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Anno Domini – 1976

“Happy New Year!” Over and over again we say it at the dawn of each New Year. And 1976 has been no exception. But does it really make sense? Disillusioned in their expectations of something new, the cynics may scoff and sneer about all these wishes for something “happy” and “new.” They may even quote […]

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All This Thank Him

Caricatures of conservatives come dime a dozen. Here’s one of the latest to come to my attention: “A conservative is a man who will not look at the new moon, out of respect for that ‘ancient institution,’ the old one.” Chuckle if you will, but if you are ready now to tar all conservatives with […]

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Portrait of a Protestant

The genius of John Lord provides us with the following precious vignettes depicting the two outstanding Protestants, John Calvin and Martin Luther, in his Beacon Lights of History: Of Calvin, Lord writes: “No man who knows anything will ever sneer at Calvin. He is not to be measured by common standards. He was universally regarded […]

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Are we finally heading for a showdown in the CRC? Let’s hope so. And also pray so. A showdown that will save our name from becoming Ichabod. A showdown on what issue? The issue is this: What do we as a CRC really believe about the Bible? Increasingly this issue is today being recognized as […]

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Among the more important matters calling for the attention of and action by this year’s CRC Synod is the appointment of a successor to Dr. William Spoelhof to serve as the next president of Calvin College. Although its impressive growth and other circumstances make it increasingly difficult today to still speak as intimately as formerly […]

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Prosperity or another depression? What an odd, absurd, even asinine question! But is it really? Of course, a Gallup poll would settle that question in a hurry, once and for all, with a whopping, landslide majority in favor of prosperity. One would have to be crazy to ask God to bless America with another depression. […]

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INTRODUCTION In the February and March issues of THE OUTLOOK I called attention to and took issue with certain points made by Dr. John H. Kromminga, President of Calvin Seminary, in an article on “Church Discipline as a Pastoral Exercise” in The Reformed Journal of November 1974. Following are statements by Dr. K. in his article, […]

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