All Articles For Vol 93 Issue 14 4/15/2017

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Trivia Question How did it come to be that the small town of Hull, IA (population about 2,500) is home to two PR churches? Answer later in this column. Congregational Activities At their meeting held in March the congregation of Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI voted to change the time of their second worship services from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning April 2. The choir of Faith PRC presented their spring concert on March 26. Many attended this evening of praise to God! Psalter 259 comes to mind: “Sing to the Lord, sing His praise all ye peoples, New...

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Mr. Minderhoud is a science teacher in Covenant Christian High School and a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church, Walker, Michigan. Various environmental issues are brought to our attention from time to time in news reports. Yet, these reports often leave us with more questions than answers. Are these environmental issues a hoax, or scientifically proven phenomena? Or perhaps, something in between? We are left to wonder, “Is there anything to be gained from looking into these issues?” I believe there is. I see value in examining various environmental issues— not to determine the extent to which certain of them...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2017, p. 279. My last article explained two principles that the interdenominational Psalter revision committee is using to evaluate the text, or lyrics, of the Psalter. Those two principles are completeness (“Is all of the scriptural Psalm represented in the Psalter? Is there one Psalter that captures the whole Psalm?”) and faithfulness (“Is the text faithful to Scripture? Is it theologically sound? Is it the language of Scripture? Are all things included that have been omitted in the past? To what degree is it a paraphrase or does it include unnecessary poetic license?”)....

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2017, p. 177. The saints of old were able to ‘see’ the coming of Christ. Jesus Himself said as much when He testified to the Jews that “Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56). Nevertheless, in a very real sense they did not see. As Jesus said to His disciples, “For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard...

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Introduction In 2016, many Christians, and especially many Evangelicals, voted for Donald Trump. Of course, the SB does not make political endorsements, and it would be out of place for me, a non-American writer resident in Ireland, to write either in favor of or against Donald Trump’s presidency. It is not difficult to see why many Christians voted for Trump, for perhaps the alternative was too horrifying. The last U.S. administration aggressively pushed an agenda of abortion, LGBT rights, and crucially, threatened religious freedom. Hillary Clinton promised more of the same. In a speech before the Human Rights Campaign (a...

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Psalter Revision and More The work undertaken by the PRC to revise the Psalter we all recognize to be a very important work, because it involves changes to the songbook we have used to worship God for ninety-plus years in the PRC. While I do not disagree that improvements can be made to the Psalter, my concerns and apprehensions about the project rest upon the scope and magnitude of the changes made, so that the revised edition may no longer be very familiar to myself and my children. As decided by the 2015 PRC Synod, a newly formed Interdenominational Psalter...

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Previous articles in this series: Oct. 1, Nov. 1 and Nov. 15, 2016 editorials. With this editorial we conclude our critique of Kenneth Stewart’s book, Ten Myths About Calvinism (IVP Academic, 2011). What Stewart’s book makes plain is that he wants to retain the right to be called a ‘Calvinist’ while he calls into question the very doctrines that were central to Calvin himself—in fact, doctrines that are fundamental to any theology that has the right to call itself ‘historically Reformed.’ In particular, doctrines that have to do with God’s sovereign will and grace (cf. the Oct. 1, 2016 editorial)....

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And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins…. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. I Corinthians 15:17, 20 Our lives are filled with uncertainty. So many changes take place, many of them unexpected. So many of our plans fall to pieces. So many of our hopes are dashed. And, frequently, we are considering and pondering different possibilities and scenarios. What if…? What if…? All sorts of hypothetical situations—some of which may cause much worry, anxiety, and fear. But the scenario that the...

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