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The Conference

Introduction. . . . The Second Annual Conference between the ministers and students of the Protestant Reformed Churches and the Reformed Churches in the U. S., met in Hull, Iowa, from October 1 through October 3. The Conference was well attended; we noticed especially a goodly number of lay members…

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Second Session…. The second session of the Conference, on Wednesday morning, was opened by the Rev. W. Grossmann, pastor of the Reformed Church at Hosmer, South Dakota. He introduced the first speaker of the day, the Rev. H. Veldman. In further development of the general theme, “The Church”, Rev. Veldman…

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Third Session…. The Wednesday afternoon meeting of the Conference was opened by the Rev. G. M. Ophoff. He introduced the speaker, the Rev. E. Buehrer of green Bay- Wisconsin. Rev. Buehrer further developed the theme of the Conference “The Church” in his lecture on the topic: “The Commission of the…

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Fourth Session…. The Rev. J. De Jong led us in the opening exercises on Thursday morning. The speaker at this session was the Rev. R. D. Steubbe, pastor of the Reformed Church in the U. S., at Garner, Iowa. Rev. Steubbe had been assigned the subject: “The Distinguishing Marks of…

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Final Session. . . . The Rev. R. Veldman led us in devotionals on Thursday afternoon, the final session of the Conference. He also introduced the speaker, the Rev. L. Doezema, pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Bellflower, California. The final aspect of the development of the general theme:…

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The Conference

Final Session. . . . Last time we presented a resume of the lecture of the Rev. L. Doezema. He had been chosen as the final speaker and developed his topic: “The Reformation of the Church”, as follows: The Need for Reformation—the condition of continual deformation and defection in the…

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Japanese Christianity. . . . In The Presbyterian Guardian of December 10, we found a “Declaration issued by the Japanese Reformed Church”, excerpts from which we present below. The following note accompanies the article: “It is to be remembered that this is the action of a group of Japanese Christians,…

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Barthianism . . . . One of the calmest and most fair criticisms of Dr. K. Barth and his theology that has appeared for some time is contained in the following few paragraphs. It was written by the Rev. C. Norman Bartlett, S.T.D., in an article entitled, “The Preacher and…

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Reformed!! ??. . . . In The Banner of January 17, 1947, official organ of the Christian Reformed Churches, the Rev. J. M. Ghysels, in his “Meditation” department, writes as follows: “Once I read of a rich man whose wife died, and not long afterwards their only child, a little…

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Centennial. . . . During the course of this year the communities of Holland, Michigan and Pella, Iowa, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of their founding. Here in Holland, the commemoration of this event has already begun. The opening event was a public meeting held in Hope College Memorial Chapel…

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Correspondence . . . . We received a letter reflecting on the remarks we made concerning the Banner’s Meditation department and its author. We take the opportunity to answer it here. The letter read in part as follows: Dear Brother: Reading, Periscope, in the Standard Bearer of Feb. 15. .…

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Commendation. . . . We wish to begin our column in a slightly different manner this time. Under the caption above we will quote several comments and add a few personal remarks at the close. The statements quoted are certainly worthy of repetition as they contain valuable lessons for us…

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Niemoller. . . . The Rev. Martin Niemoller’s speech making tour of the U. S. officially ended in the latter part of March. Pastor Niemoller spoke to capacity audiences in 53 cities in the U. S. under the auspices of the Federal Council of Churches. Throughout his stay in America…

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Write Your Congressmen!!! …. Important labor legislation is, or will soon be, before both houses of Congress. Among the provisions of the bill before the House of Representatives will be a clause to ban the “closed shop”. It is expected that the Senate Committee will report its measure soon and…

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Russia. . . . The following is a United Press dispatch which appeared in the Holland Evening Sentinel recently. It was written by R. H. Shackford, veteran United Press diplomatic correspondent. Mr. Shackford has just returned from covering the Big Four foreign ministers conference at Moscow and is writing a…

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Mennonite Migrations. . . . Great lovers of rural life with its comparative simplicity are the various branches of Mennonites. The stricter groups, as for example the Amish, are particularly careful about keeping themselves free from all entanglements with the world as much as possible. Just recently a group of…

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De Gereformeerde Kerken. (O.A. 31 K.O.) Statistics: We recently received the 1947 Yearbook of these Churches in the Netherlands and pass on to our readers some of the figures. RECAPITULATION Classis                # of Churches      Ministers     Vacant        Souls   Conf. Members Groningen    …

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The Netherlands. . . . Ds. A. C. Van Raalte We received the following letter from the Netherlands recently and transcribe it without comment. For those of our readers who cannot read the Holland a free English translation is included. (DUTCH REMOVED) Oldeboorn, Groningen May, 1947 To the General Synod…

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Christian School. . . . We came across a Christian School news-sheet recently which attracted our attention. Since the time is at hand that children will return to school, its purpose was to make propaganda for the particular school which issued it and also to attempt to influence parents to…

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Condolences and Congratulations…. We recently received word from the Rev. G. Lubbers that he has been ill for the past four weeks. He has been unable to occupy his pulpit in Randolph, Wisconsin since December 7. He writes: “First it was ‘flu’—then it was ‘congestion in lungs’, but blood test…

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FLASH! …. Rev. Hoeksema Preaches!! We heard the good news here rather incidentally and felt it was worth passing on to our readers. According to word received from Bellflower, on Sunday evening, January 25, “dominie” mounted the pulpit and delivered his first sermon since he was stricken last June. Our…

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Synod In Session

This is being written while Synod is still meeting and will be a brief review of work thus far accomplished. The usual pre-Synodical service was held on Tuesday evening, June 1, in the Fuller Avenue auditorium. The Rev. J. De Jong, president of the Synod of 1947, delivered the sermon.…

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Other Churches. . . . During the month of June many denominations besides our own hold their annual Synods or Assemblies. Since we have written previously of the problems which various other Churches face, their resolutions in respect to these will be of interest. We quote briefly from various periodicals…

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Appeal*

*Translated from the Holland brochure: Appel! This is the title of a brochure which we received from the Netherlands and which has been sent to many others in the U. S. The form letter which accompanied the booklet explains what it is and its purpose. This letter reads, in part,…

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Common Grace

In a previous connection it was stated, as you may recall, that the subject of “common grace” was also among those which was being discussed in the Netherlands before the war and concerning which there was difference of opinion. In 1942 the Synod of Sneek-Utrecht, also made certain dogmatic expressions…

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