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Forty years ago the Christian Reformed Church deemed it necessary to exercise discipline against two of its ministers1 whose public writings denied the teachings of Scripture that God displays a favorable attitude, or 000redemptive grace, towards all of mankind. Today it is wrestling with the theological pronouncements of a Calvin Seminary professor who has gone to the […]

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Reformed Advance in New Zealand

We have been here now almost two years, though so much has happened in this time that it seems much longer. In Hamilton here, our church has been blessed with steady growth over the years since its founding in November of 1953. I shall not dwell upon the local situation, however, since you will be interested […]

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The Fifth Reformed Ecumenical Synod

It is, of course, generally known that the Fifth Reformed Ecumenical Synod (the RES) is scheduled to meet in Grand Rapids, Mich.. on August 7 of this year. The Agenda bas been published and distributed. It is a booklet of 128 pages and contains eight Reports as well as Correspondence of three affiliated Churches. The “Rules […]

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Is the Glory Departing?

Israel had been defeated by the Philistines. Some Israelites got what he thought was a bright idea. With the ark of Jehovah in the midst of the army hostilities should be resumed. That would make victory certain. The idea caught on. The priests Hophni and Phinehas were commissioned to carry the ark. However, in the ensuing […]

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The Reader Writes

Professor Roger Nicole Comments on R.B. Kuiper’s Article I would like to express at this time my gratitude for Professor Kuiper’s excellent article “Professor Dekker on God’s Universal Love.” It appears to me that it is especially gracious in seeking to interpret the positions of Professor Dekker throughout in the most favorable way possible. The strictures […]

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Needed – Wide-Awake Elders!

Today the feeling is widespread that the Christian Reformed Church is passing through a period of spiritual declension. Although the churches are still crowded with worshipers who give liberally, we are facing an attitude of smugness on the part of many who think that we have “arrived.” They are willing to expand the practical programs of […]

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A Public Confession of Sins and Prayer Before the Sermon

Heavenly Father, eternal and merciful God, we acknowledge and confess before Thy divine majesty that we are poor miserable sinners. We were conceived and born in utter wickedness and corruption and are prone to all manner of evil and incapable by nature of doing any good. By our sinful life we transgress Thy holy commandments without ceasing, and thereby […]

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What is Coming Up at the Christian Reformed Synod of 1998?

The Synod of the Christian Reformed Church is scheduled to meet for its annual session from June 13–20, 1998, at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Delegates from 47 classes – 94 pastors and 94 elders – in addition to denominational personnel and advisors, will meet for a maximum of one week. The one-week session […]

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Report on the 1998 CRC Synod

The agenda items for this year’s Christian Reformed Synod were fewer by comparison with the agendas of recent synods. In fact, earlier this year the General Secretary of the CRC, Dr. David Engelhard, even suggested that this year’s synod meeting be canceled in view of the lighter agenda, a suggestion which was turned down by […]

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2000 – The Year of the Decision

The Synod of the Christian Reformed Church meeting in the year 2000 will be faced once again with the issue of Women in Office. This matter will be on the agenda because the decision, taken by Synod 1995, which opened the offices of elder, minister, and evangelist to women, is to be revisited in five […]

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