Vol 84 Issue 16

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News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.   School Activities  On Thursday evening, March 27, members of the Society for PR Secondary Education met together at Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI for their annual Society meeting. In addition to the usual electing of new board members and the approval of the yearly budget, the men also gave approval to a library/computer lab expansion project. Studies by Covenant’s Long-Range Planning Committee showed that Covenant’s current library/computer lab was a top priority to be updated and expanded, both books and student body having...

The Ways of Her House

Reprinted from When Thou Sittest In Thine House, by Abraham Kuyper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1929. Used by permission of Eerdmans Publishing Co.   Care for the House  Of the good housewife the Proverb-poet writes that she does not eat “the bread of idleness, for she ever looketh well to the ways of her household” (Prov. 31:27). There was a time when, especially in our large cities, some housemothers thought that this looking to the ways of her house referred to her care of the marble hall-ways; and when she knew that the spotless flooring glistened...

The Life of a Christian

Mr. DeVries 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.”  I Chronicles 12:32 The Cyberspace Age  Each age in history has its own spirit, flavor, or zeitgeist. The zeitgeist of today is such that people, young people in particular, are increasingly retreating into the imaginary world of cyberspace. We all have heard of the various social networking sites such as Facebook, andMySpace, which are very popular with many of our youth, but...

Sins Requiring Suspension and Deposition from Office

Prof. Cammenga is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. “Furthermore, among the gross sins which are worthy of being punished with suspension or deposition from office, these are the principal ones: false doctrine or heresy, public schism, public blasphemy, simony, faithless desertion of office or intrusion upon that of another, perjury, adultery, fornication, theft, acts of violence, habitual drunkenness, brawling, filthy lucre; in short, all sins and gross offenses as render the perpetrators infamous before the world, and which in any private member of the church would be considered worthy of excommunication.” Church Order, Article...

Preparting for the Office of Deacon (3) Being Qualified and Being Involved

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Previous article in this series: May 1, 2008, p. 332. One who sincerely desires to hold office in the church is likely to prepare himself for that office, the better to serve in it if God should call him to it. Prayerfully, he will educate himself regarding the office. Also prayerfully, he will be thankful for the presence of that office, and of godly officebearers, in his congregation. In our last article we elaborated on these two points. In this article we note two other things that he...

Seeker Sensitive Failure

Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Chruch in Hudsonville, Michigan. By their own admission, and according to their own studies, the “seeker sensitive,” “emerging church,” mega-churches of modern-day America have failed. Under the title “Seeking but not Finding,” World Magazine, December 1, 2007, published the following story. Willow Creek Church in suburban Chicago has been the epicenter of the “seeker” movement for three decades. During that time, Willow Creek has grown from start up to around 20,000 in regular attendance. The influential Willow Creek Association has taught its 12,000 member churches—including many that do not share the mother church’s...

The Covenant of Sovereign Grace (12) 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: April 15, 2008, p. 318.   Graafland on Covenant and Election in Calvin  In his magisterial study of the origin and development of the covenant in Reformed Protestantism, Van Calvijn tot Comrie(English translation: From Calvin to Comrie, 3 vols., Boekencentrum, 1992-1996; all quotations from this work that follow are my translation of the Dutch), the Dutch theologian C. Graafland acknowledges that in Calvin’s theology election governs the covenant of grace. At the outset of his study of Calvin’s doctrine of the covenant, Graafland...

Pornography: Balak Redivivus (3)

Previous article in this series: May 1, 2008, p. 316. Whether Moab’s King Balak or the prophet Balaam was more culpable for tempting Israel with fornication, both of them had a hand in bringing God’s people into great evil. The motivation was Balak’s: “Destroy this people!” Balaam had the cunning: “Since God has prevented me from cursing them, let us send our women among them to cause them to sin sexually. This will bring them under their God’s judgment.” Today, Balaam’s and Balak’s strategy is revived with a vengeance. Thus, the title:Balak Redivivus—”Balak, given new life.” Satan, arch-enemy of the church,...

The Sending of the Spirit of the Son

Rev. VanOverloop is pastor of Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church in Byron Center, Michigan. “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” Galatians 4:6, 7 The young Christians in the Christian churches of Galatia were being deceived by Judaizers. The chief point of the Judaizers was that the Christians were still servants under the law. As a result, these young Christians were reverting to their old way of...

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