All Articles For Vol 81 Issue 08 1/15/2005

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Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Introduction One of the great battles in which the church is engaged today is the battle to defend the doctrine of creation against evolutionism. If it were only secular and unbelieving science that promoted evolutionism as an explanation of the origin of the creation, the church would not be unduly threatened; nothing of any value for the church comes from unbelief. But the church itself has sold out to this destructive heresy. One cannot find a major denomination that has not made its peace...

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.   Minister Activities   The council of the Doon, Iowa PRC formed a trio consisting of Rev. A. denHartog, minister-on-loan to Singapore; Rev. Doug Kuiper, Randolph, WI; and Rev. M. VanderWal, Hope, Redlands, CA. The Lord willing, there was to be a congregational meeting to call from this trio on Saturday, January 1, after the service. Rev. W. Bruinsma, Kalamazoo, MI, declined the call extended to him by the Hudsonville, MI PRC to serve as their next pastor. The congregation of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI...

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An Exposition of the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians, by John Brown. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2001. Pp. xxx + 451. $27.99 (cloth). (Reviewed by Prof. Herman Hanko.) The Banner of Truth Trust is publishing many commentaries, but all written in previous years. Some are written by Puritan writers; some by John Calvin; and some by more recent authors, such as Edward Young. This book is a part of that series, called “Geneva Series of Commentaries.” John Brown was a Puritan of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. His father and grandfather were also ministers,...

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Reprinted from When Thou Sittest In Thine House, by Abraham Kuyper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1929. Used by permission of Eerdmans Publishing Co.   Mutual Devotion   Do not quarrel about it. Every one of us must carry his own burden, must carry his own cross. And this burden of suffering is measured out to you not according to your faith, far less according to your merit, but almost exclusively according to the sovereign counsel of God. It is not denied, therefore, that patient discharge of duty produces results that make for happiness of life; and...

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches.   The Sin of Gambling   The evils of this present world abound and continually increase. Wickedness has been present since the fall of Adam. Perhaps there are truly no sins present today that have not been present since Adam’s time. We see forms of these sins today as never before—but the sin is essentially that of pride. It was so in Adam. Man today, as Adam originally, will determine for himself what is good and what is evil. The corrupted nature of fallen mankind is such that man...

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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2005, p. 148. We have maintained the position that drama per se is wrong. Since God abhors all worship that is not from the heart, He can only abominate the acting out of a Christian life, including, as it must, prayer and worship. Moreover, the holy God can only be filled with wrath against those who take His law so lightly that they deliberately mime sin, or are entertained by such acting. Drama and Literature The viewing of drama is not the same as reading a fictional story, or even a play. Some...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For we walk by faith, not by sight. II Corinthians 5:7 The subject of the apostle Paul in this section of his letter to the Corinthian church is death and the resurrection of the body. Paul speaks of this in very picturesque language. He speaks of the physical body in terms of an earthly tabernacle or tent. He describes the resurrection body as a building of God not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. At death the earthly tabernacle of this body is dissolved. At the...

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George Ophoff was Professor of Old Testament Studies in the Protestant Reformed Seminary in its early days. Reprinted here, in edited form, are articles which Ophoff wrote at that time for the Standard Bearer. Facts of history We now enter upon the practical branch of our subject. It is the old dispensation, inaugurated by the fall of man, that furnishes us with the materials to be considered. This period, however, was preceded by an epoch sometimes referred to as the golden age in the history of the human race. The first few chapters of the book of Genesis record the...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor in the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. December 15, 2004, p. 131. The Third Prophecy (cont.) 2:14. Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the Lord; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean. God now comes to the point of this lesson from the law. The people, in spite of the fact that they often thought otherwise, were not holy by virtue of their contact with the ordinances and types in which the holy things of...

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Rev. Smit is pastor of the Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Does a daily concern for the churches press upon your soul? In II Corinthians 11 the apostle Paul mentions many things that illustrated his faithfulness as an apostle. Outstanding among them is the mark mentioned in II Corinthians 11:28. In addition to those things that he mentioned in the preceding verses about his persecutions, perils, and painfulness (a long list to which he could have added much more), there was one mark of importance that proved his faithfulness as an apostle and a believer. That mark, which weighed heavily...

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