All Articles For Vol 85 Issue 19 8/1/2009

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Rev. denHartog is pastor of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. Quite incredibly, for a second year in a row I was invited to be the speaker at the family camp of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore. These family camps are held yearly by the church in Singapore. Over the years they have been a source of great blessing to many. I have attended at least ten such camps over the years, at many different places in Singapore and Malaysia, some with my wife and family. There were two reasons for which this opportunity again filled me...

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Congregation Activities Dr. David Torlach, his wife, Ruth, and their children, left June 19 for their home in Australia after his graduation from our Protestant Reformed Seminary on June 11. Since the Torlachs spent the last three years attending the Byron Center, MI PRC, that congregation hosted a farewell for them on Sunday evening, June 14. Later that week, a large group, including many young people, saw them leave from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Dr. and Mrs. Torlach expresstheir warm and sincere thanks for the...

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Let the Nations Be Glad, by John Piper. 2nd ed. Baker Academic (2003). 256pp. Paper. ISBN: 978-00801026133. Reviewed by Dr. Julian Kennedy (Ballymena, Northern Ireland). John Piper is a pastor and writer with two passions, first, to know God, and second, to make Him known. This book, revised and expanded from when first published in 1993, highlights these two biblical passions as he sets out to prove that God’s great purpose in creation and redemption is His own glory, and that we as His people will experience His fellowship as we aim for that same goal, by making worshiping disciples...

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Mr. Minderhoud is a teacher in Covenant Christian High School and a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Have you ever sat by the cozy warmth of a flickering campfire, staring at and contemplating the bright flames? Or have you ever witnessed the raging flames of a much larger fire, perhaps one that is burning uncontrollably, and felt its intense heat? In either case there is something about the mysterious nature of fire that intrigues us and makes us pause. We either contemplate its warmth and beauty or marvel at the speed and strength of its devouring...

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Prof. Engelsma is profess or emeritus of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Previous article in this series: May 1, 2009, p. 343. Reformed Amillennialism (conclusion) As the previous article in this series demonstrated, the millennium, or thousand-year period, of Revelation 20 is a symbolical description of the present gospel-age, from the Ascension of Christ to a time shortly before the return of Christ and the end of all things. During this time, Satan is restrained, or “bound,” by Christ so that he cannot unite the nations in the kingdom of Antichrist, and the martyred saints are raised in their...

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Rev. DeVries is pastor or the Protestant Reformed Church in Wingham, Ontario, Canada. From time to time I’m asked, by friends and fellow saints in the United States, regarding the current status of religious freedom here in Canada. Are things getting worse for the faithful church, for serious-minded Christians who strive to live according to their religious (biblical) convictions? One ominous indication that there is much reason for concern is the sad fact that “The Voice of the Martyrs Newsletter” (May 2009) focused on religious liberty issues in Canada. Normally this informative newsletter relates accounts of the suffering of Christians...

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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: March 15, 2009, p. 285. This article concludes the series. Having come to the end of his pamphlet, Rev. VanBaalen thinks he must ask us several questions, which, it seems to him, call for resolution. Now we do not feel obligated to answer every question the brother thinks he must ask us. Moreover, we are...

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Rev. Laning is pastor of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Walker, Michigan. Previous article in this series: June 2009, p. 400. The previous article dealt with the dispensational claim that the kingdom of Christ was not mentioned by the Old Testament prophets. Over against this error it was pointed out that Scripture says that not only some, but all these prophets, spoke of the days in which we now live. They spoke of a Messiah that would come to a heavenly throne through the deep way of the cross, and who would then rule the nations from God’s right hand....

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Note to the readers of the SB: Before we respond to various points raised by the brother in the above letter (dated mid-April) our readers should know that brother Salmon and I have carried on some correspondence over the issues he raised and have come to the conclusion that we are closer to each other about the importance of the creeds than may appear from this first letter. But because the issue concerning the character and authority of the confessions is of such importance today, and because the brother’s ‘reservations’ about what we wrote is quite likely shared by others,...

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I am writing concerning your Editorial in the March 1, 2009 Standard Bearer. Please understand I greatly respect you, the SB, and the PRC. I have been a reader and subscriber for over thirty years. So in that frame of reference I am criticizing what I see as several errors in your March 1st Editorial. 1. The creeds are not the work of the Holy Spirit. They are man’s words summarizing particular biblical doctrines. 2. Some (like me) can “honestly dispute” that the same charge holds true for present day officers of churches as it did for the apostles. 3. We are dealing with...

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