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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregation Activities We received the following note from Rev. R. Miersma, pastor of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada and decided to include most of it here for you our readers. “The Immanuel PRC considers it a privilege to share with you our joy in having our own new church building. After worshiping in rented facilities for ten years, by God’s grace, in the year of our tenth anniversary we now have a church building which we can call our own. The first worship services in...

Book Reviews

Spirit Wars: Pagan Revival in Christian America, by Peter Jones. Mukilteo, WA/Escondido, CA: Wine Press Publishing/Main Entry Editions, 1997. 331 pages. $18.95 (paper). [Reviewed by the editor.] Spirit Wars is the second book by the author on the resurgence of pagan religion in America as the revival of the Gnostic heresy, damned by the early church. The first was The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back: An Old Heresy for the New Age (P&R, 1992). The Standard Bearer reviewed The Gnostic Empire in the February 1, 1994 issue. In Spirit Wars, Peter Jones demonstrates that the spirituality and worship of the heathen...

The Promise and/or Law

Rev. Woudenberg is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all. Romans 4:16

The Discipline of Officebearers (2)

Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Article 79 speaks of the procedure to be followed by a consistory when one of its members commits public, gross sin and needs to be suspended and/or deposed from office.1 In addition to the application of discipline outlined in Articles 71-78 which applies to all members of the church, the Church Order declares that ministers, elders, and deacons who commit “any public, gross sin which is a disgrace to the church or worthy of punishment by the authorities …” must be suspended and deposed from their office. This...

The Reformed Family: The Church Picnic

Mrs. Lubbers is a wife and mother in the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. “And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths … and there was very great gladness.” Nehemiah 8:17 There are some things in our personal lives that we should hold on to no matter how busy and complicated our lives become. Each of us, for instance, should commit himself to pockets of time for reading worthwhile books and meditating. And personal prayer times ought to punctuate each day, reminding us that earthly...

All Around Us

Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. Two Beasts We often speak of the nearness of the end of time. In fact, throughout the New Testament age the church has testified of this. It is very true that for the past 2,000 years the church could rightly speak of the nearness of the end of time and of Christ’s return. Since it is the next great event on that “time-clock” of God, it is properly called “near” even though thousands of years have transpired. The question might arise, however: could another thousand years go by...

Universalism in the Reformed Churches

Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. The One Purpose of God: An Answer to the Doctrine of Eternal Punishment, by Jan Bonda. Tr. Reinder Bruinsma. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998. Xxv + 278 pages. $25 (paper). The one purpose of God referred to in the title of this book is God’s alleged desire to save every human without exception. The author, a minister in the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands, supposes that this is the meaning of I Timothy 2:4: “Who will have all men to be saved.” Interpreting “all” in this text,...

Letters

A Decidedly Unbiblical Teaching You are probably aware that I wrote a letter to Christian Renewal (18 May 1998) regarding a letter by Jelle Tuininga on the well-meant offer. Though I cannot recall a sermon on this subject, I have never believed in it, but did not have a good defense against it. Then several years ago I was made aware of the writings of A.W. Pink through our daughter, who is a Christian school teacher in Huntsville, AL. She presented me with a gift of four of Pink’s books, among which was The Sovereignty of God. This book clearly...

The Failure of Common Grace

In the editorial of May 15, 1998, I described the worldview that Abraham Kuyper proposed for Reformed Christians. This is a worldview of common grace. According to the Dutch Reformed theologian, all men and women receive a certain grace from God during this life. This grace restrains the power of sin in the unregenerated so that they are not totally depraved, as otherwise they would be. It enables them to love, seek, and do what is good and right in natural life. By this grace they can, and often do, create a culture that is good, that is, a culture...

Jehovah, Our Shepherd

Rev. DeVries is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1 What pathetic creatures sheep are in so many respects. Sheep are weak: they are very susceptible to sickness, disease, parasites, and injury. Sheep are helpless: they are unable to care for themselves. Sheep are defenseless: they are easy prey for the lion or the bear, the wolf or the coyote, even stray dogs. Sheep are stubborn: it is almost impossible to make them go where they do not want to go; far better to lead sheep...

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