All Articles For Vol 79 Issue 06 12/15/2002

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Right celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ reckons with the sword of Christmas. The error of the American unbeliever who waxes sentimental over the birth of Jesus as the symbol of world-peace is his failure to reckon with the sword of Christmas. The heresy of the preacher who proclaims Jesus’ birth as universal grace and salvation is his rejection of the sword of Christmas. The illusion both of the liberal and of the conservative postmillen-nialist that the birth of Christ heralds a bright new day of earthly peace in history for Christ’s followers is shattered by the sword of...

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Evangelism Activities   We continue now with more “news” regarding recently sponsored Reformation lectures by various of our churches. The Evangelism Committee of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA sponsored a Reformation Day lecture on October 31 in their church auditorium. Rev. M. VanderWal, their pastor, spoke on “Justification by Faith Alone versus the New Legalism.” The South Holland, IL PRC’s Evangelism Committee sponsored a Reformation lecture by Rev. W. Bruinsma on November 1 on the subject, “Will There Be Faith?—The Reformation and the Next Generation.” This lecture...

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Puritan Papers, ed. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, vol. 1. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2000. Pp. xii + 320. $14.99 (paper); Puritan Papers, ed. J. I. Packer, vol. 2. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2001. Pp. xii + 334. $14.99 (paper); Puritan Papers, ed. J. I. Packer, vol. 3. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2001. Pp. xii + 258. $14.99 (paper). [Reviewed by the editor.]   The denDulk Christian Foundation in Kingsburg, California has put Reformed ministers, as well as reading laypeople, in their debt by publishing the series, Puritan Papers. Three volumes are out. More will be forthcoming. The books contain the papers...

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Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. What Love Is This? Calvinism’s Misrepresentation of God, by Dave Hunt. Sisters, OR: Loyal Publishing, 2002. 436pp. $15.99 (paper). To the long list of human hammers who have shattered themselves on the anvil of the gospel of God’s sovereign grace, add Dave Hunt. What Love Is This? is not so much an attempted refutation of “Calvinism” as it is a deliberate resurrection of all the misrepresentations and slanders with which the enemies of the gospel of grace through the ages have thought to destroy it. The...

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Rev. Cammenga is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. “Secret sins of which the sinner repents, after being admonished by one person in private or in the presence of two or three witnesses, shall not be laid before the consistory.” Church Order, Article 73. Introduction   This is the section of the Church Order that deals with Christian discipline. The opening articles of this section make plain the conviction of our Reformed fathers that Christian discipline does not begin with the consistory, but with the members of the congregation mutually. They were convinced of this because this...

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Rev. denHartog is the Protestant Reformed minister-on-loan to Singapore. We have been in Singapore now for almost a year again, after arriving in January 2002. Our work is not the same as it was during our first, seven-year stay in Singapore as missionary pastor. We are not directly involved in pastoring one of the congregations. We are thankful that we are still called upon to do a lot of work in the two congregations of ERCS. We preach at least once almost every Lord’s Day. There are also many special events to give speeches for, sometimes even more than one...

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Mr. Lanting, a member of Cornerstone Protestant Reformed Church of Schererville, Indiana, is a practicing attorney. “In the context of the Pledge of Allegiance, the statement that the United States is a nation ‘under God’ is an endorsement of religion. It is a profession of a religious belief, namely, a belief in monotheism. The recitation that ours is a nation ‘under God’ is not a mere acknowledgement that many Americans believe in a deity. Nor is it merely descriptive of the undeniable historical significance of religion in the founding of the Republic. To recite the Pledge is not to describe...

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches.   The “missing link (wink, wink)”   An interesting number of U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2002, contains articles treating “The Art of the Hoax.” It makes for some interesting reading. One hoax in particular I found interesting: the hoax of the “Piltdown Man.” His skull was discovered in 1912. Until 1949 he was presented as the “missing link” in the chain of evolution. The skull showed the intelligence of early man—yet supposedly proved his link to lower forms of life. On the basis of that...

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Rev. 3:20 and the Promise I have read Rev. VanOverloop’s meditation entitled “The Divine Dwells with the Humble” (Standard Bearer, Aug. 2002), as well as the letter of Mark Brooks and Rev. VanOverloop’s response (SB, Oct. 1, 2002). I have two matters of concern, issues that I would request the brother to address, both of which are related. 1. The first has to do with the reference to Revelation 3:20 in the meditation, specifically the words “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” The brother does not quote these words, only the last part of the verse dealing with the promise....

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be...

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