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Vol 79 Issue 10

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.   Young People’s Activities   The young people of Byron Center, MI PRC provided breakfast Christmas morning for their congregation. Members of the young people’s society of First PRC in Holland, MI sponsored a Christmas sing-spiration on December 22. There were several special numbers and much audience singing. Members of First PRC in Edgerton, MN were encouraged to consider hiring one or more of their congregation’s young people, this winter, to help with odd jobs around the house: jobs like cleaning basements, painting a room or two,...

Report of Classis East

January 8, 2003 Faith Protestant Reformed Church   Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, January 8, 2003 in the Faith PRC. All the churches were represented by two delegates. Rev. Ronald Cammenga was the chairman for this session. The agenda was not considered to be heavy, but the usual duties of a January classis had to be accomplished. As usual, much of classis’ time was taken by voting. Classis heard a report from its church visitors that there is peace and unity in the churches. Classis discussed one specific item of the report. One council had raised the...

Rest for the Weary

Rev. Miersma is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 The words of the above text are among the most striking and moving words of Christ. I do not think that we will ever be able to calculate how often these words have reached out to call and comfort the discouraged, the disillusioned, and the disappointed. These are words that are more than the mere utterances of men, or the empty promises of politicians. These words are words...

The Christian Story and the Christian School (3): A Defense of the Narrative Approach in Reformed Christian Education

Miss Lubbers is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan and administrator of Eastside Christian School. Two previous articles have traced the argument of Dr. John Bolt in the book The Christian Story and the Christian School, respecting the crisis in public education and the attempted educational reforms in public education since the 1930s. Included were descriptions of the symptoms and the proposed solutions during the 1990s, plus a section devoted to an answer to the question, what is really wrong with public education? It is imperative for Christian educators, supporters, and parents to understand the developments...

Eastern Ideas (1)

Mr. Kalsbeek is a teacher in Covenant Christian High School and a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Walker, Michigan. And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment. I Chronicles 12:32 The chants rise and fall in pulsating rhythm. They seem to keep time with the multicolored halo spinning hypnotically behind Buddha’s head. A drum thumps insistently, a bell resonates softly. And still the chant continues, like the unceasing murmur of...

Both Coins (1)

Rev. Smit is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Doon, Iowa. Both coins fell from a poor widow’s hand into the treasury of the temple in Jerusalem. Jesus observed this action because, according to Mark 12:41, “Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how people cast money into the treasury….” Jesus saw the offerings of all the rich who cast in much, but He also saw the offering of a poor widow, who had come to worship Jehovah in His temple in true thanksgiving. Jesus took special note of the widow and her two mites (Mark 12:42). He sovereignly...

Reporting Sins to the Consistory

Rev. Cammenga is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. “If any one, having been admonished in love concerning a secret sin by two or three persons, does not give heed, or otherwise has committed a public sin, the matter shall be reported to the consistory.” Church Order, Article 74. Article 74 of the Church Order concerns reporting sins to the consistory. The article deals with such questions as: What sins must be reported to the consistory? Who must make these reports? What reports must a consistory receive? And how must a consistory act on reports it receives?...

All Around Us

Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. The Ideology of “Inclusion”   One is no longer surprised at the growing apostasy in the churches of the land. One is not even surprised at the evidence of this in Reformed churches. Yet when articles appear indicating the extent of this within our “mother” denomination, the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), one cannot help but be discouraged and disappointed. The issue this time (not unexpectedly) is homosexuality. The Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (GKN), sister church of the Christian Reformed Church, has accepted practicing homosexuals not only as members...

Letters

The God of Dave Hunt   Thank you for the review in the December 15, 2002 issue of the SB of Dave Hunt’s book, What Love Is This? I think this is a particularly significant book in a number of ways. First, the author, in other books, has done acceptable work exposing various cults. He therefore has established a positive reputation in the broader church world. His name on the cover (along with many other current luminaries), and seeing 400+ pages of seemingly scholarly work, will suffice for many to seal the deal against Calvinism. It will have great influence....

The Unconditional Covenant in Contemporary Debate-and the Protestant Reformed Seminary* (4)

*This is the speech given at the convocation exercises of the Protestant Reformed Seminary on September 4, 2002. The first three installments appeared in the January 1, January 15, and February 1, 2003 issues of the Standard Bearer. The speech has been revised and expanded for publication by naming theologians, books, and articles and by giving full citations. Those developing the doctrine of a conditional covenant in reputedly conservative Reformed and Presbyterian churches today are not content to attack only the truth of justification. This would be impossible. Justification by faith alone is the heart of the gospel of salvation...

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