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Remembering the Lord’s Day

The Dutch have called Sunday, “God’s dike.” In the Netherlands, the dike keeps back the threatening seas and, this, preserves the Hollanders from watery destruction. So, the Lord’s Day holds back the raging waves of materialism, earthlimindedness, and pleasure-madness that threaten to engulf the Church and the Christian. There are leaks in the dike. There […]

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Genesis 43, 44

The Second Meeting of Joseph and His Brothers I.   The trip to Egypt of the brothers, including Benjamin (Gen. 43) A.  Jacob permits Benjamin to accompany the brothers to Egypt (vss. 1-14) 1.  It is Judah who takes the lead in persuading Jacob to let Benjamin go (vs. 3). a.  Evidently, Judah has the preeminence […]

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Genesis 41, 42

3) Any sense in which the famine can be said to have been for the good also of the heathen nations that felt its sting.  At this time? In their generations? (Consider them once as “Gentiles.”) c.  Is it essential to maintain that not things in themselves but God’s purpose with all things determines whether […]

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Some Convention Thoughts

It would be profitable for Protestant Reformed young people if the Federation Board subjected the annual Convention to a thorough study. The lines along which the investigation might be carried out are these: 1) What is the purpose of conventions? 2) What ought to be included in and excluded from conventions so as to attain […]

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Ahead with Confidence

A satire on that familiar piece of doggerel, “Little Bo-Peep,” has a section where the comic treats the phrase, “they (the sheep) will return, wagging their tails behind them.”  He asks in mock horror, “And where do you suppose they might be wagging their tails?  In front of them?”  In a similar vein, one might […]

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Philip Melanchthon (3)

The final aspect of Melanchthon’s life with which we will deal has to do with his position as the chief spokesman for the Reformation in its colloquies and consultations with the Romish Church.  In this connection, his detractors hurl the accusation of “compromiser” against him.  Usually, modern critics of Philip muffle criticism as regards Philip’s […]

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The Pope is Still Proud

A recent issue of a nationally circulated magazine blazed across its cover the caption, “Pop John, the Humble Pope.”  This description is only one of the many anthems being sung at the present time to the honor of Rome’s head.  With the calling of the Vatican Council, the “glorias” become louder and louder.  Catholics, Protestants, […]

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Philip Melanchthon (2)

The life-long, intimate friendship and mutual high regard which Luther and Melanchthon reciprocated foundered only once.  That, ironically, was the matter of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  Although Melanchthon differed from Luther on several important counts, Philip’s view of the Lord’s Supper was the one doctrine in which he more closely approximated the […]

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Philip Melanchthon (1)

The only uncontested statements about the life of Philip Melanchthon (also Melancthon) are those of his dates and places.  As soon as one steps beyond the limits of his birthdate and dwelling places, he steps into an arena of bitter dispute.  Many condemn Philip so vehemently as to be unable to say any good of […]

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Christ and Crisis

 Book by Charles Malik—Eerdmans—101 pp. “There is a vast separating, a profound crisis, going on, both in individual lives—above all in the lives of Christians—and in the world at large.”  This is both the opening thought and the dominant theme of Christ and Crisis, giving unity to the seven meditations on the state of the […]

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