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The Early Editions of the Heidelberg Catechism

It must be remembered that at the time the Heidelberg Catechism was composed Protestantism was engaged in a battle for survival against the Roman church. It is no wonder, therefore, that the catechism reflects this fact at a number of points. For one thing, it emphasizes that good works cannot merit salvation, in questions and answers […]

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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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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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Letter to the Editors

In response to last month’s article by Rev. Daniel Brouwer and with respect to Article 29, the phrase “settled and binding” does not mean that an issue—any issue—is “settled and binding” forever. Any subsequent assembly is free to reconsider a previous decision, revise it (Article 31), or make a new decision which supplants the earlier […]

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Dan Brouwer Responds

OPTION OR OBLIGATION? Article 29 implies that the assemblies have a responsibility to reconsider their decisions when they are legitimately challenged — “they shall be considered settled and binding, unless….” Article 31 assumes this responsibility from Article 29, and then limits it. I think Dr. De Moor and I are in complete agreement thus far. […]

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Some Thoughts on Term Eldership

Some time back, a reader wrote to ask me to address a column to the subject of the practice of “term eldership.” (For those unfamiliar with the practice, allow me to explain: in many Reformed churches, elders are selected by “election” by the congregation for a specified term of office. “Ordained” to office only once, […]

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Dr. De Moor writes, I believe Synod 1995’s decision on women in office fits with our church polity and with our principles. It does so because it’s…a way of finding a middle ground between two Church Order principles that have long been in conflict (“Synod’s Decision Is Soundly Reformed,” The Banner, September 11, p. 12). […]

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Subscription in the Dutch Reformed Tradition

The Reformation was above all a doctrinal reform in the life of the church. Throughout the Middle Ages, calls for reform had primarily been concerned with the moral life of the church. The Reformation certainly resulted in profound moral and spiritual renewal for the church, but the foundation of that renewal was doctrinal. The doctrinal […]

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CanRC and URC Church Order Committees

This article is a Press Release of the meeting of the combined committees of the Canadian Reformed and United Reformed Churches to propose a common church order held December 11–12, 2002 at the United Reformed Church of Dutton, MI Present were: Dr. NelsonKloosterman, Rev. William Pols, Rev. Ronald Scheuers, Rev. Raymond Sikkema and Mr. Harry […]

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CanRC and the URC Church Order Committees

Press Release of the meeting of the combined committees of the Canadian Reformed and United Reformed Churches to propose a common church order held February 13–14, 2003 at the Trinity United Reformed Church of Caledonia, Michigan. Present were: Dr. Nelson Kloosterman, Rev. William Pols, Rev. Ronald Scheuers, Rev. Raymond Sikkema and Mr. Harry Van Gurp, […]

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