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Covenant Consciousness

The covenant of grace is the soil out of which the church grows. For this reason every centennial celebrant must be intentionally and critically awake to the meaning of this fact of grace. For church members to ignore the covenant is to forsake the matrix out of which they were born. It is as abnormal for […]

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Finding the Focus

The key word of this convention is balance. It gives rise to various pictures. You can find balance in a circus. The tightrope artist neatly packaged in her tights struts the wire with the precision of balance. Each careful step elicits new “ohs” and “abs” from the excited audience. The artist’s poise, skill and beauty are the […]

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The Road into the Church

Being a Christian involves being a member of the Church. The Church, and the local congregation as a concrete manifestation of the Church. is inseparable from Christianity. The Savior once said that no one can approach the Father except through the Son. In the Scriptures God’s Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, is presented as the Head […]

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The Church of Christ in the World

Two men were talking over a Monday morning cup of coffee. Both were typical American suburban dwellers who never bothered much about the church. As well informed individuals they had heard about the current movement back to the church by many citizens. They had decided to try it too. After all, going to church never hurt anyone […]

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The Synod of Dort convened on November 13, 1618. It was, however, January 18, 1619, before they addressed themselves to the intricate problems posed by the five articles of the Remonstrants. One big reason for this long delay was the subtle strategy of Episcopius. As a clever parliamentarian he wanted to formulate the problems to be discussed. He wanted to […]

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Predestination…the Pulpit…and the People

Not long ago someone said in effect to me, “I’m glad that very few ministers bother to preach about predestination nowadays. It is a doctrine best left buried in the preacher’s library. There arc too many unpleasant angles involved. And what sense is there in bringing up matters about which there arc so many hot arguments? […]

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First Prophets, Then Reformers

Sons and Daughters of the Reformation: It was exactly 437 years ago that a young man stood near a church with a hammer in one hand, a parchment in the other, and it nail in his pocket. If we are to sense something of the vast significance of Martin Luther’s act we must look at more than […]

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Personal Witnessing

II IN the precious issue we discussed the Old Testament usage of the term witness.* We turn now to the New Testament. Here we discover a similar though broader usage or the term. In the Crucifixion Procedure The crucifixion of Christ came as a result of long lee-al procedure. In this process the Rabbinical idea or witness […]

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