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Under the Church Spires…

A Roman Catholic Evaluation of Protestant Churches “AMERICAN Protestants go to church for ‘amusement’ and are less concerned about religious doctrine than parking facilities.” This is the opinion of Osservatore Della Domenica, Vatican city Sunday magazine as quoted by The Albertan, Calgary, Albertha daily (Feb. 6, 1956). The American Protestant “leaves home for a religious service and goes […]

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A Sample of Ecumenical Agitation The existence of separate Christian denominations is widely deplored in our time, if we may be permitted to express an opinion so obviously true as scarcely to warrant mention. “Ecumenicism” is the impressive word coined out of this impatience with ecclesiastical boundaries, and it is often on most every churchman’s lips these […]

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No Hope for Reunion? The fact of a recent division in the Protestant Reformed Churches is not a valid reason for rejoicing on the part of anyone. Church strife is most unpleasant, and its consequences too grievous to allow any other reaction but sadness. This is not to deny that there may well be occasion for […]

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Osterhaven on the Reformed Church and the Christian School “What place does the Christian School have in the Reformed Church in America?” is a question directed to Dr. Eugene Osterhaven, professor of systematic theology at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan, in his October 7, 1955, column Youth Forum, regular feature of The Church Herald, Reformed Church weekly. Dr. Osterhaven […]

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Lutheran Heresy Trial . . . Considerable attention has been paid to the preliminary trial of the Rev. George Crist, Jr., accused by his denomination, the Northwest Synod of the United Lutheran Church in America, of “holding, teaching and preaching doctrines in conflict with the Lutheran faith.” Result of this investigation: Pastor Crist was adjudged guilty on nine counts, […]

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Kalamazoo Pastor Editor-elect of Christian Reformed Weekly Election of the Rev. John Vander Ploeg. pastor of Grace Christian Reformed Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan, to succeed the Rev. Henry J. Kuiper as editor of The Banner, denominational weekly magazine, was a surprise decision of the 1955 Christian Reformed synod last month. Nominated to this very important position (Banner subscribers […]

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The Voice of the Prophet in the Reformed Church in America THE REV. HENRY P. KIK, pastor of Fourth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, has issued a brochure of some twenty-seven mimeographed pages which is quite likely to cause considerable discussion. Its title is “The Reformed Faith in Conflict.” Its message is a call for separation on […]

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Under Church Spires…

The South Votes No! It is no longer news that the proposal to unite the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (North), the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (South), and the United Presbyterian Church of North America has been defeated because of failure to gain approval from the required number of Southern presbyteries. By February 1 thirty-five “U.S. […]

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Here I Stand!

(A Series of Lessons in the 37 Articles of The Confession of Faith, A Reformed Creed usually called The Belgic Confession.) Lesson 18—Article 21 THE SATISFACTION OF CHRIST, OUR ONLY HIGH PRIEST We believe that Jesus Christ is ordained with an oath to be an everlasting High Priest, after the order of Melchizedek; and that he has […]

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Letter to South Africa

The Rev. Dr. Daniel F. Malan, Prime Minister. Unie van Suid Afrika, Pretoria, U.S.A. Most esteemed and reverend brother: You are well aware of the fact. I am sure that the policy of apartheid associated with your administration does not receive a favorable press in the United States and Canada. It is very ordinary for us […]

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