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All Articles For Vol 80 Issue 18 7/1/2004

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Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Introduction While the Marrow Controversy was raging among the Presbyterians in Scotland, and the church in that land was struggling with the Arminianism present in Marrow theology, England was developing its own kind of Arminianism within the Anglican Church, sometimes called the Church of England because it was the one denomination approved by the crown and of which the king was the head. Arminianism had been present in the Anglican Church from its beginning and had been, more or less, tolerated within the church....

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Theories of Atonement Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” has attracted great attention (and earned much money.) It has also generated considerable debate. Some consider it anti-Semitic. Others condemn its unseemly violence—for which it is given an “R” rating. Articles in the Standard Bearer and other periodicals have reminded of the blasphemy of any man portraying the divine Son of God come into the flesh. There is pointed out the Roman Catholic “slant” given to Christ’s death on the cross. He is portrayed as needing and having...

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Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. There are a number of ways by which people have tried to divide the church of Jesus Christ into two groups of people who are in two different covenants with God. When God established His covenant, He said to His covenant people, “Ye shall be My people.” Therefore, it stands to reason that if the people of God are divided into two or more groups, each of these groups must be in a different covenant. The truth, however, is that there is one everlasting covenant of grace made...

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Mission Activities In his latest newsletter, written just before his furlough to the United States in June, Rev. A. Spriensma, our denomination’s missionary to the Philippines, informs us that the Berean Church of God Reformed in Manila has recently set up a committee to work on translating some of our pamphlets and books into the Tagalog language. Somewhat related to that, Rev. Spriensma also writes that ten of the young people recently recitedMatthew 5:3-16 and were given their own copy of the KJV Bible. These young people memorized...

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May 12, 2004 Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at the Georgetown PRC. All the churches were represented by two delegates. Rev. William Langerak served as the chairman for this session. Much of the business of this session was routine. Reports from the Stated Clerk and the Classical Committee were received; the report of the committee to assist Wingham in its transition to the PRC was also presented and approved. An overture to Synod 2005 from two brothers in our Cornerstone PRC requesting that synod appoint a committee to study the matter of proper Bible...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Just as our heavenly Father always supplies the needs of His children, and just as Jesus Christ our Good Shepherd never fails to bestow upon His sheep that which we lack, so must the church of Jesus Christ always be willing and ready to relieve the needs of the poor. Therefore, the deacons, having been informed of a need, having determined it to be genuine, and having procured the means to supply it, are required to distribute the alms accordingly. That God expects deacons to distribute the alms...

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Against “Gospel Services” I have read with very close personal interest the ongoing discussion of Sunday evening gospel services (Standard Bearer, Nov. 1, 2003; Feb. 1, 2004; April 1, 2004). With regard to this subject I make a few comments. Let me first say that I am a part of the mission work in Spokane, WA. My background is Arminian, and “Reformed Baptist.” I am very familiar with the type of sermon that Rev. Stewart warns about in his letter (SB, Feb. 1, 2004). I greatly appreciated that warning. It is simply a fact that such “gospel” preaching will in...

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The 2004 annual synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC) met in Hull, Iowa from June 8-11. The Hull counsel and congregation were gracious hosts. The large, beautiful auditorium of the Hull church was full for the pre-synodical worship service the evening of June 7. Visitors were present from the neighboring Doon, Iowa and Edgerton, Minnesota congregations. Rev. Ron VanOverloop preached the sermon. His text was Zechariah 4:6: “This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Elected officers of synod were Rev. Kenneth Koole,...

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Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church in Byron Center, Michigan. “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6Zechariah was sent by God to encourage Zerubbabel the rince, Joshua the high priest, and the people of God who had returned to Canaan out of the Babylonian captivity. After over fifteen years of inactivity they needed to be encouraged to return to the task of rebuilding the temple and the city....

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