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The battle which rocked the Christian Reformed Church to its foundations during the years 1919-1922 swirled around Prof. Ralph Janssen, professor of Old Testament in Calvin Theological Seminary. Ralph Janssen was born to a family of farmers in the Zeeland-Holland area in 1874.  As a youth he attended the Christian Reformed Churches of Niekerk and […]

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The Wonder of the Book

The Bible—God’s inspired Word, Valued above all measure. The Christian’s sword.  He’d rather it Than silver, gold or treasure. The only book without an error, God’s kept it through the ages To warn men from their sin, and brings Salvation on its pages.   The Bible—God’s redeeming Word, Shows the straight and narrow way, To […]

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The Greatest Test

Help me to walk so close to Thee That those who know me best can see I live as godly as I pray, And Christ is real from day to day.   I see some once, a day, or year, To them I blameless might appear; ‘Tis easy to be kind and sweet To people […]

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Moving Out

Dear Mr. Engelsma: For the past few weeks I have seriously been considering moving away from home.  I have the desire to try living on my own, making my own decisions, paying the bills, etc. I have been out of high school for 2 years.  My job makes me happy, and my family is great […]

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Letter 2: The Idea of Ecclesiastes

I have no idea whether you have ever studied the book of Ecclesiastes, which I have chosen for our first study.  If you have, you won’t need much introduction.  I know, however, that at your age I knew exactly nothing of the book and so I shall assume that you know as little as I […]

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God’s Controversy with Israel (7)

III. The Warning to Judah Against Apostasy and Judgment B. Avoid Profane Swearing 1. As swearing trivially, rashly, falsely, deceitfully            “Do not swear, ‘Yehovah hay’” i.e. Jehovah lives! Or Jehovah is living!  What is forbidden here is the not using God’s name as required, i.e., not exalting His good name alone.  One may not […]

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Editor’s Notes: February 1990

Nineteen years after the turn of the century an investigation began into the teachings of Prof. Ralph Janssen, professor of Old Testament in Calvin Theological Seminary.  What were some of his teachings?  To find out the answer to this question read “The History of the Case,” chapter 1 of the Janssen case by Prof. H. […]

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