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Vol 99 Issue 02

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Putting our trust in the Lord

He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat. Proverbs 28:25 What a sharp contrast is found in this proverb, more technically known as antithetical parallelism. He who is of a proud heart is contrasted with he who puts his trust in the Lord. The implication is that one who is of a proud heart does not put his trust in the Lord. In turn, one who puts his trust in the Lord is not of a proud heart but is humble. Let’s look a little...

What we really do at the PRC seminary

And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. II Timothy 2:2 There is good reason that II Timothy 2:2 is engraved in stone at the entrance of our seminary (cf. photo above). The passage is the locus classicus (the classic text) of biblical instruction about training ministers. It teaches us that ministers are to be trained by men who themselves are ministers—ordained ministers— not by professional theologians. Paul and Timothy— ordained ministers—are the teachers of preachers. In fact, four generations of...

News from the seminary

The 2022-2023 school year is well underway. After a busy summer, it is good to fall back into the routine of the daily schedule at the seminary. We continue to be very thankful for the facility that God has given us in which to work and study. A small patio addition has recently been added onto the north side of the seminary building, overlooking the woods in back. This provides us a place outside on sunny days to enjoy our mid-morning coffee break and eat our noon lunch. We are grateful for this improvement that the Theological School Committee saw...

Defending Christ’s church by knowing her history: Jephthah’s example*

* Text of the address given at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary Convocation 2022, September 7, 2022, held in Trinity PRC, Hudsonville, MI. To graduate from the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and become a Protestant Reformed minister, a student must take 45 semester-long courses, in addition to five semesters of practice preaching, three interim courses, and a half-year internship. Nine of these 45 courses, or a full 20%, are history courses: four treat the sacred history recorded in the Bible, and five cover church history. In addition, in other classes, such as Hermeneutics, Homiletics, Church Polity, and Missions, the student...

A view from Ontario, Canada

Toward the end of last year, the Lord called me to the Wingham Protestant Reformed Church in Ontario— from a mission field in the metropolis of Manila in the Philippines, to a furlough in the United States, to a pastorate in a small town in rural Canada. The Lord leads, and we follow. But when He led me from a mission field in densely populated islands in the western Pacific to a little congregation in Wingham (the only Protestant Reformed church in the huge province of Ontario), He did not revoke the missionary calling as such, for He calls every...

The fearlessness of Aristarchus

Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you. Colossians 4:10 It would be an obvious truism to say that someone who is described as fearless is said to lack fear. There must be more—for why are they described this way? Implied is that they lack fear because they trust in something, or someone else. For the child of God, fear is a very real emotion. Paul, a great man, was transparent about his own fear when writing to the Corinthians (I Cor. 2:3). The city, overtaken with idolatry and sensual living, made him afraid to carry out God’s calling for him there. Yet...

Battling the devil (1) Warfare

A little boy, eyes wide, body shaking, and hands perspiring, tucks himself even deeper under his bedsheets. His young mind spins: perhaps if he can cover his whole body and close his eyes, he can disappear from it all. He hears the distant sound of footsteps, shouting, and even the sudden burst of gunfire. If he gathers the courage to peek out his bedroom window, he sees masked men in the distance, the same brutes who night after night have made it their business to terrorize the locals. During the day, no children are allowed outside and adults make only...

What is gender dysphoria and its common expressions? (2)

Previous article in this series: October 1, 2022, p. 13. The diagnosis of gender dysphoria Back to your co-worker. Does she really have feelings of being a boy though she was born a girl? As we will see in future articles, it is not the case that everyone who presents themselves as another gender does so because of genuine (clinical) gender dysphoria. There are other reasons. However, there is no doubt that feelings of gender dysphoria exist for some people. It does not help anyone, including the church, to attempt to deny this. It is important to note though, that...

News from our churches

Greetings, dear reader of the Standard Bearer! It is our hope, the Lord willing, to begin a new supplemental series to “News from Our Churches,” in which we explore the organic nature of the church. Especially, we want to take a look at that part of the great and glorious body of Christ in the world we know fondly as the Protestant Reformed Churches in America, along with her sisters and friends. We are described in Scripture as living members, alive by the regenerating Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives in us. We live, as members of a...

10/15/2022