Vol 79 Issue 17

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Evangelism Activities   Members of our churches around the Chicago, IL area were invited to Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL on May 2 and 3 for their annual spring evangelism lectures. This year Rev. J. Mahtani, our churches’ home missionary to Pittsburgh, PA, was the featured speaker. He addressed those gathered at Bethel on “Preaching and Witnessing as conducted in our Pittsburgh Mission.” Rev. Mahtani intended to use this occasion to draw out biblical principles related to the church’s calling to leave a witness of the truth....

Christ’s Spiritual Kingdom

Rev. denHartog is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore.   Rev. denHartog is a Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore.   Christ’s Spiritual Kingdom: A Defense of Reformed Amillennialism, by David J. Engelsma. Published by The Reformed Witness, Redlands, CA. 2001. 158 pp. $9.00 (paperback). [Reviewed by Rev. Arie denHartog.]   As the subtitle of this book indicates, this book is a defense of Reformed amillennialism. The book is strongly polemical in nature. The occasion for Engelsma’s writing of this book was his strong conviction of the need for exposing the errors of and making a judgment of the new postmillen-nialism...

Remnant

Rev. Kuiper is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. For many of us, our first exposure to the word remnant was in connection with the sewing our mothers and sisters did at home. The pieces of fabric that were left over after the project was finished were called remnants. Today also we see in the papers that fabric stores have remnant sales. The several Hebrew and Greek words translated remnant in our Bibles have the same meaning: a little piece, a small amount left over, the remainder, the residue. This word is used in the Bible in respect...

Created Unto Good Works

Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa. We have seen that our salvation, which focuses on our justification with God, is entirely of grace, the gift of God. All boasting is excluded. We cannot even boast of our faith, as if faith is our work. It isn’t. Faith is not our act as a determined cause of our justification, but is the instrument and channel by which God unites us with Christ. Salvation is of the Lord, from beginning to end. He it is who quickens the dead. He alone is the one who calls...

The Christian Story and the Christian School (4): 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. This article continues a series of articles that have identified the narrative approach as one in which the Christian school through its teachers must tell a specific and distinctive story. The story, rooted in the correct source, must reflect the truth of the inspired Scriptures as summarized in the creeds of the Christian church. Dr. Bolt defends the narrative approach in The Christian Story and the Christian School and argues that “a concept of narrative could help resolve some of...

Mission Preaching in the Established Church (3)

Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Obviously, when we speak of “mission preaching” in the established church, we are focusing on the fact that the true gospel includes a call to conversion. This call is the object of our attention in these articles; we simply designate this as “mission preaching.” We are not saying that the gospel must be divided up into different kinds; we are simply establishing that the gospel preached in the local church includes such a call to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus. When this is done regularly, as it...

All Around Us

Rev. Koole is pastor of Grandville Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan.   Christians in India Alarmed by Passage of Religious Conversion Law   The war against Iraq has not been the only war being carried out this spring, nor is it the most important. The war against the Christian faith carried out by the Evil One has also been proceeding according to plan. Case in point: a number of the most heavily populated states in India have passed laws that will sharply curtail preaching the gospel in India, the gospel that calls for conversion from idolatry to worshiping the...

The Real Saint Patrick (4): Patrick’s Message (Part 2)

Rev. Stewart is a minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches, presently working in Northern Ireland. We saw last time (Standard Bearer, May 1, 2003) that Patrick believed and preached the grace of the triune God in Christ. Patrick’s understanding of grace is demonstrated yet further in that he repeatedly refers to his call to preach the gospel in Ireland as a “gift” of God to him (e.g., Conf 16, 33, 62). God, not Patrick himself, called him to his mission (Conf 56), for he received his office from God’s hand (Letter 1). Patrick humbly confesses that he was not worthy...

PRC Synod, 2003

Two of the weightier actions of the upcoming synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches convening on June 10 at the Hudsonville, MI Protestant Reformed Church will involve the denomination’s theological seminary. Synod must appoint a successor to the longtime professor of practical theology and New Testament studies, Prof. Robert D. Decker. Prof. Decker has served at the seminary since 1973. In consultation with the faculty, the Theological School Committee presents a nomination of Rev. Ronald L. Cammenga, Rev. Barrett L. Gritters, and Rev. Steven R. Key. Synod will also hear the examination of graduating seminarian William Langerak. Subject to synod’s...

Tempted by Our Lust

Rev. Hanko is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:13-15 “Let no man say, I am tempted of God!” You and I should never say that. It is sinful to do so. But a bit of soul searching...

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