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Holland, Michigan: From Dutch Colony to Dynamic City, Robert P. Swierenga. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper.

Holland, Michigan: From Dutch Colony to Dynamic City, Robert P. Swierenga. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014. Three volumes; pages xxviii + 2618. Hardcover. $150.00. [Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper.] In three hefty volumes, Robert Swierenga provides us with a comprehensive and definitive history of the city…

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Psalter Revision: Governing Principles (2) Text

Previous article in this series: January 15, 2017, p. 185. The interdenominational Psalter Revision Committee, by using various principles to evaluate the Psalter selections, is determining whether to recommend changes to each individual Psalter number. These principles regard text, music, and format. I am explaining these principles, and using a…

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Corrupting the Word of God: The History of the Well-Meant Offer, by Herman Hanko and Mark H. Hoeksema. Reviewed by Rev. Douglas Kuiper.

Corrupting the Word of God: The History of the Well-Meant Offer, by Herman Hanko and Mark H. Hoeksema. Jenison: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2016. 272 pages. $24.95. Hardcover. [Reviewed by Rev. Douglas Kuiper.] To know the history of the development of a particular doctrine is beneficial. The history of the…

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Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries in English Translation: Volume 4, edited by James T. Dennison, Jr. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper

Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries in English Translation: Volume 4, 1600-1693, edited by James T. Dennison, Jr. (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014). Pp. 752. Hardcover. $50.00. [Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper.] Overview With this volume, James Dennison concludes his project of translating and compiling Reformed…

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The Qualifications of the Office of Elder (7): His Relationship to Others

Previous article in this series: August 2014, p. 446. Studying the qualifications of elders in Christ’s church, we have already examined those qualifications regarding his gender (he must be male), his blamelessness (the fundamental spiritual qualification), and his relationship to his wife and children. Several of the qualifications mentioned in…

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The Qualifications of the Office of Elder (5): Married, With Children? Not Necessarily

Previous article in this series: March 1, 2014, p. 253. The fundamental qualification of the elder is that he be “blameless” (I Tim. 3:2, Titus 1:6). By giving further qualifications for the office, the inspired apostle indicates that the elder’s blamelessness must be manifest in his personal life, as well…

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By the Vision of Another World: Worship in American History, ed. James D. Bratt. Reviewed by: Douglas J. Kuiper

By the Vision of Another World: Worship in American History, ed. James D. Bratt. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2012. 221 pages. Paper­back. $25.00. ISBN 978-0-8028-6710-0. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper. The heart of this book consists of seven essays, each of which explores worship in a particular time…

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God In Our Midst: The Tabernacle and Our Relationship With God, by Daniel R. Hyde. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper.

God In Our Midst: The Tabernacle and Our Re­lationship With God, by Daniel R. Hyde. Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2012. 255 pages. Hardcover $18.00; ebook $9.00. ISBN 978-1-56769-281-5. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper. “God created the world in six days, but he used forty to instruct Moses about the…

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The History of the Office of Elder (3) During the Apostolic Age

Previous article in this series: May 1, 2012, p. 353.   Having treated the history of the office of elder during the intertestamentary period and at the time of Jesus in our last article, we now treat the history of the office during the time of the apostles. Our thesis…

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The History of the Diaconate (4): Its Place in the Reformed Churches

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. In the last article we contended that Reformed churches have done more than the Romish, Anglican, Lutheran, and Baptist churches to restore the diaconate to its rightful place in the church. This the Reformed churches could do…

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