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Volu 100 Issue 03

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Knowing the joyful sound

Rev. Marinus Schipper (1906-1985) served four PR congregations (Grand Haven, MI; Second-Wyoming, MI [later SW, which he also served later]; South Holland, IL; and Southeast-Grand Rapids) from 1937 to 1978. He was also a steady contributor to the SB, writing for several rubrics including meditations. This one dates from December 1, 1964 (Vol. 41, No. 5) and is reprinted with minor edits. Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance. Psalm 89:15 The sound! The joyful sound! As the psalmist knew it, it was the sound of the trum­pets....

Editor’s notes

To apply the words of Psalm 40 to Christ in His earthly ministry, He came and “preached righteousness in the great congregation” (v. 9), and spoke to His Father, saying, “I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation” (v. 10). By His Spirit and through His ordained gospel preachers, Jesus still speaks today, not only in great congregations, each one organized into a church institute, but to the ends of the earth in mission work. Therefore, the apostle Paul taught the Ephesian Christians that Christ, who had never been to Ephesus, “came and preached peace...

Andreas Hyperius: Reformer of preaching

Prof. Cory Griess, professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of First PRC in Grand Rapids, Michigan The Reformation’s return to faithful preaching On the inside cover of my Bible is a short quotation that I penned there as a young man from a speech Prof. H. Hanko once gave. It reads, “Preaching is heavenly, that is why the Devil always tries to destroy it.” Besides instilling in me both wonder and fear as I contemplated the ministry, the statement succinctly captured the reality Prof. Hanko was expressing in the whole of his speech. From...

God’s folly

Prof. Ronald Cammenga, rector and professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of Southwest PRC in Wyoming, Michigan   Most junior high students know what “Seward’s Folly” was. Appointed Secretary of State by Abraham Lincoln, Seward negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia during the presidency of Andrew Johnson. Most citizens thought that the purchase price of 7.2 million dollars was a waste of taxpayers’ money and dubbed the deal “Seward’s Folly.” That “folly” proved itself over time to be a very wise investment, full of bounty, from oil to animal skins and...

Preaching the call of the gospel

Rev. Joshua Engelsma, pastor of Crete PRC in Crete, Illinois   A necessary element of biblical, Reformed preaching is the issuing of the call of the gospel. That call is the command to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the only Savior from sin. We ought to have a proper understanding of the place of the call of the gospel in the preaching on account of the history of the Protestant Reformed churches. Our origins as a denomination nearly one hundred years ago lie in a denial of the teaching that makes the call of the gospel...

Preaching in missions

Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, pastor of Pittsburgh PRC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   Rather than addressing the subject of preaching on the mission field from an abstract point of view, I intend in this article to exemplify what I write by using some of my experiences on the mission field both in a foreign country and in the United States. Though I have preached in several third world countries (Ghana, India, and the Philippines), I can best draw from my labors for several years on the island of Jamaica. Likewise, though I have preached in several different cities in the U.S., I...

The elder’s blessed calling to oversee the gospel preaching

Mr. Howard Pastoor, an elder and member of Zion PRC in Jenison, Michigan   The elders are called by God to rule and oversee the church of Jesus Christ. This oversight also includes the calling to preach the gospel faithfully in the church and on the mission field. The elders are accountable to God Himself for what is preached, how it is preached, and for what is not preached on the pulpit. This calling has eternal signif­icance that ought to bring all faithful officebeaerers to their knees, confessing with the apostle Paul, “And who is sufficient for these things?” (II...

When the weak come to worship

Mr. Dan VanDyke, member of Faith PRC in Jenison, Michigan and teacher in Heritage Christian School, Hudsonville, Michigan   For the sincere child of God, one of the most terrifying passages in all of Scripture must be James 1:22: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” Such a clear command with such a dire consequence for disobedience. Those who hear the Word and walk away unchanged are in dreadful danger of falling into self-deception: believing themselves to be faithful followers of Christ and yet continuing in their sins. God’s Word simply must...

Prepare your hearts and minds

Mrs. Alyssa Pastoor, wife, mother, and member of Zion PRC in Jenison, Michigan   We have all experienced those harried Sunday mornings following a busy activity-filled week at one point or another. “Where’s my shoes, mom?” “Hurry up and eat your breakfast!” “Did you remember to get cash for collection?” “Is my shirt ironed?”…and then we all sit down 10-15 minutes before the service begins in a muddled and frustrated mess. We have arrived physically, but we have forgotten, once again, to prepare our hearts and minds to hear the One who has safely brought us there in the first...

Keep reading, Johnny, keep reading!

Prof. Brian Huizinga, professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of Grandville PRC in Grandville, Michigan   Preaching and technology We live in an age of rapidly accelerating technological innovation, and that has an impact—sometimes for better, sometimes for worse—upon every sphere of life, including preaching in the great congregation. For example, it is very common for churches to upload their sermons to SermonAudio, or their entire worship service to YouTube. Such massive libraries of audio and/or visual content give believers anywhere in the world easy access to a treasure trove of biblical...

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