All Articles For Vol 93 Issue 11 3/1/2017

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Trivia Question You may realize that Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America has 15 member churches today. Do you know how many congregations there were in Classis West in 1951? Answer later in this column. Young People’s Activities The Grandville, MI PRC Young People’s Society recently hosted an elegant Italian dinner for members of their congregation, with proceeds helping to offset this year’s convention expenses. School Activities Supporters of the Loveland Protestant Reformed School made money for the school by delivering flowers for Valentine’s Day on February 13 and 14 for Lowe’s Flowers, a local business. A...

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Corrupting the Word of God: The History of the Well-Meant Offer, by Herman Hanko and Mark H. Hoeksema. Jenison: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2016. 272 pages. $24.95. Hardcover. [Reviewed by Rev. Douglas Kuiper.] To know the history of the development of a particular doctrine is beneficial. The history of the development of a doctrine that is truly based on Scripture is the record of the work of the Holy Spirit guiding the church into her understanding of that particular truth (John 16:13). When a doctrine corrupts God’s Word, the history of its development exposes the doctrine as false. The volume...

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According to Acts 15:22-23, a letter had been adopted by the churches that summarized the answer of the apostles and the elders in regard to a doctrinal disturbance by the Judaizers. They argued that it remained necessary for the Gentile Christians to be circumcised according to the law of Moses for proper church membership and for salvation. In response, the church declared that God had revealed that circumcision was not required for church membership or for salvation. Since this is exactly what the beloved Paul and Barnabas had been teaching in their first missionary journey, the church publicly exonerated them...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2016, p. 131. In the first article on this subject I discussed the important role that parents have in teaching their covenant children about our calling to work. This calling is obviously central to their lives. Work will consume much of our time and energy and interest in life. Work is part of the cultural mandate God has given to man. This mandate continues after the Fall, but must be directed by the higher purpose of Christian living, which is seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness in all things. The Christian...

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Previous article in this series: February 1, 2017, p. 203. Introduction As I pointed out in the preceding article in this series, the vision of the seventy weeks in Daniel 9:24-27 is of the greatest importance to dispensational premillennialism. The Daniel passage is as important to premillennialism as Revelation 20. Wholly and exclusively a prophecy about the nation of Israel, not at all about the church, the passage is explained by premillennialism as forecasting the return of the captive Jews to Jerusalem and their rebuilding the city of Jerusalem. Explaining the weeks as weeks of years, premillennialism understands the sixty-nine...

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Previous article in this series: November 1, 2016, p. 62. Images of God Since God as Spirit is in essence invisible and immense, he cannot really be expressed by any art or image. For this reason we have no fear pronouncing with Scripture that images of God are mere lies. Therefore we reject not only the idols of the Gentiles, but also the images of Christians. Having set forth the truth concerning who God is, the truth that He is the triune God who is one in being and three in persons, the Second Helvetic Confession (SHC) devotes an entire...

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Introduction Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) hosted its thirtieth “January Series” in January 2017. Appearing, he informed his audience, for the fifth time, N.T. Wright, former Bishop of Durham in England, and current research professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, gave a speech in connection with the (Henry J.) Stob lecture series with the title, “The Royal Revolution: Fresh Perspectives on the Cross,” on Tuesday, January 24. Wright is the most popular contemporary proponent of the New Perspective on Paul (NPP), so it is not surprising that he is now offering...

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Just to let you know how pleased I am to get your magazine, the Standard Bearer. I am greatly blessed by reading articles in them. This month’s article [January 1, 2017] by Rev. Rodney Kleyn in “Believing and Confessing: The Normal Christian Life,” I have read over and over again. A real blessing to me in my Christian walk. Thank you all. Sam Fluke, Northern Ireland

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2017, p. 220. Since the time that Protestant Reformed schools were proposed, there has been an awareness of the need for training teachers for those schools. And especially as school societies formed in various congregations and, one after another, schools materialized, teachers longed for training to equip them for giving distinctly Protestant Reformed instruction. The churches understood the need. It came into expression in the requests to synods for a Normal School, and for the Protestant Reformed seminary to give some instruction for the teachers. Synods reacted positively to those requests. Yet, the...

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“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21 The Word of God before us has been and continues to be one of precious comfort to God’s people throughout the ages. For what it does is connect both life and death together in one sentence. Therefore, its scope is all-comprehensive. It addresses all our life and living, in every sphere and department; and it addresses our death as well. It speaks to us all because all we who live, young and old, unless the Lord returns in our lifetime, must die! This verse we consider...

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