QUESTION From the Men’s Society of our Edgerton Protestant Reformed Church and its secretary, Gerald Kuiper, come the following question:
From the Men’s Society of Hope Church, Grand Rapids, I received several questions which deal with Israel’s place in the plagues which the Lord sent upon Egypt. I will quote the questions from the secretary’s letter: “The following are questions in dispute. Did Israel suffer the first three plagues in the same way as the Egyptians? Or, did Israel suffer them as chastisement in order to make them humble? If they did not suffer them at all (as some of our Society believe), why doesn’t Scripture tell us as it does in the following seven plagues?”
From brother N.D., of Byron Center, Mich. I have received two unrelated questions with a request to answer them in the Standard Bearer. Question No. 1
From the Junior Mr. and Mrs. Society of First Church, Grand Rapids, through its secretary, Mrs. Wm. J. Oomkes, I received the following interesting question: Dear Editor: At our last society meeting we had many different views on the following question: “What is the difference in saying, ‘Christ is coming,” or, ‘Christ shall come?’ ” We as a society made the decision to send this question to the Question Box in the Standard Bearer.
The editor has asked the undersigned (a former Washingtonian) to answer two interesting statements offered by Mr. Lionel Woodworth, a subscriber, of Spokane, Washington. First, he writes:
From brother N.D., of Byron Center, Michigan a further question has come in, as follows: Dear Rev. Hoeksema:
The Questions From a consistory which prefers not to be identified come the following questions: 1) Why is the collection after communion limited only to those who partook? 2) Why is that the elders take this collection instead of the deacons? My correspondent added the followingrelated questions: 1) Would it be wrong to take an offering also from those who are no communicants? 2) Would it be wrong for the deacons to take that collection, or is it simply a custom that the elders do so?
Question From a Michigan reader, brother Peter De Young, comes the following question: “Some time ago we read in “The Banner” (Feb. 14 ) an article on “A Contemporary Translation” by Edwin H. Palmer. He gives a long list of incorrect translations, which does not mean much to me or the average reader. My question is: Are they forever trying to do away with the sharp points in Scripture with all the new translations and trying to bring the Word of God in line with their scientific conceptions?
Question From the South Holland, Illinois Ladies’ Society, through their secretary, Mrs. Connie Busker, I received the following: “In our Ladies’ Society we recently discussed the question, ‘Is there any scriptural basis for believing in “integration” or “segregation”?’ “We would appreciate it very much if you would discuss and comment on this question in the Standard Bearer.”
Questions From a Holland, Michigan reader, brother Jack Arens, I received some questions which, according to my correspondent, are related to the teachings of Prof. D.R. Wilson concerning creation and evolution. Mr. Arens writes: ‘Kindly answer this question in theStandard Bearer. In Gen. 2:7 we find the word ‘dust’ and in Gen.