All Articles For Vol 84 Issue 04 11/15/2007

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Rev. DeVries is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Wingham, Ontario, Canada. “Tenured Bigots”  Such is the title of a telling article by Mark Bergin in WORLD magazine (August 18, 2007). It is common knowledge that the institutions of higher learning in North America are dominated by professors who have little regard for, or are openly hostile toward, traditional values and Christianity. That would appear to be especially true with regard to evangelical (including Reformed) Christians. Bergin contends that statistics now confirm that most faculty members do not like evangelicals, and that they are not ashamed to admit it. He reports:...

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregation Activities Our denomination of churches grew by one congregation in October. Calvary PRC, the daughter church of the Hull, IA PRC, was organized on Thursday evening, October 11, thereby becoming our denomination’s twenty-eighth congregation. Rev. S. Key, pastor of Hull, and the moderator for Calvary, addressed the saints gathered together at Hull on the theme “God’s Holy Temple,” fromEphesians 2:19-22. Calvary has three elders and two deacons; 43 families and 7 individuals, for a total of 180 souls. With thanksgiving to God we rejoice that the...

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* Not Anabaptist, But Reformed was a pamphlet written by Danhof and Hoseksema in 1923 as a “Provisional Response to Rev. Jan Karel Van Baalen Concerning the Denial of Common Grace.” Translated here from the Dutch by seminarian Daniel Holstege. Previous article in this series: September 1, 2007, p. 465. The second argument we raised against the idea that the covenant with Noah was a covenant of common grace established with all men without distinction,¹ was that the expression “thee and thy seed” in Scripture is always understood in an organic sense and never pertains to every person among that...

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Rev. Smit is pastor of Immanuel Protestant Reformed Church in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Previous article in this series: December 1, 2006, p. 111. Some time ago we considered an introduction to the truth of the fruit of the Spirit, which is mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. At that time, we focused on the concept of the fruit of the Spirit itself. Now we will resume our meditative sketch of the fruit of the Spirit with an examination of each individual aspect as those aspects are mentioned in other parts of Scripture. According to Galatians 5:22, the first of the nine parts of the...

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Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Previous article in this series: September 1, 2007, p. 463. A Preposterous Proposal  If it is preposterous to suppose that the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands at the time of the Reformation would have excluded God’s grace and salvation in the covenant from the gospel of the Reformation as taught especially by Calvin, it is still more preposterous to propose that Calvin himself did this. According to this preposterous proposal, whereas for Calvin the fact that “among those to whom it [the gospel] is preached, it...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Previous article in this series: August 2007, p. 449. In our last article we presented evidence from the Reformed confessions and from Scripture that there must be a working relationship between the deacons and the consistory. Some of the work of the church requires the deacons to meet with the consistory in a body in which each pastor, elder, and deacon has one vote. With a right understanding of this relationship, we will better appreciate the fact that the deacons, whose work is particularly that of caring for...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa. Previous article in this series: October 1, 2007, p. 20. As we continue our consideration of the spiritual feast that is ours in the Lord’s Supper, we must also understand that we receive that spiritual nourishment only by a spiritual operation, a spiritual work of the Holy Spirit.   Eating and Drinking by Faith   That spiritual operation occurs through faith.

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The October 15, 2007 issue of the Standard Bearer is outstanding. The articles are well researched and documented, instructive, and well written. Having now covered the Afscheiding of 1834 and the Doleantie of 1888, perhaps you and your colleagues will give us the history of the merger of these two in 1892 with the emphasis on an exploration of the influence of these two secessions on the Protestant Reformed Churches. We cannot live in the past, but we must live out of the past. To help us do this, continue bearing the standard of confessional, Reformed orthodoxy. —Rev. Robert D....

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As believers within the Protestant Reformed Churches, we have reason for thanks—thanksgiving to God for preserving us in His truths, and for His preserving various truths in our assemblies. At the same time, we acknowledge we must be wary of allowing thanksgiving to transform itself into unseemly self-congratulations when we see what is happening to other denominations not so blessed. As if we have made ourselves to differ! As if we cannot lose what has been passed on to us! What is our esteem for sound doctrine if it does not promote in us humility before God and men? That...

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