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The Christian’s Supreme Calling

Every sincere Christian has, no doubt, asked himself at some time or other in his life. “What is my calling?” Young people are particularly interested in the subject of their life’s work. Some young people are concerned to the point of worry about their choice of vocation. Older Christians sometimes wonder if they have missed their calling. […]

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Calvin and the Seminary in Nigeria

The Reformed Journal of September, 1958, contained an article by Prof. De Koster, entitled GENEVA TO GINDIRI. I thought it most interesting and suggestive. The author sought to circumscribe the broad and inescapably difficult question of our Church’s participation in the Seminary of Northern Nigeria by the teachings of John Calvin. As such, his effort […]

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The Union Seminary of Nigeria

The proponents of a Union Seminary in Nigeria have set forth their reasons in various places with many words. It is possible to boil this literature down to a few basic arguments. Here we attempt to set forth their essential reasons and then analyze them. THE MOHAMMEDAN AND ROMAN CATHOLIC PERIL 1. One of the strongest arguments […]

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Where are the Bibleless Homes?

THEY MAY BE FOUND in a lonely mining village in the mountains of Japan, or perhaps they are the windswept hogans of the American Indians in New Mexico. It may be that the Bibleless home is under a rain-drenched palm roof in an obscure village in India. Then again, it may be just an average […]

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Missionary Convention at Urbana

From all over the United States and Canada, from 44 nations around the world, by car or bus, by plane or train or ship, 3,200 students came to the University of Illinois during the Christmas holidays for the Fifth International Student Missionary Convention. Sponsored by the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship and its affiliates, the Nurses’ Christian Fellowship and Student Foreign Missions Fellowship, the […]

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Defining Missions Theocentrically

The late professor Samuel Volbeda taught a course entitled the Biblical Doctrine of Missions at Calvin Seminary before the school had a missions department or a full time professor of missions. The heart of Volbeda’s course was his theocentric definition of missions, Everything else he taught sprang from this definition.* With its heavy English and one-sentence, […]

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Taking Satan Seriously

There is a growing interest in the subject of satanism and demonology throughout Western society. This can be easily confirmed by checking on the books in the average bookstore. In part the interest in Satan is connected with the New Age movement with its teaching about channeling and other occult practices. This interest is seen […]

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Confronting the Roaring Lion

We observed last month that during most of the 20th century the existence of Satan and demons was not taken seriously. Liberals regarded the subject as mythological; and conservatives, while not removing Satan and demons from among their official beliefs, did not do much with the whole idea. But recently the situation has changed and […]

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How Should Missionaries Be Supported?

Every overseas mission agency I know, denominational or non-denominational, is finding it harder to raise missionary support. Part of this is due to the recession. The recession provoked a crisis that all churches and mission organizations now feel. Besides the recession, other factors make missionary support more difficult. People who traditionally supported missions are getting […]

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