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Cracking the Southern Barrier

The sound barrier has been cracked; in fact, the jets continue to do it again and again. Oil companies advertise their success in cracking the octane barrier by solar refining. The color barrier in the United States between whites and blacks is under constant attack and there is an increasing number of indications that it, too, is […]

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True Mission Joy

In the Centennial Year of the Christian Reformed Church much has been written about missions. Much of what was written was critical. Much of it claimed to bring new ideas. The critical approach need not be accepted, or rejected, just because it is critical. Neither need the new ideas be adopted, or ignored, just because they […]

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The Safety-First Principle Tested

It is both strange and painful that members of the same Church, though they believe in the same Bible and subscribe to the same creed, can differ widely on many important points of principle and policy. Yet that has been the case throughout all of New Testament history, even in the days of the apostles. The […]

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Our Congregational Meetings

A few months ago the present writer—at the request of the editors—wrote a series of three articles for torch and trumpet regarding woman suffrage in the Christian Reformed churches. In these articles I sought to give an objective, historical account regarding the findings of certain synodical committees which had or which were studying the questions related to congregational meetings and woman suffrage. The writer felt […]

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Fathers and Brethren!

In the September 29, 1955, issue of The Christian Century a challenging article appeared under the title of ‘“The Church’s Suburban Captivity.” In it the writer attempted to point up what he considered one of the greatest perils of American ecclesiastical life. Since World War II the trek from the larger cities with their overcrowded streets and outmoded houses to the […]

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