All Articles For Vol 92 Issue 04 11/15/2015

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Minister Activities The Council of the calling church for the Philippine mission field announced a new trio from which to call a second missionary. Included were Rev. Garry Eriks (Hudsonville, MI PRC), Rev. Cory Griess (Calvary PRC in Hull, IA), and Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope PRC of Redlands, CA). At the congregational meeting in Doon, IA held October 5, the call was extended to Rev. G. Eriks, who declined that call on October 25. The congregation at Calvary PRC, Hull, IA recently helped move Pastor Cory Griess and family into their newly-built parsonage. Prof. Herman Hanko celebrated his 85th birthday...

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Mr. VanUffelen is a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Walker, Michigan and retired secretary of the RFPA. One hundred years ago this month, on September 16, 1915, Herman Hoeksema was ordained into the gospel ministry at Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Fifty years later—and fifty years ago this month, on September 2, 1965, the Lord took him to glory after an astonishingly productive life as an eloquent preacher, profound theologian, magnetic teacher, prolific author, and loving family man. Throughout those fifty years, God used Herman Hoeksema as the principal founder of the Protestant Reformed Churches and...

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This is the edited text of the speech Rev. Smit gave at the annual meeting of the RFPA on September 24, 2015. I had the privilege to experience firsthand the topic of tonight’s lecture. I was not involved with Reformed literature on the mission field in the Philippines to the extent that Rev. and Mrs. Daniel Kleyn have been. They established and organized the “Reformed Bookshelf ” in order to fulfill a goal of our mission work in the Philippines, which is to promote the spread of Protestant Reformed literature in the Philippines in a financially accessible way. They continue...

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Previous article in this series: August 2015, p. 438.   The True Interpretation of Scripture   The apostle Peter has said that the Holy Scriptures are not of private interpretation (II Pet. 1:20), and thus we do not allow all possible interpretations. Nor consequently do we acknowledge as the true or genuine interpretation of the Scriptures what is called the conception of the Roman [Catholic] Church, that is, what the defenders of the Roman [Catholic] Church plainly maintain should be thrust upon all for acceptance. But we hold that interpretation of the Scripture to be orthodox and genuine which is...

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The Four Blood Moons When the moon passes directly behind the earth, and the sun, earth and moon are in direct alignment, there is a lunar eclipse. Because in a total lunar eclipse the moon has a reddish glow, it is sometimes called a “blood moon.” In recent years and months, John Hagee, pastor of Cornerstone Church, San Antonio, Texas, has been fueling speculation of something significant happening on the date of these blood moons. His theory is as follows. First, God has given the sun, moon, and stars as “signs” (Gen. 1:14). Hagee interprets these signs to be God’s...

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In the spirit of “iron sharpening iron,” there is a statement in Prof. Gritters’ October 1, 2015 editorial that I would like you to clarify. Near the end of the editorial you wrote, “We will commit ourselves to living among the people of God who are members of the church”—first of our own congregation; then of our denomination; and “so too the church members who are closest to our denomination in confession and walk” (emphasis added, AJC). It is this last phrase that I would like you to clarify. At present, the PRC, as represented by her Contact Committee with...

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Previous article in this series: October 15, 2015, p. 29. Am I Reformed? Is my church Reformed? These are important questions for those who identify as such. And these are the questions we have been answering in this series of editorials—partly because being Reformed is somewhat faddish these days, and many “New Calvinists” are not Reformed, even if they make that claim. It’s not that they are as fake as the “Siwss-Made” watch my brother bought for five dollars in Mexico when we were boys (no, in our excitement we did not notice the misspelling), a watch certainly not Swiss-made...

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“And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.” Joshua 6:26 “In his [Ahab’s] days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.” I Kings 16:34 King Ahab, king over the...

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