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The Unconditional Covenant in Contemporary Debate-and the Protestant Reformed Seminary*

*This is the text of the speech given at the convocation exercises of the Protestant Reformed Seminary on September 4, 2002. The first installment appeared in the January 1, 2003 issue of the Standard Bearer. One of the worst threats to the true church of Christ in the world since…

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The Indispensable Qualification for the Gospel Ministry * (3)

* Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches. This article is the conclusion of the text of the address given at the commencement exercises of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary on June 16, 2003. The preceding installments appeared in…

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Labor Union Membership in the Light of Scripture (2)

Bearing the Cross In their history-long, principled, consistent, and uncompromising stand against labor union membership, as demonstrated in the previous editorial, the Protestant Reformed Churches manifest themselves as true, faithful, and courageous churches of Jesus Christ. The men of the churches show themselves genuine disciples of Jesus Christ, willing to…

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A Theatre in Dachau, by Hermanus Knoop, Tr. Andrew Petter, Ed. Roelof A. Janssen.

A Theatre in Dachau, by Hermanus Knoop. Tr. Andrew Petter. Ed. Roelof A. Janssen. Neerlandia, Alberta, Canada/Pella, Iowa: Inheritance Publications, 2001. Pp. 143. $12.90 (paper). [Reviewed by the editor.] Reformed Christians, young and old, ought to read this gripping, sobering account of one man’s suffering in the Dachau concentration camp.…

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The Indispensable Qualification for the Gospel-Ministry (2)

Prof. Engelsma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches. This article is the text of the address given at the commencement exercises of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary on June 16, 2003. The article of which this installment is a continuation…

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All Around Us

Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. A Time for Self-examination   For some months, and even years, I’ve considered quoting from articles that relate to our own life-style. Each time, however, I’ve put aside those articles. There are things contained in them that we all…

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Letters

Letters Responding to the Series of Editorials, “The Unconditional Covenant in Contemporary Debate” (Standard Bearer, Jan. 1 – April 1, 2003) I was reading your series [on the unconditional covenant] in the Standard Bearer. It has been truly surprising to me how quickly the rejection of the gospel of grace…

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Mission Preaching in the Established Church (4): The Burden of the Messenger

Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. The preacher has an awesome task. When he sounds forth the call of the gospel, heaven is opened and closed to his hearers. This is true in the mission setting when the missionary labors with a view to the…

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All Around Us

Rev. Koole is pastor of Grandville Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. Some “Better” News   A previous article by the under signed reported that authorities in Malaysia (the country directly north of Singapore) had approved a ban on publishing Bibles (along with books by several well-known Reformed authors) in…

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The Election and Installation of Deacons (6): Tenure of Office

Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin. We have examined the principles of Scripture and our Church Order regarding the election and installation of deacons. Before leaving the subject, however, we should treat a few related issues. One issue regards how long deacons should serve…

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Letters

Reality Left Out Although a few good points were made in “Dating and the Deep Blue Sea” (Standard Bearer, March 15, 2003), I fear that reality and selected portions of God’s plan were conveniently left out. Dating is also generalized hastily into an excuse for teenagers to fulfill their lust…

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Humanism and the PR Teacher: No R and R (2)

Prof. Dykstra is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. [The first installment pointed out that humanism is the philosophy that makes man the measure of all things. Some of the significant concomitant elements of that basic dictum include: 1.A denial of God as He…

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The Indispensable Qualification for the Gospel-Ministry

Prof. Engeslma is professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches. This article is the text of the address given at the commencement exercises of the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary in the auditorium of the Hudsonville, MI Protestant Reformed Church on June 16,…

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Letters

Questions about “God’s Hatred of Lying” I enjoyed Rev. Eriks’ recent article on lying (“God’s Hatred of Lying,” Standard Bearer, April 15, 2003). It is distressing that lying has become so prevalent in our society. I also especially appreciated the conclusion of the article on “speaking the truth in love.”…

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