All Articles For Vol 81 Issue 11 3/1/2005

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Our Seminary has an internship program in which a student is placed in a congregation for six months to engage in the work of the ministry under the supervision of the consistory and pastor. This provides the senior seminary students practical experience in the work of the ministry. This year the faculty of our seminary has asked the consistories of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI and the Byron Center, MI PRC to allow Seminarians Andrew Lanning and Clay Spronk to do their internships in their respective...

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Rev. Langerak is pastor of the Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Covenant members must take heed to many important details in the kingdom of heaven. One of them is that prospective teachers and preachers receive adequate financial resources to complete their education. This is not merely the responsibility of the students themselves, but it is a covenant obligation. It is an important covenant obligation. If neglected, it could result in a dearth of preachers and teachers, which would be devastating to the cause of Christ’s kingdom in the community of Protestant Reformed Churches and our Christian schools....

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa. Article 29 of the Belgic Confession begins this way: We believe that we ought diligently and circumspectly to discern from the Word of God which is the true church, since all sects which are in the world assume to themselves the name of the church. But we speak here not of hypocrites, who are mixed in the church with the good, yet are not of the church, though externally in it; but we say that the body and communion of the true church must be distinguished from all...

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Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Previous article in this series: February 1, 2005, p. 210. Introduction Theistic evolutionists have fatally compromised the biblical doctrine of creation and sold out to unbelieving science. To accomplish this, and because they must still appear to be Bible-believing Christians, they have reinterpreted and misinterpreted Scripture, specially in Genesis 1-3. Realizing that Genesis 1-3 is not the only part of Scripture that needs reinterpreting to defend their viewpoint, they have also come to reinterpret Genesis 1-11, not to speak of other parts of Scripture where creation in six...

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Mr. Kalsbeek is a teacher in Covenant Christian High School and a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Walker, Michigan.Previous article in this series: December 15, 2004, p. 140. “And the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do: the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.” I Chronicles 12:32 With few exceptions those who are part of the Western democracies would agree that religion and politics should not mix. Much is made of the concept of “separation of church and state.”...

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Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan.   Certain Tsunamis…   Tsunami” is the odd word many folks first learned about a month ago when big tidal waves, tsunamis, struck the shores of many a land fringing the Indian Ocean and beyond. These tsunamis, spawned from an earthquake some six miles below the Indian Ocean in the area of Indonesia, brought great destruction, as you know. Upwards of 250,000 bodies have or will have been counted or counted missing, either swept out to sea by or smashed against the flotsam and jetsam of the killing,...

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Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. *Originally the text of Prof. Engelsma’s speech at the annual meeting of the RFPA on September 23, 2004 in Grandville PR Church. Previous article in this two-part series: February 15, 2005, p. 226. The content of the Standard Bearer is theological, but the theology of the magazine is not simply Reformed doctrine. It is Reformed doctrine as confessed and developed by the Protestant Reformed Churches. The Standard Bearer is a Protestant Reformed magazine. This, too, belongs to its nature and purpose, its personality. In fact, as...

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. The Year That Was By the time this article is printed in the Standard Bearer, a good portion of the New Year will have passed. There is, however, a real need to reflect on the year past—2004. News commentators last year, in their reporting on some terrible “disaster” in the realm of creation, could be heard asking the question, “What’s going on here?” That is a reasonable question. There is something “strange” going on—strange, at least, to the commentator. Rarely, however, does one hear the mention of God in...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2005, p. 220. Last issue we considered the factors contributing so heavily to the increased number of divorces plaguing society in general, and, sad to say, the Christian church to the same degree. We stated that there were three main factors: first, the adoption of lenient (no-fault) divorce laws by our society; second, the number of women, and in particular mothers and wives, out in the workforce rather than being ‘keepers at home’ (Tit. 2:5); and third (but not least), television, with its pernicious and pervasive influence in the home. We turn now...

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Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Lord also spake unto Joshua, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses: That the slayer that killeth any person unawares and unwittingly may flee thither: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood…. Joshua 20 Under Joshua the children of Israel had taken possession of the land of Canaan. The land had been divided by lot to the twelve tribes, each one receiving its inheritance....

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