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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. Our Readers Contribute One thing particularly enjoyable in preparing this rubric for almost each issue is that you, the reader, often send in articles which can be used—and often are. Some of these articles are of religious significance…

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Towards Greater Unity? A number of newspapers have reported an event towards which four major denominations have been working for a long time. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of…

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1. The Exodus Continues 2. Significant Number of Koreans Leave CRC 3. Respected Pastor Leaves CRC 4. Westminster Professor Leaves CRC

The Exodus Continues Two more secessions from the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) have recently occurred, bringing the number of independent congregations to 38, with7800 total members. These figures do not include the Korean churches which have recently seceded and which are in the process of forming a new denomination. Both…

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1. Whatever Happened to Marriage in the U.S.? 2. Together on the way 3. Another Union of Churches in the Works

Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Whatever Happened to Marriage in the U.S.? Six of ten new marriages fail, victims of divorce or separation, according to the National Survey of Families and Households of the University of Wisconsin. Divorces reached an all- time high…

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1. More Leakage or Hemorrhage? 2. Mid-America Preparing to Move 3. Reformed Ecumenical Council 1992 4. All Within Us

Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. More Leakage or Hemorrhage? Since we last reported on the statistics of those congregations which have seceded from the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), seven more groups have formed independent churches. Only three of the previous secessions have occurred…

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. “Hate Crime” Laws A horrible crime was committed some miles north and west of Loveland—in Laramie, Wyoming. A young man, Matthew Shepard, was tied to a fence in a desolate area and deliberately beaten until he was almost…

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. Preservation of Saints—and Sin Was Clinton’s religion at fault for his sexual escapades? One is constantly amazed at the attempts of many to place the blame of Clinton’s problems on someone or something else. Now an article, appearing…

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Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Boesak Resigns The Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak, a prominent anti-apartheid leader in South Africa and a noted church leader, has resigned as pastor of the Bellville congregation of the Dutch Reformed Mission Church. South African newspapers reported that…

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. “Promise Keepers Woos Catholics” We continue to read much concerning the “Promise Keepers.” Recently this organization has decided that there will be no more charge for attending meetings. The organization will continue in “faith” that God will provide…

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Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Jesus is coming soon! The year of our Lord, 1990 saw several terribly significant events occur. Who at the beginning of the year would have dreamed that Communism would collapse in Eastern Europe?! Who would have thought that…

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1. Hiring of Lesbian Pastor Nullified 2. Church in India Struggles 3. Leakage or Hemorrhage? 4. Something Worth Thinking About

Hiring of Lesbian Pastor Nullified Several months ago we reported that a large United Presbyterian church in downtown Rochester, New York hired Jane Adams Spahr, a lesbian, to serve as the congregation’s co-pastor. Two decisions were taken by the Presbytery (a presbytery is a regional body of churches like our…

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. Pastoral Network for the “Paranormal” One is hardly surprised at the changes taking place in Reformed churches. Still, it does come as a bit of a shock to hear of a “pastoral network for the ‘paranormal'” in Reformed…

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. Confirmation of Matthew 24:7-8? We have been reading of the “natural” disasters which have been affecting our country. What does it all mean? And: is it an “angry Mother Nature” or the fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy? Newsweek, May…

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. Evolutionists Worry Would you really think so? Have they not, in effect, won the war concerning origins? The books of science, the museums of the land, the periodicals—all unabashedly promote and maintain evolution. There is simply no room…

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1. RE-Imagining Conference 2. Dutch Churches Adopt New Church Order 3, North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council 4. Alliance of Reformed Churches

Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. RE-Imagining Conference “This was no Christian meeting,” said Faye Short about the RE-Imagining Conference partially sponsored by the United Methodist Church. Short, a representative of the Evangelical Coalition of United Methodist Women (ECUMW), said the November meeting was…

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1. New Editor for the Banner 2. Dutton Pastor Banned From CRC Pulpits 3. Church Membership Declining in Germany 4. President Clinton and Abortion

Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. New Editor for the Banner The Rev. John D. Suk, 36, has been nominated to be editor of the Banner. Suk, co-pastor of the Ann Arbor (Michigan) Christian Reformed Church, is the only candidate Christian Reformed Church Publications…

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Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. The World Council of Churches Thousands of observers, guests, advisors, and visitors joined the 811 official delegates to the Seventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Canberra, Australia, February 7-20. The theme of the Assembly…

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. The Authorized King James Bible—Introduced by…the devil?? Well, not quite. Obviously, however, Satan himself is behind the deception. In his attempt to remove the Word from the hands of the child of God, he seeks to create doubt…

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1. Persecution: a Daily Reality for Many Christians 2. Christian Reformed Church Gets New General Secretary 3. White and Black Evangelicals Will Talk

Prof Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Persecution: a Daily Reality for Many Christians We North American Reformed Christians tend to forget this. We are free to worship the Lord from Sunday to Sunday as He has commanded us in His Word. We educate our…

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1. Troubles among the Netherlands Reformed Congregations 2. PCA General Assembly Rebukes CRC for “Departure from the Scriptures”

Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Troubles among the Netherlands Reformed Congregations A special synod of the 10,000-member Netherlands Reformed Congregations (NRC) has deposed the consistory and pastor (Dr. Joel R. Beeke) of the denomination’s second largest church, the 1300-memberFirst NRC of Grand Rapids.…

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Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Synods and General Assemblies In the past our churches and some of our ministers have had contacts and correspondence with the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland. This church, we recently learned, has suffered a split. The Banner of Truth (August-September…

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Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Oral Roberts in Trouble The National & International Religion Report(September 25, 1989) informs us that: Barring “a miracle,” Oral Roberts will close the towering City of Faith medical complex Jan. 1 and shut down the Oral Roberts University’s 147-student…

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1. Could Sodom and Gomorrah Have Been Worse? 2. Religious Liberty in Jeopardy. 3. A Christian Reformed Alliance

Could Sodom and Gomorrah Have Been Worse? Recently a member of one of our congregations sent me a letter from the president (Beverly LaHaye) of an organization called, Concerned Women for America. The letter warns the reader about a sex education program currently being used in the public schools of…

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Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Missions, A High Priority The World Council of Churches (WCC) sponsored a “Conference on World Mission and Evangelization” early last summer in San Antonio, Texas. Missions also received a great deal of attention from the 240 delegates representing…

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. “Not of This World” Cal Thomas is a well-known political writer with strong leanings to the “religious right.” He often comes out with some hard-hitting articles pointing to the corruption so often seen in government and in society…

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Rev. VanBaren is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. “Littleton and Columbine High” Two weeks ago (from the time I write this article), few people even in Colorado knew where these were. Today the names are in headlines in every newspaper—perhaps in the whole world and surely…

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Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Four Significant Conferences The Calvin Studies Society (of which our professors are members), an international society which has as its purpose the study of John Calvin and Calvinism is sponsoring the “Fifth Colloquium On Calvin Studies” on January…

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