Articles

Why Prohibit Same-Sex Unions?

In the March, April and May 1994 issues ofThe Outlook, writer James Dennison traced the “downward hermeneutical spiral” in the now liberal Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). with the current trends in the Reformed community. There are... next...

Smoking: A Pastoral Blind Spot

There it was, right in the Minutes: “Consistory decided, by motion, that the church would provide pipe tobacco for the Elders and Deacons for use during the meetings. It was also decided not to provide cigars, due to cost and widely differing... next...

Sola Scriptura (1)

On March 3 and 4 in Pasadena, CA, there was a debate between leading Protestant and Catholic theologians on the topic: What Still Divides Us; A Protestant and Roman Catholic Debate. In this issue and the next, we present the opening speech ofthe... next...

Church & World – Rev. Boonstra, Back to God Hour Voice, Dies

The Rev. Juan S. Boonstra, voice of the Spanish-language broadcast of the Christian Reformed Church for 26 years, has died at age 69. The Spanish broadcast ministry titled, “La Hora de la Reforma” (The Hour of Reformation) started... next...

Pentacost: An Act of God

I would like to look with you at the event of Pentecost as an act of God, described for us in Acts 2. The third Person of the Holy Trinity was poured out upon the church. The church is not a rootless thing. It goes back to the Old Testament,... next...

Dr. Cornelius Van Til: The Centennial of His Birth

Both Dr. Cornelius (Kees) Van Til and his wife, Rena Klooster; were born in 1895—he in May and she in October. On the occasion of the Van Tils’ eightieth birthday(s), the editor of this journal asked me to write an article to commemorate... next...

Van Til and Apologetics

The name of Cornelius Van Til is inseparable from Reformed, presuppositional apologetics. Due to the importance yet complexity of Van Til's thinking and of the discipline of apologetics in general, I aim to provide in this brief article a few... next...

What is Home Without a Mother?

The title of this article, “What Is Home Without a Mother?,” is the caption of a picture which hung in my grandparent’s home when I was a child. The picture showed a mother and child, depicting tender, motherly love. As a child,... next...

A Plea for Synod 1995 to Follow the Church Order

A number of overtures will be brought to Synod 1995 to open all the offices of the church to women. I hope the delegates to Synod 1995 will carefully weigh the requirements of the Church Order as they consider these overtures. The requirements... next...

Why is The Banner so Negative

In January 1994 John Suk began his tenure as editor of The Banner (the weekly periodkal of the Christian Reformed Church) with an apparent corrunitment to a positive spirit. The format of The Banner was reworked to make it look more contemporary.... next...
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