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First Ecumenical Synod

“The first Ecumenical Synod of Reformed Churches” met in Grand Rapids, Michigan during the middle lands, Die Gereformeerde Kerken of South Africa, and the Christian Reformed Church of North America. Seventeen delegates were present: four from the Netherlands, three from South Africa, and ten from the Christian Reformed Church. They…

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A Different Aalders….

Most of our readers will remember Dr. G. Ch. Aalders, professor in the Free University of Amsterdam, in connection with the letter, which he wrote to inform and enlighten the American public, concerning the controversy in the Netherlands, and which appeared in the August 1945 issue of the “Missionary Monthly”.…

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Part Two, Of Man’s Redemption, Lord’s Day 21, Chapter 1: The Idea of the Church

Q. 54. What believest thou concerning the ‘holy catholic church’ of Christ? A. That the Son of God from the beginning of the end of the world, gathers’, defends, and preserves to himself by his Spirit and word, out of the whole human race, a church chosen to everlasting life,…

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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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Part Two, Of Man’s Redemption, Lord’s Day 21, Chapter 1: The Idea of the Church (continued). Chapter 2: The Election of the Church.

The Idea of the Church (continued) However, the Church is not a mechanical, but an organic unity. It is a spiritual organism. The difference between a mechanism and an organism is that, while both are constituted of parts through which the whole functions, the former is assembled from previously prepared…

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The Conference

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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Part Two, Of Man’s Redemption, Lord’s Day 21, Chapter 3: The Election of the Church (continued)

According to the flesh, both Ishmael and Isaac, both Esau and Jacob were children of Abraham. Yet, only the children of the promise are counted as the seed: “In Isaac shall thy seed be called”; and again: “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” Not the will of…

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The Conference

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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Part Two, Of Man’s Redemption, Lord’s Day 21, Chapter 2: The Election of the Church (continued). Chapter 3: The Gathering of the Church

Chapter 2: The Election of the Church (continued) The supralapsarians conceived of the order of the various elements in God’s counsel thus, that the decree of predestination precedes those of creation and the fall; God determined to glorify Himself in some whom He ordained unto eternal life, and in others…

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Three Points and Four

The reader will remember that, besides the question concerning the covenant of grace, there were several other points of doctrinal controversy concerning which the Netherland Synod of Utrecht, 1942, expressed itself. They were the questions concerning common grace, self-examination, the two natures of Christ, and the immortality of the soul.…

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The Conference

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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The Conference

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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