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An Alarming Trend

I am writing a few articles on an alarming trend in the Christian Reformed Church. What is true in my Church is hardly different from what is happening in other denominations. There is not only a departure from the Faith of the Fathers, but also a serious deterioration in the observance of the standard of […]

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Would You Call This Presbyterian?

My copy of The Banner arrived today. As I often do, I took a couple of minutes to page through it, skimming those items which caught my eye. I was struck by the first letter in “Voices” (3/30/79 issue) in which the council of one of our churches informs the denomination that it “. . […]

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The Verhey Case – Why Press It?

The case of Dr. Allen Verhey, which was before our Christian Reformed synods two and three years ago (and ought to have been settled then) again confronts the whole denomination as it is to reappear at our next synod. Why should this matter continue to trouble the churches? What makes it worth pursuing for more […]

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Creed in Crisis

Editorial Note: In this contribution the Rev. Mr. Kloosterman, pastor of Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, Sheldon, Iowa. comments on the petition (gravamen) presented by Dr. Harry R. Boer to the 1977 Synod of the Christian Reformed Church. In this gravamen Boer asks the church to declare that statements in the Canons of Dort, one of […]

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CRC Synod ‘78 – A House Divided

Rev. H. Vanden Heuvel, pastor of the Bethel Church of Sioux Center, Iowa, member of our Board and delegate to the CRC Synod, was asked to report on Synod actions for THE OUTLOOK. The Christian Reformed Synod met on the campus of Calvin College and Seminary along with four other member churches of NAPARC – […]

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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 Revealing Ratio: Its Review and Response

The responsible church of Christ is expected to carefully examine the contents of each Synod’s Agenda. In this year’s 496–page volume the reader notes in Report No. 2 of Calvin College and Seminary two additional Appendices “A” and “B.” Appendix “B,” entitled “Report on Matter of Social Dancing,” originates in a Synodical recommendation of 1977 (Synodical […]

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“Our Song of Hope” – A Vague Substitute

In view of the increasingly closer relationships between our Christian Reformed Churches and the Reformed Church in America as well as our concern about the Reformed faith in general, our readers should be acquainted with the RCA’s proposed new confession and the issues involved in its adoption. Rev, Jerome Julien, long-time secretary of the Reformed […]

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