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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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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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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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The Election and Installation of Deacons (7): Resignation and Removal From Office

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. Under what circumstances might a deacon resign from office, or be removed from office, before his term is finished? The difference between resignation from office and removal from office should be clear to us all. In the instance…

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