All Articles For Vol 85 Issue 11 3/1/2009

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Seminary Activities Our seminary recently extended a thank-you to the council and congregation of the Hull, IA PRC for their gracious hosting of the internship of Seminarian Cory Griess this past year. These internships have proven to be very profitable for the students and congregations involved, and with God’s blessing will continue to be in the future. In addition, our seminary was also grateful to Hull for their love and kindness shown to Cory and his wife, Lael, during Lael’s long hospitalization in Sioux Falls, SD and...

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Rev. Langerak is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Martin Bucer: A Reformer and His Times, by Martin Greschat. Tr. Stephen E. Buckwalter. Westminster John Knox Press (2004). ISBN: 978-0664226909. Paper. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma. This is a fine, well-written, and authoritative account of the life, work, and theology of the important, if secondary, Reformer Martin Bucer. Bucer was an early convert of Martin Luther, an instructor in important respects ofJohn Calvin, and a Reformer in his own right. Greschat’s work, originally published in German in 1990, is the first biography of Bucer in seventy...

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Mr. Kalsbeek is a teacher in Covenant Christian High School and an elder in Hope Protestant Reformed Chruch, Grand Rapids, 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 The ideas of Lukacs, Gramsci, Adorno, and Marcuse have saturated Western civilization in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, yet only a tiny fraction of those who populate the nations with their roots in Western civilization have heard of even...

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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: January 15, 2009, p. 184. Except for the questions that Rev. Jan Karel Van Baalen thinks he must put to us, and which, as he seems to think, must be resolved by us, the brother really concludes his pamphlet with a chapter that claims to demonstrate that our view is Anabaptistic. After all that we...

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Rev. Bruinsma is Eastern Home Missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches, stationed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Previous article in this series: February 15, 2009, p. 229. Missions and the organic life of the church What does a godly witness in our lives at home have to do with work on a mission field? A godly witness at home is just that, a work at home. The mission work is many miles away from my witness at home. What does one have to do with the other? The answer is found in the organic relationship between the established church and the mission...

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Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previous article in this series: January 15, 2009, p. 176. Dispensationalists maintain that, prior to the final judgment, the Israelis must rule on earth for a thousand years. This millennial reign, they insist, must take place for the covenant promises made in the Old Testament to be fulfilled. In their mind, if there is no earthly millennium in the future, then God will be going back on His word. We often refute this idea by pointing out that God promised Abraham a heavenly land, not an earthly...

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Rev. Spronk is pastor of Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois. Father Richard John Neuhaus Father Richard John Neuhaus died on January 8, 2009. Father Neuhaus was an influential man. Some even give him partial credit for the two-term presidency of George W. Bush. Daniel Burke (in an article posted January 9, 2009 onchristianitytoday.com) began his report on Neuhaus’ death stating, “The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, an eminent Catholic intellectual who tutored President Bush in Catholic social teaching and helped build the political coalition that made his election possible, died Thursday at age 72.” Not only is Neuhaus credited...

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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. Charity A while ago, a policeman fell into a murderer’s hand, and his body was found floating in a lake. This man left a widow behind. And at once among the “well-intentioned” and “charitable” the sense awakened that they should do something for the widow. So it was done. A brilliant festivity was organized. Admission was rated high. And after reduction of expenses, the proceeds were given to the widow. A fine, delicate...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2009, p. 220. As stated in the last issue, the recently produced video about the PRC’s high regard for the confessions as statements concerning God’s truth, as well as our emphasis on the vital importance of church membership, prompted a response by a viewer. The respondent had a couple of questions, to our mind questions worth responding to because they represent what has become to an alarming measure the trend in the ‘Christianity’ of our day—men and women cutting themselves loose from the creeds (in the name of freedom and liberty of conscience)...

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Rev. Marcus is pastor of the First Protestant Reformed Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is...

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