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To Put Women in Office

It happens time and again. In their zeal to promote the cause of women in ecclesiastical office, the proponents of this view often fall for argumentation that is weak and sensational, with little apparent regard for sound scriptural interpretation and exegesis. Such arguments may appear plausible to those who arc not given to thinking, but […]

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Playing Games with the Creeds

The other day I was catching up on reading some back issues of Gereformeerd Weekblad. I read an editorial by Dr. H. N. Ridderbos concerning the controversy surrounding Dr. H. Kuitert, and how a recent synod dealt with this matter (for the so-manyeth time). While reading the account of Ridderbos, I thought to myself: the […]

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The Geremformeerde Kerken and US

What is striking if one reads the addresses of the fraternal delegates of the CKN to our synods of the last number of years, is that, almost without exception, they make a strong plea for understanding, patience and a degree of acceptance for what is taking place in their churches today. Between the lines one […]

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Pious Talk Covers Worldly Living

Now that social dancing has been introduced at Calvin College, with all kinds of plausible and non-plausible argumentation, it is well that we just go back a few years and have another look at what we did in 1966 in adopting the up–dated report on the Film Arts, and the practical consequences of it. You […]

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Liturgical Prizes or Surprises?

Not a few consistory members (and even more members of the congregation who are usually the victims of it) have probably cursed the day on which Synod appointed a standing Liturgical Committee with a sweeping and almost unlimited mandate. Every year again we are faced with a new product of its labors, and each year […]

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A Bad Case of Prejudiced Judgment

It is amazing, and at times disconcerting, to see to what lengths some of the advocates of women in (ecclesiastical) office will go to promote their view. It has been said, e.g., that the promise contained in the charge to those who make public profession of faith, namely, that “all the privileges of full communion […]

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Divorce and Remarriage in the CRC

This is the second and concluding installment of Rev. Jelle Tuininga‘s article on “Divorce and Remarriage in the CRC.” Rev. Tuininga, pastor of the Christian Reformed Church of Smithers, British Columbia, served as a delegate from Classis British Columbia at the 1976 CRC Synod. It is particularly in the area of remarriage that I take exception […]

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Hierarchism in the CRC?

Which matters are legally before Synod, and therefore have a right to appear in the printed Agenda? And who determines this? You say: Synod sets the rules for this, doesn’t it? Yes, it does, and you can find these rules in the book let, Rules for Synodical Procedure. However, the matter isn’t quite that simple. […]

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Divorce and Remarriage in the CRC (1)

Rev. Jelle Tuininga is pastor of the Christian Reformed Church of Smithers, British Columbia. He served as a delegate from Classis British Columbia at the 1976 CRC Synod. His article on “Divorce and Remarriage in the CRC” is being presented in two installments, the second scheduled for next month. History – Up till the present, […]

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The Canons of Dort on Reprobation

There was one item that I did not touch on in my previous articles concerning the Form of Subscription (cf. the April and May ’75 issues). That is the matter of reprobation as taught in the Canons of Dort. Both Boer and Vriend referred to it in their plea for a revision of the Form […]

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