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Vol 89 Issue 04

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News From Our Churches

Mission Activities The weekend of October 5 and 6 the members of the PR Fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA sponsored their annual Family Conference. The conference included two speeches, the first held Friday night and the second on Saturday morning. These speeches were given in the conference room of the Hyatt Place Cranberry in Cranberry Township, just north of the city of Pittsburgh. The theme of the conference was entitled, “Exercising Ourselves in the Knowledge of Scripture,” based on Psalm 131. Friday night Rev. James Slopsema, pastor of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, spoke on the subject, “Things Hid­den and...

An Evaluation of Six Trends in Present-Day Missions (3)

Previous article in this series: October 1, 2012, p. 14. The trends in modern missions that we have considered thus far were that missions ought to be counter-cultural, contextual, ecological, ecumenical, and laity-led. The final trend, as we indi­cated last time, is perhaps the most alarming and fun­damentally mistaken. It is that modern missions must be taught “with an uncertain faith.” This trend comes from the statement of Prof. Bosch, who wrote that “faith embraces itself and the doubt about itself.”¹ For him, this is the faith that must be preached in missions. This is not the first time in...

Revelation

In the New Testament, revelation is a translation of the Greek word apocalypse. Apocalypse does not appear in our English Bible, but is common in the Greek, and is one of those rare instances of a Greek word so familiar to us it probably could have been left un-translated. How sobering would it be to read of “the day of wrath and apocalypse of the righteous judgment of God” (Rom. 2:5). How ominous, how majestic and hopeful would it be to know the last book of Scripture as the “The Apocalypse” (Rev. 1:1). Still, revelation is a good translation. The...

The Blessedness of the Covenant Home of the God-fearing

I have written on the above topic before while serv­ing as one of the writers for this rubric. I am writ­ing this article today from a different perspective. My wife and I are enjoying, at the time of this writing, a four-week stay in Singapore. We were invited by Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church to be here for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Covenant. This celebration so far has been full of joy and excite­ment for us as a returning missionary. In many ways the church and her members are doing well under the blessing of the Lord and...

RFPA Secretary’s 2012 Annual Report: The Year of EPub

“The Year of ePub” is a good title for this past year at the RFPA. Were you to peruse the minutes of the year as I did prior to writing this report, it would become obvious why that title is so fitting: discussion and decisions by our standing committees and the RFPA Board were dominated by doing what needed to be done to make the RFPA compatible with the electronic age in which we live. This work has not gone unnoticed. In fact, in re­sponse to making our first eBook (Federal Vision) available, a considerate supporter sent us this email:...

Our Psalter: 100 Years of Praise (1) Called to Sing Psalms

“O come let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.” Psalm 95:1-2 The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of our Psalter, which was first published in the year 1912. The Psalter has been the song­book in the Protestant Reformed churches for their entire history—88 of the 100 years of the Psalter’s existence. And it has served them well. It has also been a blessing to the other denominations that have used it during these...

Called into His Presence: The Opening Service (1)

Previous article in this series: August 2012, p. 448.   Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heav­en and earth. Psalm 124:8 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:7 Introduction We have studied three great biblical principles of worship so far. The first is that public worship is a covenantal assembly gathered to meet with the living God. From that principle we drew other principles: public worship must be simple, centered on the Word,...

CRC and the FOS

I just finished the “All Around Us” article on the CRC and the FOS. The last paragraph on the first page mentions a misquoting of the creeds and the classes’ abuse of the FOS going back to 1924, allud­ing, I assume, to the deposing of Herman Hoeksema, George Ophoff, and Henry Danhof. I would be in­terested in reading about that abuse in more detail. Is there an article in the archives of the SB or a book that relates those events? Thank you, Sharon Gordon, Wanaque, NJ Response The best book about the history of the adoption of common grace by...

Minister-On-Loan—A God-Given Opportunity to Help a Sister Church

Previous article in this series: No­vember 1, 2012, p. 53. What is a minister-on-loan (MOL)? Why are we sending Rev. Lan­ning to Singapore as an MOL? Have we ever done this before? Is he still a minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches? How long will he be an MOL? Why couldn’t he go to Singa­pore for a year or two, and come back to the PRC, perhaps even to Faith? Why didn’t Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church (CERC) call one of our ministers? These are some of the questions that I have been asked in the last couple months. Perhaps you...

Thanksgiving for God’s Goodness

Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.” Psalm 65:1   Psalm 65 gives us multiple reasons for which to give thanks, all of which point to God’s goodness. The psalm begins on a note of thanksgiving and carries that thought throughout the psalm: “Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion” (Ps. 65:1). Praise has to do with being sincerely and deeply thankful for God’s wonderful works and His superior qualities. The reason praise is said to “wait” is that there is always something for which to praise God in Zion....

11/15/2012