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Rev. Koole is pastor of Grandville Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. Take Pastors to Court over “Vilification” Religious vilification. At least that is the charge. As Patrick Goodenough, a Bureau Chief for the Pacific Rim news network, reports: Two Christian pastors in Australia will appear in court next month…

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Mission Preaching in the Established Church (5): The Gospel Service

Rev. Kortering is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. (Preceding article in series: August 2003, p. 452.) Some of our readers may not be comfortable with designating a special worship service in the established churches as a gospel service. This designation is intended to distinguish such a service…

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Labor Union Membership in the Light of Scripture (4)

Calling of the Christian Workingman The previous editorial in this series (Oct. 1, 2003) gave the biblical testimony calling the Christian workingman to submit to the authority of the employer as the authority of Christ. In light of this testimony, the Christian workingman—every Christian workingman—must refuse membership in the union,…

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Letters

Still More on Lying In the April 15, 2003 issue of the Standard Bearer Rev. Garrett Eriks’ article, “God’s Hatred of Lying,” raises some interesting questions. For example, Eriks says, “… a murderer may be caught with a smoking gun at the crime scene with a motive for the murder.…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Thanksgiving to Whom? Thanksgiving Day has come and gone. According to custom and in harmony with the requirements of our Church Order, we assembled together as congregations to express thanks to God for all of His benefits bestowed on…

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Precious Assurance

For a long time, I have wanted to write on the assurance of salvation. God willing, this editorial is the beginning of a series of articles on Scripture’s precious doctrine of assurance and, based on this doctrine, the Christian’s precious experience of assurance. Assurance is a prominent teaching in Holy…

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1. Redeeming Pop Culture: A Kingdom Approach. 2. The Prophet and His Message: Reading Old Testament Prophecy Today.

Redeeming Pop Culture: A Kingdom Approach, by T.M. Moore. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P&R, 2003. Pp. vii + 167. $11.99 (paper). [Reviewed by the editor.] A pop treatment of the weighty subject of the Christian and culture. “Once, after a morning service in which guitars had been used to lead the…

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Rev. Koole is pastor of Grandville Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. Hell Hath No Fury Like… Of all the evils that threaten the world and that Satan is using against the Christian witness against sin, there is probably none so diabolical, dangerous, and influential as the radical feminist movement.…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. “Burger King” Religion—”Have It Your Way!” It is a sad fact that one finds a multiplicity of churches and denominations in the land. There are many confessions extant in these bodies—often expressing what we are convinced is contrary to…

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Theories of Atonement Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” has attracted great attention (and earned much money.) It has also generated considerable debate. Some consider it anti-Semitic. Others condemn its unseemly violence—for which it is given an…

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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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Humanism vs. Protestant Reformed Teachers: No R&R (3)

Prof. Dykstra is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. The Christian school teacher is engaged in an unceasing battle with humanism. The battles are fierce and the foe relentless because the stakes are high. All of secular education has been won over to the…

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Letters

Excess Introspection Your editorial on Jean Taffin’s little book [The Marks of God’s Children, Baker, 2003] in the August 2003 Standard Bearer was a blessing. Especially I was heartened to find another who so well described my feelings about excess introspection combined with a deficit of trust, joy, assurance, and…

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