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“Advocates of Christian education have always maintained that the Christian school is an outgrowth of the covenant idea…They are convinced that the Christian school, as well as infant baptism, finds its main support in the doctrine of the covenant, and are therefore unalterably opposed to the tendency of some to slight this doctrine and to […]

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The Covenant of Grace and our Christian Schools

It is surprising and distressing but true. The doctrine of the Covenant of Grace as basic to our Christian schools has come under sharp attack. Most outspoken in this attack is some correspondence that appeared in this very magazine last March (pp. 19–20). The main thrust of this assault is that our schools should be based […]

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A Social Code for Young Teenagers and Their Parents

Using his (or her) father as a punching bag, the young teenager said, “Boy, Dad, am I fulla pep.” That’s the young teenager. He is full of new, bursting energy and doesn’t know how to handle it. The vitality seems to run off into a hundred wonderful directions at once, and the amazed parent wonders what […]

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The Audacity of Christianity

Excerpt from commencement address given at Westminster Theological Seminary in May of this year. Let us look once again at the truth of the fact of the bodily resurrection of Christ as that gripped the apostles. Are we to think of this truth simply as a specific and carefully defined item handed to the apostles much […]

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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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