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Is the Psalter “Out of Date”? (II)

“Law and order” was the presidential campaign cry of 1968—and little wonder. As we review the varied spectrum of the events of 1968, we see a year of violence, riot, assassination, hate, war and student rebellions. It is an undebatable fact that there is in our day a wide disregard for law and a consequent […]

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Is the Psalter “Out of Date”?

Relevance! This is the battle cry of many today. “Anything old is bad; anything new is good,” so they say. Consequently, there is a breakdown in morals such as the world has never before witnessed. “New Morality” is the sophisticated term applied to age-old SIN. The Bible has been attacked to the point where it […]

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Sing – To the Glory of God!

From the very dawn of history God ordained praise, or worship for himself. All creation sang of his glory and the people worshiped him. Worship is the soul of religion. It is the “breathing of the spirit after God. In the Christian’s act of worship two goals are achieved. God is glorified and man is […]

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Why Do We Sing?

In response to the invitation given by God. through the apostle Paul to “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord…” (Eph. 5:19b), the Christian church has set the Psalms to music and developed a hymnody known and loved around the world.               For the next few months, […]

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United or Untied?

It’s interesting to see what the juxtaposition of two letters can do to the meaning and “feel” of a word. Putting the “i” before the “t” in UNITED gives an assurance of solidarity and hope. Putting the “t” before the “i” in UNTIED can inject uncertainty, drifting, separation.                   FEMINISM Feminism in […]

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Introducing…CRC Synod 1993

On Wednesday, June 15, 1993, we were seated in the Fine Arts Center at Calvin College, very thankful that the majority committee regarding women in ecclesiastical office was recommending upholding the decision of Synod 1992 which maintained the wording of Church Order Article 3. Imagine our shock when after just a few minutes, the majority recommendation […]

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Response

Our response to Dr. Borgdorff’s comments are best expressed by the article of Dr. Cornel Venema in this issue of The Outlook. We urge a careful reading of it. We want to assure Dr. Borgdorff that our problem is not with the sculpture that was chosen. The “Understanding Opinions Metephor” depended on an abstract object […]

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The Church on the “Hinge” of History

Some time ago I asked an aging pastor friend: “If you had one piece of advice to offer the church, what would it be?” His answer was apt “Stay anchored to the Rock and be geared to the times.” By this he meant that the church must preserve the faith “once for all delivered to the saints,” and propagate it […]

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Post Synod Unrest

Unrest in the wake of CRC synod ‘92 has focused on three basic issues: 1) the ecclesiastical disobedience to the decision of Synod ‘92 on the part of Eastern Avenue CRC, Church of the Servant CRC and other churches who have ordained women to the office of elder subsequent to the synodical decision (and Grace […]

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