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Volu 100 Issue 7

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Christ’s speedy coming

Rev. Steven Key, emeritus minister of the Protestant Reformed Churches and member of Loveland PRC in Loveland, Colorado And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. Revelation 22:6, 7 Immediately following our consideration of Christ’s coming in His incarnation, we are brought face to face with the passing of another year and the entrance of a new year....

The misuse of power

Prof. Barrett Gritters, professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of Hudsonville PRC Solomon spoke of more than a few evils that he had seen under the sun (Eccl. 5:13, 6:1). If we may use his template, “There is a sore evil that we see more and more under the sun, namely, God’s people using their strength to the hurt of their neighbor.” We can use power for great good or we can abuse it for greatest harm, and it seems that these days the harm becomes greater. Even in the church. Governments use power...

Letters

Thank you! I have enjoyed in my reading and even studying, the Standard Bearer. I don’t have the words to express my appreciation. I saved my copy of November 15, 2022—Vol. 99, No.4—titled “The Reformation’s Recovery of Justification by Faith Alone.” It’s a little bit worn. A great read in loaning out to others. Justification in the blood of Jesus, J.R.G. [prisoner in Texas]   Questions concerning treatment of disciplined members Editor’s note: In response to a recent editorial, a reader began correspondence with the author. The editors decided that this correspondence could be useful for many readers. With permission of...

Habakkuk: The just shall live by faith (16—concluded) Rejoicing in troubled times

Previous article in this series: December 15, 2023, p. 154. Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the...

Honor

Rev. Joseph Holstege, pastor of First PRC in Grand Rapids, Michigan   You cannot see honor. You cannot point to it, measure it, weigh it. It will not fill your stomach when you are hungry. It will not refresh you when you are hot. It will not warm you when you are cold. It is nothing. And yet, it is everything. There is a lust for honor that burns insatiably in the human heart. To have the royal apparel around your shoulders, to ride in the king’s chariot pulled by the king’s horse, to wear the crown, to be proclaimed...

Gender dysphoria and transgenderism (5) “Religious” objections to the Bible’s teaching on gender

Prof. Cory Griess, professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI Previous articles in this series: Volume 99, pages 13, 45, 69, 114. Introduction In a previous article on the subject of gender dysphoria and transgenderism I have defined gender dysphoria, transgender, and transgenderism. So-called “gender dysphoria” is a distressing feeling of being different from one’s biological sex. On the other hand, being “transgender” is accepting the errant feeling of gender dysphoria and therefore identifying oneself as another gender. Transgenderism is a philosophy that promotes the notion that a person’s...

Hide and seek

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  Deuteronomy 6:6, 7 The title of this rubric and the passage of Scripture from whence it is taken sets before us the immense, all-consuming, and endless responsibility of godly parents. We are to instruct our children in the commandments, the statutes, and judgments of our God (Deut 6:1). Just...

The causes for discipline, and private sins

Rev. Joshua Engelsma. translator, pastor of Crete PRC in Crete, Illinois   From “A Brief Explanation of the Church Order” by Johannes Jansen Article 72: “In case anyone errs in doctrine or offends in conduct, as long as the sin is of a private character, not giving public offense, the rule clearly prescribed by Christ in Matthew 18 shall be followed.” In this article two things are discussed, namely, the causes (reasons or motives) for discipline, and the rule which according to Matthew 18 must be followed with private deviations. The causes for discipline. These lie in sins “against the...

Bring the books…

Mr. Charles Terpstra, member of Faith PRC in Jenison, Michigan and full-time librarian/registrar/archivist at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and SB book review editor The following book is reviewed by Dr. Marco Barone, book coordinator at the Reformed Free Publishing Association and member of Southwest PRC, Grandville, Michigan.   When the Stars Disappear: Help and Hope from Stories of Suffering in Scripture (Suffering and the Christian Life: Volume 1), Mark Talbot. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2020. 144 pages. $16.99. Paperback.   Introduction Mark Talbot’s job (philosophy professor at Wheaton College, IL) might lead some to think that his treatment of “Suffering...

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