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An Interesting Discussion: Debate RESOLVED: That Doctrinal Differences Dividing Denominations Should Be Minimized.

At the after-dinner program of the banquet which marked the closing of the second convention, the host committee had arranged an interesting debate on the topic, “Should doctrinal differences be minimized?” The affirmative position was maintained by two young men of Fuller Ave. Young Men’s Society, John Piersma and Walter…

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Church profile—Hull, IA PRC

Compiled by Jan Westra, edited by Brittany Gritters The history of the Hull Protestant Reformed Church goes back to the beginning of the Protestant Reformed denomination. On March 16, 1925, just a few weeks after a temporary organization called the Protesting Christian Reformed Churches had been organized in Grand Rapids,…

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Book Reviews

Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism (1750-1858), by Iain H. Murray. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1994. 455 pp. $27.95 (cloth). [Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.] Added to the list of important books which Iain Murray has written is this current volume on revival. Murray’s…

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Letters

Thank you for your fine contribution to the Reformed witness with The Standard Bearer. I appreciate the diversity that there is even within the Reformed faith. Because of the diversity we often take exception to that which we read. I believe that the answer to “May the Deserted Believer Remarry?” (April…

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Church History, by P.K. Keizer (Translated by T.M.P. VanderVen); Inheritance Publications, 220 pp. (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.] This book, written by a minister of the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (Liberated), who also taught church history in a Reformed high school in Groeningen, is intended as a textbook…

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Letters

More on “Experimental Religion” After reading your exhortation to active participation and the question and answer given in the letters section (Standard Bearer, Nov. 15, 1991) I felt moved to respond.  I agree wholeheartedly with your answer. Our experiences must always be examined and interpreted by the spotlight of Scripture…

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Divorce and Remarriage: Biblical Principles and Pastoral Practice, by Andrew Cornes. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1993. 528 pp. $24.99 (paper). [Reviewed by the Editor.] This is a careful, thorough treatment of Scripture’s teaching on marriage, divorce, and remarriage. Although concentrating on marriage, the book does justice to…

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Creedal Amillennialism In a recent edition of the Standard Bearer, Rev. Ron Cammenga tried to argue that because of his belief that the Three Forms of Unity are explicitly a-millennial, it follows from this that all other millennial positions are heretical (Vol. 76, No. 2, p. 32). I was wondering…

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Anglican Appreciation For the most part, I have enjoyed receiving the Standard Bearer. We have much agreement in “a common faith” (Titus 1:4). No doubt, you know the “Reformed” nature of the Thirty-Nine Articles. Sadly, this is mostly forgotten by the Anglican communion at large. I enjoyed your editorial, “How…

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Sacrificing Christ In an article entitled “Berengar and Transubstantiation” (May 1, 2000 Standard Bearer), Prof. Hanko states that when a Roman Catholic priest “changes the bread and wine into Christ’s body and blood,” in doing this the priest “performs the sacrifice which Christ offered for sin on the cross. Golgotha…

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Still More on Lying In the April 15, 2003 issue of the Standard Bearer Rev. Garrett Eriks’ article, “God’s Hatred of Lying,” raises some interesting questions. For example, Eriks says, “… a murderer may be caught with a smoking gun at the crime scene with a motive for the murder.…

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On a Report of Classis East I request your allowance for a response to and correction of the report by the Stated Clerk on the “cross issue” before Classis East this past September and October (The Standard Bearer, Nov. 15, 1991). Reference was made in that report to a decision…

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Encouragement Enclosed is my check for the renewal of your excellent publication.  I can’t begin to express my joy and happiness with the receipt of every issue. I safeguard each copy in a binder and return to them often for research and study.  May the Lord continue to richly bless…

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Interest in the T.B.S. In behalf of the Trinitarian Bible Society, I would like to express our sincere thanks for your article in the January 15, 1992 Standard Bearer about the T.B.S. (“Writings Worth Noting”). Since your article appeared, we have had much interest expressed for literature and also received…

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May Major Assemblies Depose? I have some questions with respect to synodical authority raised by your current editorial series, “Church Unity, Reformed Synods, and Independency” (The Standard Bearer, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, and March 1, 1992). Does classis or synod have the right and responsibility to depose officebearers? If so,…

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Church Government in the Presbyterian Tradition I have been heartened by your consistent stand for the ancient landmarks, most recently church government (cf. the Standard Bearer, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, March 1). I wait with anxious anticipation the arrival of each issue.  I have written to add one element to…

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As Another Sees Us This letter is in response to an editorial in the Standard Bearer entitled, “As Others See Us” (March 15, 1992). I am one of the “others,” as I am neither a member nor an adherent of the Protestant Reformed Churches. I am like many (as the…

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The Causes of AIDS Your editorial in the April 1, 1992 Standard Bearer entitled “The Gospel-Truth about AIDS” gave an apt analogy concerning the death of immune-deficient churches. Although AIDS is, indeed, caused by sin and disobedience to the law of God, the blame is not to be put exclusively…

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In Defense of Schlissel In his “All Around Us” column (Standard Bearer, June 1,1992), Prof. R. Decker makes a serious comment regarding the suspension of the Rev. Steve Schlissel, pastor of Messiah’s Congregation (CRC), now deposed. Says Prof. Decker, about Schlissel’s suspension from the ministry by Classis Hudson (CRC), “Rev.…

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Book Reviews

Far Above Rubies: Today’s Virtuous Woman, edited by Herman Hanko; Reformed Free Publishing Association, 1992; 187 pp., $9.95, paper. [Reviewed by Rev. Dale H. Kuiper.] The1atest offering of the R.F.P.A. is a compilation of eleven sermons, speeches, pamphlets, and magazine articles by five ministers and three professors from the Protestant…

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Continuing Dialog on Mysticism Concerning Prof. Hanko’s review of my book, Mysticism: An Evangelical Option?, in the December 1, 1991 Standard Bearer, I do want to thank you for your analysis and your good comments. You appear to have caught the gist of much of what I am trying to…

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Suggestions Is it possible to obtain a pamphlet of your series of editorials on preterism? Also, I would like to see addresses and telephone numbers of the publishers or distributors of the books reviewed in the Standard Bearer. Perhaps, a series of articles on the “holy land” would be worthwhile.…

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Deliverance from Millennial Error Thank you so much for the Standard Bearer. I read each article (other articles are read repeatedly) in each issue with joy. I like God-honoring materials. I am learning a lot about amillennialism. In the seminary, we were not taught about it. All emphasis was given…

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Church Membership—Optional? In the April 1 issue of the Standard Bearer a reader tells us that he “…can’t find a passage of Scripture that states we must do anything other (or additional) than believe on Jesus Christ for salvation.” He need not look any further than the book of Ephesians, where we…

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Excess Introspection Your editorial on Jean Taffin’s little book [The Marks of God’s Children, Baker, 2003] in the August 2003 Standard Bearer was a blessing. Especially I was heartened to find another who so well described my feelings about excess introspection combined with a deficit of trust, joy, assurance, and…

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