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Vol 99 Issue 14

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Jesus’ appearance to Thomas

The other disciples therefore said unto him [Thomas], We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand,...

A crisis of authority: Critical church theory

Over the last several years, the church of Christ has been rocked by wave after wave of trouble. These troubles are not isolated to our own denomination; it seems that many Reformed and Presbyterian denominations are facing similar issues. For instance, the onset of the covid-19 pandemic and the response of consistories in arranging worship services was polarizing. At around the same time, doctrinal controversies were swirling and gut-wrenching church splits took place. This was followed by an increased awareness of sexual abuse and concerns about how churches are handling (or mishandling) these cases. Christ’s church has been sailing in...

Letters

More on spousal abuse Dear Prof. Huizinga, Your editorial on “Confronting Spousal Abuse” (March 15, 2023, p. 269) left me stunned and disappointed. I beg of you to research the topic of spousal abuse more thoroughly especially in the instance of an abusive wife. You state that spousal abuse is mainly a male problem. I find that to be a distressing and groundless viewpoint. Every marriage is made up of both a husband and a wife. Every marriage is made up of sinful partners. I would guess that you have in your pastoring already faced women who abuse their husbands....

The Asbury University revival; Saddleback Church removed from the SBC; Photos from the James Webb space telescope

The Asbury University revival What happened at Asbury University this past February? Asbury is a university that was founded in 1890 in the small town of Wilmore, Kentucky by men of the Wesleyan and Methodist movement with its “tradition of revivals and a theology that teaches people to wait for a divine wind to blow.”1 On February 8, a regular morning chapel service at the Hughes Auditorium on campus unexpectedly did not end. After the choir sang a final chorus, according to one Asbury professor, “… something began to happen that defies easy description. Students did not leave. They were...

The reliability of John Mark

Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. II Timothy 4:11 The year was AD 50. The first missionary journey was complete. The early church judged it a success, for faithful missionaries were used to plant new churches. Then, through conflict with certain Jews, the celebration continued as the church rejoiced in the Spirit’s development of truth through the significant decision of the Jerusalem Council: Do not require laws to burden the Gentiles (Acts 15:19). The gospel of pure grace was preserved as the church understood more...

The Council of Constantinople (680): Meeting

Previous article in this series: March 1, 2023, p. 258. Our last article noted that Jesus Christ has two wills, a divine will and a human will, both of which work in harmony with each other. Some in the early church had taught that Christ has only one will; these were Monothelites. These included the Emperor Heraclius, who was looking for political unity in his empire, and Pope Honorius, who supposedly spoke with apostolic authority. But Sophronius, who would later be the Patriarch of Jerusalem, and Maximus the Confessor, staunchly defended the two-wills doctrine. Meeting called Emperor Heraclius and Pope...

The three-self formula and PRCA foreign missions (10)

Previous article in this series: October 1, 2022, p. 16. That the missionary should strive to establish an indigenous church which is self-supporting, selfgoverning (in the biblical sense), and self-propagating is certainly correct, biblical methodology. With this no one ought [to] have any quarrel.1 Previous articles in this series have shown that we may certainly agree with Prof. Decker’s statement that there ought to be no quarrel against this correct, biblical methodology regarding the goal of foreign mission work. We have shown in previous articles by an overview of some historical examples that this biblical methodology has been widely received...

The true freedom of the will

But as man by the fall did not cease to be a creature endowed with understanding and will, nor did sin which pervaded the whole race of mankind, deprive him of the human nature, but brought upon him depravity and spiritual death; so also this grace of regeneration does not treat men as senseless stocks and blocks, nor take away their will and its properties, neither does violence thereto; but spiritually quickens, heals, corrects, and at the same time sweetly and powerfully bends it; that where carnal rebellion and resistance formerly prevailed, a ready and sincere spiritual obedience begins to...

Report of Classis East

Meeting of January 11, 12, and March 15, 2023 Grandville PRC warmly welcomed the thirty-eight delegates from the nineteen member churches of Classis East on Wednesday January 11, 2023. After doing more work on January 12, classis decided to recess until Wednesday, March 15. What follows is a brief summary of the “Acts” of Classis East. Wednesday morning—January 11, 2023 Rev. Jacob Maatman, chairman of the previous meeting of Classis East, led in opening devotions. He then read the credentials of the delegates from the sending consistories. Classis approved the credentials, and Rev. Maatman declared classis legally constituted. The next...

News from our churches

PRC news (denominational) On Friday night, March 31, Hull PRC witnessed and rejoiced in the installation of the thirteenth different pastor in her history, Rev. S. Regnerus, who came from Lynden PRC in Washington but grew up in that NW Iowa area. Rev. A. Brummel of Calvary PRC (also in Hull) led the special service. Meanwhile, Lynden PRC called Rev. M. DeBoer (Edgerton, MN PRC) on March 19 from a trio that included Revs. A. Brummel and M. Kortus (Hope PRC-Redlands, CA). Rev. Kortus declined the call from Doon, IA PRC on March 19. On that same Sunday, Rev. J....

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