All Articles For Vol 76 Issue 08 1/15/2000

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Evangelism Activities In evangelism news this month we find that the Evangelism Committee of the First PRC in Holland, MI has just finished work on the translation and publication of another of our PR pamphlets into Spanish. It is Rev. S. Houck’s “Knowing the True God” (Conociendo Al Verdadero Dios). First is excited about this new edition because they believe it will serve as a good basic pamphlet to introduce the gospel to Spanish-speaking people. Congregation Activities On December 14 approximately thirty families, primarily from the Hudsonville,...

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Commentary on the Psalms, by George Horne. Audubon, New Jersey: Old Paths Publications, 1997. Pp.xxvii-659. $32.95. (Hard cover) [Reviewed by Herman Hanko.] First of all, the reader might be interested in a few facts concerning the book. George Horne was lord bishop of Norwich, an ordained clergyman in the Anglican Church of England. He lived from 1730 – 1792, a period of time when the Anglican Church was still blessed with many staunch Calvinistic preachers. The book reflects the Calvinism of the Church of England. Secondly, Ernie Springer, the owner of Old Paths Publication, has given the reading public a...

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. The subject of this article has been addressed before in this department. It is a subject, however, that needs to be addressed again and again because of its importance. It is customary in many of our churches that at the time of the opening of school our ministers preach a “school sermon.” The substance of this article was preached as such a sermon. I pray that it will be a reminder and encouragement to us all of the importance of covenant instruction in our homes. Even though the...

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Rev. VanderWal is pastor of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Wyckoff, NJ. Much debate we might have over the name by which this passage is remembered. Most commonly, the event recorded in that latter part of Matthew 2 is named “The Slaughter of the Innocents.” This event is placed for remembrance on the liturgical calendar of several denominations—Anglican, Episcopalian, and Roman Catholic—on December 28. The purpose of this remembrance is to stimulate prayers for “innocents” slaughtered everywhere and prayers against all tyranny. The question we must answer is whether this name is appropriate. Were these infants who were slaughtered by the cruel...

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Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. During our Good Friday service this past April, our seminarian, Brother Paul Goh, reminded his audience that Christianity has deep roots in Chinese history. Since Good Friday is a public holiday in Singapore, the service takes place in the morning and gives excellent opportunity to invite non-Christian parents and friends to attend. Mr. Goh had in his audience a number of aged non-Christian Chinese. Among other things, the older generation stumbles over two issues regarding Christianity. The first is that Christianity is viewed as a Western religion and therefore foreign to...

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Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Introduction In the last two articles I talked about the battle between Augustine on the one hand, and Cassianus and Faustus on the other, over the doctrine of sovereign grace. This battle continued after the death of these men for 100 years, until official decisions were made by the synod of Orange (529) and approved by Pope Boniface II. But even these decisions of Orange did not settle the matter. There continued to be defenders of Augustine and defenders of Semi-Pelagianism for another 300 years....

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. When we consider God’s wonder work at Pentecost in connection with all His other wonder works — the incarnation, the resurrection, and so on — then we might say that Pentecost is the crowning event of all the other events. Without God’s wonder work at Pentecost, a work which continues for our sakes, all those other works — the incarnation, the death, the resurrection of our Lord — mean nothing. Have you ever thought about what our religion would be like if Christ had come in the flesh...

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Abortion, Euthanasia, and Now: Assisted Suicide It was, of course, inevitable. When the value of life has, under certain circumstances, dropped to zero, the value of life declines overall. The anti-life movement (euphemistically known as pro-choice) is growing. “Pro-choice” increasingly is seen in the claim that one has the “right” to choose death when confronting inevitable suffering, whether of old age or of some terminal illness. Now this “pro-choice” movement has developed further. It is claimed that any individual, for whatever reason, has the right to choose to die....

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Suggestions Is it possible to obtain a pamphlet of your series of editorials on preterism? Also, I would like to see addresses and telephone numbers of the publishers or distributors of the books reviewed in the Standard Bearer. Perhaps, a series of articles on the “holy land” would be worthwhile. Keep up the good work. Scott E. Kunst Grand Rapids, Michigan

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At the beginning of a new year, the church is reminded of the second coming of Jesus Christ and the end of all things. The reminder is especially forceful when the beginning of a new year is also the beginning of a new millennium. Jesus Christ is coming the second time. He is coming quickly. He is coming for the salvation of all who look for Him. He is coming to raise our bodies from the dead. He is coming to conduct the final judgment in which we will be publicly vindicated and in which His and our enemies will...

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