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book reviews

God and Politics: Four Views on the Reformation of Civil Government, Gary Scott Smith, Editor. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company 1989. 300 pages, $13.95, (paper). (Reviewed by the Editor.) The four views of civil government and its duty, all held and advocated by Reformed men, are theonomy;…

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Book Reviews

GREAT LEADERS OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, edited by John D. Woodbridge; Moody Press, 1988; 384 pp., $24.95, (cloth). (Reviewed by Prof H. Hanko.) The history of the church, it has been said, is the history of her leaders. Undoubtedly this is true when it is remembered that throughout the church’s…

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Letters

Infant Baptism—”Unbiblical Tradition” I must respond to your editorial in the August 1, 1990, issue of The Standard Bearer. I am a Baptist who has found your paper quite useful and spiritually profitable. However, the response you wrote to William Oosterman’s defense of Baptist doctrine was entirely out of line. First,…

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An Accursed Idolatry

Prof. Decker is professor of Practical Theology in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Everyone familiar with the Heidelberg Catechismrecognizes that this is what the Catechism calls the “popish mass” in its 80th question and answer. This question and answer dealing with the difference between the Lord’s Supper and the “popish mass” was added to…

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The Papacy

Mr. Clarke is a member of the Covenant Reformed Fellowship of Larne, Northern Ireland, a mission of the PRC. Who is the head of the church, Jesus Christ or the Pope? In our controversy with Rome over their doctrine of the Papacy, this is the fundamental issue at stake. Our…

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The Church Organist`

This contribution was submitted by a long-time, and accomplished, church-organist in the Protestant Reformed Churches. We honor the author’s request to remain anonymous in The Standard Bearer. The most important part of a church service is the preaching of the Word of God. Another very important part of our church…

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All Around Us

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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John Calvin Taught That? (Or…How to get a great Reformer, dead 400 years, to support an un-Reformed position)

Rev. Dykstra is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Doon, Iowa. Introduction: The purpose of the column “The Strength of Youth” is to encourage and instruct you, the youth of Christ’s church. Because young, Reformed believers face a host of temptations and spiritual struggles in this ungodly age, we…

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Letters

Presumptive Regeneration? Your series of editorials in The Standard Beareron the covenant has been truly a blessing. It is good to see that there are still those who are faithful to the scriptures and hold to a unilateral, unconditional, and unbreakable covenant. Even among our Reformed churches the error of “common…

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