All Articles For Vol 90 Issue 02 10/15/2013

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Congregation Activities As we consider the Word of God found in I Corinthians 12:20, “But now are they many mem­bers, yet one body,” we extend our congratulations to two congrega­tions celebrating anniversaries this month. The Kalamazoo, MI PRC organized on October 20, 1927, and the Byron Center, MI PRC organized on October 20, 1983. Since October is the month that most of our congregations begin again Bible Studies for the fall and winter months, we thought it ap­propriate to include the following, taken from the September 15 bulle­tin of the Lynden, WA PRC. Bible Studies: “In parts of Myanmar (Burma)...

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The Contact Committee is the standing commit­tee of the PRCA that has the responsibility to conduct the official relationships of our denomi­nation with other churches. Our mandate is to carry out the principles that are stated in the first paragraph of the Preamble to the Constitution of the Committee for Con­tact with Other Churches. That paragraph reads: “The Protestant Reformed Churches in America, in obedience to Scripture as interpreted in our three forms of unity, confess that there is one holy, catholic church. They be­lieve, further, that it is their sacred duty to manifest the true unity and catholicity of...

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Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible, by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. Zondervan Publishing, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Copyright, 2012 third ed., 506 pages. [Reviewed by Peter VanDerSchaaf.] J Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays are professors of Bible at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. In Grasping God’s Word they set out to fill the gap that exists between popular guides to under­standing the Bible and the graduate-level texts on herme­neutics. The book is intended to help serious believers learn how to read, interpret, and apply the Bible. They wrote Grasping...

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Previous article in this series: September 1, 2013, p. 471. There are people who profess not to be regener­ated, but who also say that they desire God to regenerate them. Could this be? Are there any unregenerate people who honestly desire to be delivered from their sin? To answer that question, let us begin by considering what Scripture says about how an unregenerate person views himself. Does he think of himself as one who is dead in sin, and in dire need of deliverance? How unbelievers view themselves An unbeliever never seeks the salvation found in Christ. Blinded in his...

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Previous article in this series: September 1, 2013, p. 472. Previous article in this short series was concluded with a question: “The saints of old did have prophetic types, and they were not without the prophetic word, but can it be demonstrated that they linked them?” The prophetic type under consideration was the expia­tory sacrifice, which taught the believer that sin, his sin, must somehow be atoned for. Burdened with the crush­ing weight of his sin, the believer turned to the sacrifice for relief—and found none…until he looked beyond the sacrifice to Jehovah. Jehovah and blood. “These two,” wrote Ophoff,...

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Seminary Staff As always a new school-year brings changes. It hap­pens that this year, there are more changes than usual at the seminary. One change is that our long-time regis­trar, Mr. Don Doezema, has retired. Mr. Doezema has fulfilled the duties of registrar faithfully for some thirty years and we are grateful for his dedicated service. Mr. Charles Terpstra, the seminary’s librarian, has now as­sumed also the registrar’s du­ties. We want to encourage all young men who have aspirations for the ministry to contact Mr. Terpstra. If you are a senior in high school and intend to take a pre-sem­inary...

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This summer the newly-elected Pope Francis granted plenary indulgences during the World Youth Day 2013 event held in Brazil. These plenary indulgences were made available not only to the millions who attended the event in Brazil, but also to the 7.5 million people who follow the pope on Twitter, an online social networking service. Many major news outlets reported this story. Here is a short report from USA Today: The Vatican has embraced Twitter, especially these last few months with the arrival of Pope Francis. The pon­tiff will soon start using social media for a longstanding Catholic tradition. The Guardian...

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Previous article in this series: October 1, 2013, p. 7. The History of the Concept Worldview In considering the transition from the Old to the New Testament, we have seen the glory that the light of Christ shines upon our way of living as God’s people. Having been redeemed by Christ, we have been made children of our heavenly Father, taken into the very fel­lowship of God Himself, His own covenant life. With joy we confess with the apostle in I John 3:1, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the...

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I have read your articles on “Calvin, Hoeksema, and the Free Offer” in the Standard Bearer, and I would like to comment on them. First, let me introduce myself. I taught Bible and Reformed Doctrine at Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville for eight years (1956-1964) and I have been a friend of the PRC since that period in my life. I was acquainted with Rev. Gerrit Vos, and my wife and I were good friends of his daughter Marilyn and her husband, Dr. Ben Zandstra. So I am well acquainted with the PRC and a regular reader of the...

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If there are questions about de­nominational unity in worship (see the last two editorials), there are as many questions and difficulties regarding the denomina­tion’s unity in missions. Two divergent views of missions and their relationship to the de­nomination exist in the Protestant Reformed Churches, views that reflect two minds that existed even before the formation of the PRC. One of these views is right, the other wrong. The question is: Whose is the work of missions? Is it the local congregation’s, or is it the denomi­nation’s? To focus the question: may a local congregation ever do mission work without the...

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