Vol 83 Issue 01

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.   Congregation Activities  For readers of the Standard Bearer, and especially the “News,” who may believe that our congregations in Canada face the hazards of snow year round, we present as proof to the contrary an item in a recent bulletin from the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada inviting their members to a church Golf Tournament on September 7. After golf there was a hot dog roast at the home of one of Edmonton’s members. The council of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI informed their congregation...

Report of Classis West

On Wednesday, September 6, 2006, Classis West convened in Hull, Iowa. On the day previous, an officebearers’ conference was held. The theme of the conference was “The Holy Spirit: True and Coeternal God.” Four speeches were presented, which treated the person, divinity, and work of the Holy Spirit, as well as a historical overview on the development of the New Testament church’s understanding and confession of the truth of the Holy Spirit from the early church to the present. Delegates from Classis as well as some visitors from the area congregations in Northwest Iowa attended the conference. Classis finished its...

Rivers

Rev. Langerak is pastor of the Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Perhaps on vacation this summer you had opportunity to visit, cross, boat, raft, canoe, tube, swim, or fish some lovely river in God’s creation. Have you thought what human existence would be like without rivers? We would miss far more than awesome vistas and pleasurable recreation! Life would cease. How much vegetation, and how many crops, creatures, individuals, and even civilizations would perish if not for the presence of some river? Every great human habitation has had some significant river running through it—Egypt had its Nile,...

Maintaining Our Landmarks

Rev. Smit is pastor of the Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set. Proverbs 22:28 You may have seen a man alongside a highway or on some land nearby, perhaps with his baseball cap on backwards, peering into the scope of a survey instrument set atop a tripod. At some significant distance away, there would have been another man, holding up a long stick and moving from place to place on a piece of land according to the hand signals or two-way radio commands of the man behind the...

Evangelism in the Established Church (4): Practicing Personal Evangelism, Part D, Equipping Ourselves for the Work

Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: July 2006, p. 423. As we consider the subject of how we equip ourselves for the work of personal evangelism, I like to focus on five things. First, we must begin by checking our hearts. Each one of us must ask himself this question, Am I right with my God? Personal evangelism, or personal witnessing, is a spiritual act that requires spirituality. All such spirituality is expressed by our own personal relationship with God in Jesus Christ. Jesus makes this point in His Parable...

Islam (8): Issachar’s Response to Islam

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: September 1, 2006, p. 475. “And 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 The West is dying! At least that is Patrick J. Buchanan’s assessment as presented in his book The Death of the West. Buchanan bases his case primarily on three factors. In the...

Royal Children: Stewards of God-Given Abilities

Mrs. Miersma is the wife of Rev. Thomas Miersma, missionary in Spokane, Washington. You are so talented!” “I just don’t have a talent for that.” You have probably said or heard these words many times. What are talents? Are some people just born talented while others are not? Are gifts and talents to be defined strictly in terms of intelligence and of artistic or athletic abilities? As royal children of our heavenly Father, given the privilege to labor in His kingdom, to represent His cause in this world, and to serve Him in heartfelt gratitude, we have seen that He...

All Around Us

Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. Federal Vision in the PCA  Earlier in this rubric I have written about “federal vision” theology and its new teaching on justification. One of the denominations that seem to be tolerating this teaching is the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In the August 2006 issue of the Christian Observer, under the heading “Members Of Federal Vision Study Committee Appointed,” we read this, The 34th PCA General Assembly approved erecting an ad interim committee “to study the soteriology of the Federal Vision, New Perspective, and Auburn Avenue Theologies, which are...

Existentialism—The Philosophy Behind Our Age

(Written with the beginning of a new school year, and with college students particularly, in mind.) What follows is a brief introduction to and summary of the philosophy of Existentialism. Why write about a “philosophy” in a Reformed magazine devoted to theological and ecclesiastical issues? It’s quite simple. A man’s philosophy is his perspective on life. And a man’s perspective on life is practical. In the end it has everything to do with man’s conduct and behavior, what he ‘justifies,’ and what he condemns. As we are so fond of saying, principles work through. Why this particular philosophy? Because this...

Editor’s Notes

With this issue, the Standard Bearer enters the eighty-third year of continuous publishing. This cannot be noted without expressing gratitude to God for making the bimonthly publication a reality—including the financial support, the RFPA, and the superb support staff. Above all, we thank God for willing and able writers who are committed to the Reformed truth. The start of another volume is a good time to look back, and to give a preview of the coming year. The Standard Bearer will introduce two new features for the coming year. First, we plan to print a number of Rev. Haak’s Reformed Witness Hour sermons from...

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