Vol 88 Issue 17

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News From Our Churches

Congregation Activities We are thankful to the Lord for the completion of another catechism season. As members of various con­gregations we appreciate the work of the students and the support of the parents in the past year. As in many of our churches, some of the students each year learn the whole of chapter 11 of the book of Hebrews. This year was no exception, and it should not go unnoticed that they join generations of Protestant Reformed children in our churches who over the years were up to the challenge of accomplishing this memory project. Let us all continue...

Living As a Single Christian (1)

With all the important emphasis on mar­riage and the family in the church we should not neglect those who are single among us. As much as it is true that most of us have the calling of God and in-created need to marry, not all are married. There are several situations in which Christians are single, either by their own choice or by providential circumstances of their life. There are those who are not able to marry because of the special way the Lord made them. There are those who are single because the Lord does not lead someone into...

Rev. Stephen R. Riggs: Missionary to the Dakota Indians

As missionaries labored through the ages, they often faced difficulty convincing the established church to accept new converts as Christians. Differences in race and culture proved to be a stumbling block for churches whose congregations were homogenous in nationality and practice. Acknowledging that foreign converts could not be expected to relate to the same traditions, missionaries nonetheless realized that they must avoid the tempta­tion to lower the bar. Faithfulness to Scripture needed to be maintained as the standard under which these new churches were formed. The apostolic church at Jerusalem already faced these struggles. The Jews, who viewed themselves as...

A Critique of “Reformational” Views on Revelation (3): The God-Instructed Farmer

Previous article in this series: March 1, 2012, p. 248. Where are we to look if we desire to find the laws of God for human culture and soci­ety? How does God teach us how to run a business, a government, or an educational institution? Those who embrace “Reformational” theology¹ would point us to the creation. Embedded in the creation itself, they say, is the word of God that teaches us how we are to do these things. But what about the Scriptures? The Scriptures, they say, do set forth for us some general information to point us in the...

An Evaluation of Six Trends in Present-Day Missions (1)

There are trends and errors that affect modern church missions today of which we should be aware. Some of these trends are mentioned, for example, in the writings of prominent church theo­logians about current and future church missions. One such writer is the late Prof. David J. Bosch, a South Af­rican missiologist who became a professor at the Uni­versity of South Africa in 1971. He has written helpful summaries about the history of missions by the church in the New Testament till the present, but his influen­tial books (Transforming Missions, Witness to the World, and Believing in the Future) demonstrate...

Life Is Cheap

Killing Newborns… The London Daily Telegraph (March 4, 2012) ran the headline: “Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say.” In Britain, two “medical ethicists,” Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, associated with Ox­ford University, have published an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics contending that, “Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are ‘morally irrelevant’ and ending their lives is no different to abortion.” Mariette Ulrich comments in an article on mercator­net.com, “‘Killing babies is no different from abortion.’ Never were truer words spoken: groups seeking legal protection for prenatal life have been saying...

The Incarnation

Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 14 Question 35. What is the meaning of these words—“He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary”? Answer. That God’s eternal Son, who is, and continueth true and eternal God, took upon Him the very nature of man, of the flesh and blood of the Virgin Mary, by the operation of the Holy Ghost; that He might also be the true seed of David, like unto His brethren in all things, sin excepted. Question 36. What profit dost thou receive by Christ’s holy conception and nativity? Answer. That He is our Mediator;...

Polemics: Fighting Words

In our position as seminary professors, it is our responsi­bility to read as many of the church magazines and seminary journals as possible. We take that responsibility seriously, subscribing to (or having exchange relationships with) nearly one hundred differ­ent publications. The churches have mandated us to “expound to (the students) the mysteries of the faith; caution them in regard to the errors and heresies of the old, but especially of the new day . . .” (Form for the Installation of Professor of Theology; emphasis mine). So we read as much as we can. The lack of militancy—fighting words—in these...

Godliness for Young Women

“That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Titus 2:4, 5 Titus was laboring among the new Christians on the island of Crete. He was to preach and teach God’s Word with a view to God’s elect acknowledging the truth and living in godliness (Titus 1:1). False doctrine and an ungodly lifestyle are to be condemned with words—spoken and printed. But they are also condemned by the godly life of...

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