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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Minister Activities   Rev. Slopsema declined the call he received to serve as the pastor of First PRC in Holland, MI. Rev. K. Koole, of the Grandville, MI PRC, declined the call to become professor in our seminary. Per synod’s decision, the call was then extended to Rev. R. Cammenga, of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI. Rev. Cammenga subsequently accepted that call. Rev. M. Dick declined the call to serve as Eastern Home Missionary for our churches. Rev. W. Bruinsma declined the call extended to him...

The Fundamental Work of Deacons (10) A Mutual Understanding with Civil Poor-Relief Organizations

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Previous article in this series: May 15, 2005, p. 373. The church of Jesus Christ is not the only entity that busies itself caring for the needy—the poor, aged, widows, sick, disabled, and disaster victims. The civil government does so on all levels—federal, state, and local. 1 Secular private organizations such as the Red Cross do so. And even some private organizations that might be called Christian do so. I have in mind, for instance, the board of directors of a Christian retirement home, which not only oversees...

Displaying Our Banner

Rev. Kleyn is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Edgerton, Minnesota. A banner was very important to soldiers involved in hand-to-hand combat. The banner was a flag placed upon a tall pole and held above the leader of the army. The soldiers had a vital interest in seeing the banner, for it served as their rallying point. They would look for the banner and then gather around it, and thus around their leader. A soldier who was separated from the banner would in effect be separated from the rest of the army and be in imminent danger of being...

The Power and Government of the Church (4) The Calling of Churches to Federate

Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. Previous article in this series: August 2005, p. 449. Two fundamental principles of Reformed church government are the autonomy of the local instituted church and the fact that a true church is called to unite with other faithful churches in a federation of churches, often referred to as a denomination. That an instituted church is autonomous means that it is a complete picture of the body of Christ and has received from Christ the authority to preach the gospel and exercise Christian discipline. Christ from heaven is actually...

Evangelism in the Established Church (3) Hindrances to this Work (cont.)

Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: March 15, 2005, p. 271. We now focus our attention on the third proposed hindrance to personal evangelism. We now focus our attention on the third proposed hindrance to personal evangelism. 3. We have not emphasized personal evangelism in the past. Why do we seem to think it is so important today? Are we not to hold to the “old paths” and warn the people when new ideas are set forth in our churches? Why is this idea of personal witnessing so important all...

The Butterfly’s Metamorphosis (2)

Mr. VanOverloop is a teacher in Covenant Christian Hight School and a member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church, Jenison, Michigan. Previous article in this series: August 2005, p. 447. In the previous article we considered how God created the butterfly to undergo the process of metamorphosis, to change the body of a butterfly from the lowly caterpillar to the winged adult. Allow me to remind the reader that after metamorphosis the body of the butterfly has undergone a complete transformation. Everything, including its eyes, brain, intestines, legs, and stomach, has been dissolved. The imaginal disks, however, escaped destruction, and these...

The Charter of Christian Liberty (1) An Exposition of the Book of Galatians—Introduction (1)

Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. If anyone has any doubts about the worth of this epistle of Paul, let him consider that Martin Luther, the great reformer of Wittenburg, considered hisBondage of the Will and hisCommentary on Galatians to be the only two books out of the many he wrote that were worth saving. He called Paul’s epistle to the Galatians “my epistle,” and spoke of it in the fondest terms as “my Katherine” with whom I live in holy wedlock. Luther’s reasons for his love affair with this epistle of...

All Around Us

Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. “Intelligent Design”—Again We have earlier reported on the growing movement among some scientists who recognize that there is no way that the universe and living organisms could develop through the process known as evolution. Many are insisting that there is abundant evidence of what they call “intelligent design.” There must be, so they insist, some Supreme Being who designed and sustains all things of our universe. These usually do not name that Being. Apparently that Being could be called “God,” or “Allah,” or simply “The Force.” This Being, however,...

Robbing pastors?

I have been a long-time supporter of the Protestant Reformed Churches in general, and of the Standard Bearer in particular. Through the PRC I grew in the truth of sovereign particular grace. I have greatly benefited from their careful study of theology and from the multitude of solid, Reformed titles that godly PRC men have penned. Most recently, I have been intrigued by the brief series of articles in the Standard Bearer concerning the churches’ need for preachers. One does not have to look very far to find a congregation that is waiting for the Lord to provide a pastor, or has suffered from...

Preaching and the Real Battle for Worship * (2)

This article is the text of the address given for the graduation exercises of the PRC seminary for Seminarians Dennis Lee and John Marcus on June 20, 2005 in Byron Center PRC. The speech was based on Revelation 4, and is given here much as it was actually delivered, thus retaining the spoken style. (In the first part of this speech [Standard Bearer, August 2005, p. 436], I explained the truth that the worship of God results from the redeemed church seeing God; and that they see God only when the preacher preaches God. The calling of the minister is...

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