All Articles For Vol 79 Issue 14 4/15/2003

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Minister Activities   The council of the Hull, Iowa PRC presented the following trio for missionary to Ghana: Pastors B. Gritters (Hudsonville, MI), D. Kleyn (Edgerton, MN), and C. Terpstra (Holland, MI). Their congregational meeting was scheduled for March 26. From a trio consisting of the Revs. C. Haak (Roselle, IL), J. Laning (Walker, MI), and R. Smit (Doon, IA), Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids called Rev. Haak, who served his first pastorate in their midst, from 1979-1986. On March 12 the congregation of our Faith PRC...

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March 7, 2003 Lynden Protestant Reformed Church   The March meeting of Classis West was held in Lynden Protestant Reformed Church in Lynden, Washington on Wednesday, March 5. Rev. D. Kleyn chaired the meeting. On Tuesday, the day before classis, an officebearers’ conference was held. The conference was attended by the delegates to classis as well as by many of the members of Lynden PRC. The theme of the conference was “The Canons of Dordt: Our Reformed Banner!” The keynote address was given by Prof. H. Hanko, who spoke on “The History and Relevance of the Canons.” Sectionals followed, with...

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The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church, volume 4: The Age of the Reformation, by Hughes Oliphant Old. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002. Pp. xi-556. $45.00 (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. Robert D. Decker.]   Forty-five dollars for a paperback may seem steep, especially for students, but this volume is worth the price. Seminarians, professors of theology, ministers, and lay members of the church ought to read this book. Old writes in a nice, readable, understandable style. Anyone who cares about the proper worship of the church and the preaching of...

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Michael Kimmitt is a retired Bacteriologist. He is the current Editor of the British Reformed Journal and a member of Holywell Evangelical Church in North Wales. A hearty recommendation of Hoeksema’s Romans commentary Righteous by Faith Alone: A Devotional Commentary on Romans, by Herman Hoeksema. Ed. David J. Engelsma. Grand Rapids: RFPA, 2002. Pp. xxiv + 702. $41.95 (cloth).   Introduction   This volume contains ninety-seven sermons expounding Paul’s epistle to the Romans, preached by the Reverend Herman Hoeksema (1886-1965) to the First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan in the late 1930s. Subsequently an extended version of the...

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Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Introduction   The Reformation in general, and John Calvin in particular, had to wage war not only against Rome and the errors of Rome that had plagued the church of Christ for centuries; it had also to wage war against many who left the Romish Church to join the Reformation, but who themselves proved to be heretics spouting heresies worse than anything Rome had ever taught. Calvin was constantly summoned to defend the truth of God’s Word against heretics. The worst of them all...

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Rev. denHartog is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. The great commission to the church is to preach the gospel to all nations. This says something very important about how the church is to be gathered. It is the purpose of the Lord that she be gathered through the means of the preaching of the gospel. Many throughout history have imagined and have taught that the church is gathered through other means than the preaching. In the past, there have been those who have advocated that the cause of the kingdom of Christ must be advanced by the sword. This...

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Rev. Eriks is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. Our society accepts lying as a normal part of life. People lie when they fill out their tax forms. Employees lie on their job applications. Salesmen “stretch the truth” (i.e., “lie”) about the products they sell. Companies falsely advertise by promising a great deal in bold print while printing disclaimers in such small print they can be read only with a magnifying glass. Politicians make campaign promises they never intend to keep. Criminals lie in the courtroom to keep themselves from punishment. Speeders lie to police officers in...

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. More on Harold Camping   Harold Camping has been gaining some attention (notoriety?) because of his presentation of the view that the church age is over. Now Christians are to come out of the church, all the churches, and assemble in homes on Sunday for informal worship and meditation upon Scripture. Some churches, especially some small evangelical churches, have had families leave as a consequence. The Associated Press had a story on Camping in an article that appeared in a number of newspapers across the country. The article also...

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Waltzing to Damnation   I just received your February 15 edition of the Standard Bearer and read the sad, sad account of the situation at Toronto’s First Christian Reformed Church. I found it practically unbelievable that a denomination, to which I belonged, could have sunk so low. I lived in the Toronto area in the 50s and 60s, and Toronto’s and the whole province of Ontario’s Christian Reformed Churches were so scriptural and true to the Word. That’s where I developed the love of the Word of God. What a scourge homosexuality has become, not primarily on the social scene,...

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2003 is the fiftieth anniversary of the great schism in the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC). Meeting in April and May 1953, Classis East of the PRC condemned particular teachings of one of the ministers of First Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan as heretical. The matter had come to the classis by appeal from members of First Church’s consistory. At the same time, Classis East advised the consistory of First Church to require a public apology from the minister for his teachings. Classis added that the consistory should deal with a refusal to apologize by suspending the minister from his office. When...

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