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Should the CRC now decide to make the office of deacon available to women? This is not merely a theoretical or abstract question, but rather it is practical and very urgent right now. Why? Because the 1978 CRC Synod is faced with a recommendation from a study committee that this now be done. The committee on Women […]

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The Banner: We Beg to Differ

For the following reasons I feel compelled to protest against the anonymous article, “I Had a Struggle,” in The Banner of February 24, 1978. 1. First – the article is an open, although anonymous, attack on what the Bible teaches. Note carefully the following excerpts from what the anonymous writer says; a. As to creation […]

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Letter to the Editor

ABOUT A “UNITED REFORMED CHURCH” My editorial in July on “Desideratum – A United Reformed Church” called forth a measure of response to which, due to circumstance, attention has not been given until now. At the outset the editorial stated: “An exciting prospect” – Suppose that in God’s gracious providence the day would dawn when […]

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A Look at Books

1978 DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONS. Edited by Rev. Timothy M. Mousma. Published by Nelson Christian Book Store, 2007 Eastern Ave., S. E., Grand Rapids, Mich. $4.95. An Indian of high caste once said to a missionary: “If you Christians in India, in Britain, or in America were like your hook, you would conquer India in live […]

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Desideratum – A United Reformed Church

Although adopted into our English language, the word desideratum, as used in the title above, is Latin and may be somewhat unfamiliar. Why use it then? Because I can think of no other single word that says it all—that is, all that I wish to try to say about the matter of a United Reformed […]

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Facing the Issues

Issues – life is full of them, and not the least in religion and in the church. Some arc real, others imaginary. Wise men recognize the difference—and they also step forward to face an issue when they know they must. Horace Mann, American educator of a little more than a century ago, offered a wise […]

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The Easter Mind, Heart and Will

Together the two men plodded on, a dejected pair. They had reasons to be. Their hopes were crushed, their minds confused, their hearts heavy, and all the light had gone out of their sky. No need to hurry now, and so they plodded on. But then it happened. It was the Stranger who joined them […]

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