Vol 82 Issue 05

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.   Evangelism Activities  Bulletins from various of our churches leading up to the last week in October were full of reminders to our denomination, missions, and sister churches to reserve an evening near the end of the month for a Reformation Day Lecture. By our count, and we apologize if we missed any, the end of October leading into early November saw no fewer than fourteen lectures scheduled. Space does not allow the “News” to include them all here, but be assured, given time and a couple...

Charles Grandison Finney: Revivalist (2)

Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Previous article in this series: November 1, 2005, p. 69. Introduction  While revivals were relatively common in the British Isles prior to about one hundred years ago, America can boast of only two major revivals. The first, called “The Great Awakening,” took place in New England during the ministry of Jonathan Edwards and by means of the preaching of George Whitefield. The second, called “The Second Great Awakening,” was sparked by Charles Grandison Finney and took place chiefly in Ohio, western New York, and...

Jehovah—”Excellent in Power”

Mr. Minderhoud is a teacher in Covenant Christian High School and a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Walker, Michigan. The Italian navigator has landed in the new world.” So went the coded message communicating that Italian- American physicist Enrico Fermi had, on that second day of December, 1942, set off the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, in a squash court of Stagg Field at the University of Chicago. This important discovery quickly led to the assembling of a half a million people and two billion dollars in resources in New Mexico, known as the Manhattan Project. The goal of...

The Prophecy of Malachi: Covenant Faithfulness and Unfaithfulness (3)

Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: Novermber 1, 2005, p. 55.   The First Disputation: Chapter 1:2-5 (cont.)  2. I have loved you, saith the LORD, Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? Saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, 3. And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. 4. Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places: thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall...

Curiously Wrought

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 Expectation Our fathers loved to hark back to their own personal creation. They came to this naturally by their going back to their fall in Adam; something of which the superficial Christendom that now prevails simply knows nothing. What, they ask us, did Adam’s fall to me? “In sooth, I have enough to do with my own sins, than that I should trouble myself about the sin of a man who...

Islam (4): Western Responses to Islam: The Secular Response

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: May 15, 2005, p. 372. And of 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 Dramatic changes have taken place in our world in the few years since 9/11/01. Islam has been the focus of the West’s attention, but all are not agreed concerning the...

The Preaching As a Means of Grace (2)

Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa. Previous article in this series: November 15, 2005, p. 92.   The Power of Preaching  To understand the preaching as a means of grace, we must clearly understand the power of preaching. Preaching as a power is rarely understood today. There are more than a few in our day who are much disillusioned with preaching! There are various reasons for such dissatisfaction, some good reasons, many not so good reasons. There are some children of God who long for the warmth and vigor of lively preaching and who...

On Site Reflections On Hyper-Calvinism and the Free Offer (4)

Previous article in this series: November 15, 2005, p. 76. In this article we intend to examine the free offer and the arguments of its promoters by taking into consideration various biblical passages and concepts as they are brought to bear on this controversy. Of late the WMO (Well-Meant Offer) men have gone on record defending the notion that God not only loves the elect, but He also hates them; and that He not only hates the “non-elect,” but He also loves them. They argue that to deny this is simply hyper-Calvinism. We contend that to maintain such a thing...

Pure and Undefiled Religion

Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.  James 1:26-27 There are those in the church who seem to be religious, but whose religion is vain. Sometimes they demonstrate that fact by not bridling their tongue. At other times they show it by...

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