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Vol 78 Issue 01

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Young Adults’ Activities   This year’s annual post-high Young Adults’ camping trip took place on a rainy weekend in late August at the Stoney Haven Christian Campground (north of Muskegon, MI near New Era).  Some of the young adults arrived early Friday afternoon and were able to squeeze in a round of golf, but the majority of the 70 campers arrived later that evening.  Mr. Jon VanOverloop, a science teacher at Covenant Christian High School in Walker, MI, served as moderator for a group discussion on the topic,...

Book Reviews

Come Out From Among Them: ‘Anti-Nicodemite’ Writings of John Calvin, by John Calvin. Tr. Seth Skolnitsky. Dallas, Texas: Protestant Heritage Press, 2001. 317pp. $29.95 (cloth). [Reviewed by the editor.] For this book, we have been waiting. An editorial in the March 1, 1990 issue of the Standard Bearer urged that Calvin’s writings on the “Nicodemites” be translated and published: Would someone translate into English, and publish, Calvin’s writings against the “Nicodemites,”…. So far as I am aware, the only work of Calvin on the subject in English is his letter of 1537 which appears in volume III of his Tracts...

The Qualifications of Deacons (5): Godly in Their Conduct

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. One could divide the qualifications for deacons, set forth in I Timothy 3:8-12, into several categories. Some of the qualifications clearly concern their family situation and life. They must “be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well” (v. 12). Furthermore, their wives must be “grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things” (v. 11). One qualification regards the deacon’s personal situation with regard to the church—he must “first be proved” (v. 10). Some of the qualifications regard the basic work of the...

Consider the Atom

Mr. Minderhoud is a teacher at Covenant Christian High School and member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Walker, Michigan “Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.” Job 37:14 Throughout the Scriptures, God’s people are instructed to consider God’s mighty acts and wondrous works and to praise Him for them. This includes the creation, for in the creation, God teaches us truths about Himself and His relationship with us. That is what the Belgic Confession, Article 2, means when it says that the creation is a most elegant book that leads us to contemplate...

Teaching Hands to War (2)

Mrs. Meyer is a wife and mother in Hope Protestant Reformed Church of Walker, Michigan. Of all the spiritual foes we must encounter, the closest and therefore most insidious enemy we have to face is our own sin. The battle line of the antithesis lies not only between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent, but also in our hearts between the new man in Christ and the corrupt, old man of sin. That old man surrounds our new man, who indeed is but a seed within the old. The apostle Paul attests to the grueling...

New PR High School in the Chicagoland Area

Mr. Terpstra is secretary of the Board of the new Heritage Christian High School in South Holland, IL. On Wednesday, August 22, 2001, at Calvary Reformed Church in South Holland, Illinois, approximately 650 people gathered to rejoice in the covenant faithfulness and blessing of our God in providing a new Protestant Reformed Christian high school for His people in Chicagoland. Board president, Earl Kamps, gave a brief introduction and welcome speech outlining the history of the movement in South Holland as well as the reason for the dedication ceremony. Mr. Kamps stated that 21 years ago a previous generation was...

All Around Us

Rev. Koole is pastor of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. Presidential Policy and Stem-cell Research Stem-cell research. It’s all the rage. Whether we like it or not, the issue of genetic engineering has become everybody’s business. As twenty-first century Christians we face and must be ready to answer some hard questions. Mankind has entered the last frontier. It is not out there in space; it is life within: the human cell, DNA, the genetic code, that which makes us who we are. With this knowledge and code at his disposal, man stands before the Tree of the Knowledge...

Editorially Speaking

With this issue, we begin volume 78 of the Standard Bearer. Seventy-seven consecutive years of publishing this magazine, first as a monthly and soon thereafter as a semi-monthly, are history. Did the group that gathered in the parsonage of Herman Hoeksema on the evening of April 8, 1924, to plan what would appear as the Standard Bearer in October of that year, foresee the long and influential future that God would give this magazine in the midst of His Reformed Zion? Readers are advised that complete sets of the bound volumes of the SB are hard to come by. But...

“So Built We the Wall”*

* The text of the speech given on the occasion of the opening and dedication of Heritage Christian High School in South Holland, Illinois on August 22, 2001. “So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.” Nehemiah 4:6 Introduction The cause that brings us together on this occasion is a great and good one. It is the cause of the Christian education of the young people of the church in schools that are sound and faithful according to the Word of God, Holy Scripture....

“Hold the Traditions”

Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” II Thessalonians 2:15 Paul had just said that he knew the people in the Christian church in Thessalonica to be elect! And he knew that they were loved of God (II Thess. 2:13, 14)! They stood in sharp contrast to those who belong to the kingdom of Antichrist (II Thess. 2:11, 12). Paul also knew that these Thessalonian saints would, like all the other of God’s elected loved ones,...

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