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Vol 83 Issue 04

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.   Congregation Activities  Michigan weather in October can be either warm and sunny with trees full of splendid fall colors, or quite the opposite: cold, wet, and gray. Thankfully, members of the First PRC in Holland, MI scheduled an overnight camp-out at Hoffmaster State Park near Muskegon for one of those warm, sunny weekends—October 6 & 7. Twelve men, along with sixteen boys ranging in age from teenager to as young as two years old, enjoyed time together for First’s annual Men and Boys Camp-Out. These 28...

Report of Classis East

Report of Classis East meeting in regular session on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 and in continued session on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church. Classis East met in regular session on September 13, 2006 at the Southwest PRC. All churches were represented by two delegates. Also present were the delegates ad examina from Classis West because of the examination of Pastor-elect Andrew Lanning. There were two main issues before the classis at this meeting: 1) the peremptoir examination of Pastor-elect Andrew Lanning, who had accepted the call from our Faith PRC, and 2) the consideration of the instruction...

What Next?

In God’s providence there is a strong prospect of an essentially new situation arising in the Protestant Reformed Churches. For the next few years the denomination may well be presented with the lack of open existing pulpits or fields for newly declared candidates to the ordained ministry. Certainly, God may have changes in store that could significantly, even dramatically, affect what may be seen today as lying ahead. He has done so before. But it is possible that with this prospective case, God may be lifting the eyes of the churches to see it as their calling to consider adding...

Secretary’s Annual Report 2006

Rev. Herman Hoeksema, in his book The Protestant Reformed Churches in America, makes the following statement: Although the first issue of the periodical [the Standard Bearer] appeared in October 1924, the purpose to publish a paper devoted to the development and dissemination of the Reformed truth was conceived much earlier. In fact, in their brochure: Om Recht en Waarheit (For Justice and Truth), the Reverends Danhof and Hoeksema already announced their intention to publish a monthly paper in which they might develop the truth. Even before the monthly was published, several brethren interested in the cause of Reformed truth had organized...

Yet Will I Rejoice in God

Rev. Haak is pastor of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan and radio pastor of the Reformed Witness Hour. Are you thankful to God always? Are you thankful at all times and in every situation in your life? Our God commands us in Ephesians 5:20, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Are there, perhaps, times and situations in your life when thanksgiving is not heard from you in the court of heaven? Is it, perhaps, that your thanksgiving is rooted only in things, rooted only in things...

The Covenant of Sovereign Grace (2) or the Decisive Influence of the Reformation Gospel upon the Orthodox Doctrine of the Covenant in the Netherlands

Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Previous article in this series: October 15, 2006, p. 26. Although there has been controversy over the relation of the covenant and election in the Dutch Reformed churches from the time of Dordt to the present, the issue was settled already in the earliest period of the Reformation in the Netherlands. It was settled officially. It was settled in such a way that Reformed Christianity, particularly Reformed Christianity in the Dutch Reformed tradition, is bound to a doctrine of the covenant that confesses that election governs...

All Around Us

Rev. DeVries is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Wingham, Ontario, Canada. Life Without Children This is the title of a shocking essay by Barbara Dafoe Whitehead for the 2006 “The State of Our Unions: The Social Health of Marriage in America” report. For those who view children as “an heritage of the LORD,” read and weep: Being a parent has never been easy but today it is a source of growing distress and a rising chorus of complaint. Increasingly, Americans see the years spent in active child rearing as a grueling experience, imposing financial burdens, onerous responsibilities, emotional...

The Emergent Church Movement – A Brief Introduction and Critique (2)

Previous article in this series: November 1, 2006, p. 52. As stated in our previous article the word that looms large in the Emergent church movement is the word “postmodern.” It is the contention of the movement’s leading spokesmen that society has entered into what must be labeled as the “postmodern” era, and only a Christianity that reckons with and understands what has taken place, and then adjusts its approach and message, is going to be able to communicate in any effective gospel way to this emerging generation. They contend that a Christendom inflexibly wedded to its past traditions has little...

Sing Unto the Lord with Thanksgiving

Rev. Slopsema is pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. Psalm 147:7-9 Psalm 147 was composed at the time of the completion of the walls of Jerusalem under Nehemiah. What a blessing of God this was. The completion of the walls brought a peace and prosperity to Judah that she...

Publishing the Reformed Faith—Globally*

*Speech at the RFPA Annual Meeting held on September 21, 2006.   Introduction  The original purpose of the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA) is tied to the beginning of the Protestant Reformed Churches and the common grace controversy. Negatively, it was a response to the reality that the Revs. Herman Hoeksema and Henry Danhof were cut off from publishing. In the periodicals of the Christian Reformed Church (in which they were ministers) they were not allowed to criticize common grace. Nor were they given opportunity to demonstrate that this grievous error was contrary to Scripture and the Reformed confessions. A...

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