All Articles For Vol 93 Issue 09 2/1/2017

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A New Year “Fear is here! And though we wanted it otherwise, we brought it with us into the New Year.” Thus writes Rev. John Heys in a previous SB (volume 46, issue 7). “Putting up a new calendar, calling the month by a different name and the year by another number does not take away the fears we had in the year that is gone by with startling swiftness.” (Read more by Rev. Heys to see how the gift of faith abolishes fear!) Also…, as the year of our Lord 2017 is now underway, we note that John Newton...

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Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, the Lord hath done great things for them. Psalm 126:2 The study of human behaviors is a large and fascinating enterprise, drawing research from every religious and secular worldview known to man. Laughter is perhaps one of the most commonly relatable human behaviors. Most babies laugh by four months of age, and a visit to any schoolyard during recess sometimes makes one think that children communicate through laughter alone. The entertainment industry reaps huge profits by churning out every sort of comedy...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2016, p. 133. In 2003 the U.S. Defense Department created a special deck of “Iraqi Most Wanted” playing cards. Each of the 52 cards gave a profile, in order of rank, of the henchmen of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Saddam was the Ace of Spades and the top card in the deck. The American soldiers invading Iraq were each given a deck of cards. By thumbing through his cards, either while on active duty or during some down-time of recreation in the barracks, the soldier could quickly familiarize himself with his most...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2016, p. 127. Introduction The sacraments are God-ordained elements of worship. The primary purpose of the sacraments as elements of worship is that they be part of the holy dialogue between God and His church. God speaks to His people in the sacraments and they respond to His speech in faith and praise. In this way the covenant of grace is known and experienced in the sacraments. We are now ready to consider, What is He saying to us in the Lord’s Supper? And how do we respond? I Feed You The main...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2016, p. 129. Introduction Of at least equal importance for the premillennial understanding of the last things with Revelation 20 is the prophecy of the seventy weeks of Daniel 9. Taking the seventy weeks as seventy weeks of years, that is, a definite period of 490 years, premillennialism separates the seventieth week from the preceding sixty-nine weeks. The first sixty-nine weeks were the time between the command to rebuild Jerusalem and the coming of the Messiah, who is Jesus. The seventieth week, however, does not immediately follow the sixty-nine, according to premillennialism. The...

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A Theological Debate There is presently raging within American Evangelicalism a debate on the relationship among the three persons of the Trinity. This debate is called the “Eternal Functional Subordination” (or EFS) controversy. On one side of this debate are Wayne Grudem (Phoenix Seminary) and Bruce Ware (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), while on the other side are Carl Trueman (Westminster Theological Seminary) and Liam Goligher (senior minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia) with their colleagues, Aimee Byrd and Todd Pruitt, blogging on the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals’ blog, “The Mortification of Spin.”1 The EFS view is this: within the...

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Mr. Mingerink is the administrator of Adams Christian School, the Executive Secretary of the Federation Board of the Protestant Reformed Schools, and a member of Grandville Protestant Reformed Church. Editor’s Note: Although the subject matter of this article and the recent editorials is nearly identical, there is no inherent (cause or effect) connection between them. As you might expect, I am delighted in the development reported in the article.—RJD In 1956, the final book in the Narnia Chronicles was published. Readers of good literature witnessed the ending of a great saga. In November of that same year, Fidel Castro boarded...

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2017, p. 173. It has been the intent of this series of editorials to demonstrate the importance, yea, even the necessity, of having some institution to provide training that will equip men and women to teach in Protestant Reformed schools. This is not a novel idea. It has a pedigree, if you will. It can be traced to Herman Hoeksema. Recall (from the first editorial in this series, Nov. 15, 2016) that in 1920 Rev. Hoeksema, minister in the Christian Reformed Church, was promoting membership in a society for a “normal school.” Rev....

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O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Isaiah 40:9-11 The way out of spiritual Babylon to the holy city Jerusalem is fraught with dangers and discouragements. Left to ourselves, we would never make it. But, thankfully, where God calls us to walk, He also leads. When He calls us to make a pilgrimage to the heavenly Jerusalem, He leads us there like a Shepherd. In our weakness...

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