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The Girod-Oggel Debate on Church Merger

The subject for debate was, Resolved that the Reformed Church in America· and the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.* (Southern) should merge to form one church denomination. The debaters were, for the affirmative: the Reverend Doctor M. Verne Oggel, pastor of the Community Reformed Church, Glen Rock, N. J., and current president of General Synod; for the negative: […]

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Only God Can Make Blessing to be Restored

Now the men of the city said to Elisha, “Behold, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the land in unfruitful.” He said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So, they brought it to him. The he went to the spring […]

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Church and World

“I pray not that thou shouldest take them from the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15 ASV) It has been well said of late that the question of permeation or separation will remain live and relevant for some time to come in the Church. That means that those who […]

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Who is B.M.I.C.

“BMOC” is an easily recognized symbol: “Big Man on Campus.” It is used to describe that student on a college campus who is able to command positions of influence in student affairs. His image is one of extraordinary competence and energy—he is able to devote several hours of work each week to the pursuit of these […]

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The Rainbow Round About the Throne

The Capital city of the world, Scripture reveals, is not on earth but in heaven. “I saw, and behold, a door opened in heaven…and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and one sitting upon the throne; and he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardius” (Rev. 4:1, 2, 3a). Before […]

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All Roads Lead to Bethlehem!

So all the generations from Abraham unto David are fourteen generations; and from David unto the carrying away to Babylon fourteen generations; and from the carrying away to Babylon unto Christ fourteen generations. Matthew 1:17 (ARV) “All roads lead to Rome”…everybody knew that in Matthew’s day. Everybody, except Matthew! Well, after all, he is a stubborn, […]

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Thanksgiving, Of Course!

Let’s face it: Life is really quite taken up with “things.” Christ and his Cross, his blood and reconciliation, salvation, heaven—these are indeed wonderful, but sobriety and candor demand that we must think much on how to get and how to keep the many “things” which make life possible and pleasant. Things: how heavy their burden in […]

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Imperishable Issues

Those of us who trace our spiritual ancestry to the 16th century Protestant Reformation are fond of saying that the questions then at issue are of lasting relevance. For that reason self-conscious Protestants never weary of celebrating this great event in the month of October each year, and a magazine such as this one cannot help […]

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Places, Dates and Persons It is said that there are 888,803,000 Christians in the world, of which 537,533,000 are Roman Catholics, 214–133,000 are Protestants, and 137,137,000 are Eastern Orthodox. In the United States 62,543,000 are listed as Protestants, 42,105,000 as Roman Catholics, and 2,820,000 as Eastern Orthodox. It is estimated that there are more than 270 […]

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Some Thoughts on Catechizing our Youth

We read in Deuteronomy 6:7, “And these words which I command thee this day shall be upon thy heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto they children…” This passage is rather generally used to indicate the necessity of Christian day school education, and I believe that this use is justifiable. In this article, however, […]

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