Vol 82 Issue 18

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregation Activities Our First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI is sponsoring a summer workshop series for the members of their congregation on Personal Witnessing. Ten sessions, begun on June 7, have been planned for the summer. The members of First who are taking part in the workshop are using the book “Tell The Truth,” by Will Metzger, as their guide. Each class follows the same format. First the whole group discusses a part or section of the book, led by Rev. J. Slopsema, pastor at First. Then...

Report of Classis East

May 10, 2006 Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at the Byron Center PRC. The churches were all represented by Brummel chaired this session of classis. The business of classis was routine and its time in session was short. As was mentioned at the meeting, this is evidence of the peace and harmony that currently exist in the congregations of Classis East. Classis received the report of the Stated Clerk. Classical appointments were given to Covenant and Kalamazoo. Expenses of classis amounted to $1,297.60. Classis will meet next on Wednesday,...

All Around Us

Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. “Yes, Jackie, God Is ‘Sexist'” Frequently e-mails are sent questioning certain doctrinal positions stated in pamphlets that appear on the prca.org web site. Some object to certain statements in the pamphlets. Others ridicule some doctrinal positions that are taught. (Though others do express agreement.) One short note of interest was the following: Subject: Article on roles in marriage Hey, I was wondering do you believe that a wife should really submit to her husband? Does the bible actually say that God wanted women to have a lesser role than men? Or...

Evangelism in the Established Church (4): Practicing Personal Evangelism, Part C, How to do it

Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: April, 15, 2006, p. 333. There are many passages of the Bible that shed light on the subject before us: how do I go about sharing the gospel with my neighbor? We will consider a few of them. We first take a look at Luke 10:30-37. This is the well-known passage in which Jesus answers the question of the lawyer, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus posed another question, “What is written in the law?” The lawyer summarized it correctly: love God...

Deepening Darkness over Reformed Netherlands (1)

Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. With this article, Prof. Engelsma begins a two-part series on the ecclesiastical scene in the Netherlands. The articles are the fruit of informal presentations given a few months ago to Protestant Reformed ministers in the Grand Rapids area. Prof. Engelsma has made a point of keeping abreast of the rapid deterioration in the Reformed churches in the Netherlands. The editors, convinced that our readers ought to know about the sad state of affairs in the Netherlands, asked Prof. Engelsma to prepare his presentations for printing in...

Letters

Declaration of Principles I just wanted to drop you a quick note re your series in the Standard Bearer on the Declaration of Principles. I have found them most interesting and edifying and they spurred me on to research the old series you mentioned by H. Hoeksema. I do have one question you raised that I am hoping you could clarify for me. You make the point in part 4 [March 15, 2006, p. 268] that “the Declaration repudiates the notion that all the children that are baptized are regenerated.” However, we are constantly taught that the member of the congregation should...

The PRC Synod 2006

On Monday, June 19 (yesterday, as I write), the 2006 Synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America, meeting in Faith PRC, Jenison, MI, adjourned. Under the capable leadership of the president, Rev. Ronald VanOverloop (Byron Center, MI), synod concluded its important work in five days. The vice-president was Rev. S. Key (Hull, Iowa); first clerk, Rev. D. Kleyn (Holland, MI); second clerk, Rev. R. Smit (Lacombe, BC). Many rejoicings Highlight of the week was the two seminary graduates’ sustaining of a rigorous, public examination. Mr. Andrew Lanning and Mr. Clayton Spronk are now Candidate Lanning andCandidate Spronk, eligible for call on July...

Hearing the Word of the Spirit

Rev. Bruinsma is Eastern Home Missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, stationed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This Meditationis the text (abbreviated for publication) of the pre-synodical sermon preached by Rev. Bruinsma on June 12, 2006. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  Revelation 2:29 Introduction We have in this passage a command of Christ to the church of all ages. It is a command that comes to the church as she becomes manifest in the church institute. It is true that this command was given to a particular congregation or church in Asia...

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