All Articles For Vol 83 Issue 06 12/15/2006

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.   Evangelism Activities  Continuing now with Reformation Day lectures from various of our congregations, we can report that the Wingham, Ontario PRC hosted a Reformation Day lecture on October 31 in their church. Prof. H. Hanko spoke on the topic, “The Crucial Emphasis of the Reformers on Christian Piety.” On October 27 the congregation of the Lynden, WA PRC sponsored a Reformation lecture. Their pastor, Rev. R. Hanko, spoke on the topic, “The Priesthood of All Believers.” That same evening in Iowa, the Reformed Witness Committee, made...

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Mr. Kalsbeek is a teacher in Covenant Christian High School and a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Walker, Michigan. “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 Most people realize that the news media do not just report. They frame and package the news. Stories reflect the mind-set and values of the newsroom.”² Evidence that this assessment of John Leo as expressed in his editorial in U.S. News...

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Rev. Stewart is pastor of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. It was not that long ago that the SB carried a report on the 2006 British Reformed Fellowship (BRF) Family Conference at Cloverley Hall in England, and already it is providing information about the 2008 BRF Conference. Speakers and Subjects The biennial general meeting at last August’s BRF conference settled upon the speakers for the next conference: Professors Engelsma and Hanko, who have served us so well in the past. The theme too was decided: “The Work of the Holy Spirit.” We are already looking forward to six quality...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Is it proper to speak of the deacons’ work as having aprophetic aspect? Are Gerard Berghoef and Lester De Koster right to devote a page of their book to the subject of “The Deacon As Teacher”?¹ After all, Scripture requires that bishops be “apt to teach” (I Tim. 3:2), but makes no such requirement regarding deacons. Scripture further indicates that in the New Testament the exalted Christ functions as prophet through the office of pastor in the church. So the inspired apostle indicates that God gave the New Testament...

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Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. Previous article in this series: September 15, 2006, p. 493. God’s everlasting covenant is a covenant of irresistible, particular grace. Therefore baptism, the sign of the covenant, must be a sign and seal of this irresistible grace. Many, however, reject this truth, and instead teach a conditional covenant of resistible, common grace. Whether this is said to be a condition to get into the covenant or to stay in the covenant, either way it amounts to teaching that God’s grace is resistible, and that the salvation of God’s...

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Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Previous article in this series: November 15, 2006, p. 82. Introduction In the two preceding articles I have contended that, despite the vigorous controversy in the Dutch Reformed tradition over the issue, the Reformed churches in the Netherlands settled the issue whether election governs the covenant, very early in their history. In two early, official documents, these churches taught that there is a close relation between the eternal decree and the historical covenant of grace and that this relation is election’s governing the covenant. The two...

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Rev. Langerak is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For unto us a child is born. What reason for the church, especially believing parents and their children, to celebrate! Because a child is born unto us, children born of us are saved! But sadly, this good news is lost on many Christians, even mothers and fathers. Though perhaps ecstatic that Jehovah saves by this child born unto us, they suppose that children born of us are denied that salvation. The Father who loved, nurtured, and delivered His own child Jesus, supposedly does not do the same...

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Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Previous article in this series: October 1, 2006, p. 15. With this article, we bring to a close our consideration of the work of evangelism in the established church. As we noted before, most of this work is done by a local church extension committee. This committee is instructed to come up with projects and ideas for extending the gospel beyond the confines of the local congregation. The focal point of congregational involvement is the worship services. The pastor, elders, and deacons, along with all the members, lift up...

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Some 2000 years ago, in the insignificant town of Bethlehem, a baby boy was born into the humblest of circumstances. This firstborn child of a young woman far from home was born in a cattle stall, wrapped in whatever scraps of cloth the mother had been able to accumulate, and laid in a manger. And so came into the world the child named in His tongue Jehovah-salvation (Jesus), because the angel testified that this One would save His people from their sins (Matt. 1:21). The lowliness of this birth is important theologically. It points to the fact that the promised...

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Rev. Miersma is pastor of the Loveland Protestant Reformed Church in Loveland, Colorado. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost…. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and...

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