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Catechism: The Old Path, the Good Way (2)

Previous article in this series: September 1, 2008, p. 460. “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.  Jeremiah 6:16 We gratefully acknowledge that, for almost 85 years, the Protestant Reformed Churches have asked for the old path of catechism: the church instructing her youth. God be praised for preserving the PRC on that path, giving rest to our (and our children’s!) souls. Catechism was God’s way...

News From Our Churches

Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.   Minister Activities  Since our last “News,” several of our churches have been busy extending calls. Rev. R. VanOverloop received the call from the Doon, IA PRC to serve as missionary pastor to the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines. The newly organized Providence PRC, presently meeting in Hudsonville, MI, extended their first call for a pastor to Rev. R. Kleyn. Both Rev. Kleyn and Rev. VanOverloop recently declined those calls. Rev. J. Slopsema is considering a call from Grace PRC in Standale, MI to become their...

Labor Not for the Meat That Perisheth

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.   Not Live by Bread Alone  To labor, to be busy, to work is our high human calling. For though it is true that God the Lord, after the fall, has said: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” (Gen. 3:19), yet in this saying the emphasis and stress fall on “the sweat of the face” and upon the “eating bread.” With wonderful accuracy of expression the word labor, orwork, does...

Historical Introduction to Dispensationalism (6) Dispensationalism and Independentism

Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. Previous article in this series: August 2008, p. 447. The articles so far in this series have been intended to provide a historical introduction to dispensationalism. The first few articles provided an overview of some of the current teachings of the movement, showing how dispensationalists capitalized on current events to promote their system, and pointing out some of the foolish ideas that man comes to when he takes dispensational theology to its logical conclusion. Now I have been turning the focus more toward the origin of dispensationalism, in...

Seminary News

September 1, 2008 The new school year was scheduled to begin on Monday, August 25, with an opening “orientation” and chapel speech by the rector. This is normal for the day before regular classes. The students receive assignments and reading lists, purchase the required books at the seminary bookstore, and receive their “practice preaching” text assignments. The rector makes important announcements, reminds the students what to expect, and opens with a devotional exposition of Scripture and prayer. The new students feel their way around. The older students take a deep breath. Ten students will grace our halls in the year...

Singapore and Then to Redlands

Rev. denHartog is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. This has been a very exciting summer for us. We spent two weeks in Singapore. Our hearts greatly rejoiced when we were invited to come to Singapore to speak at the “Family Camp” of Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church. At first I was going to write only about our experiences in Singapore, but then we enjoyed an equally exciting time in our church in Redlands, California, where we were asked to speak at the youth retreat sponsored by Hope Protestant Reformed Church. Being part of the two events mentioned...

The Courage of the Minister of the Word

Prof. Engelsma is professor emeritus of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak they word.”  Acts 4:29 Introduction¹ It is a strange and dangerous fact that so little is made, and even said, about the qualification of courage in the minister of the word of God. One may scour the standard works on preaching and preachers without coming across even the mention of courage, much less a chapter devoted to this virtue, as the virtue deserves and demands. There is...

1. Facebook: Not for kids. 2. Punishment for Speaking Against Homosexuality in Canada. 3. From Justification to Women in Office.

Rev. Kleyn is pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. I take this important article from Reformed Perspective, a magazine written by young Reformed people for young Reformed people and, in the case of this article, also for their parents. There is out there the great unknown world of the Internet. Part of its draw is that there is so much that is undiscovered—an old friend, a new friend, a good bargain, some information you needed for research, a stimulant for a pet sin. The problem with the Internet and our kids is that they aren’t telling their parents...

KJV

Praise God for the excellent article in “All Around Us” (Rev. M. DeVries) of the July 2008 issue of the SB. Rev. DeVries makes a perfect statement of truth when he says, “make no mistake, the doctrine of Scripture lies at the very heart of the faith of the church of Jesus Christ…. All our faith stands or falls with the answer to the question: Is Scripture the infallibly inspired and therefore authoritive Word of God?” Ever since the Reformation, and again in the 1880s and today, this has been exactly what has turned the church to Satan’s “Yea, hath God...

Catechism: The Old Path, the Good Way (1)

“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.  Jeremiah 6:16 Profound gratitude is the proper response when Protestant Reformed members realize what they have in the practice of catechism—the church’s instruction of covenant youth. They may be as grateful for catechism instruction and for faithful pastors who teach, as they are for air to breathe and food for their families. And more so. This gratitude, if it...

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