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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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Will Feminism Win?

Will the Feminists Win? From the pulpit of New York City’s First Presbyterian Church on May 22, 1922, Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick preached a sermon entitled, “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” This sermon became a well-known part of the modernist-fundamentalist controversy of those days. Within the Presbyterian Church a great controversy was brewing, and certain leaders […]

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Loyalty to which Establishment?

Thomas Vanden Heuvel wrote this article in 1971 when denominational loyalty was beginning to replace loyalty to our God and the Word He has given as authoritative for doctrine and life. Revolution Against “Establishments” An interesting and alarming phenomenon in the current social scene is the revolution against the establishment. The establishment is defined in […]

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The agenda of Synod 2001 includes an item that could easily be overlooked though it is potentially one of the more emotionally-charged issues the CRC has faced in the last seventy-five years. Overture 1 (Agenda, p. 305) from Classis Grand Rapids East notes that 1999 was the 75th anniversary of the “common grace” conflict leading […]

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What Happened at the CRC Synod?

The CRC Synod 2001 is now history. It completed its work Thursday evening, June 14. Although it had a fairly light agenda, it was in many ways a pivotal synod – not because of significant changes in policy, but because of major changes in personnel particularly in Calvin Seminary. The effects of these changes will […]

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