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Vol 82 Issue 06

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Evangelism Activities  As promised in our last “News” we now continue with several more Reformation Day lectures held near the end of October in our churches. Prof. H. Hanko, emeritus professor in our Seminary, spoke at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, October 27, under the sponsorship of the Reformed Witness Committee, the combined evangelism efforts of our churches in Iowa and Minnesota. Prof. Hanko spoke on the theme “The Reformation and Reforming in the Reformed Tradition.” As part of this year’s evangelism outreach of our Hope...

Report of Classis West

On Wednesday, November 16, 2005, Classis West met in Randolph, Wisconsin for the purpose of examining Candidate John Marcus, who had received and accepted the call to serve as pastor of the First Protestant Reformed Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A special worship service was called by the consistory of the Randolph PRC for the evening of November 15. Pastor-elect Marcus led the special worship service and expounded II Peter 1:10 under the theme, “Making Sure Your Calling and Election.” In attendance were not only the members of the congregation, but the 24 delegates of Classis West, as well as the three...

Evangelism in the Established Church (3): Hindrances to Personal Evangelism (concl.)

Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: September 15, 2005, p. 487. We direct our attention now to the fifth proposed hindrance to personal evangelism. 5. I’m not convinced that it is my duty to share the gospel with others. It is the church’s duty to preach the gospel and this is evangelism, period. We have addressed different aspects of this objection in past articles and we do not need to repeat them here. We wrote an entire article on “The Role of Every Believer in Evangelism.” We also expanded on...

Royal Children: Humble Servants of the King

Mrs. Miersma is the wife of Rev. Thomas Miersma, missionary in Spokane, Washington. In our fallen world, the words “royal children” or “royal family” often create in our minds visions of riches, luxury, and multitudes of servants—in fact, a life of ease and pleasure. Yet, even in earthly realms, this is only a part of the picture. In times past and present, kings and queens have trained their children for their place in life, expecting them to study and acquire the abilities they will one day need. Today, to fulfill the ideal of noblesse oblige, that those of noble birth should...

The World Year of Physics—A Tribute to Whom?

Mr. Minderhoud is a teacher in Covenant Christian High School and a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Walker, Michigan. This past year the international physics community set aside the year 2005 as the World Year of Physics (WYP). It has been primarily a centennial celebration of the work of Albert Einstein, but also of the many important advances in physics in the twentieth century. The year has been filled with pertinent programs and activities drawing the interest of many around the world. It is a celebration that pricks our interest too. We marvel at the scientific and technological changes...

An Orthodox Professor (concl.)

Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Previous article in this series: November 15, 2005, p. 80. Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.  Titus 1:9 The standard Orthodoxy requires a standard by which right, sound doctrine is established and determined. The church needs a standard by which to determine that her professors are orthodox. All professors claim to hold fast the faithful word. But many professors lie. Reformed professors in Reformed seminaries are teaching future...

All Around Us

Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches.   “The Scandal and Silence of Divorce”  The publication of various pamphlets by different Protestant Reformed Churches has proved to be a valuable tool in the spread of the truths of God’s Word in many places. And it is with great appreciation that one finds on occasion favorable reviews of one or more of these pamphlets. That was true recently with a pamphlet published by the South Holland, IL Protestant Reformed Church’s Evangelism Committee. The pamphlet consists of a series of editorials by Prof. David J. Engelsma in theStandard...

Personal evangelism and the antithesis; Land mines?

Personal evangelism and the antithesis Regarding the article “Equipping Our People for Personal Evangelism (3)” in the July 2005 issue of the SB, I have some questions and concerns. My primary objection is to the notion that we must invite the wicked into our homes to evangelize (witness to) them. Doesn’t this go against everything that we as Reformed believers stand for, and especially the antithesis? We are not supposed to bring wickedness into our homes via the television or the Internet, but yet we are to bring the wicked physically into our homes? Although the child of God must...

Celebrating the King’s Gifts (With Gifts)

To the King who enriches His subjects with great wealth, the people bring gifts. Celebrating the birth of the King, whose birth itself brings richest gifts for the people under His reign, is appropriate. To celebrate the birth byworshiping the King (with gifts) is obligatory. Our brethren of Presbyterian background in Northern Ireland, Australia, and elsewhere, do not celebrate Jesus’ birth on December 25. They commemorate His birth, but not with a special worship service on a special day. The history of Presbyterianism excludes worship on special days. These brethren will not think ill of us if we take time to...

Let Us Go to Bethlehem

Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Byron Center, Michigan. “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which the Lord hath made known unto us.”  Luke 2:15 It was the night of the Savior’s birth. The darkness of the shepherds’ night had been broken by the brilliance of the angel of the Lord. The angel gave them the good tidings of great joy because the Savior, who is Christ the Lord, was born unto them in the city of David. Any remaining darkness was completely taken away when a multitude of the angels suddenly appeared. They made known...

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