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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregation Activities   On July 18 a sister congregation was organized by Classis East through the consistory of the Hudsonville, MI PRC.  Forty-four families and thirteen individuals became charter members of Trinity PRC.   Of that total, 34 families and 10 individuals came from the Hudsonville congregation and 10 families plus 3 individuals from other of our PR churches.  Those charter members can be broken down even further by noting that the group totals 177 souls, with 99 being confessing members and 78 baptized members. Rev. B. Gritters, pastor at Hudsonville...

Praying for Jerusalem’s Peace

Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Edgerton, Minnesota. At times we can be rather self-centered in the requests we bring to God in prayer. This is the case when our petitions are mostly for things we want or need for ourselves. As a result, we fail to pray for certain things that ought also to be included in our prayers. One of the petitions we perhaps fail to include is the one mentioned in Psalm 122:6. In this text we are commanded, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!” We ought regularly to do that. We should not...

On Getting a Life (1)

Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. Get a life!” All over the place. Hear it?  From somewhere near San Andreas’ fault to wherever will shake: “Get a life!” On the ball diamond: “Get a life!”  From one raging driver to another: “Get a life!” On the talk show and the sit-com, at the party.  In nothing but fun, or in disgust and scorn.  Because people want to make a point, or because they have run out of points to make. There’s this exhortation: “Get a life!”  In the hopes, one would surmise, of raising...

Thomas Kempis and Medieval Mysticism (4)

Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Introduction In the previous article I described the ladder which mystics defined as necessary to climb to attain union with God. In this article I take a look at criticisms of mysticism which must be made. Criticisms of Mysticism There are various criticisms of mysticism that can be made which, as serious as they are, do not come to the heart of the matter. We mention these first. Some have said that in the quest for union with God and absorption into the divine...

Discipline and Missions

Rev. Kortering is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. About three months ago, I had a pleasant surprise. A man, unknown to me, phoned and asked if he could come to talk with me. I consented and he shared with me his story. He was a counselor in one of the many drug rehab centers in Singapore. There he was involved in counseling a member of the ERCS who was struggling with the sin of drunkenness. Almost the entire organization was judgmental over what the church had done tothis member. They had excommunicated him from the fellowship of the church....

All Around Us

Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Gambling Gambling is a growing evil in the country. What began in Nevada years ago as a legal enterprise has spread across the country. Many of the states promote their own games of gambling. It is increasingly becoming the vice of the internet. But also, the native Indians appear to have the “right” to establish their own casinos almost wherever they wish. Some huge complexes have been built in Michigan and other states as well. And, of course, the amount of money a casino brings into a community makes...

The Reformed Family:Work

Mrs. Lubbers is a wife and mother in the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. “…yea, the work of our hands, establish thou it.” Psalm 90 Ordinarily a man must work for a living. In order to eat the bread, he must plant the wheat, harvest it, haul it to the mill, grind it into flour, and bake it as every young child knows from The Little Red Hen. And although there seems to be more and more instances of families inheriting old money, nevertheless, in the beginning someone had to have worked, and worked hard, for that money....

Letter from the Seminary

Protestant Reformed Seminary 4949 Ivanrest Avenue Grandville, Michigan 49418 August 1, 2001 To: The Protestant Reformed Churches and friends and supporters of the Protestant Reformed Seminary Dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus, Greetings in the love of Christ! As the new seminary year approaches, we thought it good to give you a few “snapshots” of the people in the seminary. Students and faculty alike are grateful that the same friendly staff continues to serve the seminary. Don Doezema is the seminary registrar and the general “go-to guy,” and his wife Judi is the secretary. Both give invaluable service...

Letters

Detesting Errors of the Anabaptists With reference to the contribution from Jonathan Moore, “John Calvin’s Assessment of Antipaedo—baptism” (SB, Feb. 1, 2001), which afforded some degree of encouragement and subsequent reply to a letter (SB, April 15, 2001), I am writing to thank you for having made the research available. It would seem that the answer to the question, “Do We Detest the Error of the Anabaptists? Ought We?” is, Rather more than the singular! The literature, God’s Everlasting Covenant of Grace by Herman Hanko and “The Biblical Mode of Baptism” by Rev. Robert C. Harbach, appears to leave little...

The Kingdom of God (6)

“Who … hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” Colossians 1:13 Identifying the church as the kingdom of God adds something to our understanding of the church. Knowing herself as the Messianic kingdom of God, the church will conduct herself accordingly. Viewing the church of which they are members as Christ’s kingdom, believers and their children will think of themselves as citizens and will behave themselves in a way that befits this kingdom. The church is not only the body of Christ, living from its head and growing up into its head. The church is not only...

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