (Standard Bearer, May 1, 1997). Your article caught my attention since I am a recent convert to the Reformed faith. I have been a Christian for approximately eleven years, and Reformed for the last two. Would you please reply to a couple of questions. It seems by the title of the article that you consider free-willism another gospel, opposed to the gospel of grace. On pages 343 and 344 it seems that you contradict yourself by stating that it is not another gospel. I do not understand your...

1997 Synod of the PRC: Ecclesiastical Matters

Article 30 of the Church Order of Dordt requires of all the church assemblies that they transact “ecclesiastical matters only.” The work of the major assemblies is further restricted to matters “as could not be finished in minor assemblies, or such as pertain to the churches of the major assembly in common.” Such is the agenda of the 1997 synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC) that will convene on June 10 at Grandville PRC in Grandville, MI. Much of synod’s time—more than 15 hours—will be devoted to the examination of three graduating seniors from the Protestant Reformed Seminary. The...

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