All Articles For Vol 79 Issue 18 7/1/2003

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Minister Activities We extend our congratulations to Rev. & Mrs. Allen Brummel on the occasion of the birth of a son, Darren Ray, born May 28. Darren weighed in at eight pounds fifteen ounces and joins a busy household including five brothers and one sister. Rev. Michael DeVries declined the call he had been considering to serve as the next pastor of the Byron Center, MI PRC. Byron then called Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, out of a trio that included also Rev. Dick, and Rev. Slopsema. After Rev....

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Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at the Grace PRC. All the churches were represented by two delegates. Rev. Dick served as chairman for this session. Students in the church history classes at Covenant Christian High School were observers of the meeting. Classis’ business was routine and short. Classical appointments were granted to Byron Center, Faith, and Southeast. Expensess for this classis amounted to $780.00. Classis will meet next on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at the Byron Center PRC. Respectfully submitted, Jon J. Huisken, Stated Clerk

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Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Introduction   In writing on the subject of the life and teachings of Arminius, we turn to a heresy with which most, if not all, the readers of the Standard Bearer are familiar. The Arminian controversy took place in what is the fatherland of many of us; and the glorious triumph of Dordt is part of our own heritage as Reformed churches. The Protestant Reformed Churches are by no means the only denomination that traces its spiritual lineage to the Synod of Dordt and...

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Prof. Dykstra is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. [The first installment pointed out that humanism is the philosophy that makes man the measure of all things. Some of the significant concomitant elements of that basic dictum include: 1.A denial of God as He has revealed Himself in Scripture. Depending on the emphasis of the particular humanist movement, the substitute god is man himself, or perhaps society, or culture, or science, and such like objects. 2.Earth-centeredness. 3.The liberty of man. 4.The striving for unity and peace, or a man-centered kingdom. Humanists paid lip service...

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Sad Developments in the CRC on Homosexuality   The following article is not a pleasant one to write. Yet we must be aware of some of the sad developments in the church world today—also within the Christian Reformed Church (our “mother”). An article appeared in Christian Renewal, March 31, 2003, that expresses a cry of alarm because of developments in the CRC in Canada. The alarm is because of a twofold development. First, a committee in the CRC in Canada has the mandate, I understand, to maintain contact with...

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Prof. Engeslma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches. This article is the text of the address given at the commencement exercises of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary in the auditorium of the Hudsonville, MI Protestant Reformed Church on June 16, 2003. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs…. John 21:15-23 Introduction Mr. Goh and Mr. Langerak, the two...

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Questions about “God’s Hatred of Lying” I enjoyed Rev. Eriks’ recent article on lying (“God’s Hatred of Lying,” Standard Bearer, April 15, 2003). It is distressing that lying has become so prevalent in our society. I also especially appreciated the conclusion of the article on “speaking the truth in love.” Sometimes speaking the truth in a loving manner is actually more difficult than simply refraining from lying. I do, however, have a few questions that I am hoping you can answer. Another passage of Scripture (in addition to the story of Rahab hiding the spies) that seems to suggest God...

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Under the leadership of its president, Rev. Ronald VanOverloop, the 2003 synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC) finished its work early Tuesday afternoon, June 17. Rev. Carl Haak was vice-president; Rev. Steven Key was first clerk; Rev. Charles Terpstra was second clerk. Synod met in the building of the Hudsonville, Michigan PRC. Rev. James Slopsema led the worship service with which synod always begins. The service was held on Monday evening, June 9. Rev. Slopsema preached onMatthew 16:18, “I Will Build My Church.” The sermon is the meditation in this issue of the Standard Bearer.   Theological Seminary  ...

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Much of this issue is taken up with the recent synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches. The synod met from June 10 through June 17 in Hudsonville, MI. The meditation is the text of the pre-synodical sermon the evening of June 9 by Rev. James Slopsema, president of last year’s synod. The editorial reports some of the major decisions of the synod. A feature article gives the first part of the address at the commencement exercises of two graduates of the Protestant Reformed Seminary. These exercises were held during the week that synod met and were attended by the synod...

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