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Of Quotas, Qualms, and Church Unity

At the last meeting of Classis Orange City a decision was taken which is of extreme significance to the life of the Christian Reformed Church. Unfortunately, many of the delegates, and perhaps many of you who read this, view the decision as the proper means of bringing a “naughty” congregation back into line. But other, far […]

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A HANDBOOK OF CRC ISSUES 1968–1978; 600 pages; published by Association of Christian Reformed Laymen, P. O. Box 1303, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49501; $7.95. Reviewed by Rev. John Vander Ploeg. By all means don’t buy or read this book or even get anywhere near it, unless you are willing to be disturbed and possibly also stung […]

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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 Question Box

Harlan G. Vanden Einde is pastor of the Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan. A Canadian reader would like to know whether we should use the word “consistory” or “council” when referring to the local governmental body of the congregation in the Christian Reformed Church. I’m not sure whether there is a […]

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“PENSIONITIS”? An Unfair Accusation

Some months ago my editorial on “Desideratum A United Reformed Church” called forth a measure of response including a misunderstanding which, in fairness to honestly disturbed ministers in the CRC, should be set straight. Writing about disturbing developments in the CRC, one correspondent states: “There are still a goodly number of pastors who arc very unhappy […]

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Does the CRC Need a Judicial Code?

Readers who have access to the 1977 Agenda for the CRC Synod will find that Report 41 (pp. 399 ff.) is about “A Proposed Judicial Code” which the 1977 eRe Synod will have to consider. First presented by attorney Charles L. Zandstra as an address at last September’s annual meeting of Reformed Fellowship, this article […]

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Divorce and Remarriage in the CRC

This is the second and concluding installment of Rev. Jelle Tuininga‘s article on “Divorce and Remarriage in the CRC.” Rev. Tuininga, pastor of the Christian Reformed Church of Smithers, British Columbia, served as a delegate from Classis British Columbia at the 1976 CRC Synod. It is particularly in the area of remarriage that I take exception […]

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