July/August

Confront, Consolidate, Continue

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... next...

Synod 1996: No Turning Back

From a historical point of view, it was perhaps one of the more poignant moments in the sessions of the 1996 Synod of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. In the context of this synod’s debates regarding interchurch relations... next...

Another Sign Post on the Road to Destruction

Ten years ago, the Supreme Court upheld a Georgia law that crirrtinalized homosexual practice. Now, in a 6–3 ruling, the Court says a majority of Colorado citizens cannot pass laws that “discriminate” against people engaged... next...

Berkouwer on Providence and Election

In this discussion of Dr. Berkouwer’s view of Providence and Election, Dr. Carl Bogue points out Berkouwer’s unwillingness to accept reprobation as the flip side of God’s election. The “hard sayings” of the Canons... next...

The Need for a Sure Word

“Bend me, shape me, anyway you want me...” So crooned the 1960’s group, American Breed. What was once a snappy sing-a-long chart buster has somehow become the marketing jingle for many Evangelicals’ attitude toward the... next...

Elders at Prayer

Over recent years, this column has sounded a call for pastoral care by elders (especially). For that period of time, I have argued that many Reformed churches are losing touch with the divine pattern for the care of Christ’s church precisely... next...

Prominent GKN Minister Regrets Synodical Action

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 17, 1996) URNS — “It’s a pity” said Dr. Klaas Runia, retired rector of the theological seminary of the Gereformeerde Kerken in Nederland (GKN) at the Dutch city of Kampen, regarding the decision... next...

Faith on Trial: The Sufferings of John Calvin

Eternal life is promised to us, but it is promised to the dead; we are told of the resurrection of the blessed, but meantime we are involved in corruption; we are declared to be just, and sin dwells within us; we hear that we are blessed, but... next...

Can Non-Christians Be Saved? Reformed Ecumenical Council to Debate Question of Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 7, 1996) URNS — A few short weeks after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the apostle Peter declared to an astounded crowd in Jerusalem that “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name... next...

Classis Toronto Examines Ruth Hofman for Ordination as First Female Christian Reformed Minister of the Word

WILLOWDALE, Ontario (July 9, 1996) URNS — For all intents and purposes it was a typical Christian Reformed ordination examination. Delegates offered sermon evaluations, questions were asked in the areas of practica and biblical and theological... next...
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