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Editor’s Response

We should not be deceived by the “softsell” approach of the Neland Avenue overture. The “nuts and bolts” of the overture asks for a change in Church Order Article 3a to open the offices of minister and elder to women—nothing new. To soften the impact of this decision on the conservatives in the church, the […]

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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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After many years of struggle over the issue of women in church office, Synod 1994 of the Christian Reformed Church stated unequivocably that it is the clear teaching of Scripture that only men shall occupy the authoritative offices of minister and elder. They buttressed their position with ample evidence from Scripture. And, although there was […]

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Synod 2006 of the Christian Reformed Church finished its work but the implementation of its decisions will impact the CRC for generations to come. For over ten years I have written nothing about the CRC. I have followed its activities over the years but have not been engaged in evaluating its decisions. This year I […]

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URCNA Psalter Hymnal Committee Report

With an eye toward fast-approaching Synod Nyack 2012, the URCNA Psalter Hymnal Committee met April 10–12 at the facilities of Faith URC in West Olive, Michigan. The main priority for the Committee at this meeting was to select psalm songs to complete the psalter section. In the interest of keeping the churches up-to-date on the […]

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Classis Pacific Northwest Overtures

The following are two overtures from Classis Pacific Northwest to Synod Wyoming 2016, to be held on June 13-17, at Bethany URC in Wyoming, Michigan. Overture re-union with the Canadian Reformed Churches:  Classis Pacific Northwest overtures Synod Wyoming 2016 of the United Reformed Churches to direct CERCU to discontinue all further action, advancement, processes, efforts […]

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Why the PJCO Won’t Work

Following the fall 2014 meeting of URC Classis Pacific Northwest, it was clear that the landscape with regard to unity discussions between the United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA or URC) and the Canadian Reformed Churches (CanRC) had become muddy. This particular classis forwarded two separate overtures from two of its member churches for […]

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