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Evaluating the Work of General Synod

I have here tonight a copy of a paper called, “The Lutheran News.” The date is Nov. 15, today. The head on the lead article reads: Michigan Congregation leaves Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Charges that Missouri Synod tolerates attacks on Bible. Officials disagree—defend Seminary professors. The congregation is the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church of Wayland Michigan. On […]

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Agenda, Christian Reformed Synod, 1965

It goes without saying that these comments do not purport to be anything like an exhaustive study of the Agenda of the synod of the Christian Reformed Church scheduled for June of this year. All that is intended is the making of a preliminary appraisal of a select number of the salient features of the […]

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In 1964 the Synod of the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands declared that there is “no sufficient hindrance for the Reformed Churches to join the W.C.C.” At the same time Synod decided as yet not to proceed to affiliation, because there is still much disagreement on this point in the churches themselves. It called the churches […]

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What Will Engage Synod’s Attention?

It will, of course, not be possible to discuss every item on the Agenda of the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church (the CRC) to be held during the month of June of this year. Much of the material contained in the Agenda is informational and more or less “routine” in character. Besides, it is frequently […]

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The Synod of 1963 and the Orange City Overture

A considerable number of voices have come to the attention of this writer expressing concern over the action of the Synod of 1963 in dealing with Overture No. 20. This overture had to do with the published views of one of the seminary professors on the subject of the love of God and “limited atonement.” Some of […]

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The Reformed Ecumenical Synod

At the invitation of the Committee on Arrangements for “The Fifth Reformed Ecumenical Synod,” which met in Grand Rapids, August 7 to 16, it was my privilege to attend most of its sessions. It is not my intention to give a full report in this article of all occurrences at the BES. That would require […]

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A Report on Synod 1963

Here follows a m0re or less detailed report on the debates and actions of the Synod of 1963 of the Christian Reformed Church. Members of the Editorial Committee of the magazine have tried to cover the discussions on the more important matters before synod. Many things are not dealt with. But we hope we have covered the more significant […]

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Foreign Missions and the Proposed Church Order

“Since foreign mission work is beyond the scope and resources of the congregations and classes, it demands the cooperation of all the churches and is therefore to be performed under the auspices of synod” (Article 81a of the Proposed Revised Church Order). The synod of 1963 of the Christian Reformed Church will consider and be […]

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The Reformed Church in America

Returning delegates have generally found themselves questioned about two items that appeared before General Synod. The first is the issue of merger with the (Southern) Presbyterian Church, U.S.A committee comprised of twelve representatives from each denomination asked per. mission to formulate a “plan of union” that might be presented (though not necessarily) in 1967. The Particular […]

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After Many Years…Another Dordt

Reformed believers who have not completely forgotten the rock whence they were hewn still hold in high honor the synod of Dordt (1618–19). Here the pattern of ecclesiastical life for their forebears in the Netherlands was so firmly fixed that it remained largely unchanged for some centuries. A few weeks ago another synod was held, […]

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