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Reformed versus Arminian missions (1): Different objects

There is much that separates the Reformed faith from Arminianism doctrinally. Those doctrinal differences are expressed in the Can­ons of Dordt, which set forth the Reformed truths of unconditional election, limited atonement, total depravity, irresistible grace, and preservation of the saints, and that over against the Arminian denial of these…

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Protestant Reformed missions, The war years: Mission work flounders (1940-1946): (2)

During the first half of the decade of the 1940s, the Protestant Reformed Churches began the work of organizing its synodical committees under constitutions. In 1940 the Emeritus Committee presented its Constitution to the synod for approval. The Synod of 1941 adopted the Constitution of the Theological School Committee. The…

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The war years: Mission work flounders (1940-1946) (1)

Previous article in this series: February 15, 2018, p. 230. During the late 1930s empty wallets were again filling and the gaunt faces of stressed husbands and fathers were again beginning to smile. But out of the ruins of the Great Depression our nation faced another grave threat. Due in…

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Protestant Reformed missions, The depression years: Mission methods developed (1932-1939) [4]

Previous article in this series: September 15, 2017, p. 488. The consistory of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church in Illinois was frustrated. This church was working in the Roseland, Chicago area with little results. This frustration was voiced at the June 1935 meeting of Classis: our outreach lacks personal labor.…

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Faithful Financial Support for Foreign Missions

Because the well-established system for the collection and distribution of financial support for our denominational foreign mission labors may easily go unnoticed, it is worthwhile to examine the biblical principles and benefits of this Reformed practice. This denominational practice has well served the stability and continuity of our foreign mission…

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Protestant Reformed Missions, The Depression Years: Mission Methods Developed (1932-1939) [2]

Previous article in this series: September 1, 2016, p. 473. As promised in our last article, we now print in full the study committee’s report on defining the task of the Classical Home Mission Committee, presented to and adopted by the June 1, 1932 meeting of Classis (slightly edited). “Beloved…

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Protestant Reformed Missions, Small Beginnings: Mission Methods Established (1925-1931) (4)

Previous article in this series: August 2015, p. 446. The Classis of the Protestant Reformed Churches met in session on September 18, 1929. A number of recommendations were received at this Classis from the Committee on Home Missions made up of Elhart, Korhorn, and VanDellen. Among these recommendations, Classis considered…

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Protestant Reformed Missions Small Beginnings: Mission Methods Established (1925-1931) (2)

Previous article in this series: March 15, 2015, p. 280. It was in the year 1928 that the Protestant Reformed Churches began to advance toward establishing a “Classical Mission Committee” in order to do the work of missions in this small denomination. In the three previous years, organization of churches…

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Protestant Reformed Missions: Small Beginnings: Mission Methods Established (1925-1931)

Three faithful ministers of the gospel banded together, forsaken and alone. We can only imagine what the Reverends Herman Hoeksema, Henry Danhof, and George Ophoff felt when the decisions made by Classis Grand Rapids East of the Christian Reformed Church (December 12, 1924) and Classis Grand Rapids West CRC (…

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