That first word in the title is, of course, an invention—not mine, but another’s A member of our, Theological School Committee has been responsible for handling matters which concern government approval of our Seminary for foreign students. This involves untangling a considerable amount of “red tape.” Since this approval must be made by immigration officials, since they are understaffed, government conveniently presents the officials with a list of “priorities”. Whatever is first on the list, is dealt with first.
Yes, “Agnes” talked. She had a message of God to you. Did you hear what she had to say? One could hardly miss “Agnes.” Her name made the headlines in the daily newspapers. It was featured prominently in news magazines. Radio and television made extensive references to her. Time declared in its July 3, 1972 issue:
According to the Scriptures there are many signs of the times. To those who are acquainted with the language of the Bible, the reference of these signs is to the end of the ages, the present world and order of things as we now know and experience them. And, as the title of this department suggests, with those signs we are concerned. We are concerned with all of them in general, to be sure; but it should be our intention to point out very specific signs of the times in the light of God’s Word and to apply them to...
I recall studying in the history of our country the account of peoples of many lands emigrating to this land “of freedom.” It seemed to me a moving event when these individuals entered the harbor at New York and beheld the Statue of Liberty welcoming them to their new homeland. The poem affixed to that Statue contains the stirring lines, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. . . .” Today, however, one might suggest that these lines could be modified to suit the situation of our own day.
The signs of Christ’s coming, also known as the precursory signs, are defined by the late Rev. H. Hoeksema in his Reformed Dogmatics as relating to all the events in the realm of nature as well as in the history of the nations and in the church which more or less clearly indicate that Jesus is coming and that the end of all things is near and approaching quickly.
One would have to be blind and deaf not to be aware of deep concern within this country about crime. The concern grows with the increasing incidents of crime. Daily news reports speak of crime almost matter-of-factly.
Perhaps none of our readers needs warning concerning many of the practices of cults which have been adopted, increasingly, by many in our land. Yet the deceptiveness and appeal of some of this might warrant a warning. These last days are characterized by the attraction toward that which is devilish. One of the popular practices today is called Transcendental Meditation. So popular has it become, that Time magazine featured this in one of its latest issues (Oct. 13, 1975). The magazine speaks of its popularity and describes the practice as follows:
A very startling and heart-rending article entitled “The Battered Children” appears in the October 10 issue ofNewsweek. The article begins by citing three specific cases of child abuse.
We live today in an enlightened and wise age. Knowledge and wisdom have increased in recent times, as we see round about us. Every day we are assaulted with a barrage of man’s supposed knowledge and his profound wisdom. Most recently we have heard a great deal of political wisdom—most of it, I suspect, foolishness in reality. But this wisdom extends to every sphere of life, especially that of science, and more specifically to the area of the investigation of the origin of all things and of man.
Recently, I (and I assume all the clergymen of our area) received a special mailing from G.R.A.C.E. (the ecumenical council of clergymen and rabbis in Grand Rapids) encouraging participation in a “hunger week” beginning last April 13. This was designed to make people aware of the hunger problem in the world as well as to raise monies to help relieve the problem. Enclosed: in this appeal was a suggested Bulletin insert for the Sunday of April 13, entitled, “The Shakertown Pledge.” I do not know how many churches actually printed that in their bulletins. Probably many did.