Vol 86 Issue 13

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News From Our Churches

Mission Activities In news from our mission in the Philippines, we recently learned that Rev. Richard Smit and Rev. Daniel Kleyn now preach once a month in the Tagalog language. The sermons are written, translated by a member of the church, and preached from the translation. The people really appreciate hearing the gospel in their own native tongue. The Berean PRC in Manila scheduled a combined Men’s Bible Study meeting for Monday morning, February 22, a holiday in the metro Manila area, held at their regular meeting and worship location. Rev. Kleyn presented a speech centered on principles of Reformed...

Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth, author: Douglas Wilson.

Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth, by Douglas Wilson. Moscow, ID: Canon Press, 2008. Pp. 136. $19.00 (cloth). Reviewed by David J. Engelsma. In the form of “lyrical theology”—a “theology couched in poetry, hymns and songs, and liturgy,” the author tells us (11)—Douglas Wilson promotes the standard Christian Reconstruction postmillennial doctrine of the earthly future. I speak of “earthly future” rather than “last things,” because for Wilson and the Christian Reconstructionists the “last things” are past. They happened in the days leading up to and including the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. Wilson expresses the optimism of postmillennialism quite...

Not a Hoof Left Behind

The controversy between Jehovah the living God, and Pharaoh king of Egypt, is recorded in the Bible to show the power of God to save His people and to redeem them from all their sins. The apostle Paul, inRomans 9:17, when speaking of the sovereign, almighty predestination of God, that is, God’s eternal determination of who will be saved and who will not be saved, shows from the life of Pharaoh that this is accomplished by the mighty will of God: “For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my...

The High Calling of Husbands to Love Their Wives (1)

My intention for some time has been to write a short series of articles for this rubric in The Standard Beareron the role of the members of the covenant Christian family: husbands, wives, and children. This subject has been addressed on several occasions before in The Standard Bearer in the last several years, but it is one that is of such great importance that we need to be reminded of it. We as pastors need to be studying subjects like these often and giving instruction and encouragement to the members of the church for the good of their marriages and their covenant families....

Ideas Have Consequences: Going Green (2)

Previous article in this series: March 1, 2010, p. 257. 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 12:31 Ideas have consequences! Bad ideas have bad consequences! It is our intent in this article to discuss some of the bad consequences of the ideas of the three radical environmental groups we discussed in our former article (The Green Party, The Deep Ecology Movement, The Animal Rights Movement). Although the three groups...

Diaconal Conferences (1)

Previous article in this series: February 1, 2010, p. 203. In treating the office of deacon, we examine yet the subject of diaconal conferences. The term “diaconal conferences” can be used in at least two senses—a narrower and a broader. Members of Protestant Reformed Churches would more quickly understand the term in the narrower sense—to refer to occasional meetings sponsored by a particular diaconate, at which speakers give instruction and encouragement to past, present, or prospective deacons. Such conferences are held, albeit infrequently, in the Protestant Reformed Churches, especially in the Michigan area. In the broader sense, the term is...

Sanctified Sarcasm

A contradiction in terms? There are those who are persuaded it is. Understandably so. The question arises not only when one considers what sarcasm is (an expression of mockery) and what it is used to accomplish (to hold up the views of another for ridicule), but also when you consider that the ungodly resort to it often, especially to give their estimation of Christianity and its practitioners. “Oh my, aren’t you holy! Better than the rest of us, I suppose! Well, you hypocrites, let me tell you about some of your wonderful, Christian friends!” And they proceed to do just...

Insulting the Temple-Builder

At the last came two false witnesses, And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. Matthew 26:60, 61 It is that time of the year when our attention is directed to the suffering of Jesus Christ. The suffering in our text takes place on the night of His betrayal. Having been betrayed, Christ was arrested by the Sanhedrin, which was the highest Jewish tribunal, consisting of 71 members, with the high priest presiding. At the time of Christ the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem enjoyed a very high degree...

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