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News From Our Churches

Congregation Activities Again 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 Faith PRC in Jenison, MI, orga­nized on February 22, 1973. Speaking of Faith, we are reminded that on Sunday, December 30, dur­ing their evening service, they had an uninvited guest make an appearance. A bat decided that then was a good time to make several fly-overs of the congregation. This bat also seemed to have a special attraction to Rev. Nathan Decker,...

Classis East Report

January 9, 2013 First Protestant Reformed Church, Grand Rapids Classis East met in regular session on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the First PRC, Grand Rapids. Each church was represented by two delegates. The session was chaired by Rev. Jonathan Mahtani, a first for him. Classis dealt with two discipline cases. In both cases classis advised the consistory to proceed to the second step of discipline for their members. This according to Article 77 of the Church Order. Much of the January meeting time is spent in voting. Elected to serve as delegates to synod are the following: Ministers: Primi:...

By the Vision of Another World: Worship in American History, ed. James D. Bratt. Reviewed by: Douglas J. Kuiper

By the Vision of Another World: Worship in American History, ed. James D. Bratt. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2012. 221 pages. Paper­back. $25.00. ISBN 978-0-8028-6710-0. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper. The heart of this book consists of seven essays, each of which explores worship in a particular time in American history, and by a particular subculture. The first essay focuses on the worship of the Puritans in the 1500s and 1600s; the second on worship in American Methodism in the 1700s; the third on the worship of Our Lady of Guadalupe by the San Antonio Texans in the...

Another Dreamer

Two years ago at the thirty-seventh meeting of the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC) W. Robert Godfrey spoke about his “Reformed Dream” of a super-synod of Reformed denominations as an expression of Reformed unity in the spirit of Jesus’ prayer in John 17.1 The dream is Godfrey’s. It is not Reformed.2 At the thirty-eighth meeting of NAPARC, held November 13, 2012, Rev. Daniel Hyde, of the United Reformed Church (URC), spoke on “From Reformed Dream to Reformed Reality: The Problem and Possibility of Reformed Church Unity.” He developed Godfrey’s dream and significantly advanced his ideas.3 Rev. Hyde candidly...

New

As a new year begins, the old must pass away. Scrip­ture says much about things old. Some good things about old age, old ways, old commandments, and old times. Some bad things about the old man, old wives’ tales, old leaven, and getting old. Strikingly, Scripture has even more to say about things new. And, contrary to a supposed principle of biblical conservatism, little it says about things new is bad. Rather, Scripture sets forth new as a word pregnant with good hope, possibility, develop­ment, blessing, and life. Nothing is completely new. God is never new. His mercies are new...

Our Psalter: 100 Years of Praise (3): The Value of Singing the Psalms

Singing the Psalms as we have them in our Psalter is of immeasurable value to the child of God. This is not surprising if we bear in mind what was brought out in the first article of this three-part series of articles on psalm-singing. In our first article we demonstrated that God has called His church to sing the Psalms. He gave us the Psalms as part of the inspired Scriptures and then, in those same Scriptures, commanded us to sing them. The Lord calls His church only to those things that are of spiritual value and ben­efit to her....

Chapter Four Postmillennialism (22): The Reformed (Amillennial) Critique of Postmillennialism (cont.)

Previous article in this series: January 1, 2013, p. 151.   In my critique of postmillennialism, I am examin­ing the alleged biblical basis of the doctrinal error. I have considered the Old Testament prophecies, especially Isaiah 65 and Matthew 24. Romans 11:25, 26 Yet another passage of Scripture that is important to the postmillennial doctrine is Romans 11, especially verses 25 and 26: Verse 25: For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Is­rael, until the fulness of the...

Resurrection Benefits

Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 17 Question 45. What doth the resurrection of Christ profit us? Answer. First, by His resurrection He has overcome death, that He might make us partakers of that righteousness which He had purchased for us by His death; secondly, we are also by His power raised up to a new life; and lastly, the resurrec­tion of Christ is a sure pledge of our blessed resurrection.   This Lord’s Day brings us to the first of the four steps of Christ’s exaltation. Following His humiliation on account of our sins, Christ arose from the grave, ascended into...

Herman Witsius, Baptism, and Covenant Seed (2)

Previous article in this series: February 1, 2013, p. 197.   As stated in our previous editorial, it is our inten­tion (eventually) to offer a brief critique of an article found in the Mid-America Journal of Theology, volume 22, 2011 (MAJT 22) entitled “Calvin’s Treatment of the Offer of the Gospel and Divine Grace,” by J. Mark Beach, a professor in Mid-America Seminary. An article of interest to us as much for the subject matter, Calvin and the Free Offer, as for the fact that the Protestant Reformed perspective and the name of H. Hoeksema loom rather large in the article....

The Confidence of the Lord’s Children

In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26 Our life is a journey through the valley of the shadow of death. Many evils befall us as we make our way through this dark and treacherous valley. We must deal with loss of loved ones, health issues, financial struggles, wayward family members, and the list goes on and on. This makes the valley of the shadow of death also a valley of tears. In the proverb that we consider for this meditation we are instructed that the Lord’s children have...

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