Vol 87 Issue 11

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News From Our Churches

Congregation Activities  The Council of the Hudsonville, MI PRC has been busy the past year or so working on a proposal to update and renovate Hudsonville’s existing church building. Continued growth in Hudsonville has resulted in the congregation outgrowing their space for catechism classes, Bible study, and Sunday school, as well as in their nursery, restrooms, and fellowship hall. Hoping to address those needs, the Council presented the congregation with a proposal to renovate their fellowship hall and the existing rooms around it, including an addition to the north side of their building and an entire parking lot reconstruction. The...

William Cameron Townsend: Father of Wycliffe Bible Translators and Summer Institute of Linguistics

As the Christian church spread throughout the known world, the Bible was translated into various languages so that people could read it in their own tongue. By the time of the Reformation of the sixteenth century, the Bible was translated into more than thirty languages. The next three centuries saw an increase in that work to such a degree that another thirty languages were added. The missionaries who were sent to foreign fields recognized immediately the great need for the Scriptures in the native tongue. Those men, including William Carey in India, Adoniram Judson in Burma, and Hudson Taylor in...

Update: Federal Vision on Trial in the PCA

A Case Study in Working Hard not to Exercise Discipline Will you adopt a study report condemning the Federal Vision? In 2007 the General Assembly of the PCA (Presbyterian Churches in America) said yes to this question and adopted a report condemning the heretical movement known as the Federal Vision. But now the more pressing question is, will you discipline the heretics who publicly teach and defend doctrines that are associated with the Federal Vision? The actions of three of the governing bodies of the PCA indicate the answer to this question is, not if we can avoid it! The...

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, author: Eric Metaxas.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, 2010. Pp. xvi+591. $29.99 (cloth). [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.] If ever resistance to civil authority could be excused, it was Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s. If ever the attempt to assassinate the ruler of a nation could be justified, it was the attempt by Bonhoeffer and his fellow conspirators. Bonhoeffer resisted the monstrously evil Nazi Germany. He and his co-conspirators made an attempt on the life of the presage of the man of sin, the Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. On this resistance culminating in the attempt to assassinate Hitler, this splendid...

Glory

The primary meaning of glory is derived from the Old Testament word kabod, as in Ichabod, the child so named after the glory of God departed with the ark (I Sam. 4:21). Its New Testament equivalent, doxa (as in doxology), originally meant opinion or view, but biblically has taken on the same meaning as the Old Testament kabod, which refers to a thing of heft or weight, i.e., massive, important, substantial, abundant, or considerable, thus honorable, splendid, magnificent, and awesome to see, experience, or contemplate. The opposite is something slight, trifling, vain, and lacking, thus lowly, dishonorable, contemptible, and shameful (Ps. 4:2; Is. 23:9; Prov. 3:35; I...

Every Day Has Evil Enough of Its Own

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.

The Fruit of the Spirit (11): Meekness

Previous article in this series: January 15, 2011, p.181. A virtue that the Holy Spirit nurtures in the believer by the doctrines of His sovereign, electing, and irresistible grace is the virtue of meekness. The Canons of Dordt, I, 13 teach that “the sense and certainty of this election afford to the children of God additional matter for daily humiliation before Him….” In the Canons of Dordt, V, 12, we confess that the doctrine of the preservation and perseverance of the saints does not produce in the believer a “spirit of pride,” but is “a source of humility,” among many...

Controversy and Confusion over the Covenant: Is it not time to settle it?

Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ (I Cor. 1:12). Thus the inspired apostle Paul pointedly describes the party spirit in the church of Jesus Christ in Corinth. A church divided it was, contrary to the command of the apostle and of the Lord Jesus Himself. Paul severely rebuked the Corinthians for this division in their midst and instructed them to seek unity in the truth of Christ crucified. Sad to say, the church on this earth has needed this biblical...

Keeping the Heart

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23 Physical fitness is important. But far more important than physical exercise and physical fitness is the spiritual aspect of our lives. And at the center of our spiritual fitness is the condition of our hearts. Some have defined the heart as “the totality of man’s inner or immaterial nature.” Others have called the heart “the whole soul, or inner man” or “the center of all the issues of our life from a spiritual ethical point of view.” The heart sits at the very...

3/1/2011