All Articles For Vol 89 Issue 09 2/1/2013

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Congregation Activities Remembering the Word of God found in I Timothy 3:15, “. . .the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth,” we call your attention to the anniversary of the Grandville, MI PRC, organized on February 9, 1984. Rev. C. Haak, Elder Deane Was­sink, and Prof. B. Gritters, on behalf of Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI, left January 2 for a two-week trip to the Reformed Christian Church of Vellore, India (RCCV). In addition to preaching in both the English and Tamil congregations, the men also planned to give a conference on the Office...

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Prior to last year’s presidential election I wrote an article about Mormonism, the religion of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (see the Feb. 15, 2012 Standard Bearer). Mormon­ism is well-known as a polytheistic religion, that is, a religion that believes in the existence of many gods. As an adherent to the false religion of Mormonism, Mitt Romney wickedly believes there are many gods. But Mitt Romney was not the only polytheist in the race for the presidency last year. President Obama, despite his public profession of Christianity, also promotes a form of polytheism. There are different forms of polytheism, and...

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Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel, by John Guy (New York: Random House, 2012). Pp. 424. $35.00 (cloth). Reviewed by David J. Engelsma. For the laymen, as well as the clergy, who enjoy riveting history told by a first-rate historian in superb prose, John Guy’s new biography of Thomas Becket is a delight. From the original sources and with critical judgment of later, usually hagiographic, accounts, biographer Guy relates the fascinating life and famed death of the twelfth century archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. Lifted from lowly origins to the secular and political heights of chancellor of England by King Henry...

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Living in NW Iowa is living upon the threshold of the Great Plains. The broad flatland stretch­es as far as the eye can see. The sky seems larger in all of its breadth and beauty. Thunderhead clouds look close enough to touch. On clear nights, God’s promise to Abraham resounds as a cascade of stars prove too numerous to count. “. . . tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: . . . so shall thy seed be” (Gen. 15:5). What an astounding picture we have of the spiri­tual children of Abraham, so numerous and lovely. No...

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Previous article in this series: May 15, 2012, p. 376.   In two previous articles under this rubric, we ex­amined some issues in employment law relating to discrimination claims as they protect individuals from religious discrimination and as our schools and churches can be affected by claims of discrimination. We also looked at some recent United States Supreme Court rulings that apply to religious organizations that act as employers. In this issue, we will look at the fac­tors that impact such cases and the measures that can be taken to preserve religious freedom in this area. We have looked at...

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Convocation exercises of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary were held on September 5, 2012 at Southwest Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville. The text of Prof. Cammenga’s address on that occasion begins here.   Reformed churches have always shown a keen interest in the cause of Christian education. This is undoubtedly due to the fact that the Reformation itself was concerned for the education of the children of believers. The Reformers had harsh things to say about education in the existing schools, which education was largely under the control of the corrupt Roman Catholic Church and was shot through with the humanism...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2012, p. 139.   “And 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 near monopoly of power once enjoyed by sov­ereign entities is being eroded.  . . .states must be prepared to cede some sovereignty to world bodies . . . . Globalization thus implies that sovereignty is not only becoming weaker in reality, but that it needs to become weaker ....

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Recently we have been read­ing through a number of theological journals pub­lished by Mid-America Seminary the past few years (entitled Mid-American Journal of Theology—MAJT). They make for stimulat­ing reading. What struck us was the number of articles over the past few years devoted to the doctrine of the covenant and related issues such as baptism, election, covenant of works, and common grace, among others. Common grace, you say? Yes, common grace. It comes in handy if you have a conditional covenant view and all the children of believers, even the carnal seed, are considered to be in the covenant of...

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Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward...

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