All Articles For Vol 84 Issue 12 3/15/2008

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.   Congregation Activities  The Family Conference 2009 Committee of the First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada held their first fund-raising event for that conference, a “Dessert Evening,” Friday evening, February 8, at their church. The committee urged all young people and adults from that congregation, and from neighboring Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, to come out and enjoy an evening of tasty desserts served buffet-style, along with various games and good Christian fellowship. A donation was requested to help meet anticipated expenses for the upcoming conference. The “News”...

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What the Bible Teaches About Marriage. Anthony Selvaggio. Evangelical Press. 2007. Pp. 240, paperback. $14.99. [Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper]. The cover of this book contains a picture of a young couple in a Volkswagen van, on the front of which hangs a sign: “Just Married.” It appears at first glance that the woman is in the driver’s seat. Exactly the problem with many marriages today. A closer look, however, indicates that the picture was taken in Great Britain. The van is driving on the left side of the road. And under the young man’s right arm, on the right...

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* Not Anabaptist, but Reformed was a pamphlet written by Danhof and Hoeksema 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: February 15, 2008, p. 223. As Rev. Van Baalen next proceeds to judge our view in the light of Reformed theology, he says first of all that he will limit himself to Reformed theologians of the last half century. The reason that he gives for this is that we are dealing here “with an immense...

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Prof. Cammenga is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Previous article in this series: February 15, 2008, p. 229. “When ministers of the divine Word, elders, or deacons have committed any public, gross sin which is a disgrace to the church or worthy of punishment by the authorities, the elders and deacons shall immediately, by preceding sentence of the consistory thereof and of the nearest Church, be suspended or expelled from their office, but the ministers shall only be suspended. Whether these shall be entirely deposed from office shall be subject to the judgment of...

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Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. Previous article in this series: February 15, 2008, p. 234. Of all the factors that have affected the rise of dispensationalism, one of the chief is the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine. After years of predicting that this would happen, dispensationalists became euphoric when it did. In the mind of a dispensationalist, the establishment of Israel as a nation in 1948 was proof to the world that dispensational eschatology is correct. Then about twenty years later, when the Israelis were victorious in battle, taking control of...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. We have concluded our treatment of the work of the office of deacon—both the work that pertains specifically to the office, and the work that deacons do in conjunction with the elders. Perhaps some male readers, realizing more clearly what the deacons’ work involves and understanding better why the office is necessary in the church of Christ, desire to serve in that office. Then the question arises, “What can I do to prepare?” We devote several articles to an answer to this question. Let it be understood at...

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Anabaptistic World Flight? I would like to respond to the comments of the Rev. Spriensma on voting that appeared in the February 1st issue of the Standard Bearer. The Rev. Spriensma states, “There are those who would take an anabaptistic position of world flight, and take no interest in the messy realm of politics. These men and women do not care to cast their votes. Shame on them.” I write as one Christian who does not vote. For the information of all those who wish to smear such as myself with the “anabaptistic world flight” label, I would like to demonstrate...

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Previous article in this series: March 1, 2008, p. 245. Are they Protestant Reformed? This question is occasionally voiced by members of the Protestant Reformed Churches who have a real interest in the work of the Committee for Contact with Other Churches. When they hear of visits made to churches in other parts of the world, this question can arise. The question itself is open to interpretation, and the intent may be to learn whether these churches agree with the central truths that define the PRC. And yet, the question may also indicate a serious misunderstanding of the work of...

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