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Dating and the Deep Blue Sea…and the Way of Christ (5)

Rev. Dick is pastor of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. In Evangelio Dominus Ego sum, inquit, veritas. Non dixit, Ego sum consuetude! (Augustine, in De Baptismo, III.6.9, translated, “In the Gospel the Lord says—’I am the truth.’ He did not say, ‘I am custom.'”)Dating is fatherless. Modern American…

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All Around Us

Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Jonathan Edwards—and Birth Control Christian News, August 5, 2002, presents articles pertaining to marriage and family. Included is an interesting quote from the book, “God’s Vision for Families—What the Bible Says About Having Children,” by Nancy Campbell. The quote…

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Letters

Variation in the Liturgy   I enjoyed Rev. Terpstra’s articles on “The Believer’s Role in Public Worship,” but his January 15, 2002 article prompted me to write and ask a question. As the same liturgy is performed week after week, Rev. Terpstra notes that there is a temptation to fall…

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The Election and Installation of Deacons (2)

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. In our last article we noted three biblical principles that govern the election and installation of officebearers. First, the church as a whole, not only her rulers, ought to be involved in the selection process. Second, those who…

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Philip Melanchthon and Synergism (1)

Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Introduction Anyone interested in the great Reformation of the sixteenth century readily acknowledges that Martin Luther was the outstanding reformer, of all those who engaged in this great work. Followers of John Calvin, while…

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“He Shines in All That’s Fair” (and Curses All That’s Foul) (7)

Common Grace for Culture   Wherever common grace is defended, the main reason is “culture.” Common grace is necessary to account for culture. Common grace is necessary to explain the political, scientific, technological, medical, and artistic developments of the world of the ungodly. Common grace is necessary to justify a…

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Book Reviews

Christ the Lord: The Reformation and Lordship Salvation, Michael Horton, ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1992. 240pp. (Paper) (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.) Seven different authors have cooperated, under the editorship of Michael Horton, to write a book that deals with an extremely pressing problem in our day. The…

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He Suffered

Rev. Smit is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Doon, Iowa. Who can fathom the words, “He suffered”? These words concerning our suffering Savior are briefly explained in Lord’s Day 15 of the Heidelberg Catechism on the basis of the Scriptures. Having read and studied this exposition of the…

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The Character and Work of the Reformed Minister: All Glory to God! (2)*

Prof. Dykstra is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. *Seminary Commencement Address, June 17, 2002, Southwest Protestant Reformed Church, Grandville, Michigan. The minister is called to preach. This is his stated work. Writes Paul, “We preach not ourselves.” The word translated “preach,” is literally…

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Letters

“Restoration” Promises to National Israel I have just read your series defending amillennialism (Standard Bearer, Jan. 1, 1995-Dec. 15, 1996) and have benefited very much. However, I have a few questions. Can we not hold amillen-nialism and still look for certain “restoration” promises to national Israel to be fulfilled? The…

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The Character and Work of the Reformed Minister: All Glory to God!* (1)

Prof. Dykstra is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. *Seminary Commencement Address, June 17, 2002, Southwest Protestant Reformed Church, Grandville, Michigan. Seminary graduates of 2002, your graduation from seminary is special for me because you are the first class with whom I was present…

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Letters

Criticism for a Lack of Criticism   I have been reading RFPA books for some years now. I have also been receiving the Standard Bearer for some time as well. I would like to inquire as to why there are no books by Protestant Reformed ministers that deal specifically with…

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Biblical Method of Dating As a teenager who has been faced with the difficulties of worldly dating, I agree with Rev. Dick on his article “Dating and the Deep Blue Sea … and the Way of Christ (2)” (Standard Bearer, April 15). The world’s type of dating is indeed a…

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