All Articles For Vol 81 Issue 13 4/1/2005

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Evangelism Activities Rev. D. Overway, pastor of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ, was invited to preach for the Filipino CRC of Jersey City, NJ on Sunday afternoon, February 27. The following Thursday, March 3, Rev. Sideco of the Filipino CRC came to Covenant and gave an informal speech. Rev. Sideco spoke regarding his experiences in evangelism work as a church planter both in the Philippines and in the United States. Mission Activities Rev. J. Mahtani, our denomination’s missionary to Pittsburgh, PA, along with Elder Gary Boverhof,...

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Classis West met in regular session on Wednesday, March 2 in Bethel Protestant Reformed Church, Roselle, IL. An office-bearers’ conference was held the day prior to Classis on the subject, “Reformed Evangelism.” The meeting of Classis was chaired by Rev. A. Brummel. Most of the work of Classis was routine. The main item of business was Rev. W. Bekkering’s request for emeritation. Classis approved this request and forwarded it to the Emeritus Committee. Classis also expressed its appreciation to Rev. Bekkering for his 33 years of faithful labors in our churches. The church visitors reported on their work. With thanks...

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Doctrine according to Godliness: A Primer of Reformed Doctrine. Ronald Hanko. Grand Rapids: Reformed Free Publishing Association. 2004. xiii + 338 pages. $28.95 (Hard cover). [Reviewed by Prof. Russell Dykstra.] Doctrine according to Godliness is a significant publication by the Reformed Free Publishing Association. I would describe it as a Reformed Dogmatics for the common man. As such it complements the other solid doctrinal and biblical studies published by the RFPA. It is a valuable book with the potential for benefiting the broader Reformed church world and beyond. Doctrine according to Godliness sets forth the truth of Scripture, that is...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. This article was previously published in Reformed Perspective, and is reprinted here by permission. A Buddhist trying to give other Buddhists an overview of Christianity faces a daunting task. The history of Christianity is extensive; its doctrines cover a broad range; and each branch of Christianity has its own peculiar history and doctrines to be considered. A Reformed Christian faces the same difficulty in attempting to give Reformed Christians an overview of Buddhism. The various branches of Buddhists each have their own peculiarities of thought and life. Two...

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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. The Father To serve God and to honor Him are by no means the same. He who serves is in that service a servant, who fulfills his servantship by strict obedience and discharge of all his duties. Hence, in the service of the Lord our God this servantship stands in the foreground. To be a “Servant of the Most Highest” is an honorary title, and “servant of God” stands so high that it...

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Rev. DeVries is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Wingham, Ontario, Canada. Tolerance We live in an age of almost unparalleled tolerance. Tolerance is put forth as one of the great virtues of our times. It is possible to give it other names, to use another label for this notion, different terminology. It may be called “cultural accommodation”; it may be termed “political correctness”; it may be euphemistically labeled “sensitivity.” But underlying all of these characterizations is the notion of tolerance. Though many in our day would undoubtedly desire to add “tolerance” to the list of the fruits of...

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Mr. VanEngen, a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa, is a practicing attorney. Throughout the history of the United States, citizens have often referred to the “wall of separation between church and state.” The concept is usually referred to when questions arise either because of government limitation on the activity of churches, or when the institutions of the state include religious practices or symbols, such as the old controversy over prayer in public schools. In recent years, different individuals and groups have increasingly challenged the role of religion in public life, often challenging practices that have been...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Edgerton, Minnesota. God’s people are always in need of words of comfort. God knows that. For that reason He commands the church, and more specifically ministers of the gospel, “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem!” (Is. 40:1, 2a.) God says: “Don’t speak harsh words to My people—words of wrath and judgment. Those are words for the ungodly and wicked. Speak instead words of love and mercy and compassion. Speak words that will lift My people up. Speak words that will dispel their...

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Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Introduction Soon after the great victory of the Reformed faith over Arminianism at the Synod of Dordt, the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands deteriorated in doctrine and life. Many reasons can be found for this rapid deterioration. The Netherlands had become extremely wealthy by means of worldwide trade, especially with the Dutch East Indies and the Dutch West Indies, and wealth is not conducive to spirituality. The Reformed Church in the Netherlands was a state church; that is, it was under the direction and...

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I was happily surprised to see the editorial in the SB on the subject of drama and the inherent sinfulness of it. This has long been the stance of the PRC, and though there are those within the churches who are not in agreement with this position, it nevertheless is easily proven to be correct. I would like to commend the editor for an excellent series of articles on this vital and much forgotten aspect of the antithesis. I would like to add something with regard to what I believe is the fundamental sin of drama, namely impersonation. I fully...

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