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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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“Shall We Dance?”

In this day of changing values and consequent spiritual decline and moral decay, the Christian often finds himself frustrated and discouraged by the world around him. But even more disheartening is the discovery of deterioration within one’s own gates. An examination of the Acts of Synod, CRC, 1977, gives ca use for concern in several […]

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Is the Church Becoming a Political Machine?

A Delegate’s Complaint One of the most significant remarks made about the 1977 C.R. Synod in Rev. John Piersma‘s excellent August report on it was the comment, Many issues were dealt with procedurally rather than substantively. Those who were prepared to debate the issues surrounding the ordination  of Dr. Allen Verhey or the gravamen registered […]

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Liturgical Prizes or Surprises?

Not a few consistory members (and even more members of the congregation who are usually the victims of it) have probably cursed the day on which Synod appointed a standing Liturgical Committee with a sweeping and almost unlimited mandate. Every year again we are faced with a new product of its labors, and each year […]

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