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Pastoral Psychology

This year (1976) THE OUTLOOK (formerly TORCH AND TRUMPET) is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. The first issue was for April-May 1951. Each issue during 1976 is to carry one or more reprints from the issues of that first year, 1951. At the time he wrote this article, Rev. Edward Heerema was public relations secretary of […]

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Signals from Kuitert

Signals from the Bible is a small (95 pages, paperback) hut significant book by the well-known professor at Amsterdam, Dr. Harry M. Kuitert. It has been translated into English by Dr. Lewis H. Smedes of Fuller Theological Seminary. This review of the book is by Rev. Edward Heerema, pastor of the Bradenton Christian Reformed Church, […]

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Evangelism Thrust – Strategy for What?

The question is this: Is Evangelism Thrust a strategy for something else, something in addition to or coincidental with evangelism? And what is that something else? That something else that seems to be an additional or related strategy is simply the remaking of the Christian Reformed Church. When the Consultant of Classis Florida for Evangelism […]

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Report 44 at Synod

What did Synod do with Report. 44? Many a delegate to Synod 1972 heard that question again and again. To begin with, the answer to that question is that almost a whole day of Synod’s time was given to debate on what was Report 36 in 1971 and became Report 44 in 1972, on The […]

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Racial Matters at CRC Synod

Timothy-Lawndale Matter – The packed visitors’ galleries gave proof of the broad and intense interest of the church in the issue being debated on the CRC 1971 Synod floor. The issue was the one known as the Timothy-Lawndale matter. At the heart of the matter is the refusal of the Timothy school board to enroll […]

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Let Youth Be Youth

Let youth and youth’s counselors be reminded that the book of Proverbs is still in the Bible. It’s hard not to go overboard on youth. A delightful age it is, with bright eyes and bright ideas, with endless vitality and drive. And often there is great enthusiasm and sparkling idealism. Also, the honesty and openness […]

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The Foolishness of Preaching

There is nothing surprising about this business of calling Christian preaching foolishness. It was already being done in Paul’s day, as chapter one of First Corinthians (verses 18–25) makes so very plain. The Greeks had their own reasons for thinking of preaching as foolishness, reasons rooting in their sophisticated man-centered ways of thought. A new […]

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Letters to the Editor

John H. Piersma’s timely and relevant article on “Youth and Worship” appearing in the July issue of TORCH AND TRUMPET prompts me to dispatch this letter. The purpose of my letter is not at this time to enter into the discussion of the important matters dealt with in Piersma’s article. Rather, my purpose is simply […]

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1968 Acts of Synod

The report of tile activities and actions of Synod is presented by Rev. Edward Heerema. He lias attempted to offer an accurate presentation of the positions of the speakers and the nature of the debate. Only the most important matters in the judgment of the reporter 000 editorial board are hereby presented. The Board of […]

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The Shadow of Ambiguity

Synod 1967 the Christian Reformed Church said that “Professor Dekker has erred in making ambiguous statements and using them in an abstract way,” and the brother was admonished for his errors in this regard. The present writer has described this decision as one of “vague inconclusiveness.” Synod did not define its use of the two […]

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