Vol 78 Issue 05

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregation Activities Over the past several months many of you who are members of the PR churches have no doubt thought often of our Pella, IA PRC and what they must be going through.  We can only imagine how one would cope with the closing of his church home.  This is certainly something none of us would ever desire for anyone, or hope to go through ourselves. After Classis West made its final decision, earlier this year, to proceed with the closing of Pella, they appointed the South...

Thomas Aquinas and Rationalism (2)

Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Introduction: The charge of rationalism has often been made against the Protestant Reformed Churches. This charge has originated chiefly with defenders of common grace and the well-meant gospel offer. It is as old as our denomination. The charge is a sort of defense of the almost intolerable position of those who, while claiming to be Calvinists, hold to doctrines quite contradictory to Calvinism. Calvinists hold, for example, to divine election; that is, that God from eternity chose His people in Christ and willed to...

The Types of Scripture (1)*

*George Ophoff was Professor of Old Testament Studies in the Protestant Reformed Seminary in its early days. Reprinted here are articles, slightly edited, which Ophoff wrote at that time for the Standard Bearer. God—so the author of the epistle to the Hebrews sets out—God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in times past unto the fathers by the prophets…. The passage asserts that the speech of God varied as to manner. Not always did God avail Himself of the word. It pleased Him often to convey His thoughts to man by means of transactions. The sacrificial system...

Establishing School to Provide Reformed Covenant Education (8)

Miss Lubbers is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan. More than seventy years have passed since two of the early leaders in the Protestant Reformed Churches, Herman Hoeksema and George M. Ophoff, wrote articles concerning the nature and essence of specifically Reformed Christian education. The articles were critiques of the Specific Principles that were adopted in 1925 by the National Union of Christian Schools (today called Christian Schools International). The articles that were written by Hoeksema and Ophoff not only were critiques, but they also included ideas and concepts based on Scripture and the Reformed...

The Glory of a Covenant Home

Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. “Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.” Proverbs 17:6 The warning signs are all around us. “The New Single Mom: Why the Traditional Family is Fading Fast” (Newsweek headline, May 28, 2001). “Married With Children Now in the Minority in Michigan” (Headlines of Kalamazoo Gazette, May 23, 2001). The cry is heard everywhere that the traditional definition of the family must needs be changed. The family of modern society no longer fits into the old-fashioned view of what the...

All Around Us

Rev. Koole is pastor of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. The Art (or Code) of Deception Duplicity, disguise, deception, and finally manipulation of the masses itself—all part of the power of words. Mankind has always known it, but of late it is becoming apparent that our society (and its ministers of propaganda) are perfecting such deception to an art. We are becoming a nation of “spin-doctors.” As the ‘handlers’ of our ex-president of the recent administration proved, if you play enough with words, you can make even the most immoral and dishonest activities sound innocent and justifiable. Evidently...

U.S. Supreme Court Poised to Issue Its First Ruling in Tuition Vouchers

Mr. Lanting, a member of Cornerstone Protestant Reformed Church of Dyer, Indiana, is a practicing attorney. The Cleveland tuition voucher scheme involves the grant of state aid directly and predominantly to the coffers of the private, religious schools, and it is unquestioned that these institutions incorporate religious concepts, motives, and themes into all facets of their educational planning. … We hold that the Cleveland voucher program has the primary effect of advancing religion, and that it constitutes an endorsement of religion and sectarian education in violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. Simmons-Harris v. Zelman, U.S. Court of Appeals,...

A Publishing Breakthrough: Abraham Kuyper’s Particular Grace

With the publication in English translation of Abraham Kuyper’s Dat de Genade Particulier is, the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA) has accomplished a breakthrough. For the first time, with the possible exception of Kuyper’s work on the Holy Spirit, the Kuyper of sound Reformed doctrine and church reformation is presented to the English reading public. Up to now, virtually the only works by Kuyper to be translated into English have been his book on common grace, some of his devotional books, and certain of his writings on the Christian life. The Reformed community has especially made much of Kuyper’s little...

Free Course for the Word

Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you and keep you from evil.” II Thessalonians 3:1-3 By the word “finally” here, Paul indicates that he is drawing his letter to a close. He has finished his chief purpose for writing. There are still a few weighty...

12/1/2001