This weekend I also received the latest issue of The Standard Bearer, published by the Reformed Free Publishing Association, with close ties to the PRCA. While the previous issue was the annual special Reformation issue, containing the speeches of the recent Heidelberg Catechism conference (See this post.), this issue returns to the regular rubrics and articles.
Rev.James Slopsema has the meditation this time, based on 1 John 3:2-3 and titled “The Hope of the Sons of God.” Prof.Barry Gritters has a thought-provoking article under the attention-grabbing title “Rare as a White Crow”. To what is he refering? To a lack of discipline in the contemporary church world, something Abraham Kuyper decried in his own day with these very words. I read this article yesterday and it is essential reading for pastors, officebearers, and church members.
Rev.Cory Griess continues his series on Reformed, covenantal worship by treating “The Element of Singing”. Rev.James Laning pens a new article for “Taking Heed to the Doctrine”, this time on the the contemporary issue of “Redefining Election”. For his rubric “All Around Us” Rev.Nathan Langerak addresses issues taking place in the Reformed churches of the Netherlands (always of concern to us who stand in the line of the Dutch Reformed). Rev.A.den Hartog writes a second installment about “Disciplining Our Covenant Children in Love”, and missionary-pastor R.Smit pens an intriguing article under the title, “Queen Esther: A Model for Foreign Missions Today?”
And finally, Rev.W.Langerak writes one of his fine little surveys of key words in the Bible (“A Word Fitly Spoken”), this time on the word “exceeding”. You may find this article along with many others in this series on the PRC website here. This is how he opens this one:
Among the many wonderful virtues of the true, eternal, and living God is that He is exceeding. We might be inclined to think of the word ‘exceeding’ merely as some ordinary adverb or adjective. But in Scripture, ‘exceeding’ is a perfection of God. God exceeds in everything (except sin and unrighteousness, of course). And although Scripture applies ‘exceeding’ to many different things and activities, it also makes clear that ultimately only God is exceeding. Whatever or whoever else Scripture may call exceeding is always exceeded by God Himself. Whereas nothing can or does exceed Him, p.109.
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