Vol 87 Issue 14

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News From Our Churches

Evangelism Activities The Evangelism Committee of the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI recently informed their congregation that they are now a member of the conservative website, sermonaudio.com. The committee uploads sermons to this website, which can be downloaded to any computer in the world. You will find a link to this website on Southwest’s home page: southwestprc.org. The Evangelism Committee of the Calvary PRC in Hull, IA gave a brief presentation on sermonaudio.com during lunch after Calvary’s Bible Study on March 17. The congregation was invited to come to learn how to use or better utilize this website in their...

Ideas Have Consequences: The Cult of Charles Darwin (1)

“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 creation/evolution debate has been lost—by the proponents of evolution, that is. Unfortunately, for the evolutionist at least, his god has betrayed him! The evolutionist’s god, SCIENCE, was supposed to confirm what its chief prophet, Charles Darwin, prophesied in the evolutionist’s bible: The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. Instead,...

Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms: A Study in the Development of Reformed Social Thought, author: David Van Drunen.

Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms: A Study in the Development of Reformed Social Thought, by David Van Drunen. Grand Rapids, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2010. 466 pages. Softcover. ISBN978802864437. Reviewed by Mark H. Hoeksema. David Van Drunen is Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California. As is evident from this and other of his writings, he stands in the conservative tradition of Reformed and Presbyterian theology, and is therefore a voice that needs to be heard. When I was assigned this book for review, its title intrigued me because of the questions it raised...

To Go or Not to Go?

Is that the question? May that be the question? Ought that to be the question? Will you go to the Young People’s meeting? Will you go to their outing? Will you help with the fundraiser? There are many reasons to say yes. It is pleasing to the Lord. It will benefit you and your church, strengthening your fellowship and communion. Going to Bible study will increase your knowledge of God’s Word. Good causes will prosper with your participation, together with the participation of others in the group. There are all kinds of reasons to say no. You will need to...

The Nature of the Office of Elder (3): Christ’s Rule Through the Body of Elders

Previous article in this series: February 1, 2011, p. 199. Having established in our first article that the office of elder in the church is the office of rule, and having explained in our second article that this rule is that of Jesus Christ, the King of the church, we now emphasize that Christ rules the church through the elders as a body. The Body of Elders To say that Christ rules the church through the elders as a body is to say that Christ rules through the consistory. By the term “consistory,” Reformed churches refer to the ruling body of...

Establishing Reformed Churches (2)

Previous article in this series: January 15, 2011, p. 188. In mission work, Reformed churches seek to establish churches that are Reformed. This involves (as we noted last time) striving to establish churches that are Reformed both in history and doctrine. These are foundational. Churches need to be established that are solidly grounded in the historic Reformed faith, as summarized and set forth in the Reformed creeds. But while history and doctrine are essential, they are, contrary to the opinion of many, not enough. Some, when being taught the Reformed faith, have the idea that they stand as it were...

Chapter Four: Postmillennialism (12): The Fundamental Elements of Postmillennial Eschatology (cont.)

Previous article in this series: January 15, 2011, p. 183.   Preterism (cont.)  The importance for postmillennialism of its preterist interpretation of Matthew 24:1-33 is that the apostolic doctrine of the last days elsewhere in New Testament Scripture depends upon Christ’s teaching in Matthew 24. If the events foretold by Christ in Matthew 24 took place, not merely typically, but in full and final reality prior to or in AD 70, the same must be true of all such prophecies made by the apostles. All happened in the past, as concerns the church in the twenty-first century. And this is the conclusion that the postmillennialists...

Controversy and Confusion over the Covenant: Is it not time to settle it? (4)

Previous article in this series: April 1, 2011, p. 292. Almost 450 years ago, God used outstanding Reformation theologians like Bullinger, Calvin, Ursinus, and Olevianus to initiate the development of the doctrine of God’s covenant of grace. Since then the work on this glorious doctrine has continued, but is far from finished. In fact, confusion and controversy mark the current status of this central doctrine. To Reformed believers, this ought to be intolerable. We should be crying out for a resolution. Two possible ways were outlined in the previous editorial—ways in which the Reformed churches could seek to settle the...

Beholding the Things Done at the Cross

“And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.  And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.” Luke 23:48-49 What a day to remember! Jesus’ enemies had finally managed to kill Him. How popular Jesus had been. For over three years he had taught as no man had ever taught. He had performed astounding miracles. Just this past Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey to the jubilant shouts of the multitudes that had...

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