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Retirement of Ministers I am writing in response to the editorial of Professor Dykstra in the June issue of the Standard Bearer. In this editorial, Professor Dykstra states that, given a goodly number of graduates from the seminary in a couple of years, Lord willing, and very few openings in the churches, “one option is to push ministers in their low to mid-sixties into early retirement? (Vol. 91, No. 17, 390). …The church order makes no provision for early retirement of ministers. They may seek emeritation when they reach a point in their lives when they can no longer do...

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In the spirit of “iron sharpening iron,” there is a statement in Prof. Gritters’ October 1, 2015 editorial that I would like you to clarify. Near the end of the editorial you wrote, “We will commit ourselves to living among the people of God who are members of the church”—first of our own congregation; then of our denomination; and “so too the church members who are closest to our denomination in confession and walk” (emphasis added, AJC). It is this last phrase that I would like you to clarify. At present, the PRC, as represented by her Contact Committee with...

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Rev. A. Cammenga, Dear Brother, Your interesting article in reply to my “A Tendency To Individualism” I read. I say “interesting” exactly because your article strongly corroborates my main contention. I do not know as yet whether I should go into a rebuttal. Perhaps it is not necessary, since I think that I stated my objections rather clearly. But for my information I would like to have an answer to a few questions.

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November 16, 1948 Editor of the Standard Bearer, Esteemed Brother: I should like to make a few remarks about your recent development of the subject of “Preaching as a Means of Grace”. I think I have told you before that there are some truths of Scripture and also some facts of reality in the life of the Church that I cannot harmonize with your teaching concerning the office and its authority

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I agree with Prof. Dykstra’s editorial on the importance and value of visiting mission fields and the smaller, isolated churches and groups. Everything he said, both about the joys and sorrows of mission work, rings true for us here in Ireland also. Let me add to it by extending a welcome to the saints of the PRCA to visit your sister churches. The CPRC and LRF love to have visitors, and Ireland is a beautiful place to visit. I include a special word for the young people: study abroad programmes are possible. You can study for part of your course,...

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I wanted to write briefly to support Prof. R. Dystra’s call for the PRCA to start prayerfully planning for the future deployment of her ministers. He is, of course, correct in saying that sending pairs of missionaries is biblical, that is clear from Paul’s work. Something else exemplified by Paul and which he writes about in Romans 15:20 is his ambition to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named. As someone interested in world missions for many years, I can tell you such places still exist, but to target them will take a huge effort in preparatory planning....

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I am writing this out of a concern about the editorial written by Prof. Dykstra in the June 2015 issue of the Standard Bearer. I was dismayed by the comments he made about the work that synod was going to take up in the area of Domestic Missions. In his comments he promotes the idea of a second missionary to Pittsburgh. Is it proper that the author use the Standard Bearer to trumpet his own opinion? I Corinthians 6:12 states, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient.” It does not seem that these comments are...

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