All Articles For Vol 92 Issue 06 12/15/2015

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Minister Activities Rev. Douglas Kuiper, pastor of the Edgerton, MN PRC, recently observed the occasion of his 20th year as minister of the Word and sacraments in the Protestant Reformed Churches. The congregation at Edgerton presented him with a commemorative plaque and together they shared a special cake. In addition to the church at Edgerton, Rev. Kuiper has served as pastor of Byron Center, MI PRC and Randolph, WI PRC and has also capably functioned as the Stated Clerk of Classis West for a number of years now. We rejoice with Edgerton and with Rev. Kuiper for God’s goodness to...

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The Message of Daniel: His Kingdom Cannot Fail, by Dale Ralph Davis, Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2013. Paperback, 169 pp. [Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown.] I enjoy the Old Testament commentaries of Dale Ralph Davis. He has written quite a number, mostly on Old Testament narrative texts (Joshua, Judges, I-II Samuel and I-II Kings). He has also written on the prophets Micah and Daniel, all of which commentaries I have read. This new commentary on Daniel does not disappoint. It is vintage Davis. Davis interacts—only when necessary—with the higher critics in order to defend the inspiration and authority of the...

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Previous article in this series: February 1, 2015, p. 211. On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme court issued a decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges,1 which dealt with the matter of the issuance of licenses for homosexual marriages. The decision was recognized as a landmark decision by those on both sides of the issue. Due to the importance of this decision, we will examine the court’s ruling closely to see how the court reached its decision, the meaning of the Court’s ruling, and the implications that the Court’s ruling has for our churches and schools. In...

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Previous article in this series: October 15, 2015, p. 44. And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. Acts 14:23 In our last three articles we have emphasized the need for elders to be officially put into office in a public ceremony. Public ordination (we have been using “ordination” and “installation” interchangeably) is significant both for the elder and for the congregation. Having finished our treatment of the necessity of ordination, we turn to the manner of ordination: How must this ordination take...

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Previous article in this series: September 1, 2015, p. 467. The Spirit of God spoke through men that He inspired, and the Scriptures are the one and only infallibly inspired record of what the Spirit has said. God has warned about the severe judgment that will come upon anyone who adds to that Word or subtracts from it. Many who hate what God says have taken no heed to His warning. In a variety of ways they have attempted to corrupt the Word of God by adding to it and subtracting from it as they see fit. Yet those who...

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Previous article in this series: December 1, 2015, p. 106. “Why tarriest thou,” said Ananias to a Jew newly converted to Christianity, “arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins” (Acts 22:16). That was Saul of Tarsus. Having been taught “at the feet of Gamaliel” (Acts 22:3), he was well versed in the Pharisaistic system of legal righteousness. And he had rejected Christianity. With a vengeance. Before being able fully to comprehend a righteousness that is by faith, therefore, Saul, in a very real sense, had to unlearn the whole of his dogmatics. It was to this man that...

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The Domestic Mission Committee (DMC) has been developing and promoting the concept that each local church needs to be involved in mission work in its own area. We envision our churches reaching out into an area with a hundred-mile radius to develop a core group that, under God’s blessing, will result in the establishment of another church. This work could well be the work solely of the local church or it may become the work of the churches in common. This concept is in harmony with Article I of the DMC’s Constitution: “Although mission work is the calling of the...

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Previous article in this series: April 1, 2015, p. 306. Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah. Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: Psalm 50:5-7 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Psalm 50:16 Introduction In Psalm 50 God comes as Judge to sit at His bench on Mount Zion...

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The body of this editorial was given as a chapel speech at the PRC Seminary a few years ago, now edited for the SB to mark the Advent of Christ. “What is man…that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels: thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands…” Hebrews 2:6, 7 “…wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God.” Hebrews 11:16 The birth of our Lord, Mary’s firstborn, God’s own Son. Visited by God. No small honor. Revelation of God as Jehovah God, God...

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