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James Daane does not claim to have “20-20 vision, nor a comparable analytical perceptiveness.” In view of what Daane sees in Christian Reformed theology one can do nothing other than agree with that statement. At the same time one cannot help wondering about the kind of spectacles Daane wears in his theological perception. To be sure, Daane does […]

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Pastoral Care in the Christian Reformed Church

A nurse in our hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, once made this remark to the writer of this article: “No pastors are more faithful in calling on their sick at the hospital than the pastors from your church.” Of course the writer was most pleased to hear this praiseful remark regarding the pastoral work of his church […]

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The Blood of Budapest

The Capital city of Hungary, Budapest, was two cities prior to 1872. These two cities, named Buda and Pest, were located one on either side of the beautiful Danube. In 1872 they were made into one city. It was a beautiful city, standing nobly astride the famous river. The parliament houses, covering about four acres along the […]

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May You Have Christmas

Grandpa took Carol an his knee and said, “I’m going to tell you a Christmas story.” Carol was delighted. Grandpa was a wonderful story-teller. And Christmas was coming in a few days. Carol was six years old. This was Grandpa’s story. There was a rabbit that we shall call Hopper. Hopper loved to eat grains of […]

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Some Basic Questions

This is the point at which we now stand: the biblical term heart refers first of all to a physical, bodily organ. This is the term’s “eigentlich” (literal, proper) meaning, according to Kittel and others. Having established this point of departure…we are now ready to move on to the main place that the word heart occupies in […]

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Toward a Christian Psychology

It would be most unwise to assume that the Bible is a textbook in psychology. If one should gather together and correlate all the texts in the Bible containing some word or phrase or thrust with psychological import and then systematize these findings, he would not yet have what could properly be called a scientific psychology. […]

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A Footnote to the Academic Life

It is with some hesitation that I try to make an observation about the academic life in this college chapel. Yet I cannot resist the urge to make one observation on the life of the student. But I shall call it only a footnote, trusting that this modest title may help to arrest the student’s attention. […]

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What They are Thinking

Without a doubt two of America’s most publicized Protestant clergymen are Dr. Billy Graham and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. Each receives an unusually great deal of “copy” in the nation’s newspapers and magazines. The people who write the news and magazine features have found a rich source of material in these two colorful and energetic men. And […]

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Mind and Emotions

It happened in one of our Christian hospitals for the mentally ill. Two ministers had gone to visit a young man who was receiving treatment. The young nude patient was very sick. His line of talk was highly delusional. After the pastoral duties had been performed and the two visitors were ready to leave, one of them said to the […]

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