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Within recent weeks we again commemorated the grace of God which operated providentially to produce some centuries ago the reformation of his church on earth. Our attention centered itself among other things on the precious privilege of having been incorporated in that spiritual body. We appreciated anew the sentiments of that great man of God, John […]

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Fathers and Brethren! On Christian Leadership

“During these days we of the Christian Reformed Church are devoting thought and time to preparing for our centennial conscious that the Lord has blessed and guided us as a church, we are moved to gratitude and humility. But we realize also that the centennial has a challenge for the future.” Recently the editor of The […]

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Fathers and Brethren! Do You Know Your Schools?

In the March issue of Torch and Trumpet Walter A. De Jong challenge us to do some: serious thinking about our Christian schools. Accurately he observes, “We learn from the Bible and from contemporary history that there are projects whose beginning is in the Spirit but whose ending is in the flesh…American history is replete with schools and […]

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Fathers and Brethren! Toward an Active Membership

In our days, when prophets of gloom are cheaper by the dozen, it is refreshing to take note of some of the favorable entries on the ledger of the Christian Church. Indeed, there is justification for a sensitive awareness to the change and decay which perniciously eats away at the fabric of human society. Uncritical optimism concerning either […]

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Fathers and Brethren! We Haven’t Any Poor!

America today is enjoying overwhelming prosperity. Year after year our national income increases staggeringly. Our tables groan each day under the weight of rich foods. Our clothes are cut according to the latest patterns. Our homes are more sumptuously furnished than king’s palaces of old. We ride in cars of the newest models. We take expensive vacations. […]

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Fathers and Brethren!

In the September 29, 1955, issue of The Christian Century a challenging article appeared under the title of ‘“The Church’s Suburban Captivity.” In it the writer attempted to point up what he considered one of the greatest perils of American ecclesiastical life. Since World War II the trek from the larger cities with their overcrowded streets and outmoded houses to the […]

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Fathers and Brethren! “Give Heed to Reading”

Paul’s first epistle to Timothy is a a masterpiece of inspired counsel for the busy young bishop and pastor in metropolitan Ephesus. By nature somewhat reticent and faced with overwhelming problems, Timothy needed encouragement and advice. The veteran missionary does not hesitate to give both, even to insisting, “Give heed to reading, …” (I Tim. 4:13b).         […]

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Fathers and Brethren!

One day Benjamin Harrison, then president of the United States, was engaged in earnest conversation with Philadelphia’s merchant prince, John Wanamaker. Said the former, “I have received many honors which I held dear and to which I tried to be true. But none of these do I esteem higher than my calling as ruling elder […]

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Towards an Indigenous Church

(Part Six) For some time we have been considering the significance of the increasing emphasis on indigenous churches as the goal of Christian mission endeavor. Several important factors demanded consideration. Primarily we were interested in whether this goal and the methods which must be employed to achieve it are in harmony with the principles of the […]

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Towards the Indigenous Church

(Part Five) WHEN the first edition of Roland Allen’s book Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Our’s? was being prepared for publication, the Right Rev. Henry Whitehead, D.D., then Lord Bishop of Madras, was asked to write the introduction. Many of his statements deserve our respectful consideration as coming from a man of wide experience in Christian […]

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